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New wildlife management area in Tompkins County unveiled

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Governor Kathy Hochul has announced the creation of the Cayuga Shores Wildlife Management Area, a 287-acre property that will permanently protect 3,500 feet of Cayuga Lake shoreline. The $2.5 million investment will enhance recreational opportunities and preserve natural habitats.

The property, previously owned by New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG), was saved from public auction and acquired by the Finger Lakes Land Trust (FLLT) with community support and a loan from the Park Foundation. The state’s purchase was finalized recently, using funds from the Environmental Protection Fund.

“This investment ensures the protection of Cayuga Lake’s beauty and its environmental health,” Governor Hochul said. The area will be managed for wildlife conservation and recreation, providing new opportunities for hunting, fishing, and wildlife viewing.

Assemblymember Anna R. Kelles highlighted the significance of the project, noting that it supports biodiversity and community well-being. For more information, visit the DEC website.