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.

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.

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 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.

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

  1. Jerry Maynard Says:

    The CRC will pledge $500 to this cause

  2. Says:

    Holy Wah!

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

  3. Tony Says:

    Personally, I’d rather see houses built on the dead river below McClure dam than have trails and bikers cut through that forest.
    I don’t believe bikers with their heads down counting calories really SEE the nature around them and have blindly passed me oblivious to me existence. Please keep the bike trails away from river if possible. Ruins what it’s alll about.
    I admit I trespassed on mrs Peters land all my life, and believe I met her once walking on the trails. We had nice conversation about mushrooms. I never had a a motorized vehicle or anything with tires on the land except my own two feet to carry me places nothing else’s could.
    Not that I have a say in it, but it’ll never be the same with organizations saying “ hey, put a trail through there”..

  4. Says:

    Hi Tony!

    Thank you so much for your feedback – this is exactly what we’re looking for! You absolutely have a say in what happens on the Dead River Community Forest; that’s actually the whole point of the “community forest!” A community forest is not “just another” nature preserve, it’s a tract of land that is held for the public, managed plans are developed with direct input from the public, and indeed the hands-on mangement of the land will be enacted by members of the public who are interested in the well-being of the land as well.

    The Dead River Community forest will be a forest managed for the community, by the community. Instead of a tract of private land that one must tresspass on in order to enjoy, until that landowner moves on and a sign goes up, or sells it to a developer and another big-box store fills the forest, the DRCF will be land open to the public for recreation, education, and exploration for the health of everyone who is impacted by it. If you have concerns about what happens on that land, whether placement of trails, areas to be kept wild, types of use or education you’d like to see, we NEED your input!

    We will be hosting public input meetings repeatedly throughout the next year and a half while we work to raise the funds to protect the Dead River Community Forest from becoming an over-harvested housing development. We want the community to tell us what to do with the land. That’s the whole point! Please send an email with some basic contact information, and we can send you an invite to our next steering committee meeting or just keep you in the loop on when we’re hosting public input sessions. We will also announce out public input meetings on all major media outlets, so keep your eyes and ears open for that.

    Thanks again for the feedback – we’re looking forward to hearing more!

  5. Kaleb Martin Says:

    Myself, I’d rather see trails and paths built around the river than houses and streets 100% of the time. Not only are houses, streets, cars, and lawns more destructive and polluting to the watershed in a plethora of ways, but designated paths also help keep people OFF the forest floor, damaging plants and insect homes. People on bikes and foot can have much more freedom without houses near the river, no chance of trespassing and no loud cars ruining the peace. Whether the Dead River or the Chocolate River, or any cold water stream, we need to stop developing these lands with housing and businesses. By providing easy access to everyone without a neighborhood in the way, the public can start learning about the nature near these watersheds and also learn how to help protect these areas.

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