The Finger Lakes Land Trust announced the Canandaigua Vista project — a campaign to raise $650,000 for creation of a nature preserve on more than 100 acres in the town of Canandaigua.
The land west of Route 21 and south of Jones Road boasts scenic views, diverse wildlife habitats and a network of hiking trails. The property at the head of Barnes Gully provides access to open fields, oak-hickory woods and a portion of the gully.
The property is privately owned. The land trust is raising the funds necessary to buy 90 acres outright, acquire two conservation easements on 11 adjacent acres, create public access, and contribute to its stewardship fund to support the site’s long-term management.
“This is an incredible opportunity,” said Land Trust Executive Director Andrew Zepp. “We have a once in a lifetime chance to secure one of our most scenic spots while at the same time, protecting valuable wildlife habitat and helping to maintain Canandaigua Lake’s water quality.”