• Stewardship Endowment Campaign Success

    Stewardship Endowment Campaign Success

  • VanDeWeert Farm Protected in Geneseo

    VanDeWeert Farm Protected in Geneseo

  • Moore Family Protects 474 Acres in Leicester

    Moore Family Protects 474 Acres in Leicester

Go Exploring at our Protected Preserves

Indian Fort Nature Preserve

This 60 acre forest set adjacent to the Genesee River has a rich habitat and even richer history. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975, this unique property earned the nickname “Indian Fort” as it was once home to two wooden fence structures, or palisades, built by the Iroquois. Explore more ➞

John W. Chanler Island Preserve

This 40 acre nature preserve consists of an 'island' of forest surrounded by grassland fields. Previously under agricultural use, the property now hosts native grasses that serve as a habitat for birds and other wildlife surrounding the 3.5 acre woodlot. Explore more ➞

Railroad Bed Trail

This multi-use trail, ideal for equestrians, hikers, and snowshoers in the winter months, is approximately three miles in length. The trail passes through forests and reveals outstanding views across the farmland of the Genesee Valley. Explore more ➞


Support the Genesee Valley Conservancy

By volunteering, donating and many other support actions you can make a difference!


  • Stewardship Endowment Campaign Success

    An important milestone was achieved at the end of 2016.  The Genesee Valley Conservancy, responsible for the permanent protection of over 16,800 acres of important habitat, open space, and farmland…

  • Moores and VanDeWeerts Protect Farmland in Leicester & Geneseo

    Two recently completed farm projects in Livingston County add 696 acres to lands protected locally in partnership with the Genesee Valley Conservancy.  The Moore family in Leicester and the VanDeWeert…

  • VanDeWeert Farm Protected in Geneseo

    A total of 222 acres of important farmland have been protected by the VanDeWeert family in Geneseo, NY this week.

    (Pictured above: The VanDeWeert's farmstead on Lima Road at sunrise.)


Are you a landowner?

From farmers to scenic property owners, woodlot managers to owners of land with wildlife habitats, the Genesee Valley Conservancy works with landowners who want to ensure that the natural resources that make their property, and the Genesee Valley region, special are conserved according to their wishes throughout time.

Conservation Easements

One of the main tools the Genesee Valley Conservancy utilizes to protect important natural resources on privately owned property is a legal agreement called a conservation easement.
Learn more ➞

Transfers of Property

The Genesee Valley Conservancy also works with landowners interested in transferring ownership of their property for conservation purposes.
Learn more ➞