CWC to Hold Fall Foliage Tour at the David and Margaret Naetzker Preserve

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Chautauqua Watershed Conservatory

Join Jonathan Townsend, CWC’s Conservation Lands Manager, as we explore the David and Margaret Naetzker Preserve, from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 6. Our tour will highlight improvement and restoration efforts made by the CWC on the preserve as we walk through the property’s large stand of mature red maples with their impressive fall foliage. Cider and donuts will be provided.

The 74-acre David and Margaret Naetzker Preserve was acquired in 2016 through a generous donation of land from Margaret Naetzker, as well as private donations that allowed CWC to finance the cost of accepting the land. The Preserve is part of an ongoing ecological restoration project that was funded through the New York State Conservation Partnership Program (NYSCPP) and New York’s Environmental Protection Fund. The NYSCPP is administered by the Land Trust Alliance, in coordination with the state Department of Environmental Conservation. This project has reduced erosion depositing sediment in streams tributary to Chautauqua Lake and created wildlife habitat, while enhancing and expanding public access to natural spaces.  The Naetzker Preserve is one of 30 properties comprising The Chautauqua Watershed and Wildlands Preserve System.


The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing the water quality, scenic beauty and ecological health of the lakes, streams and watersheds of Chautauqua County. The CWC owns and manages nearly 1,000 acres of conserved lands throughout Chautauqua County, which is open for the public to enjoy.