Fly fishing prairie guys

Conservation Conversations

The author with an Ausable River brown trout.

The author with an Ausable River brown trout.

Many people don’t realize the economic importance hunting and fishing brings to our area. This is a marvelous area and we need to promote more fishing and hunting opportunities. Habitat management, whether it involves the forest, fields or streams is important, and the only place we can do that is on private land. State forest lands within the Adirondack Park are off limits for management, based on the State Constitution. This is very controversial even among the foresters and wildlife biologists who work for the state of New York. There should be a land classification of “Managed Forest” so wildlife management can be done to help with early successional diversity on state lands.

Its Mother’s Day week, so take your Mother fishing, buy her a steak sandwich with mashed potatoes and lots of gravy and enjoy life! Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there.

Rich Redman is a retired District Conservationist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and an avid outdoorsman. His column will appear regularly. He may be reached at rangeric@nycap.rr.com.

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