Town of Mendon, Monroe County
Farmland, woods, and open meadows.
Conservation easement donated by Dr. Margaret “Peg” Rathbun-Ames in 2000. When the Ames acquired the land, it was relatively open; cattle had been allowed to graze in the fields and woods. Over three weekends, Dr. Rathbun-Ames and her husband planted 1,200 evergreen seedlings, which have now grown up into mature trees. Over the years they put in a pond near the small stream that flows through the property, developed trails in the woods, and maintained a series of meadows through mowing. Ten acres of the property are leased to a farmer who farms the adjacent properties. The easement encourages continued agricultural use in suitable areas, provides for maintenance of the meadows and trails, and protects the small wetlands, woodlands, and stream corridor that create a diversity of habitats.