Bishop Nature Preserve

Bruce Bishop immediately began to reforest the land, planting approximately 30,000 conifer seedlings and 10,000 wildlife shrubs over the next 30-35 years
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The Bishop Preserve was a worn-out farm field that was purchased by Bruce Bishop in 1959. Bruce immediately began to reforest the land, planting approximately 30,000 conifer seedlings and 10,000 wildlife shrubs over the next 30-35 years. Although he died in February of 1994, he had been thoughtful enough to donate this land to the Finger Lakes Land Trust in 1993. Bruce was an extraordinary steward of the land and an inspiration to us all about what one man can do to heal the land.

The preserve now attracts a wide variety of wildlife, for example, deer, fox, coyote and an abundance of birds. Because of the low-lying location of the preserve--just south of the Seneca River, and just east of Seneca Lake--the area is often damp, with intermittent streams. Good opportunities for bird watching exist along the paths and  the former railroad bed that borders the preserve. The strip of land between the railroad bed and the Seneca River (the Barge Canal) is also open to the public, as it is owned by New York State.

The Bishop Nature Preserve is located in the town of Fayette, just east of the north end of Seneca Lake. From Geneva, go east on Route 5 & 20, then south on 96A. Take the first left, on West River Road. From Ithaca, take Route 96 north to Route 96A north. Take a right on West River Road (some maps show East River Road), just before the bridge over the barge canal. Drive a short distance until you see woods and the preserve sign on the left. Parking is on the grass near an abandoned shed.

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