Deer Lick Nature Sanctuary

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Deer Lick Nature Sanctuary
Map showing the location of Deer Lick Nature Sanctuary
Map showing the location of Deer Lick Nature Sanctuary
Map of New York
LocationCattaraugus County, New York
Nearest cityGowanda
Coordinates42°25′16″N 78°54′20″W / 42.42105°N 78.90568°W / 42.42105; -78.90568Coordinates: 42°25′16″N 78°54′20″W / 42.42105°N 78.90568°W / 42.42105; -78.90568
Area398 acres (1.61 km2)

Deer Lick Nature Sanctuary is a protected forest and gorge in Cattaraugus County, New York. The preserve is within Zoar Valley near Gowanda, and is managed by The Nature Conservancy.


Deer Lick Nature Sanctuary was created by a donation from Miss Evelyn Alverson to The Nature Conservancy in 1960 with a further donation of Deer Lick Falls by Herbert F. Darling.[citation needed] It was designated a National Natural Landmark in November 1967 for its mature hardwood forest and its gorges which highlight the Onondaga Escarpment.[1]

As of 2005, the preserve covered 450 acres (1.8 km2), 80 acres (0.32 km2) of which contain old-growth forest.[2] The south fork of the Cattaraugus Creek runs alongside part of the preserve. In 2006 the preserve expanded via grants and purchases. There are 11 miles (18 km) of hiking trails open to the public.[3]

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  1. ^ "National Natural Landmarks - National Natural Landmarks (U.S. National Park Service)". Retrieved 2019-04-15. Year designated: 1967
  2. ^ Davis, Mary Byrd (2005). "Old Growth in the East: A Survey" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on February 17, 2012. Retrieved May 28, 2016.
  3. ^ "The Nature Conservancy to Protect 600 Acres in Zoar Valley". The Nature Conservancy. March 14, 2006. Archived from the original on June 4, 2009. Retrieved May 28, 2016.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)

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