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Land Trust Plants 440 Trees To Stabilize Herkimer Creek

Land Trust Plants 440 Trees

To Stabilize Herkimer Creek

Kathy and Tim Peters plant one of 110 trees along the creek bed of their Schuyler Lake home. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Kathy and Tim Peters plant one of 110 trees along the creek bed of their Schuyler Lake home. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

SCHUYLER LAKE – Approximately 440 trees and shrubs were planted by 10 volunteers along the edge of Herkimer Creek as it runs past Kathy & Tim Peters’ Schuyler Lake farmstead this morning.

“We need to build up over 10,000 acres of riparian forest buffer across New York to help solve the problem of pollution in the Chesapeake Bay,” said Lydia Brinkley, Riparian Buffer Forest Coordinator for the Upper Susquehanna Coalition.  “Having trees and plants next to streams is one of the most effective practices for reducing runoff and creating habitats.”

Enhanced Habitat For Migrating Birds Near Completion In Hartwick Seminary

Enhanced Habitat For Migrating Birds

Near Completion In Hartwick Seminary

As a backhoe digs a pond in the background, state Sen. Jim Seward (blue shirt) and Bob Hickey, Cooperstown Fun Park proprietor, discuss an enhancement to wildlife habitat underway.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
As a backhoe digs a pond in the background, state Sen. Jim Seward (blue shirt) and Bob Hickey, left,  Cooperstown Fun Park proprietor, discuss an enhancement to wildlife habitat underway. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • allotsego.com

Jeanine Harter, a soil conservation technician in the USDA's Phoenix Mills office, details the wildlife enhancement plan for Fun Park owner Bob Hickey, center, and Senator Seward.
Jeanine Harter, a soil conservation technician in the USDA’s Phoenix Mills office, details the wildlife enhancement plan for Fun Park owner Bob Hickey, center, and Senator Seward.

HARTWICK SEMINARY – State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, hosted a press briefing behind the Cooperstown Fun Park here this morning to draw attention to a 14-pond wildlife enhancement project now underway.

The project was initiated by Fun Park owner Bob Hickey and his father, also Bob, who passed away in June, on 20 acres of former farmland between Route 28 and the Susquehanna River.

The project is a collaboration between the Hickeys, the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Phoenix Mills office and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Upper Susquehanna Coalition and Ducks Unlimited.

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