DRYDEN, N.Y.—The Etna Nature Preserve is expanding with the acquisition of an 11 acre parcel of land along Fall Creek. 

The Finger Lakes Land Trust (FLLT), a nonprofit nature conservation organization, announced the acquisition Monday. The 11-acre acquisition is part of a floodplain and contains over 3,100 feet of creek front. 

The Etna Nature Preserve, located in the Hamlet of Etna in the Town of Dryden on Lower Creek Road, now comes to 35 acres with the 11-acre acquisition, according to FLLT. The preserve features a trail that runs through wetlands, woods, and along a tributary stream and is advertised as a great place for birdwatching by the land trust. 

FLLT credited the estate of Margaret Bald with supporting the expansion of the Etna Nature Preserve, as well as funding from the organization’s Finger Lakes Forever campaign.

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