FULTON – The Friends of Great Bear and the Central New York Land Trust are pleased to announce that Fulton Savings Bank has made a generous, “trail-blazing” pledge of $20,000 to the Campaign to Save Whiskey Island and Northern Great Bear.
“Fulton Savings Bank has pledged to help save the northern third of Great Bear Springs Recreation Area, knowing the importance of this well-loved place in Oswego County,” said Nancy Kush Ellis, vice president of marketing/human resources.
For more than 145 years, Fulton Savings Bank has been committed to providing customers with excellent, personalized service and expert guidance to meet their financial goals.
Great Bear Springs Recreation Area comprises approximately 444 acres along the east bank of the Oswego River, with access from County Route 57, between the village of Phoenix and the city of Fulton.
The northern 130 acres is privately owned and is now for sale.
Friends of Great Bear and the Central New York Land Trust, two local organizations with a deep commitment to the land, have partnered to raise $165,000 to acquire this property, including Whiskey Island and Northern Great Bear.
Great Bear Springs Recreation Area features a mix of forests, fields and wetlands with almost eight miles of marked trails over varied terrain, accessible to people of all ages and physical abilities year round, free of charge.
Hikers, bicyclists, equestrians and more find an opportunity for healthful outdoor activity.
Protecting Northern Great Bear and Whiskey Island will keep Great Bear Springs Recreation Area intact for permanent public enjoyment.
Any gift between $20,000 and $49,999 is considered a trail-blazer gift.
If you would like to join this campaign, please go to FriendsOfGreatBear.org and CNYLandtrust.org.