This site is administered by NYS DEC and consists of a large multipleuse
area with a diversity of habitats, including a 117-acre pond
accessible to fishermen, 400 acres of grassland and scrubland, and
1,500 acres of mature hardwood-hemlock forest, interspersed with
wetlands. Approximately 300 acres of hardwood-hemlock forest have
been excluded from timber harvest and contain large hemlocks, some
over 125 years old. The grassland portions once belonged to local dairy
farms and are now managed by controlled mowing and burning. The
area is popular for hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, picnicking, and
snowmobiling.

Ornithological Summary

This site is particularly important as a breeding area for grassland
birds, including the Grasshopper Sparrow (three plus pairs in 1996)
and Henslow?s Sparrow (19 pairs in 1995, seven in 1996). The mature
hardwood-hemlock forest supports breeding Red-shouldered Hawks.

Conservation Issues

Portions of this site have been designated as a state Bird Conservation
Area. Henslow?s Sparrows have been observed within the last ten
years, and there is a real need to survey this site further to determine
their current numbers. Controlled mowing and burning of the
grasslands are part of the site management plan. These activities have
been successful in maintaining grassland bird habitat. Continued
monitoring of grassland birds is needed to provide feedback for
management. The impacts of recreational activities on breeding birds
should be considered in future management plans.

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