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CWC tour of watershed land used to educate public

January 30, 2013
BY?GAVIN?PATERNITI ( , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

MAYVILLE - Unseasonably warm temperatures and an abudance of wet and snowy woodland were no deterrent for those who turned out for the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy's New Preserve Celebration Tour.

The wetlands recently procured by the CWC proved to be aptly named for those who participated in the walkthrough.

The new CWC property, which constitutes 30 acres, is composed primarily of forested swamp land. The property runs adjacent to Big Inlet, a creek which eventually empties into Chautauqua Lake's Hartfield Bay. According to John Jablonski, the CWC executive director, Big Inlet is the fourth largest of the tributaries entering the lake.

The site conserves part of the Elm Flats wetland feeding and serving as the floodplain for Big Inlet. Approximately 940 feet of Big Inlet's main course meanders along the eastern edge of the property. It also contains succesional hardwood forest, hemlock-northern hardwoods forest, shrub swamp, red maple hardwood swamp, and shallow emergent marsh habitats.

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