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July, 2018

DEC encourages public to help reduce bear conflicts

Nuisance Bears Typically Result from Human Actions New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today advised the public that black bears are becoming increasingly active as the summer season ramps up and homeowners can reduce the potential for human-bear conflicts by preventing bears from accessing food sources. Commissioner Seggos said, “Witnessing a bear in the wild is exhilarating and far preferable to encountering a bear in suburban and urban areas. DEC encourages New Yorkers to help protect themselves, others, property, and bears this summer by reducing attractants, especially accessible sources of food, and the potential for human-bear >>More

June, 2018

DEC announces completion of projects improving access to outdoor recreation in Adirondacks

DEC announces the completion of  $214,000 projects to improve access to outdoor recreation in the Adirondacks. Improvements Support Governor Cuomo’s Adventure NY Initiative to Connect New Yorkers with Nature New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced the completion of $214,000 improvements to the Ausable Point Campground and the Santa Clara Conservation Easement Tract. The improvement projects are part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Adventure NY initiative to connect more New Yorkers with nature and the outdoors.   “With the completion of these new accessible features and improvements, even more visitors can enjoy the natural >>More

June, 2018

Forest Rangers save hikers and extinguish wildland fire

DEC Statewide Forest Ranger Highlights Forest Ranger Actions for 6/18 – 6/24/18 New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents statewide. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations, and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured, or distressed people from the backcountry. In 2017, DEC Forest Rangers conducted 346 search and rescue missions, extinguished 55 wildfires that burned a total of 191 acres, participated in 29 prescribed fires that burned and rejuvenated 564 acres, and worked on cases that resulted in nearly 3,000 tickets or arrests. “Across New >>More

June, 2018

DEC tickets man who shot bear in tree

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State environmental conservation officers ticketed a resident of Watson, on the western edge of the Adirondack Park, for shooting and killing a bear that had climbed into a tree in his yard. In another recent incident, ECOs captured an orphan bear cub whose mother had been killed by a car. Following is the latest ECO report for mid-June. Senseless Shooting of a Bear – Lewis County On June 6, Lewis County 911 received a call from a female resident in the town of Watson reporting a bear in a tree in her front yard. Lewis County contacted DEC Central Dispatch. >>More

June, 2018

Silver Bay YMCA setting new waste water standard on Lake George

Silver Bay, NY: The Silver Bay YMCA Conference and Family Retreat Center plans to modernize its waste water capabilities in fall 2018. Silver Bay recently submitted and received approval for its design plans from NYSDEC to replace its’ existing waste water system with a new Membrane Bioreactors (MBR), chief executive officer Steve Tamm has announced. According to Tamm, Silver Bay recently embarked on an ambitious re-development plan for its historic campus. This included the interior renovation of the 1st and 2nd floors of the historic Inn in 2016, its newly relocated parking area, which was the first on Lake George >>More

June, 2018

Adirondack Watershed Institute awarded $9.3 million contract by New York State

Paul Smiths, NY (06/12/2018) — The Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute (AWI) has been awarded a five-year, $9.3 million contract by New York State to implement the Adirondack Park Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program. The contract calls for the AWI to implement a region-wide watercraft inspection and decontamination program to stop the introduction, spread, and transport of aquatic invasive species such as Eurasian watermilfoil, zebra mussels, and spiny waterflea. Through it, 58 stewards will be funded at dozens of locations across the park. “This new contract is great news for the Adirondacks, its waterways, and its communities,” said Dr. >>More

June, 2018

Conservation-design bill fails

Environmentalists have complained for years that the Adirondack Park Agency private-land regulations should be revised to require large-scale developments to abide by the principles of conservation design. The aim is to better protect the environment. A conservation-design bill was up for consideration in the state legislature this year, but as the Adirondack Council reports, it failed to pass. Following is the council’s news release on the legislative session. ALBANY, N.Y. — The New York State Legislative Session came to a close quietly June 20, with a lot of work left undone for the Adirondacks, the Adirondack Council said today. “There >>More

June, 2018

Adirondack Mountain Club and the Adirondack 46ers address the issue of high use in high peaks

Lake George, NY — June 13, 2018 – ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) and the Adirondack 46ers (46ers) have come together to promote stewardship and conservation throughout the High Peaks Wilderness. The 46ers have generously committed $71,000 in funding to protect trails and summits with ADK over the next three years. This funding is essential for ADK’s stewardship efforts in the High Peaks Wilderness. ADK and Adirondack 46ers work together to steward Cascade Mountain and other alpine summits. The 46ers have pledged $15,000 a year for the next three years to support the Adirondack High Peaks Summit Stewardship Program, a partnership of >>More

June, 2018

Goats and More at Third Annual Bike the Barns

AU SABLE FORKS — A herd of dairy goats will be among the main attractions at this year’s Bike the Barns, a one-day recreational bicycle tour that showcases the dynamic local food and agriculture movement in northern New York. The third annual farm-by-bike event, hosted by the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA), will begin and end at Asgaard Farm & Dairy in Au Sable Forks, where goats and cyclists will entertain each other amid green pastures and mountain views. Bike the Barns will take place on Sunday, September 30th. “We’re excited to be part of this year’s Bike the Barns,” >>More

June, 2018

Driver finds timber rattlesnake under the hood

From the latest ECO report: a timber rattlesnake was found curled around a car battery, and a young injured fawn was treated for a serious cut to the shoulder. Both animals were released safely back into the wild thanks to the ECO. Read the latest news release on all the ECOs’ encounters below: Commercial Vehicle Enforcement – Westchester County On June 5, ECOs Craig Tompkins and Kevin Wamsley joined the Lewisboro Police Department, the New York State Police (NYSP) Commercial Vehicle Unit, and the Westchester County Solid Waste Commission for a commercial vehicle inspection detail in Lewisboro. The ECOs inspected Heavy Duty >>More

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