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Finger Lakes Land Trust names Canandaigua and Ithaca as Conservationists of the Year

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The Finger Lakes Land Trust has bestowed the Conservationists of the Year awards to Canandaigua and Ithaca, recognizing their prompt actions in securing significant open spaces for land and water conservation. Both municipalities demonstrated exceptional commitment to preserving natural habitats within their jurisdictions.


Canandaigua was acknowledged for expanding its McJannett Park, strategically located within a planned greenbelt connecting the Canandaigua Vista Preserve to Onanda Park on the western shore of Canandaigua Lake. Meanwhile, Ithaca secured a property adjacent to the Cayuga inlet, noted for its rich fish and wildlife habitat. The property is part of the proposed Black Diamond Trail extension, which aims to link the city to Robert H Treman State Park.

“The Land Trust couldn’t possibly succeed in its mission without strong support from communities like Canandaigua and Ithaca,” said Land Trust Executive Director Andrew Zepp, expressing his gratitude towards the communities for their unwavering commitment to conservation efforts.