DEC will hold nine public information sessions throughout the state in June – two in Northern New York – to present the draft plan and accept comments. Meetings are planned for SUNY Potsdam (8th Floor, Raymond Hall) from 2 to 4 pm on June 19th, and DEC’s Region 5 Office in Ray Brook from 2 to 4 pm on June 29th.
The ten-year plan, developed to update the 2005 Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy, identifies 366 Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) in New York that need conservation actions to thrive.
Such species include moose, least tern, northern diamond-backed terrapin, eastern spadefoot toad, lake sturgeon, barndoor skate, humpback whale, brook snaketail and barrens buckmoth. Of those 366, there are 167 species that are identified as high priority SGCN, including little brown bats, spruce grouse, Blanding’s turtle, queen snake, American eel, sauger, winter flounder, horseshoe crab, dwarf wedgemussel and American bumblebee.
An additional 113 species are seen as possibly needing conservation actions, including least weasel, mink frog, tiger shark, Scotia sallfly, and monarch butterfly.
The proposed SWAP is available on the NYSDEC website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7179.html.
Comments should be sent to SWAPComments@dec.ny.gov or mailed to Joe Racette, NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, 5th Floor, Albany, NY, 12233.
The deadline for comment is Friday, July 17, 2015.
Photo by John Warren.