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Canandaigua Highlands Unit

Revision of the plan is underway.

The Canandaigua Highlands Unit Management Plan (UMP) is a ten-year plan for the multiple use of about 8,737 acres on High Tor Wildlife Management Area and Italy Hill State Forest in Yates and Ontario Counties.

map of High Tor WMA and Italy Hill State Forest
Map of Canandaigua Highlands UMP

The first UMP was prepared by a committee of DEC professionals in 2005.

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.

Comment Period

A Fact Sheet (PDF, 200 KB) was mailed out in February 2018 requesting comments and concerns to be considered in the next Canandaigua Highlands UMP. Please send any to or NYSDEC, 7291 Coon Rd. Bath, NY 14810.

Once the draft plan is completed, the public will be invited to review it and attend a public meeting to share your views on the Draft UMP. Comments will be weighed against law, regulations, DEC Commissioner's directives and other public comments before changes are made to the draft plan. Public questions and/or comments will be included in the final UMP.

Full 2005 Plan

Canandaigua Highlands Unit Management Plan (PDF, 3.3 MB)