Monday, February 10, 2020

DEC Releases Draft New York State Forest Action Plan

DEC logoThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced the release of the draft New York State Forest Action Plan for public review and comment. The State Forest Action Plan is a 10-year strategic plan for DEC and New York’s forestry community that provides long‐term, comprehensive, and coordinated strategies for addressing the challenges facing New York’s forests today.

“Each decade, developing the state’s Forest Action Plan provides an opportunity for DEC to assess our priorities for managing and protecting New York’s forests for the future,” said Commissioner Basil Seggos said in a statement sent to the press. “The future of our forests affects every one of us, and I encourage New Yorkers to review the plan and provide feedback to ensure all voices are heard in this process.”

The draft Forest Action Plan leverages New York’s forests in the fight against climate change. New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act sets the state on a path to achieve a carbon-free electricity system by 2040, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions 85 percent by 2050. Forests and forest products are considered a resource for mitigating total greenhouse gas emission levels through carbon sequestration and long-term storage. The draft plan identifies ways that New York’s forests can realize this potential as part of the state’s comprehensive climate change plans.

The federal Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act requires each state forestry agency to develop “Statewide Assessment and Strategies for Forest Resources,” collectively referred to as the State Forest Action Plan. A final State Forest Action Plan, which will be an update to New York’s 2010 Plan, is due in June 2020.

New York’s State Forest Action Plan addresses the three national priorities identified by the U.S. Forest Service:

  • Conserve and manage working forest landscapes for multiple values and uses;
  • Protect forests from threats; and
  • Enhance public benefits from trees and forests.

New York’s plan builds on these priorities and identifies four primary goals for New York’s forests:

  • Keep New York’s forests as forests;
  • Keep New York’s forests healthy;
  • Ensure forests benefit humans and all living creatures; and
  • Ensure support, protection, and appreciation of New York’s forests.

The public is encouraged to comment on the 2020 draft State Forest Action Plan through April 3, 2020. DEC will review and address all comments received. The draft plan is posted on the DEC website. Comments can be directed to: Sara Hart, Natural Resources Planner, 625 Broadway, 5th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-4254, or [email protected]

DEC will hold a public meeting on February 26, from 1 to 3 pm, at 625 Broadway, Albany, NY, Public Assembly Room 129. All interested parties are invited to attend. Anyone unable to attend may access the meeting online or via phone. To join the online meeting, click here to visit the meeting website. If asked for a meeting number or password, use the following: Meeting number: 643 896 931, password: Welcome1. Upon joining the meeting, the caller will be prompted to connect to audio using their computer. Those who prefer to connect to audio by phone may do so by calling this toll-free number: 1-844-633-8697, access code: 643 896 931.

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43 Responses

  1. Stanley Scharf says:

    I sent this note & ‘Breaking New Ground’ , Journal article to Sara Hart, Natural Resources Planner, 625 Broadway, 5th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-4254, or [email protected].

    “We therefore need to reject claims by wildlife management agencies that recreational hunting is sufficient to allow forest regeneration and can protect biodiversity (NYSDEC, 2011; Rogerson, 2010).

    Our data offer no support for the promise of fertility control as a means to reduce deer browsing pressure.

    We found support for our third hypothesis, that growing conditions at all our field sites enabled oak seedling growth (if protected by cages; unless compromised by deer; Figure 7), regardless of site‐specific growing conditions, differences in land‐use history, or potential presence of other associated stressors (invasive earthworms and invasive plants). Thus, at least in our area and probably across much of the eastern US,Red Oak ( Q. rubra )should be able to transition from seedlings to saplings successfully once white‐tailed deer populations are sufficiently reduced. We can also confirm our fourth hypothesis that the browse intensity on Q. rubra seedlings is a function of the deer population size (Figure 9), indicating that our sentinel approach is a sensitive and useful way to measure deer browse pressure and the success, or lack thereof, of different deer management approaches. We eventually achieved a deer population reduction (Figure 8) using methods typically not available to the recreational hunter, such as shooting over bait, and at night over extended periods. However, these intensive efforts will need to continue due to immigration pressure from the areas surrounding our CMA.

    ****The future of our forests, the biodiversity contained in them, climate change mitigation, and human health are closely linked to our ability to embrace the required changes in deer management.”

    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/ece3.5729

  2. rum says:

    “The draft Forest Action Plan leverages New York’s forests in the fight against climate change. New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act sets the state on a path to achieve a carbon-free electricity system by 2040, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions 85 percent by 2050”
    my power goes out several times a month now! granted sometimes it is for a short time but sometimes it is for a day. can’t wait for this “new age” nonsense to take hold.
    Fighting a non existent problem with non existent technology by a government that can’t seem to even deal with a problem of too many people wanting to use our wonderful Park!!!!

