ITHACA -- The Finger Lakes Land Trust, based in Ithaca, has announced another conservation easement -- 100 acres of land in the town of Dryden, in northern Tompkins County.
The land is in an area known as Ellis Hollow, and it was donated by Tom and Robin Seeley. Conservation easements are legal agreements that permanently protect land from development, while it remains in private ownership, on the tax rolls, and can be used for limited commercial purposes such as farming.
All told, the Land Trust has now negotiated 94 conservation easements throughout the Finger Lakes, including four in the Ellis Hollow area of Dryden. Also, at Ellis Hollow, the Land Trust manages a 200-acre nature preserve that'sopen to the public.
Land Trust Executive Director Andy Zepp, a frequent guest on the Finger Lakes Morning News, says of the Ellis Hollow easement -- "this property is truly special and the easement adds to a growing assemblage of protected lands within the Ellis Hollow area." The Finger Lakes Land Trust was established, by Zepp, in 1989.