2022 Forever Green Tree Sale

The 2022 Annual Forever Green Tree & Shrub is Underway!

The District offers varieties of low-cost bare root seedlings and transplants, conifers, deciduous trees, bushes and shrubs, fruit plants, conservation packs, habitat boxes, and other products.  All plants are grown by private commercial nurseries, these plants provide an economical source of conservation landscaping materials, windbreaks, and quantities for reforesting. Start here

Earth-Friendly Gift Wrapping Ideas

Gift Wrapping Ideas

Here are some Gift Wrapping Ideas.
Try the Japanese tradition of furoshiki fabric wraps.

To make it easy, use fabric squares made from machine washable 100% organic cotton that can be reused in a wide variety of ways. Make your own art! Your gift recipients can either re-gift or hang it in their home or office as wall art, use it as a face mask or grocery bag, style it as a scarf, and more. Here is a furoshiki guide to wrapping

Newspaper is another great material that is frequently recommended for wrapping.

Newspapers are printed that morning in the same city and are recyclable, making them more affordable and sustainable than typical wrapping paper. Get creative and buy newspapers from other countries, many bookstores carry these or shop antique stores for print media with memorable dates.

Wrap your presents as usual, but add the twine or ribbon. Grap that gathering bag and collect items like fresh pine cones, beautiful white birch bark, twigs, moss, and greens make your gift extra special. Look in the cupboard for bay leaves and cinnamon sticks. Use floral wire to attach kumquats, holly sprigs.

Buy a Grown and Certifed Christmas Tree this season

Tree Farmers are proud members of the New York State Grown & Certified program, which highlights New York’s agricultural producers and growers who adhere to the best practices in safe food handling and environmental stewardship.

The program is currently available to produce growers who are certified for Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and are participating in Agricultural Environmental Management (AEM) plans.

Did you know that there are over 47 Christmas tree farms across New York State that are now NYS Grown & Certified!

Shop local, find a New York-grown Christmas tree vendor nearest to you https://on.ny.gov/3DGoRzV

To learn more about the Grown and Certifed program contact Ian@waynenyswcd.org

Thankful for Community Conservation

In this time of being thankful, it is so important to remember that a community is maintained through a whole community effort. Every person has a role and a responsibility to look out for our neighbors, both big and small. Conservation is working towards a better tomorrow of land, waste, infrastructure, air, ecosystem, and water quality management.  We are all partners in this mission.

If nothing else, be thankful that Wayne County is made up of a wonderful place of much of the beauty available on this earth. It is made up of hard-working people that love what they do, their neighbors, and their community.

Thank you for giving Wayne County Soil & Water Conservation some of your valuable time to learn more about your community and events that offer continued growth and knowledge of the natural resources around you! May you and your loved ones have much to be thankful for and be blessed from above!

With yours,  and well-wishes ~ Lindsey

Lindsey M. Gerstenslager, District Manager

Wayne County Soil & Water Conservation District

Let’s Talk Lake Ontario Webinar Series – Green Stuff in the Water: No Day at the Beach

Let’s Talk Lake Ontario Webinar Series – Green Stuff in the Water: No Day at the Beach

Join the Lake Ontario Partnership for a one-hour webinar talking about Cladophora! Wednesday, November 17th Noon – 1:00 P.M.

What is Cladophra

Cladophora are those green mats of algae in the water that you may have seen on beaches and along shorelines in Lake Ontario. While Cladophora is necessary for a healthy ecosystem, when nutrient levels in the water are too high—i.e., from lawn fertilizers, agricultural and urban runoff, and septic and sewage treatment systems—we see too much Cladophora growth. This can present aesthetic and odor issues that impair recreational uses of the lake, as well, decaying Cladophora harbors bacteria that can pose health threats to humans, fish, and wildlife.

Link to join: https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/onstage/g.php?MTID=e2314291261b79dedf2f9a22a20369aa6

Event number: 161 404 9404

Event password: welcome1

Guest speakers
David Depew, Research Scientist, Environment and Climate Change Canada,  Mary Anne Evans, Research Ecologist, United States Geological Survey, Greg Ford, Great Lakes Water Monitoring Manager, Niagara Coastal Community Collaborative

12:00 – 12:05 Welcome
Moderator: Emma Tahirali, MECP

12:05 – 12:15 State of Lake Ontario overview
Luca Cargnelli, ECCC; Kristina Heinemann, US EPA
12:15 – 12:25 Introduction to Cladophora in Lake Ontario – What is it and why it’s a problem
David Depew, ECCC
12:25 – 12:30 Nutrient management
Luca Cargnelli, ECCC; Kristina Heinemann, US EPA

