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Somerset couple agrees to permanently protect 63 acres on Lake Ontario

A 63-acre parcel on Lake Ontario that includes both wetlands and mature forest will be permanently protected from development under an arrangement between the owners and the Western New York Land Conservancy.

Thomas and Susan Carestia, who have lived on the property on Lower Lake Road in Somerset since 2001, signed a perpetual conservation easement for the land.

They also made an arrangement with Ducks Unlimited, a national organization that protects waterfowl habitat, to restore eight acres of grassland and five acres of marsh on their property.

“Grasslands and marshes are important habitat for our region’s waterfowl. Unfortunately, over 60 percent of wetland habitat has been lost in the Lake Ontario watershed,” said Sarah Fleming, conservation program manager for Ducks Unlimited. “We were grateful for the opportunity to work with the Carestias to restore these habitats on their property."

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