Only two months remain to raise the funds needed to purchase 20 acres of ecologically sensitive land in Twin Lakes. To date, Mianus River Gorge Preserve (MRGP), along with generous contributions from private donors, The Nature Conservancy and the Town of Bedford, has raised $3.85 million towards the total purchase price of $4.25 million. An additional $400,000 remains to be raised before the December 31st deadline.
Protecting the 72-acre Twin Lakes property in southeast Bedford NY from development has been a conservation priority for MRGP for over 25 years. Acquiring the entire property ultimately proved to be too expensive, so MRGP has focused its efforts on protecting the most unique and ecologically important land. This 20 acres of continuous forest contains beautiful upland forests, rare flora and fauna and critical watershed lands leading down to the lake. Combined with an existing conservation easement (which MRGP helped secure) and the general protection areas, this land purchase preserves over 60% of the original Twin Lakes forests. An additional 19.5 acres of adjacent land under conservation easement to MRGP on the other “twin” lake across the road makes the total land protected almost 60 acres and protects the majority of the watershed for Pine Brook.
Thank you for helping to make our long-term project of protecting Twin Lakes a reality!