Re: Earthcare Committee 12:30 today: all welcome

Amala Lane

Please consider joining this action against the auction of NYSEG land:

Horror in Ithaca: See below. The last stretch of natural Cayuga shoreland suddenly to be sold for profitable 'development' instead of cared for by the beloved Finger Lakes Land Trust, as had almost been agreed, when this was overridden by corporate NYSEG -- but if our NYSEG can "develop" this last part for instant profit, then why should anyone be able to say anything more ever, about the burning of the Amazon? 
Strong local action is needed immediately to try to stop the auction.
Please sign the protest forwarded below. Take action as urged below.
Please circulate. --Let's defeat this. Let's keep the last stretch.

NYSEG's Bell Station In Lansing Up For Auction

Compiled by Donna Scott and Suan Yong

Towards the northwest corner of the Town of Lansing is a parcel of lakeshore property known as Bell Station, located between Nut Ridge Road and the former Cayuga Operating Company Power Plant. This approximately-471-acre parcel, owned by New York State Electric and Gas Co. (NYSEG), remains mostly wooded and has 3400 feet (over ½ mile) of undeveloped shoreline, a rare feature in the 11 Finger Lakes, let alone on Cayuga Lake.

Much of the property has been designated by Tompkins County as a Unique Natural Area. The Finger Lakes Land Trust (FLLT) has been working in good faith for many years to secure this land as a conservation area at a fair price, with full support of the Lansing Town Board and Conservation Advisory Council, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

In late August, 2021, we learned that NYSEG intends to auction off the property to the highest bidder.  The FLLT is unlikely to win an open auction, and the most likely outcome is the development of the shoreline for private homes or other projects. We understand that this decision came from corporate, and not from the local NYSEG offices who have been very helpful with installing Osprey platforms, among other conservation efforts.

The auction is slated for October 11-13, 2021. The listing can be found at:<>

What Can You Do to Help Take Bell Station off the Auction Block?

Strong local action is needed immediately to try to stop the auction.

Signing this petition<> could be a start. Don't forget to share the link on your social media accounts to help spread the word.

Letters by individuals may be sent to:

Send a letter to NY Senator Helming. She is very supportive and wants letters and messages to show others. Public officials and other people to contact are listed near the bottom of this page on our website:<>

Additional Information:
Finger Lakes Land Trust Fact Sheet<>
Cayuga Bird Club letter to NY Senator Helming<>
Aerial Footage of the area<>


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