Students at Medaille College will now have 10 acres of land in Amherst to use as a "living laboratory" for environmental exploration and study, after an Amherst couple donated the land to the small four-year school.
Located at 3725 Millersport Highway, the land across from CrossPoint Business Park was owned by Frank and Jeannette Levin, who wanted it to be "put to good use" in "a meaningful way, and saw the donation to Medaille as a way to accomplish that goal, Medaille officials said.
“We both believe we have an obligation to help make a better world through the education of our youth and in protecting the environment," Frank Levin said. "Happily, this donation allows us to do both.”
The property is sandwiched in a triangle between Millersport Highway and Hopkins Road, near the intersection of the two roads. It's been owned by the Levins since 1996, but was designated as wetlands by the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It's valued at $43,000.
Medaille will maintain it that way, so it can not be developed, but will be used to enable Medaille biology students to learn about the ecosystem and study factors that affect both plant and animal life on the site.