Future owner of Seneca Army Depot creates entity to help preserve white deer

In a Nov.10, 2015 photo provided by Seneca White Deer Inc., a white buck stands in a clearing at the former Seneca Army Depot in central New York. There are about 200 white deer, a natural variant of the brown white-tailed deer, on 7,000 acres of the decommissioned site. (Dennis Money/Seneca White Deer Inc. via AP)

WATERLOO, N.Y. -- The future owner of the Seneca Army Depot plans to create a subsidiary of his company, Seneca Iron Works, which will work to preserve the rare white deer herd that lives on the property, along with other animals, according to the Seneca County Industrial Development Agency.

Earl Martin, the owner of Seneca Iron Works, has laid out a plan to create Deer Haven Park, LLC, which is already in the midst of planting turnips, clover and various grasses for the white deer and other wildlife.

“Our vision for Deer Haven Park is to provide all wildlife within the depot property with the sustenance to thrive,” said Martin, owner of Seneca Iron Works. “We’ve been successful with our efforts thus far and we’re confident that with this second phase of our food source program and support from the community, we’ll continue to see success in the form of a healthy ecosystem.”

A mowing program has also been developed to strategically clear certain areas to make room for more planting and give the animals better access.

In addition to the planting, a social media plan is being developed for Deer Haven Park, LLC, which officials say will give the community a change to engage and get involved in the process of preserving the white deer.

In June Martin was announced as the winner of the Seneca Army Depot site, touting a plan to add hundreds of jobs and protect the white deer in the process.

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