The 2015 New York hunting season proved to be one of the safest on record and yielded the first year without a hunting-related shooting fatality since record-keeping began in the 1950s, according to a report by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).
The report showed only 23 hunting incidents in 2015, the third lowest number on record, with 10 incidents self-inflicted and 13 two-party incidents. Continue reading
The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is recruiting participants for the 2016 summer sampling season to conduct water quality assessments in streams and rivers.
The effort is part of the Water Assessments by Volunteer Evaluators (WAVE) project.
WAVE data are used to augment the work of the DEC Stream Biomonitoring Unit, which samples streams and rivers across the state to create an inventory of stream water quality. Continue reading
Snowmobilers traveling between Raquette Lake and Forked Lake in the Sargent Ponds Wild Forest must use a new route instead of the traditional route.
Snowmobiles can no longer travel on the Raquette Lake Canoe Carry Trail between Outlet Bay of Raquette Lake and North Point Road. Continue reading
Expanded recreational activities will be offered at the Tug Hill North Unit under the final Unit Management Plan (UMP) released on July 31 by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Acting Commissioner Marc Gerstman.
“The Tug Hill North UMP has been well-received locally and in particular by those who enjoy snowmobiling, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, trapping, cross-country skiing, hiking, and other outdoor activities,” Gerstman said. Continue reading
Invasive Species Week in New York state runs from July 12 to 18 this year. The Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP), in collaboration with DEC, will again be hosting events across the Park to raise awareness of invasive species and to assist landowners with control, management and eradication efforts.
CAP-21 and the Old Forge Farmers’ Market will host an Ask-An-Expert booth during the Market on Friday, July 17 from 1 to 5 p.m. Continue reading
By Jay Lawson
The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) officially prohibited high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) in New York State by issuing its formal Findings Statement on Monday, June 29.
This completed the state’s seven-year review of the activity.
New York is now the first state with a major shale deposit to prohibit the fracking. Continue reading
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) and Forest Rangers issued 357 tickets for open burning-related charges during the spring statewide open burn ban, according to DEC Commissioner Joe Martens.
DEC issued the tickets during the two-month burn ban that ran from March 16 through May 14.
The charges included 144 violations, 213 misdemeanors and nearly a dozen written warnings for infractions including leaving an unattended fire, burning during the burn ban, unlawful disposal of solid waste (for burning garbage) and setting a fire that endangers the property of another. Continue reading