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DEC to air plans to protect bird habitat in Chautauqua County

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has scheduled a public meeting at 6 p.m. Aug. 23 in the Stockton Fire Hall on Route 380 to discuss its revised plans for two wildlife management areas in Chautauqua County.

The DEC plans to cut some of the older forest in both areas and plant younger trees that will produce an improved habitat for the ruffed grouse and other local birds.

About 200 acres of older trees will be cut and replaced in the 2,180-acre Canadaway Creek area in Arkwright, with about two acres of trees to be cut and replaced in the 38-acre Kabob area in Stockton.

Hunting and trapping of larger animals is allowed in both locations, and the DEC stocks Canadaway Creek with fish.


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