The Finger Lakes Land Trust (FLLT) has received a significant donation from John and Josephine Ingle, consisting of two perpetual conservation easements spanning eight acres of forested lakefront property along Canandaigua Lake. These easements, located in a region facing intense development pressure, are crucial for preserving the local ecosystem, including habitats for herons and Bald Eagles, and maintaining the area’s natural beauty.
The Ingles’ contribution is part of a larger conservation effort in which they have previously protected over 80 acres of their land holdings, including a 73-acre easement established in 2010. This recent addition is aimed at safeguarding one of the few remaining undeveloped coves along the lake’s shoreline. FLLT Executive Director Andrew Zepp expressed gratitude for the Ingles’ dedication to preserving the landscape, emphasizing the rarity of undeveloped lakefront land in this region.
The Finger Lakes Land Trust plays a pivotal role in the conservation of the area’s natural resources, having protected over 30,000 acres across the region. With a network of more than 45 nature preserves and 185 privately owned properties under conservation easements, the FLLT is committed to supporting wildlife habitats, water quality, and sustainable agriculture. For those interested in outdoor recreation, the Trust offers resources like gofingerlakes.org to encourage exploration of these protected lands. More information about the FLLT and its initiatives can be found at fllt.org.
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