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For Release: Wednesday, October 12, 2022

DEC to Host Public Information Session Nov. 1 on Habitat Management Plan for Catharine Creek Wildlife Management Area in Schuyler County

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will host a public information session on Nov. 1, to provide information and answer questions about the recently completed habitat management plan for Catharine Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA), located in the towns of Dix and Montour, Schuyler County.

The session will take place on Nov. 1, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Town of Reading Town Hall, 3914 County Road 28, Watkins Glen. The session will begin with an informal open house from 6:30 to 7 p.m., during which time DEC staff will be available to answer questions. A formal presentation will begin at 7 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session. This building is wheelchair accessible; please contact DEC Biologist Michael Palermo at (585) 226-5383 with any specific requests for accommodations.

The Catharine Creek WMA consists of 784 acres. Habitat management goals:

  • Maintaining and enhancing wetlands to provide high-value habitat that benefits migratory and resident wildlife, such as waterfowl, marsh birds, and furbearers;
  • Maintaining and enhancing mature forest to benefit associated wildlife, such as wood duck and various songbirds;
  • Encouraging the establishment of healthy young forest to benefit associated wildlife species and provide for the future forest;
  • Maintaining grassland fields to provide valuable food and cover throughout the year; and
  • Controlling invasive plants to maintain biodiversity and habitat quality.

The habitat management plan for Catharine Creek WMA can be found on DEC's website. For more information about this event please call (585) 226-5383.

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