Cornell Plantations Expands With 17.43 Acre Gift

With a gift of 17.43 acres of land from Prof. Emeritus David K. Bandler, food science, last January, Cornell Plantations’ Fischer Old-Growth Forest Natural Area in the town of Newfield has now expanded from 30 acres to nearly 60 acres, according to the Cornell Plantations. The new addition will be integrated into the pre-existing Plantations and will operate in the same manner, according to Dr. Christopher Dunn, director of the Plantations. “It does, certainly, add to the amount of land we have to manage, but in fact it provides greater opportunities to engage faculty, students and the community in a better understanding and appreciation of the natural world around us,” Dunn said. The new land — which consists of “herbaceous and shrub-dominated old fields and young successional forests,” according to a Plantations press release — will offer visitors the opportunity to observe ecological succession. The Fischer Old-Growth Forest is one of the few remaining pre-European settlement forests in the region, according to the release.

GUEST ROOM | What’s New at The Cornell Plantations?

As the Ithaca landscape begins shifting from green to glowing orange and red; as summer wanes and fall approaches, some exciting changes are emerging at Cornell Plantations. We have embarked on a process to develop a new strategic plan and brand identity that will support and enhance the Engaged Cornell and Global Cornell initiatives. It is a happy coincidence that, at a Spring meeting of the Employee Assembly, the issue of the appropriateness of our name was raised. The issues voiced at the E.A. further motivate our rebranding and provide us with information that will better inform our decisions and direction. Our strategic planning and rebranding is the first major initiative in my tenure as Director of Cornell Plantations.  About 18 months ago, I accepted an exciting and challenging opportunity at Cornell University to serve as Director of the Plantations, which includes the arboretum, botanical garden and natural areas of Cornell University.