Friends of Great Bear

Help Save Whiskey Island & Northern Great Bear.

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Great News! Friends of Great Bear is very pleased to announce...
The Richard Shineman S. Foundation has awarded the CNY Land Trust a challenge (match) grant Of $50,000 towards the $165,000 needed, for the Campaign to Save Whiskey Island and Northern Great Bear. Friends of Great Bear are grateful to the Shineman Foundation for their support for this community endeavor!
We thank all those people that have written letters of support and or donated to our campaign already, as you have made the campaign attractive and viable for this grant.
This Shineman Foundation challenge grant will be a true community catalyst to help CNY Land Trust and Friends of Great Bear meet our fundraising goal to acquire the northern section of Great Bear Springs Recreation Area for permanent protection.
How can YOU help? Starting this week, your donation to the Campaign will be matched - dollar-for-dollar - by the Shineman Foundation. Read more about the campaign here, and thank you for your support!
You can make a difference! Please consider making a donation to ensure that GBSRA remains intact and permanently accessible to the public. For online giving, go to: Be sure to navigate to the donation button specific to the Great Bear campaign. 
When completing the challenge with this grant, we will be just about complete with the funding needed to purchase and save and the property. We have till mid July to complete this.
As a final note, we ask that you please post and share this on your own Facebook page or other socal media. We had over 3,000 views when we first posted about our campaign.
Thank you! Friends of Great Bear


About Great Bear:

Friends of Great Bear is made up of residents of Oswego County, interested in the conservation and protection of the Great Bear Recreation Area. This unique area is owned by the City of Fulton and the Town of Volney. A diversity of flora and fauna, varying terrain and the Oswego River and Oswego Canal make Great Bear a great place for non-motorized recreation such as hiking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing. Great Bear is a great place to hike, walk the dog, ride a mountain bike. In the winter you can ski or snowshoe. Trails are all "single track" wooded trails. You can also walk down the Oswego River to swim or fish.

In cooperation with the City of Fulton, Town of Volney and private land owners, we are advocates for the preservation and protection of this natural environment, so that the public may share and make use of the property wisely as a recreational resource. With help from local businesses.

Great Bear is an offical walk of the Niagara Volkssport Clubs.

The Great Bear property is located between Fulton and Phoenix New York on Route 57. Parking and the entrance to Great Bear are at Route 57 and Great Bear Road.

Please remember not to leave valuables in your vehicle.

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