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Fall Edition

November, 2022


First Day Hike

Join us for our First Day Walk of the year at Pleasant Valley Preserve on January 1st at 10AM.  Start the new year off right with an invigorating excursion at one of our most popular preserves.  Dig out your snow shoes, mud boots, cross country skis, walking sticks, gloves, hats, and scarves.  All manner of forward movement is welcome.  We look forward to seeing you there!  Please RSVP.

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A Letter From Our New Executive Director

Simon Solomon

Dear Friends of the Central New York Land Trust,

I am excited to announce that I have joined the Central New York Land Trust as the new Executive Director! Although our physical land trust office is located at 7 Fennell Street in Skaneateles, I’ve been fortunate to have been introduced to many of our supporters while touring several of the 51 preserves managed by the CNY Land Trust since my arrival at the end of August.

My background includes more than fifteen years of land management experience, while serving the past ten years as Executive Director at the not-for-profit Rogers Environmental Education Center located in Sherburne, N.Y. I enjoy building bridges (both literally and figuratively) and look forward to bringing my knowledge of grant writing, fundraising, community development, and passion for doing what’s right for our environment to this nearly 50+ year old organization, The Central New York Land Trust.

I was raised in Central New York, received my B.S. from a college in western New York and currently reside with my young family in Cazenovia. I am more than confident in the abilities of the CNY Land Trust staff and thank them for being so welcoming and accepting of me. The CNY Land Trust board of directors has also been very supportive of me in my role and I look forward to growing this organization alongside this amazing team.

This coming year has many exciting changes ahead, including multiple property transfers from Ducks Unlimited to the CNY Land Trust in Oswego County. Thanks to NAWCA “North American Wetlands Conservation Act”, funding has been allocated to restore two properties back to their original state after having been converted to muck farms and onion plantations years ago.

Lastly, we are in the midst of managing one of the largest NYS consolidated funding grants ever received by a non-profit for property acquisition in and around the Skaneateles Lake Watershed through New York’s Water Quality Improvement Program.  These grants provide immense opportunity to ensure we acquire key parcels of land that directly impact both the surrounding watershed and the City of Syracuse water supply.  However, as an organization we must raise $1.5 million to fulfill the matching requirements of the grants.  This will take all of our collective effort to secure and will be the focus of much of our fundraising efforts this year.  


I hope to have the opportunity to get to know all of you - our volunteers, donors, partners, and neighbors. I appreciate your continued support of the Central New York Land Trust and look forward to sharing our experiences and news with you as things develop.



Simon M. Solomon
Executive Director

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EverGreen EverBlue

A Barbeque to Remember

Perfect weather and the promise of a near full moon marked the start of our second annual EverGreen EverBlue fundraiser at Bachar Farm.   We were joined by new and long-term members of the Central New York Land Trust community who were able to meet and greet under perfect September skies.  

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Simon Solomon, Executive Director

The proceeds from EverGreen EverBlue help to fund our operational expenses, and allows us to gather with members of our community who share our commitment to conserving Central New York.

For many of you, this year's event was an opportunity to meet our new Executive Director, Simon Solomon, who was introduced by Andy Obernesser, Board Chair.  Both Andy and Simon spoke about this new chapter in the land trust's history, looking forward to leading the conservation efforts of the Skaneateles Lake watershed and beyond.

Paul Porter, Director of Stewarship detailed some of the plans specific to the Bachar and Albanese properties, and the significance of these two parcels in the Skaneateles watershed.  

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Andy Obernesser, Board Chair

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Paul Porter, Director of Stewardship