DEC Announces March 9 Public Information Session on Habitat Management Plan for Honeoye Inlet

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DEC Announces March 9 Public Information Session on Habitat Management Plan for Honeoye Inlet

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today that the agency is hosting a public information session on March 9, in Honeoye to provide details and answer questions about the recently completed habitat management plan for Honeoye Inlet Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Honeoye Inlet WMA is located in the towns of Canadice, Naples, Richmond, and South Bristol in Ontario County and the town of Springwater in Livingston County.

"DEC is dedicated to preserving and enhancing wildlife habitats on Honeoye Inlet Wildlife Management Area to benefit declining wildlife species and popular game animals," said Regional Director Paul D'Amato. "We look forward to engaging with the public about this habitat management plan and continuing to provide world-class outdoor recreational opportunities."

Honeoye Inlet WMA consists of 1,977 acres directly south of Honeoye Lake. The WMA includes much of the valley bottom around Honeoye Inlet and extends up onto the hillsides to the east and west. The WMA's diverse habitats include forested wetland, emergent wetland, upland forest, grassland, and shrubland.

Habitat management goals for the Honeoye Inlet WMA are to maintain a diversity of wetland and upland habitats that benefit a wide range of resident and migrating wildlife species, including several rare and declining species. DEC will continue to actively manage this WMA to benefit wildlife, while using best management practices that protect water quality. Planned management activities include measures to control invasive plant species, timber harvests to improve forest health and habitat quality, mowing and enhancing grassland fields, and increasing shrubland areas. The habitat management plan for Honeoye Inlet WMA can be found on DEC's website.

The public information session will be held on Monday, March 9, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Richmond Town Hall, 8690 Main Street, Honeoye. This building is wheelchair accessible; please contact DEC Biologist Michael Palermo at (585) 226-5383 with any specific requests for accommodations.

The session will begin with an informal open house from 6:30 to 7 p.m., and DEC staff will be available for discussion. A presentation will begin at 7 p.m., to review the history of this WMA, specific activities and locations for planned management actions, an overview of forest habitat management, and a question and answer period. For more information about this event, please call (585) 226-5383.