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Seminar will cover fur prep

Trapping season is peaking as cold, snowy weather moves through the area.

Snow depth may hamper canine sets, but, as Patti Wattengel, Erie County Trapper Association (ECTA) coordinator, sees the season, hides "sure would be furry."

Fur preparation comes to the fore during an ECTA Free Fur Handling Seminar offered at Collins on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Youths and trappers new to trappings have an opportunity to learn proper preparation and handling of fur and hides for best auction and processing successes. Auction experts note that poorly handled furs and green (not well processed) furs often bring down price averages during biddings.

For more information on this seminar, check with Wattengel at 337-2556.

Genesee Valley Trappers Association holds its second Raw Fur Auction Jan. 21 in its clubhouse at 4462 County Road 32 (off Route 20A) east of Honeoye. For details on this and other GVTA auctions and events, check with Gordy Berndt at (585) 924-2928, Bob Hughes at (585) 728-2471, or go to geneseevalleytrappers.com.

ECTA conducts its NYS Region 9 Fur Auction at S&S Taxidermy and Archery Pro Shop on Route 219 in Springville on Feb. 6. Check-ins begin at 8 a.m. and auction biddings start at 10 a.m. For directions and set-up information, call 592-2404.

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>About carp

Area folk interested and concerned about those leaping Asian carp species and other aquatic annoyances have an opportunity to learn more about what might be swimming into area waters and have a say about what is coming our way.

The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers will hold a public forum on Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Studies (GLMRIS) Tuesday, 2 to 8 p.m., at the Buffalo Conference Center, 2 Fountain Plaza.

After each in a series of Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) presentations, members of the public can make public statements on issues discussed.

Study presentations will be made at 2:15 p.m. and 5:45 p.m., followed with oral comment periods allowing individuals a three-minute comment time.

Registered speakers will be given preference for presentation time. To register to speak, go to glmris.anl.gov/involve/pubschedule/index.cfm. Comments on GLMRIS ANS topics can also be submitted at this Web site to March 31.

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>Making land more grand

New York State landowners have until Jan. 14 to file for grants to upgrade privately owned agricultural and forest lands a wildlife habitat.

The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service will provide resident owners of land programs to improve soil, water, air, and plant and animal habitats.

Several letter agencies participate in this program: Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP); Chesapeake Bay Watershed Initiative (CBWI); Agricultural Management Assistance Program (AMA); and Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP).

To contact a local office, call: Albion, (585) 589-5320; Batavia, (585) 343-9167; Bath, (607) 776-7398; Belmont, (585) 268-5133; Canandaigua (585) 394-0525; East Aurora, 652-1400; Ellicottville, 699-2326; Geneseo, (585) 243-0030; and Warsaw, (585) 786-3118.

For general information on all programs, go to ny.nrcs.usda.gov.

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