It is with great pleasure that we are able to add an 11-acre parcel in honor of late Board Member, Jeff Morris. The new Jeff Morris Preserve is adjacent to Mills Preserve, off of Dingle Ridge Road. The preservation of this land was made possible largely by the generous matching grant of Jeff’s wife, Janet Olshansky.
Jeff was a longtime Board Member and friend of NSOLF, who worked tirelessly to conserve over 500 acres across North Salem and bring many new members to NSOLF. After Jeff’s passing in 2020, Janet came to us with the idea of conserving a parcel in his name. We are delighted that with Janet’s matching grant and many kindhearted donors, we were able to secure the land in perpetuity.
We will soon be blazing trails to connect the Morris Preserve to Mills Preserve and Gaymark Preserve - making an extended trail system across three parcels. We look forward to being able to host hikes at the Jeff Morris Preserve. Please keep checking back for updated information and a trail map.
As of January 2018, this hidden gem has been added to the land protected in North Salem. We are deeply grateful to our late Board Member and local environmentalist, Paula Weil, for her incredibly generous gift of 88 acres, now known as the Weil Preserve. The possiblities for this beautiful property are endless. The Board of Trustees is currently deciding how to best conserve this invaluable treasure of fields, forests and trails - please check back periodically to learn more. The Weil Preserve is not open to the public, but serves as the headquarters for the foundation's offices and workshops. It is open by invitation only and for special events.
Since NSOLF's beginning in 1974 we have preserved roughly 850 acres that we own outright, which will remain preserved and undeveloped forever. We maintain this land with the help of volunteer land stewards, either keeping the space protected and unused or granting public access for walking, skiing, birding, and riding. It is our goal to increase the protected space in our town for plant and animal habitats as well as for human enjoyment.
This 6+ acre preserve was donated to the Foundation in 2016 by Lois and Ken Lippmann. Bordering our Lances Preserve, Titicus Road, and the Titcus River, this immensely important parcel is a floodplain forest which filters and purifies flood waters by reducing the amountof silt, sediments, and other pollutants that would otherwsie flow into water bodes such as the Titicus Reservoir, in this case. Combined with Lances Preserve, 8 acres are now protected in the center of North Salem.
Steward: Josh Leicht
To ensure the well being of environmentally sensitive plants and animals, the ecology of water resources, as well as protecting the pristine and safe conditions for all visitors to our properties, dogs must be leashed and under the control of their owners at all times on all preserves.
We are grateful for your cooperation!