Genesee Land Trust now is protecting 627 acres of prime farm land in Sodus, Wayne County, and tributaries of Sodus Bay, the Rochester-based non-profit said Monday.
The development rights to the property, known as Alasa Farms, are held by Genesee Land Trust while the land is owned by Cracker Box Palace, a non-profit farm animal rescue and rehabilitation center.
Alasa Farms, overlooking Sodus Bay, possesses prime soils supporting a working farm, and habitat from woodlands to streams, marshes and is a migratory bird stop-over, officials said.
Genesee Land Trust received a $607,000 federal grant in May that helped with the project. Additional grant funding will allow the organization to preserve three other Wayne County farms, the agency said.
To date, it has partnered with the towns of Macedon, Walworth, Ontario and Williamson. In addition to the acreage in Sodus, Genesee Land Trust protects more than 1,971 acres in Wayne County.
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