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2023 Highlights

Last year set the stage for a lot of conservation work, this year.

In 2023, you, and other donors and partners like you helped us serve more people throughout the Tug Hill region, including new conservation project opportunities and community programs:

Public Conservation Areas

  • Enhanced public conservation areas with work on trail improvements, parking areas, and wildlife habitat. We now own over 1,000 acres of land in the region for hiking, walking, and wildlife observation. Work on these areas is continuing in 2024.
  • Continued to advance the Traverse Trail through the Tug Hill’s core forest region. Volunteers are instrumental toward the creation of the 20-mile trail.

Land Conservation Projects

  • Assisted 15 landowners all over the region to conserve their farms, forestlands, wild habitat and streams, protecting thousands of acres of land in the region.
  • Explored opportunities with several landowners who are interested in donating their land to establish new public conservation areas.

Public Education Programs

  • Expanded the horizons for inner-city youth by providing outings on a special property in Forestport known as Camp Woodlot and partnered with Young Scholars Liberty Partnership Program and the Midtown Utica Community Center.
  • Featured birding as a key program that you can join every spring, regardless of whether you live in Tug Hill. The Bird Quest hosted 950 participants divided into 52 teams to observe 49 different species of birds in a 5-month program.
  • Broadened our nature explorers backpack program with local libraries, providing more opportunities for youth to experience nature using the materials in the backpack.

2023 in Focus

A financial summary made possible by you.

We are able to conserve the lands of the Tug Hill Region in a fiscally responsible and efficient manner because of You.

Thank you for supporting us through your financial contributions, volunteer service, or just in spirit. Together, we will continue to ensure that Tug Hill remains one of the best environmentally healthy regions in New York State.

For over 30 years, the Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust has grown to conserve well over 22,000 acres of significant forest, farm, and other wild lands in the Tug Hill Region.

None of this would have been possible if it had not been for your support. With your help, we can double the conservation of our region and conserve special places, while there’s still time. Thank you for being there with us.

For a more detailed financial report call Mark Pacilio to request our 990s. Together, we are leveraging thousands of dollars of state and federal funding to conserve the lands that matter most.

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*Based on audited 2023 financial statement. Grants reflect state and federal government grants received for the purchase of development rights and contributions include all monetary donations to the Land Trust.