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For Release: Monday, December 11, 2017

DEC to Host Public Information Session on Habitat Management Plan for Mohawk Valley Wildlife Management Areas

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is holding a public information session on Habitat Management Plans (HMPs) for several Mohawk Valley Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the Utica State Office Building at 6:00 p.m. "These Habitat Management Plans will guide the management of these four Wildlife Management Areas to benefit a wide variety of species including those that require young forest habitats," said Judy Drabicki, Region 6 Director.

The HMPs cover the following WMAs:
* Oriskany Flats is an 806-acre parcel located in the city of Rome, and the towns of Marcy and Whitestown in Oneida County.
* Rome is a 1,204-acre parcel in the city of Rome, Oneida County.
* Utica Marsh is a 193-acre parcel along the border of the city of Utica and the town of Marcy, and between the Mohawk River on the south and the New York State Barge Canal on the north.
* Plantation Island is 200-acres of Mohawk River floodplain in the towns of German Flats and Herkimer, Herkimer County.

The HMP goals include managing a percentage of forested landscape as young forests to provide breeding and foraging habitat for American Woodcock, Wild turkey, white-tailed deer, and Ruffed Grouse, among other wildlife species.

WHAT: HMP Public information session
WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018
TIME: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Utica State Office Building Conference Room A, 207 Genesee St., Utica, NY 13501.
Contact DEC at 315-785-2263 or information.R6@dec.ny.gov. Street parking near the state office building is free. A photo ID is necessary to enter the building.

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

Oriskany Flats WMA

Rome WMA

Utica Marsh WMA

Plantation Island WMA

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