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Finger Lakes Land Trust Adds Former Golf Course


The Finger Lakes Land Trust (FLLT) has recently announced that it has acquired 110 acres of land on the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake in Tompkins County, which included the former Cedar View Golf Course.

The golf course closed back in 2021 after being in operation for 50 years by the Larson family. The property is just north of the Bell Station Parcel, also acquired by the land trust last year. Overall, the 110 acres was once part of a dairy farm, it now consists of woodlands with several tributaries to Cayuga Lake.

“We were thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the Larsen family to conserve this special property,” said FLLT Executive Director Andrew Zepp. “Together with Bell Station, this site is large enough to have special significance as habitat for fish and wildlife while also providing outstanding opportunities for outdoor recreation.”

The management area will now have nearly 3,600 feet of lakeshore and over 400 acres of land for wildlife. The FLLT will partner with the US Fish & Wildlife Service on expanding the meadows on the former golf course in order to enhance the grassland habitat for migratory birds. A number of trees will be removed in order for the expansion of the habitat for the “at risk” bird species.

Image via Finger Lakes Land Trust. Photo by Andy Zepp.

The property will remain closed until the habitat improvements are completed. The FLLT says though, the Bell Station property is open for hiking and wildlife observation. More information may be found HERE.

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