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September 24, 2018

Sunoco Partners with Friends of Great Bear, CNY Land Trust


FULTON – On Oct. 26, Friends of Great Bear and CNY Land Trust were invited to tour the Sunoco Ethanol Plant located in Volney.

From left kneeling: Sandy Bonanno and Sue Bray. Standing from left: Sue Fritzen (Sunoco), Dick Drosse, Margaret Bocsor, Doug Bray, Naneen Drosse and Tom Castiglia (Sunoco).

From left kneeling: Sandy Bonanno and Sue Bray. Standing from left: Sue Fritzen (Sunoco), Dick Drosse, Margaret Bocsor, Doug Bray, Naneen Drosse and Tom Castiglia (Sunoco).

The plant, spanning more than 90 acres, produces nearly 85 million
gallons of ethanol yearly. 350 million pounds of CO2 are captured and resold for use in manufacturing and other industries.

Tim Hardy, general manager of the facility, presented an overview of plant operations and the stages for the production from corn to ethanol fuel.

A tour of the plant for the Friends group was led by Tom Castiglia, document control coordinator, and Sue Fritzen, logistics coordinator.

Sunoco has formed a community partnership with Friends of Great Bear and the CNY Land Trust.

Hardy was pleased to present a donation of $2,000 and pledging another $2,000 to support the Campaign to Save Whiskey Island and Northern Great Bear.

This portion of Great Bear land is currently for sale.

Friends of Great Bear has partnered with the CNY Land Trust to acquire this land so that it will remain a part of Great Bear Springs Recreation Area, open for public enjoyment.

Many visitors at Great Bear call it “A piece of the Adirondacks in Central New York.”

Friends of Great Bear with CNY Land Trust has applied for a CFA grant to NYS Parks for funding of the land purchase.

If awarded, along with corporate and community help, Friends and CNY Land Trust will be able to purchase the property.

The town of Volney will keep it as  part of Great Bear.

Friends of Great Bear is a volunteer group which acts as trail stewards maintaining Great Bear Recreation Area.

CNY Land Trust is a 501c3 non profit organization.

The Land Trust seeks to preserve and protect natural areas in order to provide our communities clean water, clean air, wildlife habitat and a chance to connect with the land.

For more information go to the websites: www.friendsofgreatbear.org or www.cnylandtrust.org.

Or please contact: Richard Drosse, coordinator, Friends of Great Bear, 315-343-4565, [email protected]

Or Merredith Perreault, executive director of the Central New York Land Trust Inc., 315-575-8839  [email protected]

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