  3. rumrum says:

    al gore has made BILLIONS off this lie that he continues to “propagate”. what a perfect pair: Cuomo and gore. do your own research people. the climate has always changed and CO2 has little to do with it.

    • Ryan M Finnigan says:

      Oh god…

      • Dana says:

        Yes Ryan, they are still out there… Most people pay them no mind.

        • rumrum says:

          well thought out responses Dana and Ryan. you, cuomo and algore are going to save the world from “climate change”. got it. OMG is right.

          • Boreas says:

            No one is going to save the world from climate change, but intelligent decisions stemming from intelligent research can help moderate it. We see you won’t be part of that.That’s OK, it isn’t necessary that you are on board.

            • rumrum says:

              begging you to watch this one short video.and please take note of the news agency story about how these predictions were correct. yet, as the video points out, were completely wrong.
              https://youtu.be/J2u_TIWPupw
              intelligent research wouldn’t hide their data, manipulate data and only research CO2.

              • Paul says:

                Yes – the National Academy of Science is perpetuating a huge hoax and we should use a youtube video to guide our decision making.

                  • rumrum says:

                    here is just one real gem from that article: “Last month bested January 2016, which previously held the record for warmest January, by only 0.04 degrees F (0.02 degrees C).”…….04DF?????and you buy into this garbage science? .04???? hahahahaha
                    btw, it was warmer in the 1930s.
                    sea ice in the arctic is very close to the satellite data from 1979. a FAR cry from us being “ice free’, “ICE FREE “, ice free……

                    • John Warren John Warren says:

                      Rum, why don’t you identify yourself so we can all know who the guy in our midst is who has such brilliant insights to defeat modern climate science such as “it was warmer in the 1930s” and “only .04”.

                      You must be a genius, why hide your expertise? You have a bright future! You have to stand proud to defeat these tens of thousands of climate scientists, this is no time to remain silent! Let’s get together in your lab and really push back!

                    • Boreas says:

                      “sea ice in the arctic is very close to the satellite data from 1979. a FAR cry from us being “ice free’, “ICE FREE “, ice free……”

                      Many Inuit would disagree – especially the ones’ whose villages are falling into the sea because the permafrost is thawing. That is PERMAfrost – as in hasn’t thawed in eons! Retreating glaciers, melting ice, rising sea levels, etc., etc.. Have an answer for rising sea levels? Where do you think all that water comes from? Comets? Better check out a few more You-tube videos.

                    • rumrum says:

                      the RATE of sea level rise has been CONSTANT since coming out of the Litlle Ice Age.any significant rise in water levels in our area is from the land sinking. but the huffpo probably doesnt know anything about it.
                      all you have to do is check the rates. its very simple actually.
                      and now you suggest we ask the Inuits as oppsed to using our satellites? interesting.science when you think its on “your” side and ancedotal evidence when it suits you??? c’mon.

                • rumrum says:

                  that answer typically is from a sheep. why do they manipulate their data? hide their raw temperature records from the past? why do ALL adjustments made seem to affect temps that make it seem colder in the past and hotter now?
                  why do they use graphs that start at different times when discussing sea level rise, temps, arctic sea ice?

          • Charlie S says:

            The big question is…why are deniers such as rumrum denying that the earth is cooking? What is it that has them so stuck in non-reality? Now that Rush Limbaugh is on his way out maybe we’ll have that one less God for these people to feed on, to get their ‘fake news.’

  4. Stan Scharf says:

    Lunatics:
    On February 11, 2020 the latest atmospheric CO2 reading was a whopping 415.35 ppm; the highest reading ‘ever’ recorded! The last time it was this high was 3 million years ago when Earth was semi-tropical and ice only covered part of Antarctica.. CO2 controls climate because it can survive for 1000 years in atmosphere. Water vapor another ‘green house’ gas is transient ; changing daily.

