OLT is pleased to announce the official grand opening of Parslow Road Conservation Area, an 86 acre public access property on OLT’s Blueway along Oaks Creek.
OLT is hosting a grand opening event at the site on Saturday, May 23rd, with fun festivities scheduled. An “Early Bird” guided birding hike will be held at 9:00 am, a brief opening ceremony at 10:00 am, pancake breakfast catered by Jerry’s Place starting at 10:15 am and a wetland plant hike with Patrick Raney of The Wetland Trust will take place at 11:00 am.
Parslow Road Conservation Area was acquired by OLT in 2012 with funding provided by a generous anonymous donor. The property has a rich history in agriculture, once being farm fields, apple orchards and a tree nursery. Now, majority of the land is wetland, providing a healthy habitat for regional and migratory wildlife.
Since acquisition, the site has gone through many improvements, including the establishment of trails, canoe/kayak access and a new parking lot and information kiosk. The trail work was done by OLT’s stewardship volunteers, the parking area construction was completed by a local contractor and the timber frame kiosk was built by Hawk Circle.
Funding for these projects was provided by Upper Susquehanna Coalition, Alice Busch-Gronewaldt Foundation, Canadarago Lake Improvement Association, The C. J. Heilig Foundation, Land Trust Alliance, The National Scenic Byways Program, The National Park Service Chesapeake Gateways Program, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Royal Bank of Canada Blue Water Project Community Action Program, Scriven Foundation, and the S.L. Gimbel Foundation Advised Fund at the Community Foundation-Inland Southern California.
“Otsego Land Trust is excited to officially open Parslow Road Conservation Area. To bring this project of a safe and accessible public site to completion, the effort was fostered by support from the surrounding communities as well as through strengthening partnerships with foundations and other organizations, both locally and nationally,” explained OLT Outreach Coordinator, Sara Scheeren. “Parslow Road offers so many opportunities for outdoor recreation for our region, and forever protected land and water for our natural community. One hike around the property and you will experience for yourself why the Conservation Area is such a gem.”