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It’s A Busy Summer At The CWC

Chautauqua Watershed Notes

August 18, 2013
By JOHN JABLONSKI III - CWC Executive Director , The Post-Journal

The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy has had a very busy summer. We continued our mission to conserve and enhance wetlands on Chautauqua Lake by undertaking a "Save Our Shores - Whitney Bay & Point Campaign" to raise funds to purchase two sites on Route 394 for conservation. The 11.9-acre Whitney Bay site has approximately 6 acres of waterfront red maple wetland, 3 acres of a mixture of shrub swamp and wet meadow, and 3 acres of old field upland along Route 394. The aquatic plant community in the lake in front of this site has the most ecologically diverse plant community in the entire lake and provides important habitat for panfish, gamefish and a variety of waterfowl and other wildlife. The 0.7-acre Whitney Point site adjoins CWC's Prendergast Creek Preserve. CWC would like to acquire the Whitney Point site, which has been maintained as a mowed campsite for decades, and allow its natural wetland vegetation to retake it as beneficial wildlife habitat.



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