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ENB - Region 6 Notices 3/15/2017

Negative Declaration

Jefferson County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Adoption of the Tug Hill Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Habitat Management Plan will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The Indian River WMA was acquired as a wetland unit as three noncontiguous parcels and is important for both fish and wildlife resources. The WMA is predominantly a natural wetland complex consisting of open water, emergent marsh, shrub swamp, and floodplain forest. The primary objectives for this WMA are to maintain the large wetland complex it is known for and to create additional young forest habitat to promote the targeted species. Due to the makeup of this WMA, the key habitat management goals include:

  • Managing approximately 7% of the WMA (10% of the forested landscape) as young forest (0-10 years) to promote American Woodcock, Ruffed Grouse, Golden-winged Warbler, and Wild Turkey habitat;
  • Maintaining approximately 61% as wetlands and forested wetlands to provide prime breeding and migratory stopover habitat for marsh birds and waterfowl;
  • Maintaining approximately 30% as intermediate and mature forest (10 to >100 years);
  • Managing a minimum of 1% as grasslands; and
  • Managing approximately 1% as early successional shrublands.

The project is located in the Town of Theresa, New York.

Contact: Andrew MacDuff / Irene Mazzocchi / 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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