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Finger Lakes Land Trust to highlight conservation efforts at Keuka Lake event

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Keuka College will be the venue for an upcoming public presentation titled “Land, Water, and Keuka: The Role of Land Conservation in Ensuring the Future of Keuka Lake,” set for Sept. 12 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Organized by the Finger Lakes Land Trust (FLLT), the event will feature insights from Executive Director Andrew Zepp and Conservation Projects Manager Amy Olney. The duo will shed light on the FLLT’s conservation endeavors within the Keuka Lake watershed and draw special attention to a novel initiative aimed at preserving lands on Bluff Point. Scheduled to take place in room 133 of the Keuka Commons building, the session is free to the public, followed by an interactive Q&A segment and light refreshments.

Established in 1989, the FLLT has been pivotal in conserving over 30,000 acres across the region, encompassing untouched lakeshores, scenic farmlands, dense forests, and striking gorges. Their current conservation portfolio boasts more than 1,000 acres of prime farmland near Penn Yan, safeguarded wooded shores at Bluff Point’s tip, and the Botsford Nature Preserve in Jerusalem. The Trust manages 45 nature preserves accessible to the public while also holding conservation easements on 179 privately-owned properties. With a mission to safeguard vital habitats, uphold water quality, connect conservation territories, and sustain agricultural prime land, the FLLT also champions educational programs for local entities and residents about regional conservation and natural assets.

More details on the FLLT’s initiatives and outdoor recreational sites can be accessed on their official websites.