This 64 acre property borders High Tor Wildlife Management Area and is located near the West River in a designated Important Bird Area.
The West River Preserve, dedicated in in honor of Don and Skippy Raines, was established in 2011 through a donation of land by Constellation Brands and the generous support of the Raines family.
Currently, there are no trails at this preserve.
The Land Trust partnered with the US Fish and Wildlife Service to restore 64 acres of grassland bird habitat on what was an overgrown, abandoned vineyard. The preserve is adjacent to High Tor Wildlife Management Area near the south end of Canandaigua Lake, and is located within an Audubon designated Important Bird Area. A scenic overlook with signs interpreting the history of the West River Valley welcomes visitors to the site.
Please see our public use policies for recreational activities on nature preserves.
The preserve will be closed to the public during the bow and gun hunting seasons from October 1-December 18. Hunters will not hunt within 1,000 feet of the scenic view point with benches and interpretive signs at the height of land where Sunnyside Roads makes a sharp bend, and the public may still visit this location for the scenic view.
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