Ithaca College Natural Lands Committee serves as an advisory body to the Vice President for Finance and Administration for the stewardship of Ithaca College’s natural areas. Our primary mission is to maintain the educational value and ecosystem services of these lands, to support co-curricular activities, and to guide compatible economic and recreational development.
Check out our management plan under Documents- Management Plan
In January 2004, faculty from the Ithaca College Biology Department engaged with the college administration to assess and develop a sound management philosophy for the biological resources of natural lands owned by the college in Newfield, New York. One of the results of this dialogue was the establishment of the Ithaca College Natural Areas Stewardship Committee (NASC). This committee, co-chaired by a biology department faculty member and the director of physical plant, was charged with promoting substantive teaching and research, exploring compatible additional uses, and serving as the management entity for the Newfield property. In addition, the committee was to develop management recommendations for the land owned by Ithaca Collge adjacent to campus on South Hill. To better serve as an ongoing management entity for all of Ithaca College’s natural areas, in early 2005 the NASC was reorganized as the Ithaca College Natural Lands Committee (ICNL).
- Jake Brenner, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Sciences, ICNL Faculty Manager and Committee Co-Chair
- Ernie McClatchie, Director of Facilities - Grounds and Transportation, ICNL Committee Co-Chair
- Jason Hamilton, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and Sciences, ICNL Education Coordinator
- Leann Kanda, Associate Professor of Biology, ICNL Ecological Consultant
If you are interested in getting involved with Ithaca College Natural Lands and our projects, feel free to contact a committee member, or attend a meeting.