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New York DEC acquires 525 acres of land in North Collins for wildlife management

Posted at 3:45 PM, Oct 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-25 15:45:40-04

NORTH COLLINS, N.Y. (WKBW) — North Collins is now home to the largest State-owned Wildlife Management Area in Erie County.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has acquired 525 acres of land to create the Clear Lake Wildlife Management Area. The land, according to a DEC news release, offers hunting, fishing, trapping, wildlife viewing, and other recreational opportunities.

"The new Clear Lake Wildlife Management Area will provide outstanding wildlife-based recreational opportunities for visitors while protecting important habitat for many local species,” said DEC Region 9 Director Abby Snyder. “DEC will continue to work with our public and private partners to conserve critical parcels like this that connect our communities to natural resources.”

Activities such as hiking, kayaking, and canoeing are allowed on the land as long as these activities do not impede or interfere with the primary wildlife management usage goals of the area. Prohibited activities at Clear Lake WMA include swimming, camping, horseback riding, mountain biking, target shooting, or the use of motorized boats, boat trailers, ATVs, or snowmobiles.