Photo: Matt Champlin

Year in Review – Top Land Trust Stories of 2022

Dear Friends of the Finger Lakes, thank you for another extraordinary year in land and water conservation. Together, we surpassed many milestones—over 29,000 acres permanently conserved, nearly 5 miles of lakeshore protected, and 52 miles of trails open to the public. Please enjoy the following highlights in our Year-in-Review. Together we can do more great things in 2023!

An aerial view of farmland and forested shoreline with a lake in the foreground

Photo: Bill Hecht

Cayuga Lake’s 480-Acre Bell Station Conserved Forever Thanks to Broad Coalition and Community Action!

Green hills and blue sky overhead with a blue lake in the foreground

Photo: Chris Ray

Scenic Woodlands Above Canandaigua Lake’s Eastern Shore Protected

A person standing next to a new county park sign

Photo: Andy Zepp

Partnership Establishes New Public Area on Otisco Lake, Creating First New Onondaga County Park in Over 20 Years

An aerial view of farmland and forested lakeshore with a lake in the foreground

Photo: Bill Hecht

Land Donation Secures Over 1,000 Feet of Seneca Lake Shoreline Just Minutes South of Geneva

People cutting a ribbon at a nature preserve opening ceremony

Photo: Jeff Katris

143-Acre Eberhard Nature Preserve in Tompkins County Opened to the Public

An aerial view of a river with two forested islands and hills in the distance

Photo: Bill Hecht

Finger Lakes Land Trust Acquires Two Islands in the Susquehanna River

A blue songbird

Photo: Bill Banaszewski

$250,000 Challenge to Help Protect Owasco, Otisco, and Skaneateles Lake Watersheds

People working on a stream restoration project

Photo: Chris Ray

Stream Restoration Project Completed at VanRiper Conservation Area

A gorge and creek with hemlock trees

Photo: Kris West

Conservation Easement Helps Protect Rochester’s Drinking Water Supply

An aerial view of farmland with a lake in the distance

Photo: Matt Champlin

160 Acres of Farmland Protected in Owasco Lake Watershed

A stone house

Photo: Andy Zepp

Historic Stone House to be Restored, Future Secured Through Preservation Agreement

Photo: Ryan Walters

Finger Lakes Land Trust and New York State Conserve Over 230 Acres to Help Protect Syracuse Drinking Water



“Voices in Favor of Forever.” Should we protect the most inspiring and sensitive places in the Finger Lakes region… for another year? Another generation? Another century?  Watch as 10 people share their voices in favor of conserving land and water FOREVER.


Enjoy Creature Feature 3, the long-awaited “threequel” to our trailcam videos, A Winter Night’s Tail and Why Are the Bobcats Bobbing? Please watch as river otters, bobcats, bears, and 10 other friends poke around the hot spots at Lindsay-Parsons Biodiversity Preserve and Logan Hill Nature Preserve!

These fascinating and delightful critters need open space – and connected corridors of land and water – for living! Thank you for helping us save habitat across the Finger Lakes region.

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