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Finger Lakes Land Trust secures scenic Canandaigua Lake property

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The Finger Lakes Land Trust (FLLT) has successfully acquired a 63-acre parcel on Bare Hill, marking its tenth land purchase aimed at conserving the scenic and culturally significant area overlooking Canandaigua Lake in Yates County, New York. This addition to the FLLT’s conservation efforts further protects the landscape’s beauty, supports wildlife habitat, and ensures the water quality of Canandaigua Lake.


The newly acquired land is set to be transferred to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to expand the Bare Hill Unique Area. This collaboration between the FLLT and state agencies has resulted in over 322 acres of conserved land at Bare Hill since 2007, enhancing public access to nature and recreational activities.

FLLT’s Executive Director Andrew Zepp emphasized the importance of preserving Bare Hill for its natural beauty and significance to the Seneca Nation’s creation story. With this acquisition, funded through the FLLT’s Opportunity Fund, the Trust continues its mission to protect the Finger Lakes region’s critical habitats, water quality, and scenic landscapes for future generations to enjoy.