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Connections: New Penfield Nature Preserve Honors Environmentalist Irene Gossin

May 23, 2016

A Penfield resident decided she had seen enough cookie-cutter subdivisions springing up, and she stepped in to make sure 18 acres of green space wouldn't become another. Mindy MacLaren bought the land across from Rothfuss Park, and soon it will be turned over to the Genesee Land Trust. What will they do with it? Should we be more concerned about preserving natural spaces?

This nature preserve will be named for Irene Gossin, the first woman elected to an executive political office in Monroe County history, and one of the first prominent local environmentalists. Gossin is 97, and we talk to her about the honor, and her history of environmental advocacy. Our guests:

  • Mindy MacLaren, Penfield resident
  • Gay Mills, executive director of The Genesee Land Trust
  • Kate McArdle, current leader of the Penfield Democratic Committee