CHASE MILLS — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will host a public information session on Tuesday, Sept. 26, to provide information and answer questions on a recently finalized Habitat Management Plan (HMP) for Wilson Hill Wildlife Management Area.
The area is located in Louisville. The meeting takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the St. Lawrence Habitat Project Office, 1003 County Route 39.
"Goals for this HMP include improving wildlife diversity by harvesting trees, planting shrubs, cutting and mowing," said Judy Drabicki, Region 6 Director. "Doing so will create a young forest so that wildlife can thrive."
Other goals include:
• Managing approximately 4 percent of the WMA (10 percent of the forested acres) as young forest (0-10 years old) to promote Ruffed Grouse, white-tailed deer, and American Woodcock;
• Maintaining approximately 35 percent as intermediate and mature forest to support forest birds, raptors, and owls within the WMA; and
• Maintaining approximately 53 percent as non-forested wetlands and open water to provide Blanding's turtle habitat, waterfowl breeding and migratory stopover habitat, and sustainable hunting and trapping opportunities.
More info: 315-785-2263 or [email protected].