Opening of the Touhey Family Nature Reserve in Delmar on Monday
DELMAR, NY (NEWS10) — The Touhey Family Reserve open Monday, offering an easy 1 mile loop through forest habitat with scenic views of the Phillipin Kill River and nearby Phillipin Kill Preserve.
“You don’t have to be a resident of Bethlehem or Delmar or Slingerlands to enjoy this beautiful land. We can participate a little in the balance of environmental justice and allow people to enjoy this land,” says Charles Touhey. “We are very happy today to dedicate and consecrate this magnificent piece of land for the benefit of all.”
The Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy has opened its twentieth preserve, featuring various forests, wetlands, open fields, a small pond and a new trail system, at 911 Delaware Avenue in Delmar. The 49-acre property was the original homestead of the Touhey family – Carl, Charlie, Virginia, John and Lila – well known locally for their philanthropic causes in the community.
“People are discovering the outdoors and discovering the relief there is in congregating on reserves and just walking around enjoying nature,” said MHLC Executive Director Mark King, adding: “We We are very grateful to the Touhey family for this generous gift to the community.” The family worked with MHLC to publicize the Touhey land – once a 100-acre farm stretching from Orchard Street to Delaware Avenue.
MHLC is a non-profit organization that works to preserve and conserve the landscapes of the Mohawk and Hudson River valleys, having protected more than 12,500 acres of land in the Capital Region since 1992. In l honor of the Touhey reserve, the organization’s 20th reserve.donations to the MHLC will be matched, up to $20,000.