The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy is sponsoring a hiking tour of the beaver swamp at the Chautauqua Creek East Branch Preserve on Route 430 in Chautauqua (opposite Red Wing Road) on Friday, August 9 at 9:30 a.m. This preserve is in the headwaters of the watershed that supplies the Village of Westfield with its municipal water supply. Jay Stratton will lead this hiking tour. Jay is a CWC member who generously donated this preserve site to the Conservancy. He is a retired teacher, native of Westfield and lifelong researcher of the plants, wildlife and people associated with Chautauqua Creek and Gorge. He and his family have founded the Ganowungo Trust, a fund at the Conservancy to conserve the Chautauqua Gorge and its old growth forests. This tour is free for CWC members. Waterproof footwear and insect repellent are recommended for this tour. Non-members are encouraged to make a $5 donation.
The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy is the only local not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization in the area working to conserve land in order to preserve and enhance the water quality, scenic beauty and ecological health of the lakes, rivers and streams of the Chautauqua region. It works with land owners to conserve, steward and enhance watershed lands collecting, storing, filtering and delivering clean waters for drinking and recreation. Established in 1990, the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy has led efforts to conserve 718 acres of forests, wetlands and shore lands county-wide and two miles of shoreline around Chautauqua Lake and its outlet. It is currently running the Save Our Shores Campaign to conserve the Whitney Bay lakeshore wetland and conserve and restore wetlands at Whitney Point on Chautauqua Lake. The CWC focuses on conserving lakeshore habitats, stream corridors, wetlands and stream headwater forests. The public is invited to visit chautauquawatershed.org and sign up for e-news and like CWC on Facebook for regular news updates.
Please call the CWC office at 664-216 or e-mail email@example.com to register for this tour or for additional information about this event or to explore conservation opportunities for your land.