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Natural Resource Highlights for Region 6

  • Round Whitefish Thriving In Evergreen Lake - To evaluate the survival of the stocked round whitefish, an endangered species in New York State, Watertown Fisheries staff traveled to Evergreen Lake and Trout Pond in 2010 and 2011. They found not only survival, but the big news were the two year old round whitefish which must have been hatched in the lakes, evidence of successful breeding.
  • East Branch of Fish Creek Project - In autumn of 2005 the DEC acquired the first two of three parts of the largest acquisition projects ever on the Tug Hill Plateau. Known as the East Branch of Fish Creek Project, the People of the State of New York acquired a "working" forest conservation easement on approximately 30,000 acres of land south of the G & W Road (the old railroad bed of the Glenfield and Western Railroad) in the towns of Martinsburg, West Turin, Osceola, and Lewis in Lewis County from GMO Forestry Fund 3, L.P. (GMO) via The Nature Conservancy (TNC).
  • Lakeview WMA Nature Trail - Lakeview Wildlife Management Area has several new recreational facilities thanks to a great partnership between DEC, the New York State Department of Transportation, The Nature Conservancy, Seaway Trail Inc., Snow Foundation and artist, Robert MacNamara. DEC and DOT have completed four new parking areas, a small boat/canoe launch site on the South Sandy Creek, a nature trail, wildlife ponds and interpretive signs along the 3,461-acre WMA on the eastern shore of Lake Ontario, in the town of Ellisburg, Jefferson County.
  • Carpenter Road Ski Trails - The Carpenter Road cross country ski trail system is on the eastern edge of the Tug Hill Plateau, an area with heavier snowfall than any other part of the United States east of the Rocky Mountains. It offers 8 miles of scenic pathways for skiers in the winter and for hikers and bikers during the summer season. The state forest is 13,789 acres, has 15.7 miles of forest roads, 13 parking lots, and also offers opportunities for trapping, hunting, fishing, and bird watching.
  • Utica Marsh Wildlife Management Area - A unique urban wetland situated partly on the edge of the City of Utica, partly in the Town of Marcy, sandwiched between the Mohawk River on the south and the New York State Barge Canal on the north. The mixture of cattail wetlands, wet meadows, open water pools and flooded willows create a diverse marsh habitat that harbors a tremendous variety of plants and animals, especially birds.
  • Ice fishing in Region 6 - Ice fishing locations abound in Region 6. From small ponds, some rivers and the barge canal, to shallow bays on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, the variety of fish species and locations can keep the most avid of ice fisherman busy all winter.
  • Winona State Forest Ski Trails - Winona State Forest Ski Trails are among the best in New York State and the Tug Hill Plateau has more than enough snow to keep this area with snow covered trails throughout the winter. Mechanical groomers are at work all winter to provide the best possible skiing experience.
  • Rome Sand Plains - Rome Sand Plains Resource Management Team unveil new interpretive signs at Rome Sand Plains, providing historical information about this unique nature preserve in the City of Rome, Oneida County.
  • Annual Wilson Hill Goose Drive - The Region 6 Bureau of Wildlife staff conduct an annual roundup of Canada Geese for important biological information and great public relations.
  • Twenty Five Year Old Bald Eagle Recaptured - Region 6 Wildlife staff made a surprise catch of a twenty five year old bald eagle named Agnes on January 30 while conducting winter bald eagle trapping on the St Lawrence River.
  • Barnes Corners Ski Trails - Region 6 includes a wide variety of locations that can provide great skiing opportunity. Barnes Corners Ski Trails are one such place.
  • Ice Fishing on Perch Lake - With the closing of deer hunting season, many outdoor enthusiasts turn to ice fishing to help pass the long winter months.
  • Lake Sturgeon Restoration - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is stocking fingerling sturgeon, protecting habitats of lake sturgeon, and is gathering population information.

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