Onondaga County

Onondaga County (/ˈɒnənˈdɑːɡə/ on-ən-dah-gə) is a county located in the U.S. state of New York. As of the 2010 census, the population was 467,026.[1] The county seat is Syracuse.

Onondaga County is part of the Syracuse, NY Metropolitan Statistical Area.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onondaga_County,_New_York

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Map: Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area

Map: Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area

The Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area (WMA) was christened "Three Rivers" because of its proximity to the junction of the Seneca and Oneida Rivers which form the Oswego. The area is situated in Onondaga County about 18 miles north of Syracuse between Baldwinsville and Phoenix. Interstate 690 and NYS Route 48 provide easy access to the area.

The primary goals and objectives of the Three Rivers Area are to provide habitat for a variety of wildlife and to permit compatible public uses of the land. Considerable management and development work has been carried out since the 1940's. Twenty-nine water units totaling over 250 acres have been constructed. These include potholes and small marshes ranging in size from ½ to 5 acres and one large marsh over 100 acres. Water level manipulation and draw downs are accomplished to encourage certain aquatic vegetation. Over 50,000 evergreens and shrubs have been planted to improve the diversity of habitat and to provide food and cover for wildlife. An annual system of prescribed burning is utilized to keep open fields from reverting to brush and trees. Development and management activities are carried out with monies derived mainly from hunting license fees and federal taxes on sporting arms and ammunition.

Map: Labrador Hollow Unique Area

Map: Labrador Hollow Unique Area

Labrador Hollow Unique Area encompasses 1,474 acres and is located in the towns of Fabius and Truxton on the borders of Onondaga and Cortland County. It is well known for its diverse recreational activities, some of which include hiking, fishing, hunting, trapping, bird watching, nature viewing, canoeing, and even hang gliding. Labrador Hollow includes a number of unique resources including an accessible trail into a waterfall, an accessible boardwalk of nearly 2000 feet in length and a picturesque pond with accessible access for canoes, or row boats.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/37070.html

Man lived undetected for 9 years in 2-room shack he built near Syracuse’s highways

" Thousands of people everyday in Syracuse passed near a hand-built, two-room shack where a homeless man lived for nine years, and drivers didn't even know he was there."

"The shack is within the city limits where you can hear trucks rumbling past on the interstates. It sits in a wooded area hidden in a swale where water runs through during wet weather."

"The wood structure has a foundation, two doors and a window. It's walls are plumb and the boards fit snugly together keeping out the wind and the rain. The slightly sloping roof is covered with tar paper."

Map: Camillus Forest Unique Area

Map: Camillus Forest Unique Area

The 355-acre Camillus Forest Unique Area, consisting soley of Camillus Unique Area, was established in March of 1997 with the goal of preserving the land for public enjoyment and education of present and future generations of Central New Yorkers. Collectively, the area is an exceptional and diverse open space resource that provides a multitude of passive recreational use opportunities. The "crown jewel" of the property is a 40-acre forest located in its southwest corner. It is a magnificent old sugar maple and American beech forest that is nearly two centuries old and is one of the finest examples of a mature northern hardwood forest in Central New York. This forest is slowly developing characteristics of an old growth forest. A portion of the forest is truly an ecologically significant and irreplaceable area deserving protection under the State Nature and Historical Preserve Trust (article 45) of the New York State Environmental Conservation Law.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/28312.html