The Westchester Land Trust said today that it has filed suit against the Wolf Conservation Center over that group’s plans to install a fenced-in area for some of its wolves at an 8-acre parcel at the Leon Levy Preserve in Lewisboro.
The town recently signed a lease to allow the center to build the enclosure, the land trust said in a statement.
The land trust, which holds a conservation easement on most of the land in the 370-acre preserve, said that the fence plan would run afoul of the preservation agreement. The plan would require installing fencing, grading land and removing trees, the land trust said.
“Westchester Land Trust does not oppose the Wolf Conservation Center’s mission,” WLT Chairman George Bianco said in a statement. “But WLT is legally obligated to uphold the conservation easement. Our commitment to doing so is an important reason donors agree to contribute land (or the funds to acquire them) for use by the public.”
The WLT’s full statement and its lawsuit can be found on its website.
The Wolf Conservation Center wants to install the enclosure as part of plans to move its educational center to a new site near Routes 35 and 123.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this blog post incorrectly stated the amount of Leon Levy Preserve land that’s subject to a Westchester Land Trust conservation easement. The land trust’s easement protects about 280 acres of the preserve while the New York City DEP has an easement that covers the remaining 90 acres, according to the land trust’s lawsuit.