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Genesee Land Trust Protects 627 Acres in Wayne County

March 14, 2011 | Genesee Land Trust | Rochester, NY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Margaret Potter,
Director of Development & Communications
Genesee Land Trust
(585) 256-2130 | info@geneseelandtrust.org

 

Farmland and Sodus Bay Tributies Conserved

 

ROCHESTER, NY -- Genesee Land Trust, a non-profit land preservation organization, founded in 1989 and serving Wayne and Monroe Counties, is now protecting 627 acres of prime farm land and important tributaries of Sodus Bay located in the town of Sodus. The development rights to this Wayne County property are held by Genesee Land Trust while the land itself is owned by Cracker Box Palace, a non-profit farm animal rescue and rehabilitation center. The awarding of a $607,000 FRPP federal grant in May of 2010 (Farm and Ranchland Protection Program) to Genesee Land Trust helped to make this project possible. Additional FRPP grant funding will enable the preservation of three other farms in Wayne County.

Protecting farmland in Wayne County is not new to Genesee Land Trust. Over ten years ago, Gay Mills, executive director of the Trust, and Ora Rothfuss, Agricultural Specialist of the Wayne County Planning Board, met to discuss how Genesee Land Trust might facilitate farmland preservation in Wayne County. Since that time, Genesee Land Trust, under Mills’ leadership has become an experienced partner for towns interested in collaborating on New York State and federal grant programs to purchase the development rights on farmland.  To date, the Trust has successfully partnered with the towns of Macedon, Walworth, Ontario and Williamson and in addition to the 627 acres in Sodus, (Alasa Farms) the Trust protects over 1,971 acres in Wayne County.   The value to local economies, as well as the peace of mind to property owners, cannot be overstated.  All involved in farmland preservation see these collaborative projects as win-win situations where the property owners, local residents and land trusts are pleased with the outcomes of their work.

Alasa Farms, overlooking Sodus Bay, is a unique property as it possesses prime soils supporting a working farm, and the highest quality habitat from woodlands to streams, marshes and is a migratory bird stopover.  Its beauty, productivity and importance to people living or visiting the area, is historic. Genesee Land Trust is excited about the stewardship work that lays ahead and proud to be protecting such a special place, one much loved by residents of the area.

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About Genesee Land Trust

Genesee Land Trust, a non-profit founded in 1989, protects nearly 4000 acres in Monroe and Wayne Counties. With a mission to protect woods, wetlands, waterways, farmland, fish and wildlife habitat, scenic and recreational lands, Genesee Land Trust protects land by acquiring properties (preserves) or by acquiring the development rights to the land (conservation easements). It is proud to add Alasa Farms to its list of conservation easements. Genesee Land Trust, now holding the development rights to Alasa Farms, will steward these 627 acres, overlooking Sodus Bay forever. It is pleased to be working in partnership with Cracker Box Palace, a non-profit that owns the property. Our joint work will benefit the greater Sodus community.

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