Watershed Conservancy To Hold Earth Day Preserve Cleanup
In honor of Earth Day, the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy will be holding a cleanup on its newly acquired Whitney Point Preserve on Saturday, April 26, at 12:30 p.m. This site contains decking and a small shed that needs to be removed in order to return the preserve to its natural state. The CWC will also be making some wildlife habitat improvements during the event. Volunteers are needed for this cleanup, including individuals with pickup trucks or trailers who are willing to transport the trash collected to the landfill. Volunteers should dress appropriately for the weather. Work gloves and insect repellent may be helpful. Interested parties may call the Conservancy at 664-2166 or email info@chautauquawate rshed.org for parking location and more information.
The Whitney Point Preserve abuts the CWC’s existing Prendergast Creek Preserve, expanding it to 7 acres, and adding over 500 feet of natural lake and creek shoreline. Located in the town of Chautauqua, this site affords the CWC the rare opportunity to restore lakeshore wetlands for flood storage and wildlife benefits. Whitney Point provides habitat for a myriad of bird species, including the rare great egret, as well as mammals, reptiles and amphibians. This area also provides one of the most important fish nursery habitats on Chautauqua Lake.
The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy is a local not-for-profit land trust and watershed education organization that is dedicated to preserving and enhancing the water quality, scenic beauty and ecological health of the lakes, streams, wetlands and watersheds of the Chautauqua region. Over the past 23 years, the organization has itself and in cooperation with the New York state conserved two miles of Chautauqua Lake and Outlet shoreline and 718 acres of land across Chautauqua County, and established 18 nature preserves. It provides watershed education programs and technical assistance to landowners and service providers on landscaping and conservation through its Healthy Landscaping-Healthy Waters Program.