Online auction to raise funds for conservation work


With vital in-person fundraising scuttled by the
ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust is hosting an online auction through Thursday, Dec. 10, to continue its efforts to preserve, protect and promote the region.

All items in the auction are local to the Tug Hill region and donated by local businesses, the agency said. Among the many items up for bid include a Sagamore and Sail Luncheon Cruise in the Adirondack area; brunch at Tug Hill Vineyards; ski lift tickets at Snow Ridge Ski Center in Turin; bed and breakfast stays in Redfield and Sackets Harbor; gift cards to Tailwater Lodge; original artwork by local artists, and many other items, auction organizers added.

Located between the Adirondack Mountains and Lake Ontario in upstate New York, the Tug Hill region is one of the most rural and remote areas of the state — featuring bucolic scenery, pristine forests and waterways and other unique geographic features. Approximately 2,100 square miles, the Tug Hill region consists of 41 towns in portions of Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego and Oneida counties.

The funds raised will help the Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust, a non-profit regional organization that works with private landowners, to protect and foster responsible stewardship practices of working forest, farm, recreation and wild lands in the region.

The Land Trust also works to increase the awareness, appreciation and stewardship of the Tug Hill region through publications, field trips, special events and community programs for kids and their families.

To make a bid on an item, individuals can register online at and then place bids on the items. 

While many know the Tug Hill region as the “snowiest place east of the Rockies” as a result of the lake effect snow engine that is Lake Ontario, the Tug Hill boasts 4,000 square miles of creeks and streams; 117,000 acres of wetlands; 100,000 residents; 17 gorges and gulfs that range between 200 and 300 feet deep, including several waterfalls; and countless species of wild birds and animals.

According to its website, the “Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust envisions a Tug Hill region that includes a healthy mix of wild forest lands, healthy working forest lands and farms that support thriving people and communities ecologically, economically and socially.”

For more information about the Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust or its programs, go online to its website at or find the organization on Facebook. Sponsors of the online auction include the Douglaston Salmon Run and Farm Credit East.


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