Posts Tagged ‘NYS DEC’

Monday, June 17, 2024

DEC alerts recreationists of heat advisory in ADKs June 18-20

10 hiking essentials

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is urging outdoor recreators to plan accordingly this week as high temperatures—of 90+ degrees—are forecast for this Tuesday through Thursday in the Adirondacks.

Hikers should be prepared with at least 2 liters of water and ideally a water filter. Take plenty of breaks and eat salty snacks to keep your electrolytes in check. Since pets have a harder time staying cool, especially on hot rocks, it may be best to leave them at home. Also consider staying home yourself and rescheduling your hike for a day with cooler temperatures.

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Monday, June 17, 2024

It’s National Pollinator Week: Learn how to protect pollinators

Male monarch butterfly

This week, June 17-23, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) recognizes the importance of protecting pollinators. Insects like bees, butterflies, wasps, beetles, flies, and even some birds and small mammals such as bats and honey possums,  have the important task of helping carry pollen from one part of a plant to the other. This action later enables the production of new seeds, fruits, and other plants. The NYS DEC wants to continue promoting the state’s pollinator population’s health and raise awareness about what can be done to protect their vital role in nature and economies.

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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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Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Legislative session ends with no prison action

Camp Gabriels correctional facility.

Legislature

The state Legislature wrapped up session in the early hours of Saturday with no solution for the three closed prisons in forest preserve counties, which cannot be sold or leased without a constitutional amendment. One appeared to be in reach early last week, but lawmakers and Adirondack Park groups say they ran out of time.

This was a crucial year to pass a constitutional amendment freeing the prisons from forest preserve because of upcoming elections. A constitutional amendment has to be passed by two separately elected state Legislatures so by missing first passage this session, we’re looking at the end of 2027 now for another opportunity.

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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

So Much for Interagency Coordination

Lower Fish Creek Pond

Adirondack Park Agency rules about project review procedures state, in part, that

“The agency may enter into written agreements with other State agencies to enhance the exchange of information and to establish coordinated pre-application, application and review procedures…Any such agreements may provide that no application to the agency shall be deemed complete until all other State agencies, that are party to the agreement and have review and permitting jurisdiction over the same project site have, in the opinion of each, received sufficient application materials that they have, respectively, deemed the applications made to them to be complete.

In brief, APA and its sister agency across the Ray Brook parking lot, NYS DEC, have long had the legal authority to agree to jointly coordinate  when it comes to the sufficiency of application information and  joint, coordinated review of Park development projects.

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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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Tuesday, June 4, 2024

New website tracks $4.2B bond act

Biker uses a crosswalk

The state released a new website and interactive map showing how and where it is spending the $4.2 billion environmental bond voters authorized in November 2022. The website also informs the public of what funding opportunities are currently available.

You might recall, we attempted to document an accounting of the last environmental bond act voters passed in 1996 and were unable to do so. Each agency responsible for the $1.75 billion kept track of those projects differently and no audit was ever completed. This new website will be updated by all the agencies and will provide a helpful one-stop shop for how these latest bond act funds are divvied up.

In our reporting on this, we also learned from the state Department of Environmental Conservation that $83 million remains of the 1996 bond act funding. Read more here.

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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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Thursday, May 30, 2024

New road salt reduction funding

man next to a brine sprayer

DEC opens funding for road salt reduction

Communities interested in reducing their road salt use will now have a new source of state funding to draw on.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation included new grants in its core funding programs that aim to support municipalities on their path to minimizing their road salt use.

The grants — through the state’s major water quality improvement program and a pollution control planning program — mark a step toward carrying out the recommendations in last year’s Adirondack Road Salt Reduction Task Force report.

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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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