October 4, 2023

Fredette served on the Perinton Conservation Board from 1977-2022

Town Supervisor Ciaran Hanna and Conservation Board Chairman Ken Rainis were joined by Town Board Members Dave Belaskas, Seana Sartori, Meredith Stockman-Broadbent, town officials, Conservation Board members, and the Crescent Trail Hiking Association to recognize Chris Fredette, a dedicated member of the Perinton Conservation Board for an impressive 45 years. Fredette generously contributed her time and expertise to the board from 1977 to 2022, which also included her tenure as Board Chair.

“Chris Fredette’s 45 years of dedication to the Perinton Conservation Board is a shining example of the impact individuals can have when they commit themselves to the betterment of our community and the protection of our natural resources,” said Town Supervisor Ciaran Hanna. “Chris stands as a symbol of the immense potential that resides within our town and serves as an inspiration to future generations of conservationists. With Perinton boasting thousands of acres of open space and over 35 miles of trails, we are fortunate to have outstanding individuals like Chris who contribute to making Perinton the exceptional place it is.”

The highlight of the ceremony was the unveiling of a monument and plaque in honor of Chris Fredette, recognizing her unwavering commitment to our community and the environment. The plaque features a poignant quote from renowned author, environmental philosopher, and conservationist John Muir: “And into the woods I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.”

Perinton Conservation Board Chairman Ken Rainis shared, “In honoring Chris Fredette’s 45 years of continuous volunteer service, we recognize the profound connection between nature, interdependence, and cooperation. Just as John Muir sought solace in Yosemite, we find it here in Hart’s Woods – a testament to the commitment of environmental stewardship. Chris, a true steward of open space and mentor to us all, has left an indelible mark on our town. Her tireless dedication inspires us to create a world where everyone can thrive. Thank you, Chris, for your selfless service.”

Fredette is known for diligently supporting the benefits of open space and supporting the Town’s long-standing commitment to environmental and social well-being. In addition, Chris championed the Crescent Trail Hiking Association and facilitated intercommunity environmentalism through her more than forty year membership on the Monroe County Environmental Management Council.

The newly installed plaque, prominently placed in Hart’s Woods on a rock monument, will forever stand as a testament to Fredette’s enduring legacy, serving as a reminder to all who visit of her outstanding contributions to the Town of Perinton.

Hart’s Woods, a registered National Natural Landmark, is located near Moseley Road, in the northwest quadrant of Perinton, and is accessed from Clarkes Crossing to the south, or from the Minerva DeLand School property to the north.

A video of the ceremony is available on YouTube.