12:30 – 12:40 Cladophora monitoring work
Mary Anne Evans, USGS
12:40 – 12:50 Community/citizen science profile: The Visual Assessment Survey Tool
Greg Ford, Niagara Coastal Community Collaborative
12:50 – 12:55 Audience Q&A
Moderator: Emma Tahirali, MECP
12:55 – 1:00 News you can use
Dr. Joan Kennedy, DEC; Emma Tahirali, MECP

Webinar Registration


Shoreline Property Owners Wayne CLEAR Initiative Webinar Thursday, November 18th, 5:00 – 6:00pm

Virtual Public Engagement for CLEAR Initiative November (Click Here to Register)

The NYS Department of State will be hosting its 3rd public engagement sessions for the Coastal Lakeshore Economy and Resiliency Initiative (CLEAR).

CLEAR Public Webinar #3 – Thursday, November 18th, 5:00 pm (Zoom)

Live presentation and discussion on the Coastal Lakeshore Economy And Resiliency (CLEAR) initiative. Participants will learn about risk and resilience scenarios for their region and discuss strategies for increasing the resilience of shoreline communities to changing lakeshore conditions. The public can ask questions during the presentation.

Goals of the CLEAR Initiative include: 

  • Facilitate vibrant communities that can thrive in changing and variable lake levels and conditions.
  • Embrace the connectivity of the coastal environment through innovative designs for rebuilding and adaptive uses.
  • Instill a deeper understanding and appreciation for the important role shoreline property owners play in their communities’ resilience.
  • Identify coastal development patterns that provide continued opportunities for existing and new recreation and employment.
  • Empower local governments, organizations, and leaders to protect their communities and create new, more resilient paths

The public engagement is to engage communities in the CLEAR planning process to help conceptualize the potential impacts from future changes and identify opportunities to enhance connections and access to the water while increasing resiliency to potential stressors.  Questions can be addressed to OPD@dos.ny.gov

Register at:   https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_bRlYN7NXSzG-sbxQ4Xn_0Q

Work Party: Alasa Farms — Genesee Land Trust – October 30th – Registration required

On October 30th the Genesee Land Trust will host a “work party” at Alasa Farms to help with trail improvements. ( Registration required)

According to the Genesee Land Trust’s website, “Work Parties are family-friendly weekend events where volunteers work alongside Genesee Land Trust staff on the trail and habitat improvement projects. If you’ve got some time on the weekends and an interest in giving back to the local conservation lands we invite you to join in on the work party fun.”

To attend you must sign up  (click here to sign up)    Once you register an e-mail reminder will be sent the week of the event with directions and parking details. Contact Kevin Farrell at kfarrell@geneseelandtrust.org with questions.

Alasa Farms, located in North Rose, has had over 350 acres of woodlands, two creeks that feed Sodus Bay, marsh along the Bay, and rolling orchards on fields of fertile soil. The woods, fields, and wetlands provide resting areas for migrating songbirds on their journeys north to Canada and after their long flights from as far away as South America.

Conservation Event:

When: October 30th
Time: 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Where: Cracker Box Palace
6420 Shaker Rd
North Rose, NY, 14516 (map)



Attention Educators Emergency Response to Spotted Lanternfly 1.5 CFE credits

A representation of the Spotted Lanternfly during its lifecycle. A winged adult SLF is center. The insect as it appears with black and white markings after hatching during May and June is to the right. As the insect matures, it changes from black to mainly red, usually during July through September, as shown to the left. It assumes it adult, winged form in late summer, and lays its eggs in the fall, starting the cycle again. (Artwork by Juliet Linzmeier, Student Conservation Association member, Invasive Species Unit, NYS Parks)

The Finger Lakes PRISM is hosting a webinar to address titled Emergency response to Spotted Lantern Fly. Right now, Spotted lanternfly is wreaking havoc downstate and is expected to take a foothold in our region as soon as this season. Learn what SLF is, what this means to our communities, and how we can build a response plan for its imminent arrival. This program is for municipal leaders, planners, educators, and community advocates.

This program is approved for 1.5 Category 1 CFEs through SAF.


