MRG Celebrates Historic Acquisition

On November 18, 2021, Mianus River Gorge closed on the purchase of three parcels comprising 17.5 acres and the donation of a 5.7-acre conservation easement by Scott Kurnit to protect 23.2 acres of historic land bordered on three sides by the Mianus River Gorge Preserve. MRG received leadership support from individual donors, its Board of Trustees, and local private foundations to help raise the full purchase price of $1.7M for the parcels purchased.

The acquisition of land previously owned by one of the original co-founders of Mianus River Gorge will not only protect it from development but will safeguard a pond, wetlands, and vernal pools. This property also will serve as a significant buffer to the unique old-growth forest comprised of 400-year-old hemlocks and will act as a vital corridor for the movement of wildlife throughout the area.

Mianus River Gorge purchased an important 11-acre portion of this high-priority property in 2018, and is thankful to now have the ability to preserve and protect the entire 34 acres of land for the ecological health of the Preserve, the benefit of the community, and the enjoyment of future generations.

Land preservation is at the very heart of Mianus River Gorge’s mission to preserve, protect and promote appreciation of the natural heritage of the Mianus River watershed through land acquisition and conservation, scientific research and public education throughout the region. Over its 65-year history, Mianus River Gorge, located in Bedford, NY, has successfully completed over 300 land projects and protects over 1,200 acres of land in the Mianus River Watershed.

As a 501 (c) (3), not-for-profit organization, Mianus River Gorge relies solely on individual donors, foundations, and corporations to fulfill its mission.

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The Todd Pond in Mianus River Gorge Preserve
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