Finger Lakes Land Trust to Acquire Wetlands in Schuyler County

Property, just south of Seneca Lake, cited as important bird habitat...

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Via the Ithaca Journal, 6/25/13

MONTOUR FALLS — Enterprise Products Partners on Tuesday announced it will donate 140 acres of wetlands just south of the Village of Watkins Glen to the Finger Lakes Land Trust.

The land is within the Village of Montour Falls and Town of Dix and borders the state’s Catharine Creek Wildlife Management Area and the Catharine Valley Trail.

The property is part of 1,000 acres of wetland south of Seneca Lake that has been recognized by the National Audubon Society as one of New York state’s important bird areas. The area provides habitat for migratory waterfowl, songbirds and bald eagles.

“We’re going to work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to enhance the wetlands, which have been disturbed over time,” said Land Trust Executive Director Andrew Zepp. “The (Catharine Creek) canal construction changed the hydrology.”

The Land Trust also will cooperate with the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the locally based, not-for-profit Wetland Trust on long-term management of the site.

Enterprise Products Partners, based in Houston, Texas, provides energy services to producers and consumers of natural gas.

“We purchased that land 60 years ago as part of a pipeline construction,” said company Regional Director Danika Yeager. “But we discovered it was not compatible with what we planned. It’s been sitting idle for 60 years. So we’re very pleased it’s being put to use.”

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