The Finger Lakes Land Trust (FLLT) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced the state’s acquisition of 65.7 acres of land in the town of Middlesex, Yates County. The parcel will be added to Bare Hill Unique Area.
“This newly acquired acreage at Bare Hill will improve access to public lands and protect this treasured natural area from future development, safeguarding wildlife habitat and the natural landscape,” DEC Regional Director Tim Walsh said. “We are grateful for local partners like the Finger Lakes Land Trust working with DEC to protect these lands for future generations.”
Purchased by the FLLT in 2013, the property includes significant frontage on East Lake Road and more than 2,000 feet of common boundary with Bare Hill. Acquisition of the land will ensure the integrity of steep, wooded hillsides above Canandaigua Lake that would be susceptible to erosion if cleared for development, while also expanding opportunities for outdoor recreation and education.
“Bare Hill is an iconic landmark,” said FLLT Executive Director Andrew Zepp. “We are delighted to be working in partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to ensure its future while helping to maintain water quality and increasing opportunities for outdoor recreation.”
In addition to the 65.7-acquisition, the FLLT recently acquired 27.7 forested acres in Middlesex. This property, which represents the organization’s ninth project in the area, provides an important buffer to state lands on Bare Hill and another parcel previously acquired by the FLLT. The organization intends to transfer the property to the DEC as an addition to Bare Hill Unique Area. The addition of this property will enhance wildlife habitat protection, help safeguard water quality in Canandaigua Lake, and increase public access to recreational opportunities.