Wayne County Youth Fishing Derby June 17th-July 29 2022

Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Wayne County Federation of Sportsmen Clubs are pleased to announce the 25th Wayne County Youth Fishing Derby for anglers ages 4-16. The event runs June 17th-July 29th, 2022 and covers the waters in Wayne County. 

Responsible local conservation recreation is a crucial part of continuing to help New Yorkers stay active and a great way to spend time with immediate household and family members while building lasting memories of having that “FISH ON”. Social distancing and masks encouraged.


New this year, Jarvis Bait in Wolcott along with Grantley Bait and Tackle in Ontario will be weigh in stations. ALL stores sell bait are a perfect way to expand fishing opportunities on the Erie Canal and Lake Ontario west. Other stations are Krenzer Marine, Hughes Marina, Davenports, and Bay Bridge bait shops.

The Youth Derby is designed as three tournaments in one.
• AL SHULTZ MEMORIAL CHALLENGE is for youth ages 4-7 years of age. Anglers compete to catch the most pan-fish; Blue Gill, Perch, Rock Bass, Sun Fish, Largemouth bass OR smallmouth bass. Although the fish, other than perch do not need to be weighed anglers must complete a fish entry form.
• MERCHANTS CHALLENGE is for youth anglers ages 8-16 and is considered the “Grand Slam” – Catch all 5 of shallow-water species Perch, Walleye, Largemouth bass, Northern pike & Smallmouth bass. The angler’s cumulative weight of all five wins.
• SPECIES CHALLENGE is open to all entrants. In this derby, anglers compete to catch the largest fish in any of the 5 species: Perch, Walleye, Largemouth, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass

The entry fee is $5.00. Prizes will consist of merchandise and trophies. The prize structure is based on the number of registered entrants.

The District will be accepting payments by cash or check, registrations are being taken online and paid using any major credit card. The entrant’s registration number is generated at checkout. ( click here to register online)

Thank you to all the businesses and clubs in Wayne County that support this great youth fishing opportunity: Nancy Wilkes of McDonald’s in Wayne County,  PJ Unisex Salon, Lyons National Bank, Franklyn House Tavern, Zip N’ Zin Charters, Lyons Veterinary Clinic, Sodus Rotary, Katlynn Marine, Rubinos on the Bay, Ashley Insurance, Fowler Marine, Clingerman Taxidermy, Dynalec Corporation, Patons Sodus Market, 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, Cornerstone Reality, Finger Lakes Aquaculture, David and Sue Williamson, Sodus Bay Sportsman Club, Wayne County Tourism, Wayne County Soil & Water Conservation District, Wayne County Federation of Sportsmen Clubs, and of course, all the bait and weigh stations.

Participants will enter fish personally caught only in the Wayne County, NY in the 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. Participants must have a valid NYS fishing license unless exempt by law.
The Derby Awards Banquet, sponsored by McDonald’s of Wayne County is on August 7th, 2022 at the Sodus Bay Sportsmen Club in Sodus Point, where prizes and trophies will be awarded. The Federation of Sportsmen Club and the District are working out ways to practice social distancing but still provide awards and prizes to youth anglers.

To register for the Youth Derby visit https://waynecountynysoilandwater.org/youth-derby/

New York Invasive Species Awareness Week! (June 6th-June12th)

New York Invasive Species Awareness Week! (June 6th-June12th)
Invasive species are our specialty, so we have a few events going on to help you celebrate this year’s NY Invasive Species Awareness Week! Taking place from Monday, June 6th to Saturday, June 12th, this is the perfect opportunity to get outside and take a look at invasive species threatening ecosystems in the Finger Lakes region. Whether you want to be on the trail or on the water, we’ve got something for you. Check out what we’ve got going on near you, and register now!

Vegetable Gardening – just in time for planting!

Join the Wayne County Master Gardeners at a Vegetable Gardening Workshop on Saturday, May 21st from 9 to 11:30 a.m. This includes two topics.

To register, send $5.00 per person, payable to CCE Wayne County, or stop by our office M-F, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Masks are required at this event.
IMPORTANT: Write Veg. Workshop and your phone number on your check, so that we register you for the correct workshop.

The topics:
“Vegetable Garden Planning -The Time-Space Continuum” – get the most out of your garden space gardening space through garden planning. Topics covered include space saving techniques, amount to plant, spacing/variety selection, when to plant, succession planting, and crop rotation.
And, “Growing Sweet Potatoes at Home” – learn everything you need to know from propagation to storage and go home with a sweet potato plant to grow in your garden or a large container. (We’ll also have a few additional sweet potato plants for purchase)
For special needs, please contact us two weeks prior to this event.

Location: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wayne County, 1581 Rte 88 N. Newark, NY 14513 Spaces are limited and filled on a first paid basis.

Wildflower Walk at Zurich Bog Sunday May 1st

Join Trail Works wildflower expert Mark DeCracker to hike a National Natural Landmark with a sphagnum bog and floating bog cradled between Wayne County drumlins.

Trail loop is 2 miles.

Dress for the weather with appropriate footwear for wet and muddy conditions.

For more information call Mark DeCracker 315-573-8170.

SUNDAY AT 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Wildflower Walk at Zurich Bog

3909 Arcadia Zurich Norris Rd, Lyons, NY 14489-9020, United States
For more information visit https://fb.me/e/1dZJBqqU6

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