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For Release: Tuesday, November 21, 2017

DEC to Host Public Information Session on Habitat Management Plan for Lake Shore Marshes Wildlife Management Area in Towns of Huron, Sodus, and Wolcott

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 Lake Shore Marshes Wildlife Management Area (WMA) located in the towns of Huron, Sodus, and Wolcott, Wayne County.

"DEC is dedicated to maintaining and enhancing wildlife habitats on the Lake Shore Marshes Wildlife Management 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 Wednesday, November 29, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah. An open house will take place from 6:30 to 7 p.m., followed by a formal presentation.

Lake Shore Marshes WMA is composed of eight units, covering approximately 6,430 acres, and provides excellent opportunities for wildlife-dependent recreation, such as hunting and bird watching. Habitat management goals for this WMA are to maintain a diversity of wetland and upland habitats that benefit a wide range of resident and migrating wildlife species, including several rare and declining species. DEC will continue to actively manage Lake Shore Marshes WMA to benefit a variety of wildlife, while using best management practices. Planned management activities include: timber harvests to improve forest health and increase forest habitat diversity; maintenance of wetland impoundments, potholes, and ditching; mowing and replanting of grassland fields; and control of invasive plant species.

The meeting will include a presentation about the history of management on the WMA, 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 Lake Shore Marshes WMA 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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