Open Space Protection

Permanent protection of sensitive areas can provide critical water quality protection and can be achieved through partnerships with land owners, municipalities, land trusts and state agencies. In particular, the Finger Lakes Land Trust plays a critical role in protecting open space in the watershed. They have made numerous land acquisitions and easements throughout the watershed. They have developed an open space strategy entitled: “A Vision for the Canandaigua Lake Watershed” to help guide and prioritize their land protection efforts. Click on the + sign to expand box and learn about each open space protection project in detail.

Finger Lakes Land Trust has acquired numerous properties and conservation easements throughout watershed totaling close to 900 acres. They have also provided project assistance on numerous projects.
Town of Canandaigua and Town of Gorham have dedicated open space funds to protect high priority lands which have been utilized on several locations. Watershed Council and other partners provided seed funding to Finger Lakes Land Trust for open space acquisition in Gorham, Middlesex and Naples.
The Nature Conservancy obtained land adjacent to Hi-Tor (Parrish Flats Road) and transferred it to NYS. They also manage other land within the watershed.