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Buttermilk Falls (Le Roy)

Postby Falzguy » Thu Aug 03, 2006 6:01 pm

I have recently learned that Buttermilk Falls (Le Roy) is now listed on the NYSDEC Open Space Conservation Plan. That is an important step because the plan identifies possible sites for public acquisition.

If you are interested on the plan visit:
http://www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dlf/ ... index.html
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Postby cbobcat49 » Thu Aug 03, 2006 7:48 pm

This is indeed good news! I'll see if my clunky dial up can download that 2.21MB pdf file to read it. I wonder if there are any other notable locations listed in there.

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Postby Falzguy » Thu Aug 03, 2006 7:59 pm

I don't have time to read the file. If you see anything else of interest listed please let me know.
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Postby Matt » Thu Aug 03, 2006 8:00 pm

awesome news! Thanks Falzguy!
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Postby cbobcat49 » Thu Aug 03, 2006 8:36 pm

wow, that pdf is 500 some odd pages. I skimmed it, stopping at various pages, seems mostly to do with Long Island and the NYC area. Anyway, its encouraging that conservation is on the mind of people in Albany.

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Postby tjconheady » Mon Jun 18, 2007 9:43 pm

Anyone aware of these falls?
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Postby cbobcat49 » Mon Jun 18, 2007 10:35 pm

Maybe do you mean Buttermilk Falls in Leroy on Oatka Creek?

It's the falls I was referring to in this post last summer...

Again, I'll present USGS topo maps as an example, or Gazeteers. They show the word "falls" in MANY places on private property. They aren't "leading" people to these falls. They're merely illustrating to whomever views them (the maps) that they are there. Should they leave giant blank areas on these maps where private property is? In my NYS Gazeteer it even shows the full name "Buttermilk Falls" for the one in LeRoy. If that's not going to pique someone's curiosity about what's there, I don't know what else would. And you and I both know the access trail to that falls is off limits. (by a mining or gravel company I believe?)


aah. The good old days. :) Anyway, it's seriously off limits. Which is a shame because it's a really beautiful falls.
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Postby Matt » Mon Jun 18, 2007 11:10 pm

There was talk fo this becoming publically accessible land

http://www.nyfalls.com/board/viewtopic.php?t=52
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Postby Matt » Mon Jun 18, 2007 11:17 pm

This falls has a unique rock structures where portions of falls pour out of the middle of the rock face.

From the DEC report:

BUTTERMILK FALLS ON OATKA CREEK - (Region 8) Buttermilk Falls is an
approximately 70 foot waterfall in Oatka Creek. It is the point where the creek drops over the Akron-Bertie Onondaga Dolomite and Limestone Formation in the Town of LeRoy, Genesee County. During periods of low rainfall (perhaps several weeks during the summer) the creek "disappears into the bedrock upstream of the falls and reappears
either at the base of the falls or at points on the rock face. It is a very scenic area, but currently unavailable for public viewing.


Essentially the report means that this is on the list of places the DEC would like to have under ownership.
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Postby Jen » Sat Jun 23, 2007 8:48 pm

A beautiful falls that changes almost daily, they are "technically" off-limits -- but on any hot weekend afternoon you'll find people swimming in the pool at the top of the falls. The property is currently owned by a quarry. There are trails leading to the base of the falls if you know where to look, but the bottom of the gorge is NOT a place you want to be after the sun goes down unless you're very familiar with the area. A sunset picture equals a climb up a trail - or cliff face - in the dark.

It is a beautiful falls that changes almost daily.
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