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The Friends of Reinstein Nature Preserve has partnered with the Department of Environmental Conservation for a “Kids in the Woods” Summer Day Camp program at the preserve in Cheektowaga.

Week-long camping adventures are set up for children in class groups from kindergarten to grade seven. Campers registering by Thursday receive a $10 discount.

Two Little Sprouts camps are set for grades K-1, two Nature Explorers camps are for grades 2-4 and Wilderness Adventurers are planned for kids in grades 5-7.

Reinstein also joins with the New York State Office of Parks at Evangola State Park and the Penn Dixie Center to provide a series of five-day “Summer Science Safari” classes open to youths ages 8 to 12.

For details on the dates and formats for all Reinstein class offerings, go to dec.ny.gov and scroll the search box to “Kids in the Woods” or call 683-5959 (ext. 205). For Penn Dixie programs, call 627-4560.

Dam meeting

Response and discussion of options for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers construction and repair to the Springville dam is such that a public information meeting will be held from 7-9 p.m. on March 5 in the Concord Town Hall Auditorium.

Fish passage is a major concern, and officials will discuss alternatives for the work project that includes repair as well as upgrading of the dam.

A National Environmental Policy Act scoping document outlines alternatives and the study schedule. The document can be viewed at irb.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/PublicReviewDocuments.aspx.

The comment period has been extended to March 15 and the public can submit input by email to: Springville.dam@usace.army.mil.

To submit by mail write to: Army Corps of Engineers, ATTN: Environmental Analysis Team, 1776 Niagara St., Buffalo, NY 14207-3199.

Forest meeting

In 2010, the DEC acquired a 6,684-acre parcel of land in Livingston and Ontario Counties in the area of Hemlock and Canadice Lakes. A ten-year Hemlock-Canadice Unit Management Plan outlines the history and outdoors resources (grasslands, forests, and wetlands) that require supervision and enhancement.

A public meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on March 14 at the Springwater Fire Hall at 8145 South Main St. to discuss the draft plan.

To review the plan, go to dec.ny.gov/lands/6882.html. Comments on the plan can be submitted until April 15 by email: r8ump@gw.dec.state.ny.us. U.S. mail to: NYSDEC, 7291 Coon Rd., Bath, NY, 14810.

Bus trip adds

The Erie County Federation has added busses for gun-rights advocates to the Albany rally on Thursday; for details, call 510-7952. A Cattaraugus County bus has been added, departing from Olean at 4 a.m. For Southern Tier pickup sites, call 372-4460.

For a listing of trips with area SCOPE chapters and other groups, go to nyscope.org and scroll to the “Busses to Albany” listings.

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