Pictured: Mark Humbert, Senator Pam Helming, Jacob Flowers, Ethan Humbert, Steve Olson, Assemblyman Brian Manktelow, District Manager Lindsey Gerstenslager and Conservation Field Manager of Wayne County AEM programs, Ron Thorn

2019 Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Conservation Farm of the Year has been awarded to Humbert Farms because of their dedication and commitment to protect and conserve the natural resources within our community through the New York State Agricultural Environmental Management Program.

The family-run farm is located in the Town of Rose on Lakes Corners -Rose Valley consisting of 3400 acres of owned/rented property with the majority of the commodity in field crops.

The Humbert family, Mark, and son Ethan have participated in the implementation of several farm management projects to keep their farm on the forefront of conservation; working with neighboring farms to carry out crop rotation, crop cover, manure sharing, natural resource sharing, irrigation, and best management practices implementation. The farm utilizes minimal tillage conservation systems, green fertilization techniques, conservation crop cover for year-round protection of soil erosion and is consistently working to minimize their impact on central Erie Canal system and Greater Sodus Bay. These BMPs limit damage to the aquatic life and protect recreational uses of streams and waterways they flow into, providing community sustainability for the future.

The Humbert family has worked to update their Certified Nutrient Management Plan in an effort to help guide the farm for management of rotation of crops, effective manure application for crop production and management of other natural resources. They work in partnership with the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, USDA Farm Service Agency and the Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District to further the benefits of land stewardship and conservation implementation, by managing their farm and providing a higher quality commodity while looking out for the health of the environment.

“The Humbert family exemplifies what good agricultural environmental management is to Wayne County and New York State, by their continued efforts to participate, demonstrate and educate local area farmers community members and leadership, says Lindsey Gertenslager, District Manager Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District. “They continue to inspire all agricultural entities with a ‘Can-Do’ attitude, which leads to new opportunities for everyone.

NYSDAM Farmland Protection Implementation Grant
2019 Genesee Land Trust Information Sessions
For Farmers and Farmland Owners

Wednesday, September 11: Williamson Town Hall, 6380 State Route 21, Williamson

Tuesday, September 17: Palmyra Town Hall, 1180 Canandaigua Rd, Palmyra

Monday, September 23: Chili Town Hall, 3333 Chili Avenue, Rochester

Tuesday, October 1: Town of Parma VFW Post 6105, 550 Peck Road, Hilton

All sessions start at 6:30 PM. Attendance at one of the informational sessions is highly recommended for applicants interested in participating in this grant round.

New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets Farmland Protection Implementation Grant Round is anticipated in Spring 2020. The Farmland Protection Program protects agricultural land through Conservation Easements with the Purchase of Development Rights (PDR). Conservation Easements allow landowners to prevent productive farmland from being lost to development, receive payment for their land’s development value, while still maintaining ownership of their land.

 

For information contact Liz Sheehan: lsheehan@geneseelandtrust.org

585-256-2130

LYONS NY- Patricia (Pat) VanLare of Sodus N.Y, has been awarded the 2019 Wayne County Agricultural Environmental Steward award. The award was created at a grassroots level to recognize individuals that strengthen the Wayne County agriculture community while looking out for environmental sustainability. An agricultural steward is someone who is dedicated to being agriculturally minded, environmental and conversationally sound and having the balance for them both economically.

Pat VanLare has supported agriculture through her personal work, serving as a community advocate for local and sustainable family traditions and local environmental related issues in Wayne County. She supports local programs that educate people where what and how food reaches farm to table, NYS Envirothon and Sodus Central Schools as a home economics instructor. She has been an active participant in the Wayne County Pomona Grange, serving at the State and Regional Grange levels and a Board Member of the NYS Grange Museum for many years. Pat serves on the Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Board of Directors as Vice-President and sits on the Wayne County’s County Fair Advisory Board as a volunteer coordinator.

Pat’s continued effort helps to improve Wayne County’s ties to agriculture and the importance of family, local traditions, history and agricultural advocacy for food production, land stewardship and environmental issues. Her working knowledge of several agricultural organizations such as Farm Bureau, Grange, Soil and Water, and USDA help provide information to the local communities to help them address advocacy on a consistent and uniformed message.

“I have worked on the District Board of Directors with Pat and cannot think of a better recipient to receive this honor,” said Huron Town Supervisor Laurie Crane who was recently the recipient of the New York State Senate Helming’s Woman of Distinction award.

We honor Pat as the 2019 Wayne County Agriculture Environmental Stewardship recipient because of her dedication and continue the passion for leading the Wayne County Agricultural Community into the future. Thank you, Pat, congratulations!

The Montezuma Muckrace is a “Big Day” birding competition within the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. This will be the 23rd Annual Muckrace on September 6-7 and there is still time to register. Teams of some of the best birders, as well as novice birders from across New York State and beyond, compete in the 24-hour event to see how many species they can identify. In addition to providing some good fun and excitement, the Montezuma Muckrace raises money to support avian research and conservation at this Audubon New York Important Bird Area.

Please do your part for the birds! Register for the Montezuma Muckrace or sponsor a team at https://friendsofmontezuma.org/projects-programs/muckrace/.

