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Chadakoin River in downtown Jamestown, New York

Posted on Oct 10, 2014

This is the Chadakoin River in downtown Jamestown, New York. On one hand it is a waterway that has been surrounded by industry and development for decades. On the other hand it is a vital environmental hotspot, hosting species like the Spiny Softshell Turtle (Apalone spinifera), state-listed as a species of “special concern”. This is a very literal example of this dichotomy. With all of that said there are many reasons to be optimistic about the Chadakoin and other natural resources in the Chautauqua-Allegheny region! Later today I will post a blog entry about RTPI’s current status and efforts on the “Spinys” and the River with the help of SUNY Jamestown Community College interns.

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Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator