A land preserve near Canandaigua Lake is getting additional acreage. The land will be officially dedicated on Monday.
The Nature Conservancy has acquired 107 acres to add to a preserve near Canandaigua Lake.
The central and western New York chapter of the conservancy is dedicating acreage that will become part of the West Hill Preserve, which is open to the public for hiking.
With the addition, the preserve in the Ontario County town of Naples will total 550 acres.
The acquisition was made possible by a $1.7 million grant from TD Bank, which has been reducing its use of paper and working with the Nature Conservancy to protect forests. Jim Howe is executive director of the local Nature Conservancy chapter and he notes that the Toronto based bank is not being forced into this.
"This is not being required by any regulatory agency , any government, TD Bank is doing this because they really believe that this is the right thing to do, as a corporation, to minimize their footprint and to operate in a sustainable manner. "
The Nature Conservancy expects more land purchases over the next few years around the country.