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DEC Forest Rangers respond to lost hiker call at Nicks Lake

Two search and rescue missions were carried out in Herkimer and Hamilton counties recently by New York State Department of Environ-mental Conservation (DEC) Forest Rangers, including one involving a lost hiker at Nicks Lake Campground in the Town of Webb.

On June 7 at 9:51 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch learned that the lost hiker had called Herkimer County 911 for help.

One DEC Forest Ranger responded and located the 48-year-old woman from Monument County at 11:35 p.m. along Nicks Creek.  Continue reading

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DEC: Initiative launched to prevent spread of aquatic invasive species

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Environmental Conservation Police will conduct boat inspections in the Adirondacks on Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17 to ensure boaters are aware of new state regulations, adopted in 2014, to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.

The regulation requires boaters to remove all visible plant and animal materials from boats, trailers and associated equipment, and to drain boats prior to launching at or departing from DEC lands. Continue reading

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Avoiding bear problems: DEC issues guidance to homeowners

The warmer spring weather has black bears on the move in the area, so the New York State Depart-ment of Environmental Conservation (DEC) issued guidance Tuesday on how to prevent negative encounters with them.

Nearly all negative encounters are the result of hungry bears being attracted to human food sources, according to DEC.

The simplest way to avoid a nuisance encounter is to remove potential food sources, which usually results in the bear moving on.   Continue reading

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North Country Earth Day set

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that North Country Earth Day will be held Saturday, April 18 at the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park in Watertown.

Interactive exhibits will be hosted by the Development Authority of the North County, Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Black River Chapter of the Adirondack Mtn. Club, and others. Continue reading

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