CWC Plans Nature Trail, Boat Launch

By Dennis Phillips

Local outdoor lovers will have a new area to enjoy this summer.

The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy is planning a nature trail, wildlife observation blind and canoe/kayak boat launch at the Loomis Goose Creek Wetland Preserve along Route 394. John Jablonski III, Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy executive director, said the organization is currently working on laying out the nature trail.

”We’re trying to balance the wildlife habitat there to design public access for people wanting to watch birds and wildlife there,” he said. ”We will probably begin working on the trail and wildlife observation blind near the parking lot there. The trail will be in the woods around the pond. Then there will be a trail from the parking lot to the creek to where we will be putting in a canoe launch.”

Jablonski said the area is already popular for those looking to put a canoe or kayak in the creek.

”By putting a small launch there it will help us to protect the bank from erosion to have a deck to launch from,” he said.

Jablonski said the trail and the portable launch ramp are being planned by a biologist and a conservation team to minimize the exposure on the wildlife in the area.

”We’re trying to keep the area as peaceful as possible,” he said. ”We think it is a fantastic wildlife habitat and the wildlife you see on a regular basis. It has been a pretty popular spot so far this spring.”

A couple representatives for the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy attended a Busti Town Board meeting to discuss the plans for the wetland preserve.

Todd Hanson, Busti councilman, said he thought the idea for the trail and the launch ramp was great. He said more recreational activities for people to participate in is one idea being promoted in the town’s comprehensive plan that is being developed.

The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy is a private, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to preserve and enhance the water quality, scenic beauty and ecological health of the lakes, streams and watersheds of the Chautauqua region.