In 1998, six conservation-minded people formed Seneca White Deer, Inc. (SWD) a not-for- profit organization dedicated to conserving the wildlife, especially the unique white deer, of the former Seneca Army Depot, as well as the Depot’s military history. With the closing of the Depot pending, there was fear that the abundant and unique wildlife found at the depot would lose the protection it had enjoyed for almost 60 years.
Over the next two decades, SWD spent thousands of volunteer hours and thousands of its own dollars to keep this important issue in the public eye. SWD became known for its professional activism, and became a respected conservation entity.
SWD is fortunate to have the support of Earl Martin, a local agricultural businessman, who in 2016 acquired 7,000 acres of the former Depot. SWD and Mr. Martin share a deep interest in the Depot’s wildlife and are working together to bring the white deer and the Depot to you.
A unique agreement between Mr. Martin and SWD now protects the white deer and other wildlife of the depot, promotes the economy through tourism, and brands Seneca County as the home of the world’s largest herd of white, white-tailed deer!
We welcome the world to visit us and experience seeing a white deer for the first time, to visit an igloo that once contained thousands of pounds of weapons, and to learn about the history of the former Seneca Army Depot, all located in the heart of the beautiful wine county in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State.
President, Seneca White Deer, Inc.
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