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Meeting on Cicero Swamp Habitat Management Plan

Monday, September 26, 2016 at 6:00 PM

NYSDEC will host a public availability session to provide information on a recently finalized habitat management plan for Cicero Swamp Wildlife Management Area (WMA) located in the Town of Cicero, Onondaga County.

Come join us to learn about the goals of the plan and future management at this WMA. The meeting will include a presentation and time for questions. The availability session will begin at 6:00 and the presentation at 6:30. The plan can be viewed at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/68681.html.

Meeting Location:
Town of Clay Town Hall
4401 Route 31
Clay, NY 14512

For more information, contact Adam Perry at 607-753-3095 x240.

 Public Information Session: August 9, Lowville
Habitat Management Plan for Tug Hill Wildlife Management Area

DEC to Host Public Information Session on Habitat Management Plan for Tug Hill Wildlife Management Area

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will host a public information session to answer questions from the public and provide information on a recently finalized Habitat Management Plan for Tug Hill Wildlife Management Area (WMA) located in DEC Region 6, Town of Montague, Lewis County. Tug Hill Wildlife Management Area is 5,110 acres and a popular location for hunting, trapping and fishing. “Hunters and trappers seeking wilderness like experiences have made Tug Hill WMA a popular destination. In fact, trappers come from all over the state to pursue otter, fisher and bobcat,” said Judy Drabicki, Region 6 Director.

Habitat Management Plan Goals:

  • Manage approximately 76% as intermediate/mature forest to provide habitat for mammals, forest birds/raptors, and wilderness experiences.
  • Maintain approximately 14% as wetlands for breeding and migratory stopover habitat for waterfowl and for furbearers.
  • Manage approximately 9% of the WMA as young forest (10% of forested area) to promote American woodcock, ruffed grouse, and snowshoe hare.
  • Manage approximately 1% as open forest habitat.

DEC will host a public information session on August 9, 2016 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the following location:

Lowville Sub-Office
DEC Training Room
7327 State Route 812
Lowville, NY 13367-3623
(315) 376-3521

Visit DEC’s website to learn more about WMA’s and to see the HMP for Tug Hill WMA.


For members, friends and affiliates in the following townships:
Hastings, Cicero, Clay, Lysander, Schroeppel, Granby,Volley, Minetto,
Scriba, Oswego

The town of West Monroe plans to install sanitary sewers and a sewage pumping station in the Toad Harbor area, then pump the sewage across Big Bay via a pipeline installed underwater to what is now the Big Bay wastewater treatment plant (WWTP). As part of the proposed project, the WWTP will be decommissioned and modified to become a sewage pumping station, which will connect to the current Fort Brewerton Sewer District pipeline in the town of Hastings. This project will result in more development in low-lying areas and increased risk of flooding.
Atlantic States Legal Foundation (ASLF) is trying to prevent this waste of taxpayer money and the blatant disregard for “smart growth” sustainable community development in Oswego County and Onondaga Audubon supports ASLF’s position.

This proposed project was not voted upon by the taxpayers of West Monroe and is estimated to raise property taxes by $800.00 per house in Toad Harbor and by $500.00 in the Big Bay neighborhood. West Monroe also has proposed to revise its zoning laws to remove homeowner protections in residential neighborhoods by allowing more varied commercial and industrial uses of waterfront and adjacent properties.

Likewise, the project and the increased output at the Fort Brewerton WWTP may negatively affect non-human residents both within the proposed Sewer Districts and downstream along the Oneida River and Oswego River. These impacts have not been addressed sufficiently and are a factor in our actions.

Especially important is the potential impact on birds of the effect of the discharges on the aquatic biota— will there be a reduction in aquatic biota and a consequent reduction in predators, especially birds?

If you find the above statement concerning and live in any of the above townships (or know anyone who does) and would be interested in signing an affidavit (see link below for example) stating that you would like the project reviewed for environmental impacts and impacts on homeowners, please contact Patrick Sullivan (info below) to let him know you are interested in signing on and please share with friends and family members that may be interested as well!

Patrick J. Sullivan
GIS and Facilities Manager
Atlantic States Legal Foundation, Inc.
658 West Onondaga Street
Syracuse, NY 13204-3711
Phone: 315.475.1170
Email : patrick.sullivan@aslf.org

Affidavit link