Purchased from our neighbors, William and Nancy Clark, in July 2020, this 11.3 acres abuts our Mills Preserve and connects Dingle Ridge Road and Finch Road. This undeveloped property, named for a long-term NSOLF Board Member, is a mix of wetland, stream, and dry upland and extends a wildlife corridor from near the Connecticut border all the way to Rt. 121 in North Salem. A trail connects Jeff Morris Preserve to Mills Preserve, but also Gaymark Preserve, allowing a causal hike along a small creek and into dry uplands of approximately two and a half miles. There are already bridle trails in these preserves and walking trails will complement the area for birders and nature lovers as well.
As of January 2018, this hidden gem has been added to the land protected in North Salem. We are deeply grateful to our late Board Member and local environmentalist, Paula Weil, for her incredibly generous gift of 88 acres, now known as the Weil Preserve. The possiblities for this beautiful property are endless. The Board of Trustees is currently deciding how to best conserve this invaluable treasure of fields, forests and trails - please check back periodically to learn more. The Weil Preserve is not open to the public, but serves as the headquarters for the foundation's offices and workshops. It is open by invitation only and for special events.
Since NSOLF's beginning in 1974 we have preserved roughly 850 acres that we own outright, which will remain preserved and undeveloped forever. We maintain this land with the help of volunteer land stewards, either keeping the space protected and unused or granting public access for walking, skiing, birding, and riding. It is our goal to increase the protected space in our town for plant and animal habitats as well as for human enjoyment.
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This 6+ acre preserve was donated to the Foundation in 2016 by Lois and Ken Lippmann. Bordering our Lances Preserve, Titicus Road, and the Titcus River, this immensely important parcel is a floodplain forest which filters and purifies flood waters by reducing the amountof silt, sediments, and other pollutants that would otherwsie flow into water bodes such as the Titicus Reservoir, in this case. Combined with Lances Preserve, 8 acres are now protected in the center of North Salem.
Steward: Josh Leicht
To ensure the well being of environmentally sensitive plants and animals, the ecology of water resources, as well as protecting the pristine and safe conditions for all visitors to our properties, dogs must be leashed and under the control of their owners at all times on all preserves.
We are grateful for your cooperation!