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Land and Conservation Easement Acquisitions: First Quarter 2016

1/1/2016 - 3/31/2016

Vosburgh Swamp - Transfer of Jurisdiction
Location: Town of Coxsackie, Greene County
Size: 10.5 acres
ID: TOJ Greene 162.16
Date: 1/11/2016
Notes: Transfer of state owned land from OGS to DEC for habitat management, recreation and protection.

National Grid Easement
Location: Town of Canadice, Ontario County
Size: 0.4 acres
ID: Ontario 040.01A
Date: 1/11/2016
Notes: Conveyance of an easement for electrical transmission line to national grid over State Lands.

Lakeshore Marshes WMA - Wildlife Habitat
Location: Town of Huron, Wayne County
Size: 478 acres
ID: WH Wayne 035
Date: 1/12/2016
Notes: This is a valuable parcel with excellent habitat diversity and ecological features adjacent to and overlooking Sodus Bay. It will enhance the Lake Shore Marshes Wildlife Management Area by adding almost 500 acres to the 6,200 existing acres. Environmental and public benefits from this purchase include: protection of water quality along Third Creek and Sodus Bay, protection of 100 acres of freshwater wetlands, including coastal Lake Ontario wetlands, protection of migratory stop-over habitat for migrant birds, rare and important freshwater fish spawning areas, conservation of amphibians in vernal pools, protection of rare plants, preservation of open space, including forest lands for the enhancement of air quality, management of breeding habitat for wildlife species of greatest conservation need and control of invasive plant species. This acquisition provides access to Sodus Bay as well as scenic vistas of the Bay and Lake Ontario. Management by DEC will offer opportunities for the public to enjoy all forms of outdoor recreation, including hiking, hunting, fishing, trapping, boating, canoeing and wildlife viewing.

Adirondack Forest Preserve
Location: Town of Webb, Herkimer County
Size: 34 acres
ID: AFP Herkimer 183
Date: 1/25/2016
Notes: Acquisition of forest preserve on Twitchell Lake which includes lake frontage and adjoins the Pigeon Lake Wilderness.

Hemlock Canadice State Forest
Location: Town of Canadice, Ontario County
Size: 85 acres
ID: PL Ontario 40.02
Date: 2/18/2016
Notes: This addition to Hemlock Canadice State Forest provides a linkage between state land surrounding Hemlock Lake and Canadice Lake that is otherwise disjointed. This acquisition ensures the protection of a habitat corridor for wildlife in addition to providing recreational opportunities by joining state land together.

High Tor Wildlife Management Area
Location: Town of Italy, Yates County
Size: 70.4 acres
ID: PLC Yates 32.01
Date: 3/9/2016
Notes: This parcel, along the south side of Parish Hill Road, is an in holding surrounded by state lands on other sides. The acquisition of this parcel will provide complete state ownership and protection of Conklin Gully as well as minimizing the amount of state boundary to maintain.

Point Peninsula Wildlife Management Area
Location: Town of Lyme, Jefferson County
Size: 48.5 acres
ID: PLC Jefferson 153.03
Date: 3/16/2016
Notes: This acquisition will consolidate state lands as the parcel is surrounded by state land on all sides and includes Lake Ontario shoreline. This parcel is mostly forested wetlands. This piece enhances the Wildlife Management Area by protecting habitat of several threatened and endangered species.

Lyman's Marsh - Tidal Wetlands
Location: Town of Brookhaven, Suffolk County
Size: 1.7 acres
ID: TWL Suffolk 040.09
Date: 3/17/2016
Notes: This acquisition will protect additional tidal wetlands at Lyman's Marsh where 30 acres are already protected by DEC.

Dutch Hollow Brook - Public Fishing Rights
Location: Town of Niles, Cayuga County
Size: 0.69miles of stream rights
ID: PFR Cayuga 043.02
Date: 3/30/2016
Notes: This is a public fishing rights easement which will provide more fishing opportunities to the public along both sides of Dutch Hollow Brook.