Thurber Nature Preserve
Like its donor, Mrs. Alice Thurber, the Thurber Preserve is a real treasure.
Located in the Village of McLean (Town of Groton), off Cemetery Lane, the
preserve has an exceptionally lush and diverse understory of spring wildflowers,
ferns, and native yew . The 11-acre preserve is part of the Tompkins County
Unique Natural Area known as McLean Woods, with sugar maples--some over
100 feet tall--dominant in the canopy. It has the rich soils typical of
undisturbed bottomland forests, and the vigorous herbaceous plants one might
expect, but which so often have been destroyed. Several species here are
ranked as scarce in the Cayuga Lake Basin. Fall Creek runs nearby, and probably
played a part in providing the site with its rich soils.
This preserve should serve as a reminder to us all of how much better--and less costly--it is to preserve special places in the first place, than to attempt their restoration once they've been tampered with or destroyed.
Thank you, Alice Thurber (a gem of a lady) for this gem of a preserve!