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GLIN==> Press release: Salmon River, Lake Ontario Dune Stewards Needed

Title: Press release: Salmon River, Lake Ontario Dune Stewards Needed
PRESS RELEASE:  January 30, 2007
Contact:  Mary Penney, NY Sea Grant, Oswego, 315-312-3042
Salmon River, Lake Ontario Dunes Stewards Needed
to Promote Resources Appreciation Through Public Education

Oswego, NY – College and graduate students are needed to help the public understand the value of some key environmental resources in New York State this summer and fall. Nine students will work with the Eastern Lake Ontario Dune Steward and Salmon River Steward programs coordinated by New York Sea Grant in cooperation with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, The Nature Conservancy and New York State Parks in 2007.

Five Eastern Lake Ontario Dune Stewards will provide public outreach education programs, patrol a 17-mile stretch of fragile sand dune, beach and wetlands areas in Oswego and Jefferson counties, and work on site maintenance and restoration. Assignment areas include El Dorado Nature Preserve, Black Pond Wildlife Management Area (WMA), Southwick Beach State Park, Lakeview WMA in Jefferson County, and the Sandy Pond Beach Natural Area, and Deer Creek Marsh WMA in Oswego County.

Four Salmon River Stewards will monitor New York State Department of Environmental Conservation properties in the Oswego County towns of Richland, Orwell, Albion and Redfield. The coverage area includes the river corridor from the upper Redfield Reservoir to Port Ontario on Lake Ontario, the Salmon River Fish Hatchery, NYS Unique Areas such as Salmon River Falls, and NYS forest lands.

“The stewards promote environmentally-sound recreational use of these vital natural resources and encourage willing compliance with guidelines designed to protect the resources. They participate in research and monitoring surveys, and host field walks and programs on a variety of topics of interest who those enjoy the outdoors,’ says Steward Coordinator Mary Penney of New York Sea Grant, Oswego, NY. “We are encouraging graduate students to see the steward program as an opportunity to conduct research for their degree program.

Penney is recruiting applicants with a minimum of two years combined education and experience in environmental education, natural resources management, biology, environmental studies or a related field. Desirable candidates will have interpersonal and writing skills, a willingness to work weekends and holidays, and enthusiasm for protecting the ecosystem. Dune stewards must be prepared to walk up to 8 miles a day. Dune and river stewards should be able to use a small motorboat and canoe.

Interested applicants may send a cover letter and resume to Mary Penney, New York Sea Grant, SUNY Oswego, 62B Mackin Hall, Oswego, NY 13126 or email mp357@cornell.edu.  # # #