After observing the harvest of a large amount of cattails from the Lakeshore Marshes Wildlife Management Area in the town of Huron, Wayne County, NY, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Ranger Raffaldi spent a significant amount of time patrolling the area.
For centuries, the leaves of cattails taken from freshwater marshes have been harvested and utilized for wooden barrel caulking and can be sold for monetary gain.
On Wenesday, March 22, while on patrol, Ranger Raffaldi saw two individuals walking through a cattail marsh. From a distance, Ranger Raffaldi reported he observed the subjects collect and bundle cattails.
If done with a permit, this is a legal activity. However, Ranger Raffaldi determined the 63-year-old from Sodus and 32-year-old from Lyons did not have the required permits. The pair were issued tickets for illegal cattail harvest.
Photo of confiscated cattails provided by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
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