The Angle Fly Preserve is holding part two of its “Bridge Raising” event this Saturday.
Volunteers are needed from 10 a.m. to mid-afternoon to help construct a single span 40-foot truss bridge over the Angle Fly Brook.
The 654-acre Angle Fly Preserve off Primrose Road (Route 139) is a wildlife sanctuary in Somers that opened to the public in the fall 2009. It is one of the largest, and newest, single tracts of land to become open space in the Westchester.
Here’s some of its history: In May 2006, the land was purchased jointly by the town, Westchester County, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection and the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The Westchester Land Trust brokered the deal with four levels of government together putting up $20.6 million. Since at least the 1970s, the land was proposed for development – from 1,000 or so townhouses to at least 108 luxury single-family homes. It now provides hiking, fishing, cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing, bird-watching and nature study overseen by the Friends of Angle Fly, which was created by the Somers Land Trust to provide stewardship of the preserve.
Above, Michael Barnhart, president of the Somers Land Trust and co-chairman of the Somers Open Space Committee, is shown in a photograph on a trail taken Oct. 7, 2009 at the Angle Fly Preserve ( photo credit: Tania Savayan / The Journal News ).
To find out more about the site and this community event, check out the preserve’s site.