10am-10:30   An overview of SLF. What it is, what is does, and why we are worried

Brian Eshenaur, Sr. Extension Associate, Cornell University and NYS IPM

10:30-11:00    NYS response to SLF- where it is currently, what is being done, and how we can mitigate the impacts

Thom Allgaier, Invasive Species Coordinator, NYS Dept. of Ag and Markets

11:00-11:30    A response plan to SLF. How to mobilize your community, develop and disseminate a communication plan, and engaging your stakeholders in the region

Linda Svoboda, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County; Judy Wright, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Seneca County; and Hilary R. Mosher, Coordinator for the Finger Lakes Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management

11:30-12pm    Detailed Q/A session with expert panel including Linda Rohleder, PhD, Director of Land Stewardship for the NY-NJ Trails Conference and Lower Hudson PRISM Coordinator, Mitchell O’Neill,  iMapInvasives and NY Natural Heritage Program, and Hans Walter-Peterson, Viticulture Specialist for Cornell University in the Finger Lakes region of New York.

Click here to register

Regional Dry-Down Day in Seneca County on 9-3-21

The Cornell Cooperative NWNY Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Team will be working with Keystone Mills in Romulus, NY to put on a Dry-Down Day on September 3rd, 2021 from 10:00am to 2:00pm.  Farmers in the local area are encouraged to cut a bundle of 3 stalks from each corn field that they would like to be tested for dry matter, and bring them to the mill between 10:00am and 2:00pm on that day.

What:  Seneca County Regional Dry-Down Day
When:  September 3, 2021
Time:  10:00am – 2:00pm
Location: Keystone Mills
1975 State Route 336
Romulus, NY 14541

CCE NWNY team members will be there with a wood chipper to chip down the stalks and several drying options to determine the current dry matter of whole corn plants.  Based on the dry matter percentage of your corn stalks, we will be able to provide you with an estimate of your optimal harvest date.  There will not be a formal presentation, though information on best management practices for 2021 Corn Silage Harvest will be provided.  You do not have to wait around to get your results, but feel to take advantage of the opportunity to ask your questions and have some refreshments.  There is no cost for this program, and all are welcome to attend.

Sampling details:  Sample corn stalks should be from a representative area in the field, and should be cut the morning of September 3rd at the height you plan to set your chopper.  If you are unable to bring your stalks to the mill during the dry down timeframe, please reach out to Margaret Quaassdorff (585-405-2567) to make a plan before the 3rd to get your samples picked up.

Free coffee and baked goods will be provided by Keystone Mills.


Wayne County Youth Derby Awards Ceremony August 15th

Please join the District and the Wayne County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs on August 15th for the Wayne County Youth Derby McDonald’s Awards Ceremony at the Sodus Point Fire Hall. Noon – 2:00 P.M. Everyone is invited. Walt Crum will be there, along with the NYS DEC and the Finger Lakes PRISM folks. This year we have 6 young anglers that won the Al Shultz Memorial Challenge ( Ages 4-7), six anglers age 4 will receive the Captin’ Larry award and two anglers won the Merchant’s Challenge. In the Species Challenge, anglers in places 1-10 will receive an award.

Hotdogs and chips, 50/50, Donated baskets, and special recognition for one youth angler. Even if you did not catch any fish you can still win. We have lots of prizes. Congrats to all!

We would like to thank ALL of the Merchants, Businesses, Clubs, and Individuals who help make this event happen each year! Fish are an indicator of good water quality and this year we had over 180 fish caught!

Nancy Wilkes of McDonald’s  Lyons National Bank, Franklin House Tavern, Fishin’ Magician Charters, Zip N’ Zin Charters, Lyons Veterinary Clinic, Sodus Rotary,  PJ Unisex Salon, Katlynn Marine, Rubinos on the Bay, Ashley Insurance,  Clingerman Taxidermy, Dynalec Corporation, Patons Sodus Market, Fowler’s Marina, Krenzer Marine, Hughes Marina and Campground, Humbert Farms, KC Baily Orchards, Johnson Forest Management, V&C Development, Lake Breeze Orchards, Farm Bureau of Wayne County, Ely & Leene Insurance, JJs Hot Dogs, Mack’s Auto, Joey’s Northside Grocery, Termatec Molding Inc,  Sodus Bay Sportsman Club, Jarvis Bait Farm, Davenport Bait and Livery, Bay Bridge Sport Shop, Country Max Ontario and Country Max Palmyra, Plano Fishing, Wayne County Tourism, Wayne County Soil & Water Conservation District, Wayne County Federation of Sportsmen’s Club in the Sodus Point volunteer fire department  for allowing them to use their fire hall

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