More than 500 acres of undeveloped local land, known as Shaker Heights, will be purchased by the Nature Conservancy before the end of the year, the agency said Wednesday. The land features Sodus Bay shoreline, forests, wetlands, and grasslands; and the mouth of Third Creek, an intact stream system flowing into Sodus Bay.
“The rare alignment of a large property, lakeshore location, and lack of development was a perfect match for the criteria that the Nature Conservancy seeks in protecting land and water,” said Jim Howe, executive director of the Central and Western Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, in a statement.
He added the land provides refuge for migratory birds, waterfowl, and spawning areas for many fish. The protection of Third Creek will also enhance water quality in Sodus Bay and provide access for ice fishing, he said.
The organization secured a $1 million grant from the North American Wetland Conservation Act through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, as well as funds from individual donors, for the initiative.
The Nature Conservancy intends to transfer the property to New York for addition to its Department of Environmental Conservation Lakeshore Marshes Wildlife Management Area, where it will accessible for outdoor recreation. A public ribbon cutting is scheduled for the spring.
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