Apparently I was too angry to accurately identify where the Lake Trail 
is!  It starts at the south tip of Sampson SP.  To get there, you'd take 
the road that runs through the village of Willard and past the grounds 
of the old Williard Psych Center, now partly occupied by the shock 
incarceration camp.  Road bends north at Seneca Lake and ends at a 
parking lot for the trail.  The trail extends north along Seneca Lake 
from there for 1.5 miles. The trail is black topped - it used to be a 
road - and used regularly by walkers and bicyclists.  Until recently it 
was a good birding spot, too.


On 9/3/2019 2:43 PM, Alicia wrote:
> Hi,
> I've been tied up with other responsibilities this year and haven't 
> been able to bird much but yesterday evening I was able to go out and 
> got past the 1/4 mile mark on the Lake Trail for the first time in 
> many months.  I was expecting to find some migrating warblers in the 
> brush & small shrub/trees east of the trail since this generally is a 
> great spot during migration.  But not any more!  It looks like someone 
> went in and clear cut a swath of 50' or more and then followed up with 
> generous application of herbicide, leaving no vegetation of any kind 
> in a wide band for much of the 1½ mile length of the trail - hideously 
> ugly and, so far as I can see, totally unnecessary in terms of 
> protecting power lines since nothing had been even remotely close to 
> line height.  (Plus this is less than 100' feet from the Seneca Lake 
> shore - wonder what effect the herbicide that was washed into the lake 
> had on the lake ecology?)  I think the actual bush remains where this 
> past spring's Yellow Throated Warbler was seen, but so much of the 
> surrounding area is devastated that the area certainly will be less 
> likely to attract it next year.  The cedars and taller trees further 
> back remain, but the brushy spots and smaller trees on the east side 
> of the trail are almost all gone now
> Does anyone know when this was done?  And if it was NYSEG or the NYS 
> Parks?  I'm equal parts heartbroken and furious.
> Alicia
> P.S.  The NYS Parks 2020 Plan has set as Goal 6, "Sustain New York's 
> Natural Environment" and goes on to say,
>     As stewards of the 335,000 acres of parkland, a central part of
>     State Parks’ mission is to protect its natural treasures,
>     beautiful open spaces and diversity of plant and animal life.
>     • Protecting natural resources.A variety of stewardship
>     initiatives–in partnership with colleges, not-for-profits and
>     volunteers–will include projects to prevent the spread of invasive
>     species, protect rare plants and animals, plant trees and improve
>     natural habitat at parks across the State.
> Really?!  By wiping out a prime re-fueling stop for migrating warblers??!!
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