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For Release: Monday, April 24, 2017

DEC Acquires 11 Acres on Whitney Bay

Property Expands Public Access and Recreation Opportunities on Chautauqua Lake

Through a partnership with the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) recently acquired 11 acres of land in the Town of Chautauqua along Whitney Bay in Chautauqua Lake. The newly acquired parcel, called the Whitney Bay Site, will become part of the Chautauqua Lake Fish and Wildlife Management Area.

"Thanks to the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, this new parcel will become a valuable addition to the Chautauqua Lake Fish and Wildlife Management Area," said DEC Regional Director Abby Snyder. "Not only will it provide additional recreational opportunities and lake access for the public, it will also help to protect valuable wetland habitat and 300 feet of lake shoreline."

"The Conservancy has worked for over ten years to conserve this site," said John Jablonski, CWC Executive Director. "The directors and members of the Conservancy are very pleased that this wooded wetland lakeshore with valuable native emergent and aquatic vegetation important to the fisheries and waterfowl of the lake has been permanently protected and will be available for public use. With less than ten percent of the lake's shoreline in a natural condition, conserving these last remaining habitat sites is extremely important to the health of the lake and its fish and wildlife populations. We have truly appreciated the opportunity to partner with the DEC to make this project come to fruition."

The Whitney Bay Site is the fourth parcel to be added to the Chautauqua Lake Fish and Wildlife Management area which now comprises 134 total acres along Chautauqua Lake. Other sites composing the Chautauqua Lake Fish and Wildlife Management Area include Tom's Point Site (72 acres), Cheney Farm Site (34 acres), and Stow Farm Site (17 acres). Over the past twenty years, the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy and DEC have worked collaboratively to conserve over two miles of environmentally-sensitive shoreline and wetland areas along Chautauqua Lake and its outlets.

The new site will provide access to the lake for waterfowl hunting, trapping, fishing and wildlife viewing. Additional information about the Chautauqua Lake Fish and Wildlife Management Area can be found on DEC's website.

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