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LETTERS: CPF - For the love of the land we live on

To the editor:

The early settlers in the greater Cazenovia area understood the raw beauty of the Cazenovia countryside. With its rolling hills, pristine lake and bustling creeks and streams winding through the countryside, it’s easy to understand why they chose to set up stakes here.

One only has to look at the historic painting from the 1800s that hangs at Lorenzo to get a feel for the beauty of the area in the early 1800s.

I am putting pen to paper now to support our community-based and funded organization known as the Cazenovia Preservation Foundation (CPF). I have been a CPF member and supporter for many years, but it is was not until recently that I volunteered to help clear, clean and maintain a section of trails off Burlingame road, (near upper Pig City).

The CPF membership is based on a shared love of nature and desire to preserve our surrounding trails, streams, vistas, lakes and rolling hills in and around Cazenovia.

For those of you who do not know about CPF, I invite you to check out our website at cazpreservation.org, and consider getting involved in some of our programs, meetings and various educational events throughout the year.

While membership is stable, we are always looking for new members to help support our wonderful local resources; be it hiking, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, jogging, riding, painting or picnicking on the many CPF-owned properties. The starting membership is only $25 a year, and whether you grew up in Cazenovia or moved here in the past 50 or so years, you will take pride in maintaining and preserving the natural treasures we have right under our noses.

CPF is committed to preserving our natural resources for all to enjoy, now and in the future.

The donation and annual dues are used to provide funding for trail maintenance, stewardship, acquisition of protected property and other community based educational events.

I encourage you to learn more about CPF and join our growing membership to help sustain the natural beauty of Cazenovia and the surrounding countryside.

Whether you choose to volunteer, or not — your membership will be warmly received.

Go to cazpreservation.org for more information. Thank you, and see you on the trails.

Charlie Andrews

Pig City, Cazenovia

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