Bell Station is a 500 acre property on Cayuga Lake on the north side of Lansing. With two beautiful gorges, several smaller forested gullies, big woods and 3400 feet of shoreline, the land could be a wonderful natural asset for paddlers, hikers, birders, sportsmen and women, and snowshoers.
Thank you to the Lansing Town Board for their November 20, 2013 vote of support for this great idea! See below, comments submitted by the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network to the Lansing Town Board on January 13, 2014. Comments also available as a printable pdf, lower right.
In the Image Gallery below, click to view map-image of the Bell Station property and photos of FREEZIN for a REASON (first annual) on February 8 2014, and followup event SWARMIN for a WARMIN at Crossroads Grill in Lansing. Thanks to Bob Duckett, Bill Hecht and Roger Hopkins for the photos.
On the right are clickable downloads with information about the Bell Station property and the February 8 Freezin' for a Reason event.
COMMENTS SUBMITTED TO LANSING TOWN BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERVISOR, AND CLERK, January 14 2014 and read aloud at the Town Board's January 15 2014 meeting
Dear Lansing Town Board and Town Clerk:
On behalf of the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network, I am writing to thank the Lansing Town Board for the November 20, 2013 vote supporting the potential designation of the Bell Station property as a state forest or wildlife management area.
The Cayuga Lake Watershed Network was established in the mid-1990s to work with agencies, municipalities, and organizations to support research, public education, and protection of the 860-square mile Cayuga Lake Watershed, which includes the lake and creeks that drain to it. Our five hundred members include numerous Lansing residents.
We support state forest or wildlife management area designation of the 500-acre historic Bell Station property for these reasons:
At 15 miles, Lansing has the longest stretch of Cayuga Lake’s 95-mile shoreline of any municipality. Only a small amount of the 95 miles is natural and open to the public.
Keeping Bell Station in a natural state, with public access, would be a big boost for residents, visitors and Finger Lakes tourists, as well as for the continued good health of the lake itself.
Natural woodlands enhance retention and filtration of runoff, whereas development would increase runoff and erosion and introduce the threats of pollution from agricultural and other human activities.
The Bell Station property’s 3000 [corrected to 3400] feet of shoreline, big woods, creeks and gorges could provide the public with healthful, family-focused outdoor activities including boating, snowshoeing, hiking, birding, hunting and fishing.
The recently-published Cayuga Lake Blueway Trail Report suggests that water and nature-focused tourism along Cayuga’s east shore has growth potential. An accessible Bell Station property would attract visitors to enjoy nature and the lake, who could then seek food, crafts, wineries, cheeses, overnight stays, and other local activities nearby, enhancing the local economy.
Thank you again for your vote to support Lansing’s future and Cayuga Lake’s good health.
Dr. Hilary Lambert, Steward/Executive Director
Cayuga Lake Watershed Network