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For Release: Friday, July 7, 2017

DEC to Host Public Information Session on HMP for Indian River and Cranberry Creek WMAs

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will host a public information session on Tuesday, August 1, to provide information and answer questions on a recently finalized Habitat Management Plan (HMP) for Indian River and Cranberry Creek Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs). The two WMAs are located in the town of Alexandria, Jefferson County.

"With 948 acres, Indian River WMA is a popular destination for hunting, trapping, and fishing. DEC is partnering with the Indian River Lakes Conservancy and Audubon New York to provide education on habitat management practices to increase the early successional habitat that will be created on this WMA," said Judy Drabicki, Region 6 Director.

Indian River HMP goals include managing a percentage of forested landscape as young forest, managing wetlands and forested wetlands to provide prime breeding and migratory stopover habitat for marsh birds and waterfowl, and managing mature forest, grasslands, and shrublands. Cranberry Creek HMP goals include retaining mature forest habitat to provide high-quality nesting and roosting habitat for Osprey and Bald Eagles, managing a percentage as young forest, and maintaining roads and trails for access into the WMA and memorial gravesite.

What: HMP Public information session
When: Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Where: Indian River Lakes Conservancy's Redwood Hill Preserve, 44010 Stine Road, Redwood, NY 13679
Contact DEC at: 315-785-2263 or

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

Cranberry Creek WMA

Indian River WMA

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