February 2017: SMHT received a donation of 39 acres of land that includes historic features: a portion of the West Branch Feeder of the Chenango Canal; a portion of the Ontario and Western (O&W) railroad bed; wetland that was an ice pond in the 19th and early 20th centuries. We hope to establish a public hiking trail on the property. More details in the spring.
On July 15, 2014 SMHT acquired a donated conservation easement on 26.5 acres of mostly wooded land in the Town of Madison about 2 miles North of the Village of Hamilton, NY. The owners are preserving a property with a beautiful stream and waterfall, stands of hemlock and spruce and a border with the historic Madison Feeder of the Chenango Canal. A trail along the feeder connects to the Gateway Reserve of SMHT and will be part of a string of protected lands along the feeder canal. The Madison Feeder Trail and an overview of the relationship of the SMHT Gateway Reserve to other properties in the local area is shown in this annotated aerial view
In 2013, SMHT purchased an approximately 4 acre property just north of the Village of Hamilton in the Town of Madison, NY. The Gateway Reserve is located at the junction of Johnnycake Hill and West Lake Roads and provides public access to the Madison Feeder of the Chenango Canal and a “gateway’ to a larger protected wetland. More...