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For Release: Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Public Information Session: August 9, Lowville

Habitat Management Plan for Tug Hill Wildlife Management Area

DEC to Host Public Information Session on Habitat Management Plan for Tug Hill Wildlife Management Area

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will host a public information session to answer questions from the public and provide information on a recently finalized Habitat Management Plan for Tug Hill Wildlife Management Area (WMA) located in DEC Region 6, Town of Montague, Lewis County. Tug Hill Wildlife Management Area is 5,110 acres and a popular location for hunting, trapping and fishing. "Hunters and trappers seeking wilderness like experiences have made Tug Hill WMA a popular destination. In fact, trappers come from all over the state to pursue otter, fisher and bobcat," said Judy Drabicki, Region 6 Director.

Habitat Management Plan Goals:

  • Manage approximately 76% as intermediate/mature forest to provide habitat for mammals, forest birds/raptors, and wilderness experiences.
  • Maintain approximately 14% as wetlands for breeding and migratory stopover habitat for waterfowl and for furbearers.
  • Manage approximately 9% of the WMA as young forest (10% of forested area) to promote American woodcock, ruffed grouse, and snowshoe hare.
  • Manage approximately 1% as open forest habitat.

DEC will host a public information session on August 9, 2016 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the following location:

Lowville Sub-Office
DEC Training Room
7327 State Route 812
Lowville, NY 13367-3623
(315) 376-3521

Visit DEC's website to learn more about WMA's and to see the HMP for Tug Hill WMA.

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