    Think : a night with cloud cover is so much warmer than a clear night sky where temperatures plummet.. Water vapor acts the SAME as CO2..

    https://scripps.ucsd.edu/programs/keelingcurve/

  5. Balian the Cat says:

    I was wondering when the Right Wing/crackpot tactic of altering the conversation would begin on here. Instead of “there’s no evidence that CO2 levels have been rising exponentially since the industrial revolution” the message has morphed to “the climate always changes and CO2 has nothing to do with it!” The only thing missing is saying it in all caps…The Earth is Flat, Slaves were happy to be here, it was a perfect call, 30 round clips filled with exploding bullets don’t kill people, I’m not a crook, only the best people, yada yada yada…

    • rumrum says:

      you have it wrong Cat……the temps are showing that there is no correlation to CO2, not the fact that CO2 is rising. why did they (NASA, NOAA, NAS et al) lie when the proxy “data” didn’t jibe with the new satellite data? why did they conspire and try to “hide the decline”?
      why did they make the LA and the MWP go away post their 2001 “report”? they were both prominent in the first reports and then magically disappeared in the following ones. why?
      curious if you have ever read about those “adjustments”?

      • Balian the Cat says:

        Rum – Against my better judgement, I will simply and calmly say (and then uphold a promise to myself to say no more) that there are 1000 yrs of ice core samples (an experiment repeated over and over by numerous nations, agency’s, agendas, etc) that clearly demonstrate an overwhelmingly obvious correlation between temperature rise and CO2 in the atmosphere. It further proves that the parallel rises correspond to the known dates associated with the industrial revolution. This isn’t a trick or a vastly complex dark web conspiracy being boldly countered by a few courageous shut-ins via youtube – it just “is.” No amount of after the fact sharpie drawn detraction’s alter this.

        • rumrum says:

          if you say so. but I say that the ice cores show no such thing. vostok etc show nothing of the sort and bristlecone pines were notoriously poor indicators of temps yet, EVEN AFTER BRIFFA ET AL POINTED THIS OUT, they still went with Mann and his nonsense. mann actually cut out Briffa’s data post 1960, eliminating the decline…….and that is how they “hide the decline”…maybe that is real science to you, but it sure isn’t to me.

        • rumrum says:

          btw, why didnt you address one single question I had? why did they hide the decline, that showed Mann’s graph was not acceptable? and what happened to the MWP and the LIA in the hockey stick graphs?

    • Patrick Munn says:

      Balian, really, it may be hard to understand but a 30 round clip filled with exploding bullets is an inanimate object…. It does nothing….It is the mind of the human that loads the gun with said clip and pulls the trigger… that’s where the problem lay…

      • Balian the Cat says:

        Napalm, PCB’s, Sarin, the Brazen Bull – all inanimate objects the existence of which somebody would argue for. You’re right, Patrick. It can be hard to understand.

  6. Charlie S says:

    Stan Scharf says: “The last time it was this high was 3 million years ago…”

    A favorite line I hear from the Trump people is, “It happened a million years ago…” as if that makes it okay that it is happening now. We’re breaking records every year, coral reefs are dying, the oceans are warming up, glaciers are disappearing….but it’s okay because it happened a million years ago. Once we get to a certain warming point there’s no turning back! The earth will continue to cook, there’ll be no glaciers to cool our only home…. Talking to some people is like talking to mortar and these kooks we have in power now are outright psychopaths who are a threat to all life on this planet. Tell that to an ignoramus! Or to someone who cannot get past how well the stock market is doing.

    • JohnL says:

      CharlieS. Hi old buddy. It’s neither OK nor not OK because it happened a million years ago. BUT, a million years ago there were NO cars, NO coal fired power plants etc etc. Ergo, this ‘Trump person’ as you call me, says it’s probably a natural cycle and with our poor powers to add or detract, there’s probably nothing we can, or should do about it. Certainly not blow up our economy with Algore solution.

      • Charlie S says:

        I didn’t call you any thing JohnL! I suppose a better thing to contemplate is what if? What if it is all of the carbon emissions? What if it is us billions of humans cooking the planet because of our lifestyles and the pollution we put out? Outright denial that the earth is not warming seems to me quite extreme. If it is a natural cycle, which I doubt, it’s new, it’s never come about the way it is coming about now. At least that’s what the records show, but we believe what we wish to believe and that’s final. It could be natural sure, but what if it’s not?

        Outright denial! Why? Something to do with money maybe? Or power? Religion? It’s good to have an open mind JohnL, not close it because of a field of vision that is narrow at best. This raping and pillaging of what few sensitive ecosystems remain is quite barbaric too if you ask me. We should be saving what’s left…even if we do believe that the warming of the planet is a liberal hoax. And AGAIN….why is it always about economy first. Never mind don’t answer that! And who the hay is Al Gore?

