Town of Varick Announces Partnership with Seneca White Deer, Inc.

Seneca White Deer, Inc.
Seneca White Deer, Inc.

Canandaigua, NY -( Robert “Bob” Hayssen, supervisor for the Town of Varick, located in Seneca County, has announced that the Town of Varick and Seneca White Deer, Inc. (SWD), have struck a partnership to work together to not only develop a white deer preserve on part of the town’s 3030 acres of the former Seneca Army Depot’s land within the township, but also create a white deer brand to boost the local business economy through tourism.

Hayssen told Seneca White Deer, Inc. President Dennis Money: “We look forward to working with SWD to protect the white deer and improve the economic engine of Seneca County, therefore, we will be offering SWD a significant portion of the over 3,000 acres within the Town of Varick following approval of the Seneca County Industrial Development Agency (IDA), which owns the former army depot.”

According to Money, SWD has long held the belief that a significant portion of the former depot’s 10,000 acres should be transformed into an ecotourism center attracting tourists from across the state, nation and globe.

“Working with the Town of Varick to develop the 3,000-acre parcel serves as a new beginning for SWD and the white deer,” said Money. “We are thrilled for the opportunity to be able to realize a dream that was born in the hearts of our organization over 18 years ago. We thank Bob Hayssen and the Town of Varick for helping us see this vision through to a successful conclusion. It will be a definite boon to the local economy and its scores of local businesses.”

The board voted in favor to partner with SWD on the depot parcel. Hayssen said the details of the partnership will be worked out in the coming days. The SWD Board of Directors has also approved the partnership.

Meanwhile, bids are being taken by the IDA to sell the entire depot property. Bidding cut-off is February 29.

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Seneca White Deer Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation that derives funding from donations, merchandise sales, and fundraising events. All members of SWD are volunteers who receive no compensation except the satisfaction that comes from working on a very important project. If you would like to make a tax deductible contribution to SWD, please send any amount to the attention of Dennis Money, Seneca White Deer Inc., 4780 Deuel Road, Canandaigua, New York 14424, or donate through our website, Thanks again for your continued support!!