Almanack Contributor NYS DEC

Information attributed to NYSDEC is taken from press releases and news announcements from New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation.


Thursday, June 13, 2024

Outdoor Conditions (6/13): Over half of NY’s black bears live in ADKs; tips for being bear aware

outdoor conditions logoThe following are only the most recent notices pertaining to public lands in the Adirondacks. Please check the Adirondack Backcountry webpages for a full list of notices, including seasonal road statuses, rock climbing closures, specific trail conditions, and other pertinent information.

NEW THIS WEEK

  • Perkins Clearing/Speculator Tree Farm Conservation Easement Tracts Road Openings: All public easement roads are open.
  • Debar Mountain Wild Forest Timber Harvest: A timber harvest is occurring on private property off Debar Meadows Road; the public should use caution and expect to encounter log trucks.
  • Debar Mountain Wild Forest Trailhead Closing: The Azure Mountain Trailhead will be closed starting on June 17 so that the parking area can be resurfaced. The work should be completed and the trailhead reopened by June 21.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Armed teens hid in camper after stealing vehicle; subjects located in Burke following multi-agency search

forest ranger reports graphicVillage of Northville
Fulton County
Public Outreach: On June 1, Forest Ranger Hamm joined Smokey Bear to celebrate National Trails Day and the 100th anniversary of the Northville-Placid Trail in the village of Northville. Ranger Hamm and Smokey Bear taught visitors about fire safety and the various tools Forest Rangers use for fire suppression and search and rescue. The event included a children’s fishing derby, local vendors, live music, fireworks, and a trolley ride around the village.

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Friday, June 7, 2024

Outdoor Conditions (6/7): Get Outdoors & Get Together Day June 8 at Ausable Point Campground

outdoor conditions logoThe following are only the most recent notices pertaining to public lands in the Adirondacks. Please check the Adirondack Backcountry webpages for a full list of notices, including seasonal road statuses, rock climbing closures, specific trail conditions, and other pertinent information.

NEW THIS WEEK

  • Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest Route Opening: Roosevelt Truck Trail, a motorized access route for people with disabilities (by CP3 permit only), is cleared of blowdown and open for the season.
  • Boreas Ponds Tract Road Opening: Gulf Brook Road is open to the Four Corners Parking Lot. The motorized access route for people with disabilities (by CP3 permit only), is also open.

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Thursday, June 6, 2024

Remember to Give Turtles ‘A Brake’

painted turtle

The months of May and June mark the start of fair weather and with it, the emergence of New York’s native turtle species! They are migrating to habitat for basking, foraging, and nesting. Female turtles are seeking nesting areas to lay their eggs and may need to risk crossing roads to get to these habitats. Unfortunately, thousands of turtles are killed each year when struck by vehicles in New York State. Please never remove a turtle from the wild to ‘rescue’ it or take it to an area with fewer roads. Turtles are familiar with the landscape and may try to return, and risk crossing more roads. Removing even one adult female turtle from the wild can hurt local populations.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Two children reunited with parents after getting lost on Mt. Marcy

forest ranger reports graphicHamlet of Wanakena
St. Lawrence County
Ranger Academy: From May 27 to 31, the 24th Basic School for Forest Rangers completed week two of training at the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) Ranger School. The recruits completed training in procedural justice, ethics and professionalism, first aid including CPR, and incident response.

On May 31, Forest Ranger staff and the recruit class conducted a remembrance celebration for the late Captain Chris Kostoss by participating in a ruck hike up to Cathedral Rock while carrying weighted packs and rescue equipment. After reaching the summit, a mock rescue was organized and executed, followed by a brief ceremony at the campus flagpole commemorating Captain Kostoss’ contributions to the Division of Forest Protection and highlighting the importance of mental health. 

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Saturday, June 1, 2024

Over 60 events set for Invasive Species Awareness Week, June 3 – 9

Participants at a previous New York Invasive Species Awareness Week event.

