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Dick Smith, former state assemblyman, lifelong Hamburg resident and Lake Erie charter and recreational fisherman, will discuss “A History of Lake Erie” at 7 p.m. on Thursday as a presentation of the Lake Erie Seaway Trail Center Speaker Series.

Smith, an advocate for fishery concerns for decades, has a wealth of knowledge about how Erie’s eastern waters and shoreline has seen extreme ups and downs over centuries of use and misuse. He also has a fund of tips for where the fish of many species are and were biting on Erie’s ever-changing waters.

Smith will give his talk in the Seaway Trail Visitor’s Center at 4968 Lake Shore Road Hamburg. A fee of $10 or five tickets for the price of four is set for admissions.

For more details and directions to the center, call Patty O’Shei at 627-2773; email: LESTC2012@gmail.com; or go to lakeerieseawaytrail.org.

Land workshop

Overgrown forest areas next to well-cleared field crops have severely reduced shrubland habitat areas across the state. Department of Environmental Conservation Regional Land Manager Emilio Rende said: “Many species of wildlife rely on this type of young forest habitat for food, cover and breeding areas.”

Private landowners own and care for much of the state’s open woodlands and fields. The DEC will present a “Workshop for Private Landowners” at the Hanging Bog Wildlife Management Area in New Hudson in Allegany County on Aug. 24.

The workshop is co-sponsored with the NYSS Chapter of National Wild Turkey Federation, the Ruffed Grouse Society and Quality Deer Management Association.

A $10 fee includes refreshments and lunch; a registration deadline is set for Friday. To register, call Rende at 372-0645 or go to region9@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

License sales start

Anglers, hunters, trappers and holders of special sporting licenses can renew for the 2013-2014 season starting Monday. Licenses will be available at most town halls and some sporting goods stores and bait shops. For on-line purchase procedures, go to dec.ny.gov/permits/6101.

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