An aerial view of the Sims Tract with 4,000 feet of frontage on Cayuga Lake, recently acquired by the Finger Lakes Land Trust.

FINGER LAKES — The Finger Lakes Land Trust (FLLT) announced it has acquired 200 acres featuring 4,000 feet of shoreline on the east side of Cayuga Lake in the town of Lansing, Tompkins County. Conserving the property – located directly across from Taughannock Falls State Park – safeguards an important viewshed for the region, creates new recreation opportunities, and helps protect the lake’s water quality by prohibiting development on its steep slopes.

The view of the Sims Tract from Taughannock Falls State Park. The acquisition protects this viewshed from development.
The view of Taughannock Point, seen from the Cayuga cliffs on the Sims Tract.

The diverse property features meadows, woodlands, gorges, waterfalls, and panoramic lake views from several locations. Pitch pine and red cedar trees stand above exposed ledges while mature hardwood forest covers a prominent ridge overlooking the lake. Multiple creeks and streams flow through hemlock studded gorges on their way to Cayuga Lake.

The shoreline is part of a National Audubon Society-designated Important Bird Area and the property contains substantial portions of two county-designated Unique Natural Areas: Lake Cliffs North of Myers Point and Hidden Glens.

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