  7. adkDreamer says:

    Climate change or man made climate change or the lack thereof, it matters little what is written on this entertainment blog or elsewhere and it matters little what the IPCC does or doesn’t do and matters little whether you are left or right, recycle that can or not, poop in the high peaks or not – absolutely none of it matters one iota.

    If anyone here in the west believes for one minute, no matter how self composed and convinced they may be one way or the other (or just hang out on the fence) it is nothing more than self delusion. Unless someone here really believes that they can convince the only world power that matters (currently anyways, hint: it is not the USA), nothing we do will make a dent in any of it.

    Ridiculous article, ridiculous comments and counter comments and useless propositions all of them.

    • Boreas says:

      Thankfully, we all don’t hide our heads in the sand. I am not a fatalist. I plan to do all I reasonably can to try to improve our future, since I believe mankind will be held responsible for both our action and inaction. What we do and/or don’t do does matter – no matter where we live.

      • adkDreamer says:

        Try that in China. They rule.

        • Boreas says:

          For now. Geopolitics changes faster than climate. We “ruled” after WW2. Then a vanquished island started kicking our ass only 20 years later. That power is is shifting constantly in the East. But in reality, who is the big worldwide power? Big Oil. They rule no matter who is top dog politically at any given time. That is where the focus needs to be to change anything. Do we have the will to do so? Some do.

          Do what makes sense, not what is easy.

          • adkDreamer says:

            You have no idea what you are typing and quite obviously not clue as to what I wrote and I am quite sure you understand nothing of it because you are way too busy moving your fingers instead of doing anything useful.

            This forum is utterly useless for anything other than entertainment. If you haven’t figured that out then stop typing and bothering everyone.

            • Boreas says:

              Odd – no one else here seems to have a problem understanding basic English. I guess you have nothing constructive to offer – just attacks. Typical.

            • John Warren John Warren says:

              adkDreamer, Take is easy. If you keep up your pointless hostility, you’re going to be banned.

              John Warren
              Founder & Editor

  8. Charlie S says:

    Boreas says: “I plan to do all I reasonably can to try to improve our future, since I believe mankind will be held responsible for both our action and inaction.”

    As adkDreamer says Boreas… “nothing we do will make a dent in any of it.” He’s right you know! We’re not smart enough to save ourselves. Human nature is human nature and though you and many of us do care and would love to see our great grandchildren living on an earth with plenty of green space and clean water and air, etc…there’s just not enough of us who care enough, who can get past the man, or woman, in the mirror. Religion is a major part of the problem. Ignorance too…the lust for power, greed.

    My dad, who recently passed away at the age of 95, said this on December 19,1997
    “Right now I’m trying to get an overall perspective on the human being in nature. Not only the human being, let’s say all the problems that are occurring now within humanity. It’s a stress problem. If you look at the way things are going you’ll see that it doesn’t look good, but this is the way it has to happen. It didn’t start in 1960 it started back in the 1500’s. But we got to the point now where we’re in a very very bad catch-22. You know what a catch-22 is? That’s a position no matter what you do it’s gonna come out looking like shit. There’s such a demand on the systems, the pressure is just too much. There’s nothing you can do, nothing you can do to change it. It has to work its own way out. Think about that! And don’t forget, while you’re thinking about that, and no matter how dire it looks, it’s all a part of nature.”
    Gerard P. Stehlin

  9. Charlie S says:

    adkDreamer says to Boreas: “This forum is utterly useless for anything other than entertainment. If you haven’t figured that out then stop typing and bothering everyone.”

    Keep talking Boreas! You are not bothersome in the least!

  10. Charlie S says:

    rumrum says: “well thought out responses Dana and Ryan. you, cuomo and algore are going to save the world from “climate change”. got it. OMG is right.”

    Boreas says: “No one is going to save the world from climate change, but intelligent decisions stemming from intelligent research can help moderate it. We see you won’t be part of that.That’s OK, it isn’t necessary that you are on board.”

    The problem is…they are on board Boreas!

  11. Charlie S says:

    “The future of our forests affects every one of us….”

    The DEC has been doing their homework I see. But are they doing enough?

  12. Charlie S says:

    I wouldn’t ban him John. We need to be continually reminded of what we’re up against.

  13. Charlie S says:

    rumrum says: “are you even attempting to get another viewpoint? or do you just throw out ad hominen nonsense.”

    Another viewpoint? I don’t need to read or watch whatever source is saying whatever which rum, I am quite capable of being able to think for myself, and yes I do agree with what some commentators are saying as it correlates with my experience, what I’m seeing, etc. You’d have to be pretty sedated to not see changes going around you weather-wise, environmentally-wise……

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