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Finger Lakes Land Trust to unveil 2018 plans

The Finger Lakes Land Trust will announce upcoming conservation plans in a public event taking place next Tuesday.

Zachary Odell, the land trust’s director of Land Protection, will give a brief overview of the organization and then reveal what’s in store for 2018. The event will run from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Wood Library in Canandaigua.

The nonprofit Finger Lakes Land Trust, working with landowners and communities, has protected more than 20,000 acres of the region’s undeveloped lakeshore, gorges, forest, and farmland. The organization preserves more than 1,000 acres a year in a 12-county region.

One of the nonprofit’s recent projects was the protection of nearly 600 acres of what it calls prime farmland in the town of Canandaigua. Thanks to a conservation easement through the land trust, the multi-generation Catalpa Farm in the north section of town, alongside Route 332 near Trenchman’s Hill, will be conserved forever. Funding came from the state’s Farmland Protection Implementation Program, which is administered by the state Department of Agriculture and Markets and town of Canandaigua.

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