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Lewis Family Farm sells land to CATS for preservation, trail corridor

CATS purchase allows for a trail to connect Coon Mountain and Split Rock Wild Forest.

CATS purchase allows for a trail to connect Coon Mountain and Split Rock Wild Forest. Margie Reuther

— “We thank the Lewis Family Farm for contacting us when they considered selling these tracts,” said Maron. “We also thank Open Space Institute, Northeast Wilderness Trust, The Nature Conservancy, Adirondack Land Trust, Eddy Foundation, and the State of New York for protecting other key properties in the Split Rock Wildway and for articulating the importance of conserving habitat connectivity.”

“We are especially pleased with this acquisition because it secures public access to these two properties,” CATS board chair, Katharine Preston, said. “We look forward to when people can hike or ski from Coon Mountain to Split Rock Wild Forest and then continue on trails up to Essex, Willsboro, and Keeseville. I’m also excited by the idea of having a self-guided interpretive nature trail on the Boquet River tract so we can all learn more about rivers, clean water, and streamside ecology.”

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