The Finger Lakes Land Trust today announced it has acquired three parcels, totaling 57 acres near the south end of Honeoye Lake, in the town of Richmond. All three parcels will ultimately be transferred to the state as additions to the neighboring Honeoye Inlet Wildlife Management Area (HIWMA).
Two of the properties include frontage on East Lake Road and consist of steep mixed hardwood forest overlooking the inlet and lake. Protection of these parcels helps to secure the hillside’s soils and will prevent erosion by prohibiting development.
Located between the HIWMA and a tract of conservation land secured by The Nature Conservancy, these two pieces will further connect a 5,660-acre complex of conservation lands that also includes Harriet Hollister Spencer State Recreation Area, Cumming Nature Center, and the Land Trust’s Wesley Hill Nature Preserve.
A third parcel, located on West Lake Road, buffers adjacent state-owned wetlands and provides scenic views of the lake and surrounding hillsides. Protection of these three properties will help ensure water quality within Honeoye Lake and maintain the land’s role in filtering runoff.
This complex of protected lands is identified as a priority conservation project in the New York State Open Space Plan. By conserving lands with state and non-profit partners, the Land Trust has helped to create one of the most extensive areas of connected conservation lands in the Finger Lakes region.
The parcels were purchased with interim funding from the Land Trust’s “Opportunity Fund.” This internal loan fund supports timely acquisitions on projects where temporary funding is critical. Proceeds from the sale of these parcels to the state will roll back into the fund to support future conservation projects.
By working cooperatively with landowners and local communities, the organization has protected more than 23,000 acres of the region’s undeveloped lakeshore, rugged gorges, rolling forest, and scenic farmland. The Land Trust owns and manages a network of over 35 nature preserves that are open to the public and holds perpetual conservation easements on 140 properties that remain in private ownership.
The Land Trust focuses on protecting critical habitat for fish and wildlife, conserving lands that are important for water quality, connecting existing conservation lands, and keeping prime farmland in agriculture. The organization also provides programs to educate local governments, landowners, and local residents about conservation and the region’s unique natural resources.
Additional information about the Finger Lakes Land Trust may be found at www.fllt.org. Information on the region’s premiere destinations for outdoor recreation may be found at www.gofingerlakes.org, a resource created by the Land Trust to encourage people to get outdoors.