Environmental Conservation Board (ECB)


Purpose of the ECB

All applications made to the Town Board, Zoning Board of Appeals and the Planning Board for land development within any areas described in the Open Space Index, as adopted by the Town Board, shall be referred to the Environmental Conservation Board for review and comment.

New Natural Resources Inventory

The ECB is currently working on an updated Natural Resources Inventory. Information will be posted here once the new inventory has been completed.


Film Screening and Community Discussion:

"The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid: A Film About the Loss of an Ecosystem"

Thursday, February 23, 2017  •  6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Ewing Family Community Room at the Wood Library, 134 North Main Street, Canandaigua, N.Y.

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From The Conservationist, December 2016 Issue:

Select this link to a PDF file from The Conservationist, published by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, for notice of the discovery of Oak Wilt in Canandaigua:


Oak Wilt Detected in Canandaigua

From the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

October 25, 2016

See date at right for Oak Wilt Workshop

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today that oak wilt, a tree fungus that causes disease in oak trees, has been detected in Canandaigua, Ontario County.

This is the third location in New York State where oak wilt has been confirmed and the second location discovered in 2016. The disease was confirmed in Islip earlier thhis year and had previiously been found in Glenville in 2008 and 2013.

"If left untreated, oak wilt is a serious disease that can quickly spread and kill oak trees," said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. "New York State is taking the detection of oak wilt in Canandaigua seriously and has already begun implementing survey and control procedures recently used in Schenectady and Suffolk counties to contain and treat the oak wilt infestation found in Canandaigua."

A concerned homeowner contacted Cornell Cooperative Extension after an oak tree on their property began dying with no identifiable cause. Samples from the tree were sent to the Cornell Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic, where they tested positive for the fungus that causes the disease. There is no known treatment to contain and kill the oak wilt fungus other than to remove infected trees, as well as any surrounding host oak trees.

An emergency order will be issued establishing a protective zone prohibiting the movement of oak material out of the immediate area to prevent the fungus from spreading. Aerial and ground surveys will be conducted during the next few weeks to identify additional trees that may be infected. DEC staff will contact property owners near the infected oaks to inform them about oak wilt and request permission to examine oaks on their properties for signs of the disease.

Since the infested tree was discovered late in the growing season, only a small window exists to look for signs of the disease before the natural loss of leaves during the fall makes it too difficult. Infected trees will be removed during the winter months; surveys will resume in the spring with dead trees and signs of the fungus are more apparent.

Oak wilt is a serious tree disease in the eastern United States, killing thousands of oaks each year in forests, woodlots, and home landscapes. Oak wilt is caused by the fungus Ceratocystis fagacearum, which grows in the water-conducting vessels of host trees, causing the vessels to produce gummy plugs that prevent water transport. As water movement within the tree is slowed, the leaves wilt and drop off, and eventually the tree dies.

DEC asks the public to report any occurrences where an oak tree died over a short period of time, especially if it occurred between July and August, to the Forest Health Information Line toll-free at 1-866-640-0652.

For more information about oak wilt, please visit the DEC's website:



Board Members


Joyce Marthaller, Chairperson
5990 County Road 32
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Justin Damann
5824 Rossier Road
Canandaigua, NY 14424
Edith Davey
4715 Emerson Road
Canandaigua, NY 14424
Kim Foreman
2385 McIntyre Road
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Saralinda Hooker
3414 West Lake Boulevard
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Michael Schiller
3299 Dandelion Trail
Canandaigua, NY 14424
Pat Venezia
5120 Laura Lane
Canandaigua, NY 14424

John Robortella, Secretary





















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Information for Residents

Click here to learn more about some invasive species in the Town of Canandaigua - photos, signs & symptoms, controls and where to report sightings.

Click here to learn more about correctly discharging pool water in the Town of Canandaigua.

Click here to learn more about proper handling of pet waste.

NYS DEC Phosphorus Law

NYS DEC Hogweed Information

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

Oak Wilt Information

February 18, 2017 Oak Wilt Workshop



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