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For Release: Thursday, April 24, 2014

DEC Celebrates Earth Day at Black Creek Fishing Access Site

Construction will soon begin to make improvements to the Black Creek fishing access site, a popular gateway to the Genesee River, in the town of Chili, Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Regional Director Paul D'Amato announced today as part of DEC's weeklong celebration of Earth Day.

Black Creek fishing access site is one of 50 access sites that is funded this year as part of Governor Cuomo's NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative. This initiative is an effort to improve recreational opportunities for sportsmen and women and to boost tourism activities throughout the state. It includes streamlining fishing and hunting licenses, reducing license fees, improving access for fishing and increasing hunting opportunities in New York State.

"I am delighted that funding for Black Creek fishing access site improvements was included in this year's budget. When completed, this site will provide additional recreational outdoor opportunities not only for residents in the town of Chili, but for Monroe County residents and visitors," D'Amato said.

Construction is slated to begin in May of this year and be completed by the end of the summer. It has been budgeted for $90,000, funded by Governor Cuomo's New York Works initiative and Environmental Protection Funds.

These improvements, including building an ADA accessible boat launch and dock, parking lot pavement, informational signs and a kiosk and picnic tables, will enhance public recreational opportunities in Monroe County.

In support of this initiative, this year's budget includes $6 million in NY Works funding to support creating 50 new land and water access projects to connect hunters, anglers, bird watchers and others who enjoy the outdoors to more than 380,000 acres of existing state and easement lands that have gone largely untapped until now. These 50 new access projects include building new boat launches, installing new hunting blinds and building new trails and parking areas.

In addition, the 2014-15 budget includes $4 million to repair the state's fish hatcheries; and renews and allows expanded use of crossbows for hunting in New York State. This year's budget also reduces short-term fishing licenses fees; increases the number of authorized statewide free fishing days to eight from two; authorizes DEC to offer 10 days of promotional prices for hunting, fishing and trapping licenses; and authorizes free Adventure Plates for new lifetime license holders, discounted Adventure Plates for existing lifetime license holders and regular fee Adventure Plates for annual license holders. DEC also held a free fishing clinic at the access site. DEC supplied poles, supplies and technical expertise to anglers.

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