The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has acquired 42 acres of land in Madison County that will be added to the Tioghnioga Wildlife Management Area, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Region 7 Director Ken Lynch announced recently. The property is situated in western Madison County on the border of Nelson and Cazenovia.
The New York State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Foundation provided the DEC with $47,000 to acquire the property.
Property owner Susan Lehr wanted to preserve the property as open space and waited several years to sell the land to ensure that it would remain undeveloped. The property consists of woods and open brush and is situated along the north side of Corkinsville Road in the town of Nelson equidistance between the Erieville and New Woodstock. The Link Trail runs along the edge of the property.
"This parcel of land will not only enhance our abilities to manage for early successional and forested habitats on this WMA, but also will decrease our maintenance costs," said Michael Putnam, Senior Wildlife Biologist, who was works with the region's wildlife management areas. "Aside from the excellent hunting opportunities provided by this acquisition, when combined with the rest of the WMA, the public will have access to 7,398 acres providing excellent recreational opportunities for all."
The NWTF is a nonprofit conservation organization that works to further its mission of conserving the wild turkey and preserving the heritage of hunting. Through partnerships with state and federal wildlife agencies, the NWTF and its members have helped restore wild turkey populations across the country, spending more than $331 million to conserve 15.9 million acres of habitat for all types of wildlife.