The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will host an open house to share details about a recently completed habitat management plan for Catharine Creek Wildlife Management Area, on Tuesday, November 1st.
The primary purposes of Catharine Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) are wildlife management, wildlife habitat management, and wildlife-dependent recreation. At the southern end of Seneca Lake, between Watkins Glen and Montour Falls, an unusual natural area has evolved.
Sedimentation and manipulation of the lake level has led to the formation of a 1,000-acre marsh complex. The area provides a haven for innumerable wildlife. Once navigable into what is now Montour Falls, the waters of Catharine Creek still feed a remnant section of the Chemung Barge Canal, which runs through the center of the marsh.
DEC staff will be available for questions from 6:30 to 7 pm, followed by a formal presentation at 7 pm. The public is invited to stop by and learn how the DEC plans to manage habitat for wildlife at this property.
The meeting will take place at Town of Reading Town Hall, located at 3914 County Road 28 in Watkins Glen. The facility is wheelchair accessible.
For more information on the Catharine Creek Wildlife Management Area, click here.
Photo of Catharine Creek Wildlife Management Area courtesy DEC.