The fundraising goal for this year’s event is $10,000. Proceeds will be used to support the goals of the Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex focusing on habitat restoration, environmental education, scientific research and outdoor recreation in cooperation with the USFWS, NYSDEC, and Montezuma Audubon Center.

Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Wayne County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs awarded trophies and prizes to over 50 youth anglers at the Wayne County Youth Fishing Derby (YFD) awards ceremony held earlier this month.

The fishing derby had over 55 youth angler participants from ages 4-16. Anglers could register fish at bait and tackle shops and marinas around Wayne County. The Derby had three separate contests in one. Trophies and plaques were sponsored by McDonalds of Wayne County and presented by owner, Nancy Wilkes.
The prizes awarded to anglers ages 7-16 are for 1st thru 6th place in the Species Challenge; Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, Walleye and Perch. Noah Wazinski won the Merchant’s Challenge. Noah had to land one of each species for a grand slam; in speaking to Noah’s Dad and the weigh-in stations, he (Noah) fished just about every day!

In the Al Shultz Memorial Challenge, Jillian Thomas and Login Smith were winners. Both under the age 7. They both registered Blue Gill, Rock Bass, Sunfish and Perch to take home trophies. New this year was the “Captain’ Larry award given to the youngest angler Alexander De George of Williamson, age 4. Larry LaForce, a dedicated member of Wayne Co. Federation of Sportsmen, passed away unexpectedly in 2018. Larry loved everything fishing and was an active volunteer every year at the awards event. In addition, the “Most Dedicated Angler” award went to Jaelyn Knapp. The final scores are available click here

Special thank you to all of the sponsors and donors who put big smiles on the faces of the youth anglers in Wayne County. McDonald’s of Wayne County supplies the trophy awards every year. The Rotary of Sodus sponsored 18 youth from the Village of Sodus Point summer recreation program. Most of the program participants had never fished before the event and learned how to put bait on a hook and the practice of catch and release. Walt Crum thrilled the crowd with his imaginative balloon creations. Paton’s Marketplace supplied everything on the grill and the Sodus Point Fire Department for the venue. B&E Tackle, Chill and Grill, Davenport’s Tackle, Finger Lakes Prism, Lake County Taxidermy, Lyons National Bank and Wayne County Tourism donated baskets for the raffle.

Without the support of the following generous sponsors, this annual event would not have taken place. They include: Arney’s Marina, Bay Bridge Sport’s Shop, B&E Tackle, Captain Jack’s, Davenport and Sons Livery and Marina, Zip N Zim Sportfishing, Fishin Magician Sportfishing, Port Bay RV Park and Campground, Hughes Marina, Krenzer Marine, Clingerman Taxidermy, Dynalac Corporation, Steger Haus Restaurant, Joey’s Northside Grocery and Ely & Leene Insurance Agency.

The Wayne County Federation of Sportsmen and the Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District are looking forward to the 2020 event.

If you are interested in sponsorship, please contact the District 315-946-7200.

 

Austin age 11 weighed in a 2 lb. at Bay Bridge Sport Shop in 2017 Great catch Austin!

Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District is pleased to announce the Wayne County Youth Derby. This event runs July 1- July 28th and covers the waters in Wayne County (see rules). The Youth Derby is in its 20th year . The Wayne County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs is working with the District. The Derby Awards Banquet is August 4th at the Firehall in Sodus Point where prizes and trophies will be awarded.

To enter the Youth Division, a child must be between the ages of 4-16, at the time of registration. There will be two age categories – Youth ages 4-7 & ages 8-16. Entry fee is $5.00. Youth Division prizes will consist of merchandise and trophies. Prize structure will be based on the number of registered entrants. Each youth is eligible to win one prize only after weighing in a legitimate fish. This rule allows more youths to win a prize.

Thank you to McDonalds of Wayne County for their continued support along with Arneys Marina, Bay Bridge Sport Shop, B-E Fishing Tackle, Captain Jack’s Clingerman Taxidermy, Davenport Marina, Dynalec Corporation, Ely & Leene, Fishin Magician Charters, Fowler Marina, Hughes Marina, Joey’s Northside Grocery, Katlynn Marine, Keys Energy, Krenzer Marine, LOC Derby, Lyons National Bank, Paton’s Market Place, PJ’s Unisex Salon, Port Bay RV Park and Campground, Sodus Bay Sportsman Club, Steger Haus, Termatec Molding, Wayne County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, Wayne County Tourism and  Zip N Zim Charters.

Participants will enter only fish personally caught in the Wayne County, NY waters of Lake Ontario (1/2 mile west of Ginna Plant and east to Blind Sodus Bay) and its embayments; the waters of the Erie Canal and streams located in Wayne County, NY in accordance with all NYS Department of Conservation Fishing Rules and Regulations. Participant must have a valid NYS fishing license unless exempt by law.

There will be three major areas of competition – Species Challenge, Pan Fish Challenge, and the Merchants Challenge. For more information and registration visit https://waynecountynysoilandwater.org/youth-derby/

Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District
7312 RT 31 Lyons, NY 14489
315-946-7200