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.
DEC purchased the 65.7-acre Reed parcel from the FLLT for $178,000 with resources from the State Environmental Protection Fund (EPF). The Reed parcel, and all Bare Hill Unique Area, will be managed with the long-term goals and objectives of the Draft Northern Finger Lakes Unit Management Plan.
Popular activities on Bare Hill include hiking, birdwatching, camping, hunting, trapping, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. Bare Hill Unique Area currently includes two separate parcels. The southern parcel covers approximately 298 acres in the town of Middlesex in Yates County, and the northern parcel covers approximately 95 acres in the town of Gorham in Ontario County.
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 Trust. The organization intends to transfer the property to DEC as an addition to Bare Hill Unique Area.
Photo of Canandaigua Lake courtesy Julie Bertram.