SPAFFORD, N.Y. (AP) — A preservation group has acquired 900 feet of shoreline along a central New York lake that provides drinking water for 220,000 people including some of the city of Syracuse.
The Finger Lakes Land Trust says the acquisition is part of its work to create a green belt around the south end of Skaneateles (skin-ee-AT'-luhs) Lake.
The acquisition includes the Staghorn Cliffs, steep cliffs with fossilized coral reef next to the land trust's Cora Kampfe Dickinson Preserve. Bald eagles and cerulean warblers live on the cliffs.
Part of the funding to buy the land came from the state Department of Environmental Conservation's Water Quality Improvement Project. The purchase is a priority project in the state's Open Space Conservation Plan, developed in 2016 to protect natural resources.