CWC To Hold Winter Watershed Snowshoe, Cross-Country Ski Tour At Elm Flats Preserve

The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy will hold a snowshoe/cross-country ski tour of CWC’s Elm Flats Preserve, located on Lawson Road in the town of Chautauqua (3 miles north of Mayville) from 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18.

David Anderson, CWC conservationist, will lead the tour, discussing CWC’s activities to conserve and enhance this and other streamside forest, floodplain and wetland areas to conserve fish and wildlife habitat and protect and enhance stream and lake water quality. The group will re-gather after the tour at Webb’s Cottage Collection & Cafe’ in Mayville for warmth, conversation and refreshments.

The event is free to CWC members with suggested $5 donation for non-members. Pre-registration is requested. To register, please call or email the CWC at 664-2166 or with your name, email and phone number, so participants may be notified in the event of cancellation due to foul weather.

Participants will meet at the main Elm Flats Preserve (north side of Lawson Road, town of Chautauqua, north of Hartfield). Snow shoes or cross-country skis may be available for rent directly from Evergreen Outfitters or Hollyloft Ski & Bike. Attending the tour on snow shoes or skis is recommended, as the depth of snow may make walking very difficult.

This 83-acre red maple and scrub-shrub wetland preserve on Big Inlet is part of the largest wetland tributary to Chautauqua Lake and home to a number of amphibians, birds and beaver. CWC also owns the 30-acre First Site of this preserve in close proximity on Big Inlet. In addition to a wide variety of native ferns, the Preserve also harbors white ash, yellow birch, American beech, Eastern hemlock and black cherry trees. These preserves are part of the CWC’s Chautauqua Watershed Tributary Preserve System, collecting, storing, filtering and delivering clean waters to streams, lakes and drinking water supplies.

The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy is a local 501(c)(3) not-for-profit supported primarily by membership donations. 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. Founded in 1990, the organization has conserved over 700 acres of land across Chautauqua County.