Posts Tagged ‘NYS DEC’

Saturday, July 1, 2023

Season extended at Moffitt Beach and Lewey Lake Campgrounds, unsupervised swimming at ADK/Catskill campgrounds

Lewey Lake Campgrounds and Day Use Area.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced new updates at the agency’s Adirondack and Catskill campgrounds ahead of the Independence Day holiday, which kicks off the busy season at State campgrounds. Changes include updating swimming policies for the 2023 camping season to specify unsupervised swimming at DEC campground beaches and extending the seasons at the popular Moffitt and Lewey Lake campgrounds. Lifeguards will continue to supervise swimming at DEC’s Lake George “Million Dollar Beach” and Hinckley Reservoir Day Use Areas.

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Friday, June 30, 2023

Outdoor Conditions (6/30): Skiff Pond Trail impassable due to washout

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

Debar Mountain Wild Forest

  • The Skiff Pond Trail is impassable due to washout. The washout is 0.25 miles south of the parking area at Debar Meadows. Skiff Pond can be accessed by taking the Debar Meadows to Meacham Lake Trail for about 1.8 miles to the intersection with the Skiff Pond Trail and turning east towards Skiff Pond.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Pitchoff Mt. hiker suffers ankle injury, rangers & pilots participate in Lake Clear bucket training

forest ranger reportHamlet of Lake Clear
Hamilton County
Training:
 On June 21, four pilots from New York State Police (NYSP) Aviation and six Forest Rangers participated in bucket training. Rangers work in tandem with NYSP pilots to fill the 240-gallon bucket before determining the proper altitude to dump the water on mock wildfires during the training.

Video from the bucket training is available on the DEC website:

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Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Love Our New York Lands volunteer stewardship events slated for July 8

Campgrounds Day Flyer, part of the Love Our New York Lands stewardship events.

On June 26, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced that registration is now open for a new stewardship day at State-owned campgrounds on Saturday, July 8, 2023. The event, a partnership between Parks & Trails New York, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and DEC, encourages New Yorkers and visitors to give back to the campgrounds they love by volunteering.

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Saturday, June 24, 2023

ADK Park: Environmental Conservation Police News

Motorcycle Crash – Hamilton County

On May 29, ECO Newell and Trooper Nauroth responded to reports of a motorcycle accident south of Speculator. The Officers found the victim had incurred severe trauma to one of her legs, including lacerations and compound fractures. Officers Newell and Nauroth administered first aid while coordinating with Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch for EMS response and LifeNet Helicopter services.

 

Wells EMS and ambulance service, GAVAC, arrived on scene and transported the subject to Speculator. DEC Forest Ranger Snye, along with the Speculator Fire Department and Hamilton County Deputies, created a landing zone for the LifeNet helicopter while also assisting with a brush fire that began across the street from the landing zone. The coordination between agencies led to expedient medical care and transportation of the subject from Speculator to Albany Medical Center.

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Friday, June 23, 2023

Outdoor Conditions (6/23): Being aware of oncoming thunderstorms, safety tips

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

Nothing new this week

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Thursday, June 22, 2023

DEC Seeks Public’s Assistance with Investigation of Injury to Herkimer County Goose

Injured Canada Goose in Old Forge.

Goose Shot with Bow and Arrow on Old Forge Pond

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is asking the public for information regarding a Canada Goose found with an arrow protruding from its back on Old Forge Pond, Herkimer County. Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs) have received several reports from local residents and assessed the health of the goose, finding it capable of flight and swimming. Attempts to capture the goose for care have been unsuccessful. The investigation is ongoing. ECOs will continue to monitor the goose and attempt to capture it.

Anyone with information that could help DEC identify the individual who shot the goose should contact DEC’s 24/7 Dispatch Center 1-844-DEC-ECOS (844-332-3267) and referencing case 23-013802.

 

Photo at top: Injured Canada Goose in Old Forge. Photo courtesy of Tanya Field.


Thursday, June 22, 2023

Rangers rescue lost Porter Mountain hikers, 4-month-old pup on McKenzie Mountain

forest ranger reportTown of Willsboro
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue:
 On June 14 at 11:50 a.m., Ray Brook Dispatch requested Forest Ranger assistance for a hiker with a possible ankle fracture near the summit of Rattlesnake Mountain. Rangers reached the 43-year-old from Chazy in under an hour. Ranger Bronson requested additional support and a UTV to transport the subject to the trailhead. The hiker brought herself to the hospital for further care and resources were clear at 1:44 p.m.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2023

DEC Species Spotlight: Mink

 

mink

Mink (Mustela vison), perhaps one of wetland’s cutest furbearers, are primarily nocturnal carnivores that feel just at home on land as they do in water. Both their dense underfur, which is protected by oily guard hairs that make their coat waterproof, and a diet heavy in fish during winter explain why they spend time in the water.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2023

It’s National Pollinator Week: Importance of butterflies, bees, and more

Bee on a flower

National Pollinator Week is June 19-23. Pollinator Week is all about spreading awareness for the importance of butterflies, bats, birds, bees, and beetles.

Check out some of the resources below to learn more about protecting pollinators this month and year-round:
Provide a place for pollinators: Watch a video for tips on how to “Green Your Backyard” and support New York’s native pollinators at home: https://youtu.be/HAkeO_8eK4c

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Friday, June 16, 2023

Outdoor Conditions (6/16): Tips for hiking with pups

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

Nothing new this week

Last Week

Independence River Wild Forest:

  • Eatonville Trail will remain closed through mid-July.

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Thursday, June 15, 2023

DEC: Bass season opens today, June 15

Bass

The open season for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, collectively known as black bass, begins today, June 15 and extends through November 30. Not only are there plentiful waters to fish for them, but many provide outstanding opportunities to catch trophies. There’s a reason why New York draws national-level bass fishing tournaments every year.

Special fishing regulations exist for some waters, so be sure to check the current fishing regulations before heading out to fish.

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Friday, June 9, 2023

Outdoor Conditions (6/9): State’s fire danger rating moderate to high for most of the season

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

Independence River Wild Forest:

  • Eatonville Trail will remain closed through mid-July.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Rangers contain wildfires in Saratoga, Clinton, and Warren Counties

forest ranger reportTown of Hadley
Saratoga County
Wildland Fire:
 On June 1 at 4:14, p.m., Forest Ranger Nahor discovered a wildfire on North Shore Road in Hadley. By 10:30 p.m., four Rangers had the fire 50 percent contained. The following night at 8:10 p.m., Rangers declared the 3.5-acre fire fully contained. Due to the dry weather, the fire continues to burn, producing significant smoke and three Rangers continue putting out hot spots.

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Sunday, June 4, 2023

New York’s 10th annual Invasive Species Awareness Week begins June 5

Close-up of Hydrilla. Photo: Chris Evans, River to River CWMA, Bugwood.org. Courtesy of the New York Invasive Species Information Clearinghouse

On June 2, the New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Agriculture and Markets (AGM) announced the State’s 10th annual Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW) begins Monday, June 5. Free events and invasive species challenges are offered from June 5 through 11 across the state and online, including daily webinars at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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