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For Release: Wednesday, July 26, 2017

DEC to Host Public Information Session on Habitat Management Plan for Stid Hill Multiple Use Area in Towns of Bristol and South Bristol

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will host a public information session to provide information and answer questions about a recently completed habitat management plan for Stid Hill Multiple Use Area (MUA) located in the towns of Bristol and South Bristol, Ontario County.

"DEC is dedicated to maintaining and enhancing wildlife habitats on the Stid Hill Multiple Use Area to benefit declining wildlife species and popular game animals," said Regional Director Paul D'Amato. "We look forward to engaging with the public about this habitat management plan and continuing to provide opportunities for outdoor recreation."

The session will take place on Tuesday, August 8, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the South Bristol Town Hall, 6500 Gannett Hill Road, in South Bristol (just off State Route 64 in the hamlet of Bristol Springs). An open house will take place from 6:30 to 7 p.m., followed by a formal presentation at 7 p.m.

This MUA is currently managed to provide a diversity of wildlife habitats, including extensive forest on the hilltop and steep hillside, small grasslands and shrublands near the valley bottom, and natural wetlands along Mud Creek. DEC will continue active management on the MUA to benefit wildlife abundance and diversity, promote best management practices for targeted wildlife and habitats, and provide opportunities for wildlife-dependent recreation, such as hunting and bird watching. Planned management activities include timber harvests to manipulate forest habitat diversity, mowing to maintain fields, and the control of invasive plant species.

The meeting will include a presentation about the history of management on the MUA, specific activities and locations for the planned management actions, a brief overview of DEC's Young Forest Initiative, and a question and answer period.

The habitat management plan for Stid Hill MUA can be found on DEC's website. For more information about this event please contact DEC Biologist Michael Palermo at (585) 226-5383.

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