The Finger Lakes Land Trust has launched a $650,000 campaign to establish a 90-acre public conservation area on the east side of Canandaigua Lake in the town of Canandaigua off Route 21.
The Ithaca-based land trust is raising the necessary funding to not only purchase the 90 acres outright but to also 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.
The property is known for its scenic views of the lake, diverse wildlife habitats and location near the head of Barnes Gully. The gully has an existing network of hiking trails that provides access to open fields, oak and hickory woods and a portion of the gully.
“Acquisition of this property will help protect Canandaigua Lake’s long-term management plan that will guide public access improvements, building on the existing trail system and scenic overlooks,” said Edie Jodz, assistant director of development for the land trust.