The Fisher Boulevard Property is officially protected—forever! MHLC reached out to the community for support, and you responded. Within two months, we met (and exceeded!) our fundraising goal, enabling MHLC to complete the project while ensuring permanent stewardship of these 35 acres.
On Thursday, August 30th, the staff, Board, and Advisory Council of the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy joined with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Five Rivers, the Friends of Five Rivers, elected officials, representatives from the Student Conservation Association, and the donors who gave to this incredibly important project. As we met on the Fisher Boulevard Property, in a field lined by milkweed and other wildflowers, monarch butterflies fluttered by while our partners spoke about the great success of this project.
Speakers included DEC Regional Director Keith Goertz, MHLC Executive Director Mark King, Assemblymember Pat Fahy, Senator Neil Breslin, Bethlehem Town Supervisor David Van Luven, Dan Berry of the Friends of Five Rivers, and Student Conservation Association Member Alex Garrigan-Piela.
“The overwhelming response of our community to the Fisher Boulevard project has been inspiring,” said Mark King, Executive Director of MHLC. “Starting with a significant leading contribution from the Board of Directors of the Friends of Five Rivers citizens’ support group, we quickly met and surpassed our fundraising goal through a rush of support from the community. The grassroots movement of our neighbors has been heartening, and we are grateful for their dedication to preserving this idyllic property.” Thank you to all of our supporters who made this work possible. Because of your support, MHLC has preserved this unique property, recognized for its expanse of undeveloped land in an increasingly-developed area, and has added it to the Five Rivers Environmental Education Center.
To read the official press release from MHLC and DEC, click here.
To watch video of the event from DEC, scroll down.
To see DEC’s photos of the event, click here.
To learn more about the Fisher Boulevard Property, click here.
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