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Macricostas Expansion Plan

Pinnacle Cliffs Acquistion

We secured approximately 66% of the funding needed to purchase this unique property in Spring 2024. Can you give a gift to help Steep Rock close the deal and protect this precious landscape forever?

Project Funding
Pledged and Received 66%
Pinnacle Cliffs

Nestled between Macricostas Preserve and the Town of Warren, the “Pinnacle Cliffs” is a spectacular 30.46-acre tract of land noted for its unique landforms, water resources, core forests, and critically important habitats for rare species. Steep Rock is on the verge of permanently safeguarding this land in its natural state, and your support is crucial.

Top Reasons To Protect Pinnacle Cliffs

Wonders

The property includes many glacial erratic formations, including a 65-foot high cliff with a copse of pine trees at the top.

Views

Located near our newly created Boulders Trail, a trail into Pinnacle Cliffs will offer hikers spectacular views of rock cliffs, headwater streams, and undisturbed wetlands rarely seen in northwest CT.  

Water

The parcel drains into Lake Waramaug to the west and the Meeker Swamp/Shepaug River to the east, thus protecting two important watershed areas. The property also includes five acres of undisturbed wetlands and 0.5 miles of streams. 

Forests

Pinnacle Cliffs is located within a 1,056-acre core forest block of which greater than 50% has been protected. The property’s mature forest and extensive mountain laurel sequester tons of carbon dioxide, provide soil stability through more extreme weather events, maintain water quality in freshwater streams, and filter pollutants.

Wildlife

Preservation of the Pinnacle Cliffs protects a surprisingly rich assemblage of unique natural communities that converge within a relatively small area and provide important wildlife linkages to surrounding core forests. Steep Rock surveys have revealed several species of great concern, including more than 25 bird species, 4 bat species, salamanders, turtles, wood frogs, butterflies, and several rare plant species.

Photo Caption: A glimpse of some of the unique ecological and geological features in the parcel, including the 65-foot cliff, glacial erratic boulders, a stream channel, and ridgetop view.

Matching Gifts

 Did you know many companies match donations made by employees, employees’ spouses, and retirees, allowing employees to DOUBLE their generosity and impact? 

Contact your employer today to see if they will match your gift.

QCDs

 If you are 70½ years of age or older, you can take advantage of a popular gift option called a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) also known as a IRA charitable rollover.  QCDs offer simple ways to benefit Steep Rock and receive tax benefits in return.

To learn more, visit here.

Stock or Wire

If you’d like to give a gift via wire or stock, please reach out to gifts@steeprockassoc.org for our account information.

DAF

You can donate through your donor advised fund in just three clocks on our website
When granting through your donor-advised fund, please use the following information:

Our legal name: Steep Rock Association, Inc.
Tax ID: #06-6069060
Mailing address: PO Box 279, Washington Depot, CT 06794

Check Donations

Please make checks payable to Steep Rock Association. Our mailing address is:

Steep Rock Association
PO Box 279
Washington Depot, CT 06794