MHLC welcomes the public to the grand opening of a new preserve in Colonie, the second preserve opening of our 25th anniversary year!
On October 21st, you are invited by the Conservancy to join our growing community of Capital Region supporters at the grand opening of the Fox Preserve in Colonie. The parking lot is located on River Road in Latham. The celebration begins at 10 AM with a light breakfast, followed by a grand opening ceremony. After the ceremony, guided tours of the new trails will head out to explore the autumn beauty of this preserve. The deep reds of the autumn oak leaves will create a beautiful backdrop for photographs, and guests are encouraged to bring a camera. This preserve is also a prime birdwatching spot, as field and forest habitats create important nesting sites, and the nearby Mohawk River provides prime hunting grounds for eagles and ospreys.
This event is free, but you must reserve your spot by registering online.
Stewardship and Volunteer Coordinator Sawyer Cresap anticipates that the trails of Fox Preserve will be a popular hiking spot: “The Fox Preserve trails, which wind over the rolling topography of open fields and through the shaded beauty of old oaks, were completed with the help of many MHLC volunteers. An overlook picnic area is available for hikers and bicyclists to enjoy views of the Mohawk River. We welcome all nature lovers to join us for this special opening event on October 21st, which will feature guided hikes for all to experience this newly protected landscape in Colonie.”
The Fox Preserve will be a wonderful new destination for pedestrians and bicyclists from the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail. This 70-acre property was donated to MHLC by Dr. Patricia Fox in 2015. Dr. Fox owned the property for over 30 years, and it is one of the last remaining areas of open space in this area of the Town of Colonie. Conservation Director Sarah Walsh writes, “the Fox Preserve is unique as it conserves 70 acres in a rapidly-developing part of Colonie. As Colonie grows, preserving green spaces like these for residents and visitors to get outside in the woods is increasingly important to ensure a healthy community. This property is adjacent to the Mohawk River and the Vischer Ferry Preserve to the north, providing a large block of protected land, which is vital for creating a balance between the built and natural environments and to provide habitat for wildlife and green corridors wildlife movement.”
This is our second new preserve to open in 2017; the Strawberry Fields Nature Preserve in Amsterdam was opened in May to a reception of over 150 guests. Both grand openings are part of our year-long celebration of 25 years of conserving land in the Capital Region.
We hope you will join us on October 21st for the grand opening of this beautiful preserve, which is sure to become a favorite spot for hikers, birdwatchers, and visiting bicyclists from the Mohawk Hudson Bike-Hike Trail. RSVP Today!