An Opportunity to Protect the Chocolay River



Do you love the Chocolay River?

We do, especially now that we have established the Chocolay Bayou Nature Preserve.  So, here’s a thought: How about protecting more land upstream? 

For a short time, an anonymous donor is offering to donate to UPLC over 100 acres along about a mile of the river in Chocolay Township.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Female kingfisher cruising along the section of Chocolay River being offered to UPLC. 

Easy access to the river would be available via easement near the upstream end of the property.


The catch is that whenever we accept a donation of conservation land, we must also secure enough funding to cover our ongoing expenses, such as annual monitoring costs and legal defense insurance.  In this case, as in many others that come to us each year, the donor is “land rich and cash poor” and cannot donate funds in addition to the land itself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The habitat is a mixture lowland conifers and hardwoods with some areas of higher ground suitable for a trail. The offered property consists mostly of dense riparian habitat as shown in the left and upper half of the right photo.


We don’t like turning away “free land”, especially great wildlife habitat like this property, home to kingfishers and all manner of wetland and aquatic flora and fauna.  However, the truth is that protecting land in perpetuity is not free.

 

We need at least $10,000 in stewardship funding to be able to accept this potential gift.


So, if you do love the Chocolay, have some extra cash, and want a tax deduction, give us a call.  Or maybe you would like to help create a memorial preserve for a loved person who loved the river.  We know this is a long shot, but you don’t catch any fish if you don’t go fishing, nor will you catch fish if we don’t work together to protect the river.

Donate to our “Land Rich, Cash Poor” Fund below to help us to take this project on! You can also call or send a check as you see fit, of course. Your donations are tax-deductible, and we will send you a receipt for your records. If we are unable to raise the money needed to accept this Chocolay River project, (or if we raise more than necessary) we will retain the funds in the hopes that the next time a “land rich, cash poor” donation crosses our paths, we’ll be able to protect land with your help.



2 Responses to “An Opportunity to Protect the Chocolay River”

  1. Jerry Maynard Says:

    The CRC will pledge $500 to this cause

  2. uplc@uplandconservancy.org Says:

    Holy Wah!

    Thank you so much, Jerry and the CRC!! We will be in touch with you today!

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