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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 8,753 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. A draft version of the next one is now available.

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 and vegetative management. 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.

Public Information Meeting

On the Draft Canandaigua Highlands Unit Management Plan

Oct 3, 2019

Naples High School Cafeteria
136 N. Main St
Naples, NY 14512
(use the Academy St. entrance)

7 - 9 PM, presentation starts at 7:15 PM

Full Draft Plan

Canandaigua Highland Unit Management Plan (Draft) (PDF, 10 MB)

Paper copies are available for viewing at the following locations:
Naples Library
118 S. Main St.
Naples, NY 14512
(585) 374-2757
Branchport Library
3699 NY-54A
Branchport, NY 14418
(315) 595-2899
New York State DEC
6274 Avon-Lima Rd.
Avon, NY 14414-9516
(585) 226-5324
New York State DEC
7291 Coon Rd
Bath, NY 14810
(607) 776-2165

Comment Period

You are invited to review it and attend a public meeting on October 3, 2019 to share your views on the Draft UMP. The public comments on the proposed plan will close on November 4, 2019. In addition to any comments received at the meetings, written comments may be sent to or NYSDEC, 7291 Coon Rd. Bath, NY 14810.

Comments will be weighed against law, regulations, DEC Commissioner's directives and other public comments before changes are made to the draft plan. Questions and/or comments will be included in the final document.

Full 2005 Plan

Canandaigua Highlands Unit Management Plan (PDF)

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