ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – The Finger Lakes Land Trust has acquired 11 acres on Bare Hill overlooking Canandaigua Lake
Andrew Zepp, executive director of the trust, said they are acquiring land along the shoreline as development pressure moves down the lake.
“We’re working with willing landowners who are interested in selling their property to acquire these and dedicate them to conservation rather than development,” Zepp said.
He said if the steep and eroding hill were developed, the runoff could contribute to the algal blooms the lake already sees.
Looking forward, Zepp said the trust has acquired some shoreline near this area and hopes to build a shore-to-summit hiking trail on Bare Hill, which would be unique to the Finger Lakes.
Bare Hill is located off North Vine Valley Road in the town of Middlesex in Yates County.