Indian River Lakes Conservancy Celebrates Milestone

Indian River Lakes Conservancy Celebrates Milestone

Posted: Updated: Jul 04, 2018 11:50 AM

The Indian River Lakes Conservancy is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

"Our mission is to make this area the best place it can be for the native inhabitants and for the human inhabitants that come to visit," conservancy board chair Elliott Hillback said.

The conservancy is a land trust that protects 2,277 acres of the Indian River watershed in northern Jefferson County. 

Hillback says it's a milestone in many ways because over the past few years the organization has been able to expand, hire staff, and gain national accreditation.

There's also have a new trail-side classroom along the two-mile Beatrice Rosemond overlook trail, which is about to become all-access.

“Another exciting aspect of our 20th anniversary is we have a New York State Parks and Recreation grant – historic preservation – for an all-access trail," executive director Wiley Huffman said. "It will be one of the only ones in northern New York.”

The land trust began just over 20 years ago when Henry Carse, who owned a small cottage on Butterfield Lake, decided to offer up a small parcel of land if someone would start a land trust.

Six couples on the lake decided to take up the challenge.

“And we said, 'what can be so hard about starting a land trust, no big deal,'" Hillback said. "And that was 20 years ago and now we have almost three acres of land that we manage.”

You can help out the Indian River Lakes Conservancy by becoming a member.

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