A parcel of farm land Oneida county, New York, was purchased by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation to protect it from development and to preserve the great view of natural beauty. The farm was once in private ownership, and this project will create a green component to the viewshed as well as reclaim the site for trees. In 1994 20,000 Norway spruce and Japanese larch were planted. Norway spruce provides habitat, escape cover and thermal cover in the winter for songbirds and small mammals. In the future this site will be managed for timber and recreational activities such as hunting and cross-country skiing will probably occur. The project was also used as a tour site for Global ReLeaf partners from Canada, Germany, Ireland and the Ukraine and is a local attraction. Future plans include two small parking areas, picnic tables, benches and interpretive sings for the public to enjoy the exception view.
This project was supported by our corporate partner, the Alcoa Foundation.
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