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For Release: Tuesday, May 15, 2018

DEC to Hold Public Information Session on Habitat Management Plan for Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area

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 Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in the town of Lysander, Onondaga County.

DEC invites the public to attend an information session about the plan on Tuesday, May 22, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at Belgium Cold Springs Fire Department, 7920 River Road, Baldwinsville. DEC staff will be available for questions from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m., and a formal presentation will follow.

"Habitat management plans on our Wildlife Management Areas guide our science-based conservation and protection efforts to benefit wildlife and facilitate wildlife-dependent recreation," said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos.

Active habitat management to benefit wildlife populations is fundamental to wildlife management and has been an important component of New York’s efforts for decades. Habitat management plans are being developed for all WMAs.

These plans guide land use for a 10-year period, after which DEC will assess progress and modify the plans as needed.
DEC launched the Young Forest Initiative in 2015. Goals of DEC's Young Forest Initiative include establishing a minimum of 10 percent of the forested acreage on WMAs as young forest over the next 10 years, and maintaining young forest habitat on WMAs. Young forest is an important part of the forest landscape, but have declined over the past 50 years along with the wildlife that depend on this habitat type. While DEC has been managing forests on WMAs to improve wildlife habitat for many years, with this initiative DEC is increasing its efforts and raising awareness about this type of habitat management.

In addition to aspects of the Young Forest Initiative, the habitat management plan incorporates recommendations from various sources, including unit management plans, existing WMA habitat management guidelines, best management practices, the New York Natural Heritage Program's WMA biodiversity inventory reports, and bird conservation area guidelines.

DEC will continue active management on Three Rivers WMA to benefit many wildlife species while following best management practices. The improved habitat will also provide opportunities for wildlife-dependent recreation, such as hunting and bird watching.

The meeting will include a presentation about Three Rivers WMA with specific activities and locations for planned management actions and a brief overview of the Young Forest Initiative, as well as a question and answer period.

The habitat management plan for Three Rivers WMA can be found on DEC's website.

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