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Seneca white deer

A white deer at the former Seneca Army Depot

A new entity established under Seneca Iron Works will be responsible for the preservation and management of the former Seneca Army Depot land's white, white-tailed deer population, according to the Seneca County Industrial Development Agency. 

Deer Haven Park will be the latest edition to Earl Martin's company, after Martin was selected as the winning bidder for the approximately 7,000 acres of land in Seneca County. The group will be responsible for planting food for the deer and other wildlife, and strategically managing the habitat.

"Our vision for Deer Haven Park is to provide all wildlife within the depot property with the sustenance to thrive," Martin said in a press release Monday. "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."

Besides planting soybeans for the deer, the park group is planting turnips, clover and various grasses. A mowing program has also been adopted to encourage maximum plant growth and animal accessibility. 

To encourage public engagement with the park, Martin has also begun a social media plan. He hopes to make Deer Haven Park an online presence, fostering new ideas with the public and attracting more supporters of the white deer.

Bob Aronson, executive director of the IDA, said in a release that Martin has always valued public comment and support in his projects and future plans.

"He has pointed out that this is not an overnight process, but one that will take a tremendous amount of dedication and patience," Aronson said. "We're confident that he has both and will remain diligent in reaching his goals."

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