Update, 1/7/2014: We have now reached $2.64 million, and need only another $156,000. Thank you!
Update, 12/15/2014: Since we posted this appeal, we have raised $550,000 and made it to $2.55 million out of the $2.8 total. Only $250,000 to go! Thank you to everyone who has donated!
We will soon be purchasing 73 acres adjacent to our property along Mianus River Road and East Middle Patent Road in North Castle. This property, known as the Levene property, is the #1 priority property for the Gorge as ranked by our land matrix used to evaluate land parcels for protection.
This 73 acre parcel on East Middle Patent Rd includes the Piping Brook headwaters, a pristine tributary to the Mianus River — the source of drinking water for over 100,000 people in CT and NY. A single parcel of 73 acres of undeveloped land is a rarity in our area, and the opportunity for us to protect it forever is happening now.
In addition to funds from the Gorge’s own land fund, we have had the help of generous donors, foundations, and the Town of North Castle to raise over $2,000,000. We now need to raise $850,000 to fund the balance of the purchase and ensure that this property is added to the Mianus River Gorge Preserve. We are down to the wire and need your help!
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Why is protecting the Levene property important for our community and our environment?
- Piping Brook, a tributary to the Mianus River, runs through the property and provides clean drinking water to the Bargh Reservoir. Development of this property would threaten the quality of this waterway.
- The property is a corridor for wildlife and this parcel links separate Gorge lands from both north-south and east-west.
- This property contains many acres of vernal pools, wetlands, and flood plains — important areas for water filtration and homes for rare plants and animals. The west side of Piping Brook in particular is is rich in rare native wildflowers.
- This property is made up of lowland wetlands and hardwood forests, “high-and-dry” ridgeline habitats, and rocky steep slopes. Thus, in addition to a lot of raw acreage, this property contains an array of habitat types that serve as home for many native species.
If you would like to learn more about this acquisition, please email Rod Christie at email@example.com or call 914-234-3455.