Monday, June 3, marks the beginning of the 11th annual New York Invasive Species Awareness Week (NYISAW)! NYISAW is a week celebrated annually throughout the state to highlight the impacts of invasive species in New York and what folks can do to help.

Organizations across all of New York State are offering a variety of engaging events, such as interpretive hikes, volunteer days, webinars, movie screenings, and fun family activities. By participating in NYISAW, people can help protect their community’s natural spaces, learn about the emerging invasive species, meet neighbors, get outdoors, and even win prizes.

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Friday, May 31, 2024

Outdoor Conditions (5/31): Hikers reminded to leash dogs, protect them from black flies

outdoor conditions logoThe following are only the most recent notices pertaining to public lands in the Adirondacks. Please check the Adirondack Backcountry webpages for a full list of notices, including seasonal road statuses, rock climbing closures, specific trail conditions, and other pertinent information.

NEW THIS WEEK

  • High Peaks Wilderness Maintenance: DEC will be doing maintenance on the bridge over the Hudson River on the East River Trail, in the Town of Newcomb on Tuesday 6/4/24 thru Wednesday 6/5/24. This trail provides access to Mt. Adams, to Allen Mtn and Flowed Lands. The bridge will be closed to use by the public during this time, though hikers may wade through the river at the old ford, upstream of the bridge. Signage will be placed at the trailhead, at the old ford and the bridge. Thank you for respecting the safety concerns and avoiding the worksite during the day or after hours. If anything changes with the dates or times, DEC will share the information, in addition to announce the completion of the project. Please direct any questions to: tate.connor@dec.ny.gov.
  • Grass River Wild Forest Maintenance: The Rainbow Falls foot trail along the Tooley Pond Road will undergo maintenance during the weeks of June 3 to 7 and June 10 to 14, 2024. A foot bridge will be replaced, which may make Rainbow Falls temporarily inaccessible to hikers.

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Friday, May 31, 2024

DEC Encourages New Yorkers to Learn About Harmful Algal Blooms Reporting System

A harmful algal bloom.

DEC Encourages New Yorkers to “Know it, Avoid it, Report it”

On May 24, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Interim Commissioner Sean Mahar and State Department of Health (DOH) Commissioner Dr. James McDonald reminded New Yorkers to learn about and be aware of harmful algal blooms, or “HABs,” as the 2024 HABs notification season starts. DEC’s New York Harmful Algal Bloom System (NYHABS) is now active, providing New Yorkers, including trained citizens, to send reports of HABs to DEC electronically via a simple user- and mobile phone-friendly form.

“As New York experiences warming temperatures, DEC is working closely with the State Department of Health and our local partners to investigate harmful algal blooms and make significant investments to prevent excess nutrients and other contaminants from negatively affecting water quality,” DEC Interim Commissioner Mahar said. “DEC’s updated map and reporting system allows for more effective monitoring of potential threats to the health or recreational use of waterbodies, and we encourage New Yorkers to be on the lookout for HABs and report any sightings.”

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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

11-year-old reunited with hiking party after losing trail at Whiteface

forest ranger reports graphicHamlet of Wanakena
St. Lawrence County
Ranger Academy: On May 19, DEC opened the 24th Basic School for Forest Rangers for the newest class of Ranger recruits at the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) Ranger School. Eleven recruits signed in Sunday night and started training; two withdrew from the academy during opening week. There are currently seven men and two women in this recruit class. Throughout the week, recruits received training in physical fitness and wellness, introduction to law including constitutional law, cultural diversity, basic computer skills, and general academy orientation.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Recreationists reminded to ‘Clean, Drain, Dry’ watercraft, equipment to protect against aquatic invasive species

Boat stewards serve on the frontlines to prevent the spread of invasive species in Adirondack waterways. Photo provided by Adirondack Watershed Institute.

New Mobile Boat Wash Equipment to be Deployed at Canal Launches

On May 24, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the New York State Canal Corporation joined together to remind those planning to visit New York’s waters to Clean, Drain, Dry their boats, trailers, fishing gear, and other equipment before recreating in New York’s waters to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS). Starting Friday, May 24, watercraft inspection stewards, also known as boat stewards, will be stationed at more than 220 boat launches and decontamination stations throughout the state to educate and assist the public in cleaning their equipment. Identified by their blue vests, boat stewards can provide a refresher on how to inspect boats and gear and offer information on AIS in New York.

