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November, 2019

Hunters Are Reminded: Be Safe


With several hunting seasons underway New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is reminding hunters to put safety at the forefront when going afield. DEC estimate about 500,000 people hunt in New York State, which has a population of about 19.54 million. In 2018, 13 hunting-related shooting incidents were reported in New York, leading to three deaths, down from 166 incidents in 1966, of which 13 of which were fatal.  Most big game hunters involved in firearm-related incidents were not wearing hunter orange. Every year, hunters are seriously injured, paralyzed, or killed by falling out of tree stands. Falls >>More


October, 2019

New Invasive Intercepted at Lake Champlain Boat Launch


In early September, The Lake Champlain Basin Program’s boat launch steward Matthew Gorton was conducting routine boat inspections at the South Hero John Guilmette. There to help prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species, Gorton noticed an unusual looking plant hanging off a trailer backing into the Lake. While Lake Champlain is host to 51 known nonnative and invasive aquatic species, Hydrilla verticillata has not yet been found there. The watercraft carrying the plant was last in the Connecticut River, a system in which the highly invasive plant hydrilla is well established. Hydrilla is an aquatic plant, common >>More


August, 2019

DEC Plans Changes to Deer, Moose Policies


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that they are proposing several regulatory changes in an effort to protect New York’s wild deer and moose from Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). CWD is a fatal and untreatable nervous-system disease affects deer, elk, and moose and is believed to be caused by abnormally shaped proteins called prions. CWD prions are shed through saliva, urine, and feces of infected animals. A healthy deer, elk, or moose can pick up the disease by direct contact with the infected animal’s body fluids or by eating contaminated sources of food or water. DEC >>More


June, 2019

A North Country Man Exposed Racism, Confronted It, and Helped Bring About Change


In the late 1970s, the New York State Human Rights Commissioner was about to find the Plattsburgh Elks Club guilty of violating state laws against racial discrimination. Rather than acquiesce, the club opted for a drastic, self-punishing move: refusing all public rentals of its facilities rather than allow local blacks to rent them. Surrendering their official “public accommodation function” (under state regulations, renting the building or grounds to anyone) was accomplished by adopting a new rule: “The use of the club’s facilities and accommodations shall be granted only to members of the Elks, to sodalities, auxiliaries, and other organizations associated >>More


November, 2018

Wild Turkeys Facing An Uncertain Future


The wild turkey, Meleagris gallopavo, is one of only two domesticated birds native to North America. The Muscovy duck is the other. Five sub-species make up the entire North American population. The most abundant is the eastern wild turkey, sub-species silvestris, meaning forest, which ranges across the entire eastern half of the United States and parts of eastern Canada. They’re readily identified by their brown-tipped tail feathers, which spread into a fan when the birds are courting or alarmed and by the bold black and white bar pattern displayed on their wing feathers. This is the same turkey variety » >>More


November, 2018

Last Free Fishing Day of 2018 On Sunday


Each year the New York State (NYS) Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) offers four opportunities to test New York’s fishing waters for free. No fishing license is required and it’s a wonderful opportunity to give the sport of fishing a chance. Fishing is a spiritual journey for some and an obsession for others. My husband grew up fishing and shares that love with both our children. My son likes the competition while my daughter likes any opportunity to best her brother. Keep in mind that children always fish for free in New York State until fifteen years of age. This Sunday, >>More


December, 2015

Status of DEC Seasonal Access Roads in the Adirondacks


Typically DEC closes most of the seasonal access roads it maintains in the Adirondacks at the end of the regular big game season. Due to the unusually warm weather this year many roads are remaining open to public motor vehicle use until ground frost or snow accumulations warrant their closure. Seasonal access roads are unpaved and often are in rough and sometimes muddy condition. Only four wheel drive trucks, SUVs and other high axle vehicles are recommended for use on these roads, especially now. Even when closed to public motor vehicle use, most roads remain open to public pedestrian use >>More


June, 2015

A Windshield Survey of Back-Country Bugs


Next time you arrive at your cottage, camp or favorite fishing spot and the car’s grille is bristling with wings and other insect body parts, its windshield greased with bug guts, you should be happy. Those insects develop underwater, and they are an indication that the water quality thereabouts is very good. And that you should bring paper towels and glass cleaner next time. Flying fish excepted, it seems odd to call an airborne creature aquatic. But these insects spend the vast majority of their lives in an aquatic life stage called a naiad, or nymph. They breathe through gills >>More


June, 2015

New Online Boater Safety Course Offered


Boaters and personal watercraft operators can now obtain a boating safety certificate by successfully completing an approved online course. Until now, the only option for the 20,000 people seeking a boating safety certificate in New York each year was to complete an eight-hour classroom-based course. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed a law in 2013 requiring anyone born on or after May 1, 1996, to obtain a boating safety certificate before operating a motorboat. The law also authorized the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) to approve Internet-based boater education courses. Two internet-based boating education >>More


May, 2015

Adirondack Boat Inspection Program For 2015


Boat stewards are being deployed at 14 new locations and 11 new decontamination stations will be available across the Adirondacks this summer as part of a collaborative program to prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) in the Adirondacks. The program is the result of an agreement reached among more than 60 conservation groups, owners associations, and local and state governments in March.  The program is expected to locate inspection stewards and decontamination stations along highway corridors with high boat-trailer traffic and near waterbodies with significant AIS concentrations. The stewards, hired and trained by Paul Smiths College, >>More




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