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For Release: Wednesday, August 23, 2017

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

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will host a public information session on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, to provide information and answer questions on a recently finalized Habitat Management Plan (HMP) for Wilson Hill Wildlife Management Area located in the town of Louisville, St. Lawrence County. "Goals for this HMP include improving wildlife diversity by harvesting trees, planting shrubs, cutting and mowing," said Judy Drabicki, Region 6 Director. "Doing so will create a young forest so that wildlife can thrive."

Other goals include:
Managing approximately 4 percent of the WMA (10 percent of the forested acres) as young forest (0-10 years old) to promote Ruffed Grouse, white-tailed deer, and American Woodcock;
Maintaining approximately 35 percent as intermediate and mature forest to support forest birds, raptors, and owls within the WMA; and
Maintaining approximately 53 percent as non-forested wetlands and open water to provide Blanding's turtle habitat, waterfowl breeding and migratory stopover habitat, and sustainable hunting and trapping opportunities.

What: Wilson Hill Wildlife Management Area HMP Public information session
Agenda: 6:00 pm presentation, followed by an open discussion of the goals and objectives of the HMP.
When: Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Where: DEC's St. Lawrence Habitat Project Office, 1003 County Route 39, Chase Mills, NY 13621
Contact DEC at: 315-785-2263 or information.R6@dec.ny.gov

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