The acquisition of the Dickinson property is the sixth project completed by the Land Trust within the Skaneateles Lake Watershed. Previous projects include the acquisition of Carpenter's Falls and the establishment of the High Vista Nature Preserve, as well as the acquisition of a conservation easement on more than 2,000 feet of frontage on Bear Swamp Creek - one of the largest tributaries to the lake.
During the coming year, the Land Trust will develop a management plan for this latest acquisition. In honor of David Dickinson's mother, the property will be known as the Cora Kampfe Dickinson Conservation Area.
The organization is also continuing to pursue the protection of additional lands within the Skaneateles Lake Watershed and fundraising is underway to support these efforts and to cover costs associated with the long-term stewardship of the Dickinson property.
About the land trust
The Finger Lakes Land Trust was established in 1989 to work cooperatively with landowners and local communities to protect those lands that define the character of the region. To date, the organization has secured more than 12,000 acres of significant open space lands through direct acquisition as well as the use of conservation easements on lands that remain in private ownership. The Land Trust today owns and manages a network of 27 public conservation areas and holds and monitors 75 conservation easements. Additional information about the Land Trust may be obtained at www.fllt.org or by calling (607) 275-9487.