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Friday, May 24, 2024

Outdoor Conditions (5/24): Beavers flood areas of Avalanche Pass Trail, French Louie Trail

outdoor conditions logoThe following are only the most recent notices pertaining to public lands in the Adirondacks. Please check the Adirondack Backcountry webpages for a full list of notices, including seasonal road statuses, rock climbing closures, specific trail conditions, and other pertinent information.

NEW THIS WEEK

  • Avalanche Pass Trail Damage: The Avalanche Pass Trail, near Marcy Dam, has a temporary route for Hiker Safety flagged with yellow. This route brings hikers around an area where beavers have flooded the trail and a bridge has been damaged. DEC is developing a Work Plan to reroute this section of trail to minimize impacts to the Natural Resources and Hiker Safety.
  • West Canada Lakes Wilderness Flooding: There is significant beaver flooding west of the Pillsbury Lake lean-to on the French Louie Trail.
  • Siamese Ponds Wilderness Washout: The bridge at Diamond Brook on the East Branch Trail is washed out.
  • Lake George Wild Forest Repair Closures: The 13 primitive tent sites in the Shelving Rock Special Management Area will be closed June 3-7, 2024, for hazard tree removal. Jabe Pond Road will also be closed to motor vehicles the week of June 3-7, 2024, for culvert replacements and road upgrades. Users will need to park at the parking lot before the gate on Battle Hill Road and walk the 1-mile road to access Jabe Pond.

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Thursday, May 23, 2024

Benson roadside hunter ticketed for illegal turkey take, discharging firearm within 500 ft of residence

ECO Manns with illegally taken turkey in Hamilton County

Illegal Turkey Take – Hamilton County
On May 1, ECO Manns responded to a complaint about a turkey being shot from the roadway near a residence in the town of Benson. Officer Manns interviewed the complainant and a witness to the event who described a vehicle stopping on the roadway and an occupant shooting the turkey on the complainant’s property before driving away. ECO Newell arrived at the location to assist with the investigation and evidence documentation.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

DEC Adds Nearly 8,000 Acres to State’s Wildlife Management Areas

nys dec logo

Acquisitions Secured from 2014-2023 with Federal Grant Funding, Protect Important Habitats for Wildlife and Wildlife-Related Recreation

On May 21, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Interim Commissioner Sean Mahar announced the DEC Division of Fish and Wildlife recently implemented two long-term federal grants that permanently protected nearly 8,000 acres statewide. The wildlife habitat acquired under these grants was added to the New York State Wildlife Management Area (WMA) system and supports a wide range of hunting, fishing, trapping, hiking, birding, and photography, among other outdoor recreational opportunities.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Injured hiker air rescued following 20-foot fall on Poke-O-Moonshine Mt.

forest ranger reports graphicTown of Wilmington
Essex County
Training: On May 16, six Forest Rangers served as instructors for eight Rangers during swift water training at the flume in Wilmington. The location was selected due to the frequency and technical nature of rescues and recovery missions that have historically occurred at the location.

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Saturday, May 18, 2024

DEC Releases Final Recreation Management Plan for Big Moose Tract Conservation Easement

nys dec logo

Plan Maintains and Improves Upon Current Public Recreational Access on Easement Lands

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released the final recreation management plan (RMP) for the Big Moose Tract Conservation Easement in the town of Webb, Herkimer County. The RMP guides public recreation management on the 23,850-acre property, consistent with the encumbering conservation easement.

The Big Moose Tract contains commercially managed forestland, several small ponds, portions of Birch, Fourth, Sunday, and Twitchell creeks, the Independence River, and the west branch of the Beaver River. Under the terms of an RMP, a trail to the Stillwater Mountain fire tower and 12.4 miles of public snowmobile trails are open to the public.

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