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ENB - Region 6 Notices 5/3/2017

Negative Declaration

Oneida County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Adoption of the Utica Marsh Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Habitat Management Plan will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. Utica Marsh WMA was acquired in 1979, with additional parcels added in 1981 and 1990. The WMA is located on the Mohawk River floodplain adjacent to the City of Utica, New York. The deep pool habitats on the WMA are a result of mining by the brick manufacturing companies that historically operated within the area. The primary habitat types of the WMA are wetlands consisting of open water, emergent marshes, wet meadows, and wooded wetlands. Utica Marsh WMA is a great example of productive wetland habitat in the shadow of a larger urban center. The WMA is a popular destination for birding, biking and walking. Hunting is prohibited on the WMA due to firearm ordinances within the City of Utica municipal limits, but fur trapping is allowed on the area.

Habitat management goals for Utica Marsh WMA include:

  • Managing approximately 5% of the WMA (15% of the forested acres) as young forest (0-10 years old) to promote American Woodcock, white-tailed deer, and early successional songbirds;
  • Maintaining approximately 27% as intermediate and mature forest to support white-tailed deer;
  • Maintaining approximately 66% as non-forested wetlands to provide marsh bird and waterfowl breeding and migratory stopover habitat; and
  • Maintaining accessible foot and biking trails (approximately 2% of the WMA acreage).

Electronic and hardy copies of the Habitat Management Plan are available upon request or at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9323.html.

Contact: Steve Heerkens / Erik Latremore, NYS DEC - Region 6 Office, Division of Fish and Wildlife, 317 Washington Street, Watertown, NY 13601, Phone: (315) 785-2263, E-mail: Erik.latremore@dec.ny.gov.


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