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New York secures open space safeguard for 275 acres near Owasco Lake

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Governor Kathy Hochul announced that New York, in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy, has protected 275 acres of land in Cayuga County. This includes a 203-acre addition to Fillmore Glen State Park and 72 acres of forested wetlands in Venice. Funded by the State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Water Quality Improvement Project program, these efforts aim to protect water quality and promote outdoor recreation.

“The Finger Lakes region is a treasure, and expanding protected wetlands ensures their preservation,” said Hochul. “We’re safeguarding our environment and enhancing New York’s recreational and economic value for future generations.”

The new protected areas will enhance Fillmore Glen State Park’s hiking trails and natural swimming pool, while the Venice wetlands will help filter water before it reaches Owasco Lake, serving over 40,000 people. The projects also support wildlife and provide new recreational opportunities like hiking and bird watching.