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Canandaigua Highlands Unit

The Canandaigua Highlands Unit Management Plan is a ten year plan for the multiple use of about 8,214 acres of wildlife management area and state forest land in Yates and Ontario Counties. The Canandaigua Highlands Unit Management Plan was prepared by a committee of DEC professionals at the Region 8 DEC office in 2005. It is comprised of Italy Hill State Forest and High Tor Wildlife Management Area.

The plan offers general information on the unit's history and geology, an inventory of the unit's resources, such as mineral resources, vegetative types and stages, fish, wildlife and habitat and a summary of identified issues, such as access, vegetative management and oil and gas leasing. It also describes the proposed goals and objectives and policy constraints in managing the unit.

The vision of the plan is to ensure the biological integrity, improvement and protection of the Canandaigua Highlands Management Unit. This shall be done within the multiple use concept of management, which strives to serve the needs of the people of New York State by providing a broad based, biologically diverse ecosystem. This plan directs the future management of the property which will include such activities as maintenance and improvement of access to the site, managing natural vegetation, including native grasslands and woodlands, controlling exotic species, preservation of historical and archaeological resources, recreational facilities such as the Bristol Hills Branch of the Finger Lakes Trail, kiosks, etc.

Full Plan

Canandaigua Highlands Unit Management Plan (PDF) (3.3 MB)