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.
- 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.
- Hosted programs for the general public ranging from walks, hikes, bird watching, and canoeing.
- Expanded programs to include urban areas, youth and elders.
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.
*Based on Audited 2022 Financial Statement. Conservation Easement Grants reflect state and federal government grants received for the purchase of the easements.