Finger Lakes Land Trust Celebrates First Link in Emerald Necklace &

New Trail and Boardwalk in Dryden

The Finger Lakes Land Trust invites the public to celebrate the first link in the Emerald Necklace and the opening of a new trail and a handicapped accessible boardwalk at the Roy H Park Preserve on Irish Settlement Rd in the town of Dryden on Friday, May 31 from 3:00-5:00 PM.

Brief remarks and a ribbon cutting will be followed by hikes, bird watching and a reception at the preserve. Ribbon cutters will include Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton, Chair of the Tompkins County Legislature, Martha Robertson, NYSDEC Regional Director Ken Lynch and Dryden Town Supervisor Mary Ann Sumner along with Land Trust representatives and volunteers.

In November 2010, the Land Trust purchased a 169-acre property in the Town of Dryden, creating an important link in the Emerald Necklace—a greenbelt that will ultimately connect 50,000 acres of public open space that extends in an arc from east to west around Ithaca.  The parcel connects Hammond Hill and Yellow Barn State Forests with the Land Trust’s Roy H. Park Preserve and a Cornell Plantations natural area, all together creating a 7,500-acre block of public open space. The conserved property protects wetlands and wildlife habitat including a great blue heron rookery and 6,000 feet of land on Six Mile Creek, the source of Ithaca’s drinking water.

This winter, the Land Trust worked with architects and engineers to construct an ADA accessible boardwalk as well as a hiking trail that connects to adjacent Hammond Hill State Forest and its 20 miles of multi-use trails popular with hikers and cross country skiers.

Parking for the dedication event is at Hammond Hill State Forest, about 15 miles from downtown Ithaca. Participants have the choice of taking an easy, one mile hike from the parking area to the dedication or riding a shuttle provided by Cornell Outdoor Education.

Registration for the event is requested by May 29. Please call 607-275-9487 or visit www.fllt.org to register or for more information.

The Finger Lakes Land Trust is a membership supported, not for profit land conservation organization dedicated to protecting the lands that define the character of the Finger Lakes. Since 1989, the Land Trust has conserved more than 15,000 acres of our region’s forests, farms, wetlands, grasslands and lakeshore. More information can be found at www.fllt.org.

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About Dryden Resources Awareness Coalition

A grassroots, all volunteer group of concerned citizens of the Town of Dryden focused on protecting our natural resources.
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