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Urban Action 7/26

This week's calls to action include the following events and activities. (All are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.)

Planning wildlife management

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will hold a public information meeting on Tuesday, August 15, regarding the completion of a wildlife management plan. The DEC manages state lands for water quality, a healthy wildlife population, and recreational uses.

The goal of the plan, still in its draft form, is to create a balance of vegetative types and policies for monitoring wildlife species. The meeting will be held in the conference room of the state's DEC Region 8 Headquarters, 6274 East Avon-Lima Road, in Avon, at 6:30 p.m. A 30-minute presentation on the draft plan will be followed by a question and answer period. The plan is online:

Meeting set to discuss Bull's Head revitalization

The city will hold a public meeting on Thursday, July 27, to discuss revitalizing the Bull's Head area. Bull's Head, just west of downtown Rochester, is one of the city's oldest neighborhoods, but it has a disproportionately high percentage of vacant buildings and lots and a significant number of sites with environmental concerns.

Sites like these often involve some type of industrial contamination that needs to be removed. The city has received a grant of nearly $300,000 from the Brownfield Opportunity Areas Grant Program to further the cleanup and revitalization efforts in the neighborhood. The public meeting to discuss the plans will be held at St. Mary's hospital campus, 89 Genesee Street, first floor, at 6 p.m.