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2022 Annual Report Highlights

Thanks to you...

We wanted to share some of the highlights from 2022 that you made happen. As a community-supported conservation organization, you, our donors, partners, landowners, and volunteers are what makes it all possible. Here are some highlights:



  • Worked with eight farm families on state farmland grants to conserve 2,791 acres in Jefferson and Oneida Counties.
  • Farmers reinvest to improve or sustain their operations while conserving the land.
  • 14 farmland protection projects underway.
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  • As of 2022, a total of 22,008 acres are conserved, including farms, woodlands, wetlands, and waterways. The majority are managed and owned by local families.
  • Several projects underway in Herkimer County, including one to conserve 700 acres in partnership with a rod and hunt club.

Conservation Areas and Trails

  • Finished clearing and marking the initial 10 miles of the Tug Hill Traverse Trail. Began trail improvements at the French Settlement Road Public Conservation Area.
  • Two public conservation areas were initiated in 2022, bringing the total to four.


  • Volunteers ranging in age from 6 to 87 donated 234 hours of time and talent. Thanks to them, new trails, new friends, and new memories were made.


  • Expanded educational programs in the southern part of the Tug Hill region to include partnerships with local schools, community organizations, New American farming programs, youth development, and 4-H.
  • 35 of the 52 birding teams registered for the 2022 Tug Hill Bird Quest were new to the event; 41 species of birds were observed at feeders during the Tug Hill Bird Quest.

Community Programs

  • Hosted programs for the general public ranging from walks, hikes, bird watching, and canoeing.
  • Expanded programs to include urban areas, youth and elders.

2022 Financials

As a nationally accredited land trust, we believe in building an organization that is here to stay.

Your gifts are investments in the future of all who visit Tug Hill — as well as the wildlife and community members who call it home.

Our success is your success.

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 2022 Financial Statement. Conservation Easement Grants reflect state and federal government grants received for the purchase of the easements.