The Town of Perinton had experienced phenomenal development and population growth in the 1960's with more than 15,000 residents moving into the area. If the Town did not have a way to control growth and development, Perinton could become an environmental mess.
With changes in NYS law, in 1971, Perinton appointed 9 resident volunteers to serve as an Environmental Conservation Committee. They conducted an inventory of all undeveloped land and also recommended programs for the preservation of critical environmental areas. By Sept of 1971, they completed their inventory and began to serve in an official role known as the Perinton Environmental Conservation Board.