The ICNL Reserves

Ithaca College Natural Resource Reserve

The Ithaca College Natural Resource Reserve is located directly across Piper Road from the Robinson Family Preserve in the Town of Newfield.  These 46 acres were donated by the Robinson Family. Among the four ICNL reserves, the Natural Resource Reserves is managed most with an eye toward sustainable resource extraction, including periodic logging at long intervals. 

The Natural Resource Reserve is not without special natural features, however.  With a mix of uplands and lowlands, the Natural Resource Reserve has abundant wildlife in the uplands due to spring seeps. The lowlands are overlain by glacial eskers and contain several large springs.  Among these is one of the largest natural springs in Tompkins County, a nutrient-poor fen wetland.

Access to the Natural Resource Reserve is restricted, with permission granted by the Faculty Manager.