The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) acquired 87 acres of land to connect two state forests and extend the Emerald Necklace of protected lands around Ithaca, a priority in the state’s open-space plan. “With the assistance of the Finger Lakes Land Trust, an important corridor linking two DEC-owned properties will now be open to everyone in the state for recreational enjoyment,” said Commissioner Joe Martens.
The land is a mix of northern hardwoods, white pine, and young early successional habitat. There are also some wetlands and a tributary to Six Mile Creek on the land. The property had been enrolled in the 480-a Forest Tax Law Program, a program that provides a tax reduction in return for managing forestlands. The valuable wildlife property will continue to be managed as a working forest providing forest products, watershed protection, and habitat.