Whiskey Hollow a treasure, not a dump

Whiskey hollow is a unique natural area just west of Baldwinsville.

The Audobon Society recognizes it as an important bird area for declining or unique species like the Cerualean Warbler. Locals come to the area to get free spring water, where a natural cave lies near the spring, or just to drive through for the view. With 1.4 miles of rolling scenery and wildlife, Whiskey Hollow is a great place to walk a pet and find some peace and quiet. It is a beautiful Adirondack-like piece of land.

The problem with this beautiful slice of wilderness is some people visit Whiskey Hollow to dump their junk. Televisions, computer monitors, couches and tires have all been dumped in the past year. Unfortunately, due to the area's isolation, it is difficult to prevent littering, said Bernie Carr of CNY Land Trust. It is an ongoing problem they can do little about, he said.

All is not lost, however. A local boy scout group and volunteers help to clean up Whiskey Hollow every spring when they cart out several truckloads of garbage. A lot of dedicated individuals take care of these properties, but more volunteers are always needed. If anyone would like to help with this effort, they can contact Carr via e-mail at mycocarex@hotmail, info@cnylandtrust.org or at cnylandtrust.org.

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