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February 25, 2010

Lake Ontario Dunes Program Airs Feb. 28

Sandy Creek - A program featuring Oswego County's Eastern Lake Ontario Dunes and Wetlands will air this weekend on WCNY-TV Channel 24 and Time Warner Digital Channel 850, Syracuse, N.Y. The segment, "Barrier Dunes of Eastern Lake Ontario" will run at 3 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 28.

"The documentary highlights the protection and preservation of this delicate natural resource through public education, which includes the Eastern Lake Ontario Dune Steward Program," said Legislator Margaret Kastler, District 1. "These representatives join visitors and teach them how to protect the area while they are enjoying it."

Kastler added, "In addition to showing proper recreational use such as swimming, boating, hiking and fishing, the segment also features rare and endangered plants and birds, and the invasive species that threaten this beautiful stretch of shoreline."

The nearly 17-mile barrier dune system lies between the mouth of the Salmon River in Oswego County to Stony Point in Jefferson County. The ecological diversity of the system includes sand and cobblestone beaches, freshwater ponds and creeks and dune plants and animals.

The 18-minute segment is produced and narrated by Dr. Michael Ameigh, Assistant Provost and an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at SUNY Oswego, in support with New York State Sea Grant and the Ontario Dune Coalition.

New York Sea Grant manages the Eastern Lake Ontario Dune Steward Program with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and The Nature Conservancy.

For more visitor information, go to visitoswegocounty.com or call 1-800-248-4FUN (4386).

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