The organization is mapping out projects for next year in its ongoing mission of preserving land and water throughout the region

The Finger Lakes Land Trust will announce upcoming conservation plans in a public event taking place next Tuesday.

Zachary Odell, the land trust’s director of Land Protection, will give a brief overview of the organization and then reveal what’s in store for 2018. The event will run from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Wood Library in Canandaigua.

The nonprofit Finger Lakes Land Trust, working with landowners and communities, has protected more than 20,000 acres of the region’s undeveloped lakeshore, gorges, forest, and farmland. The organization preserves more than 1,000 acres a year in a 12-county region.

One of the nonprofit's recent projects was the protection of nearly 600 acres of what it calls prime farmland in the town of Canandaigua. Thanks to a conservation easement through the land trust, the multi-generation Catalpa Farm in the north section of town, alongside Route 332 near Trenchman’s Hill, will be conserved forever. Funding came from the state’s Farmland Protection Implementation Program, which is administered by the state Department of Agriculture and Markets and town of Canandaigua.

Odell has worked in the conservation field for over 15 years. As director of Land Protection, he focuses on working with private citizens, municipalities, state and federal partners, and other conservation groups on protecting natural resources through land acquisition and conservation easements.

The Land Trust owns and manages a network of nature preserves that are open to the public and holds conservation easements that protect lands remaining in private ownership.The nonprofit emphasizes its focus on protecting critical habitat and lands that are important for water quality, connecting conserved lands, and keeping prime farmland in agriculture. The organization also provides programs to educate local governments, landowners, and residents about conservation and the region’s unique natural resources.

Finger Lakes Land Trust boasts 28 years of protecting land and water, with help from 200 volunteers, and providing 32 preserves open to the public.

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If you go

WHAT: Finger Lakes Land Trust unveils 2018 conservation plans

WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 14, 7-8 p.m.

WHERE: Wood Library, 134 N. Main St. Canandaigua, in the Mary Parmele Hamlin Meeting Room

DETAILS: The land trust’s director of land protection, Zachary Odell, will discuss upcoming conservation projects, including efforts to protect water quality. Event is free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served.