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.