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ENB - Region 6 Notices 8/31/2016

Negative Declaration

St. Lawrence County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Adoption of the Upper and Lower Lakes Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Habitat Management Plan will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. Upper and Lower Lakes WMA was purchased between 1963 and 2006 with funds from the Park and Recreation Land Acquisition Bond Act and the Conservation Fund. Roughly half of this WMA is made up of a large wetland complex consisting of multiple wetland cover types. The wetlands are among the most extensive in St. Lawrence County and provide important habitat for marsh birds, waterfowl, and aquatic furbearers. The area is located on an important waterfowl migration route between eastern Canada and the Atlantic Coast. The upland portion of the WMA consists of woodland, small blocks of conifers, shrubland, grassland, and agricultural land. Recreational activities available on the area include bird watching, wildlife observation, trapping, fishing, and hunting. The Indian Creek Nature Center, a non-profit organization, operates on the area under an agreement with New York State. The nature center provides 300 acres of habitat and trails to facilitate wildlife viewing. Upper and Lower Lakes WMA is managed for both upland and wetland habitats. Key habitat management goals include:

  • Maintaining 50% of WMA as wetland and open water to provide habitat for migratory;
  • Maintaining 32% as mature forest to provide habitat for woodland raptors and other forest dependent species;
  • Managing 10% as grassland/shrubland habitat through cooperative agreements to provide diversity of habitats within the WMA;
  • Managing 4% of the WMA (11% of the forested acres) as young forest (0-10 years) to wild turkey, and American woodcock;
  • Maintaining 2% of the WMA as roads and easements;
  • Continuing the current agreement with the Indian Creek Nature Center, and;
  • Maintaining 273 acres of the WMA as wildlife refuge habitat.

The Upper and Lower Lakes WMA is located in the Towns of DeKalb and Canton, New York.

Contact: Blanche Town / Erik Latremore, NYS DEC - Region 6 Office, Division of Fish and Wildlife, 317 Washington Street, Watertown, NY 13601, Phone: (315) 785-2263, E-mail:

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