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Finger Lakes Museum seeks environmental approval for nature trail

The Saunders Finger Lakes Museum, located at 3369 Guyanoga Road in Branchport and known for the Townsend-Grady Wildlife Preserve, is in the process of seeking an Article 24 freshwater wetlands permit from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Region 8 office in Avon.

The museum aims to develop a new nature trail, measuring six feet in width and extending three-quarters of a mile in length. This proposed trail is planned to enhance the museum’s offering with the inclusion of benches and six educational exhibits along its course.

The development of this trail, while not involving any excavation, is expected to have a minor impact on the adjacent regulated DEC freshwater wetlands, with an estimated 0.7 acres being affected. The trail’s location is designated to be on the east side of Townsend Road and south of Route 54A.

DEC officials, having reviewed the project, have determined that it will not significantly impact the environment and have accordingly filed a negative declaration. Documentation related to the application and a draft permit are available for public inspection at the DEC Region 8 office, situated at 6274 E. Avon-Lima Road, Avon.

To facilitate access to these documents, visitors are advised to schedule an appointment with Frances Knickmeyer, the contact person for this project. The public is invited to submit written comments on the project to Knickmeyer at the Avon office address by the deadline of December 21. For further inquiries or clarification regarding the nature trail project, Frances Knickmeyer can be contacted at 585-226-2466.