CWC Land Donation And Tour Announced

The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy invites its members and the public to participate in the Elm Flats First Site Wetland Preserve Celebration Ski/Snowshoe Tour, on Saturday from 1:30-3:30 p.m. just west of 6400 Lawson Road, Mayville. Participants will explore this new 30-acre preserve property, which was recently donated by Ted and Deborah First.

John Jablonski, CWC executive director stated, “We are very grateful to the Firsts for this very generous conservation contribution, which benefits the health of Chautauqua Lake. It is a beautiful and ecologically valuable site.”

This site conserves part of the Elm Flats wetland feeding and serving as the floodplain for Big Inlet. This wetland is the largest wetland in the Chautauqua Lake watershed. This wetland performs important water storage, flood control and water filtration functions important to the water quality and level of Chautauqua Lake. Nine hundred forty feet of the main course of Big Inlet meanders along the eastern edge of this property. Big Inlet, entering Chautauqua Lake at Hartfield, is one of the lake’s major tributary streams. This site contains successional hardwood forest, hemlock-northern hardwoods forest, shrub swamp, red maple hardwood swamp, and shallow emergent marsh habitats. This land is now part of the Chautauqua Watersheds Tributary Preserve System. It is downstream from CWC’s 83-acre Elm Flats Wetland Preserve north of Lawson Road.

The CWC assists owners of streamside lands, forests, wetlands and shoreline to conserve their lands as nature preserves or working forest lands. CWC’s mission is to preserve and enhance the water quality, scenic beauty and ecological health of the lakes, streams and watersheds of the Chautauqua region.

This event is free to CWC members with a suggested $5 donation for non-members. Participants are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather. Please e-mail the CWC at or call 664-2166 and leave your name, phone number and email address to register for this event. Weather conditions may cause the event to be cancelled. Please check Facebook or for updated information. To learn more about the potential benefits of conserving your land, please contact the Conservancy.