The Finger Lakes Museum (FLM) was one of ten applicants awarded a Trees for Tribs Grant through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The FLM’s project includes the planting of over 3,000 native trees and shrubs to improve wildlife habitat, water quality and climate resiliency along Sugar Creek. These riparian trees and shrubs will be planted on the banks of the Museum property and nearby landowners and grant partners, the Izaak Walton League, and the Branchport Fire Department. [Read more…] about Finger Lakes Museum Planting Trees, Building Trails
The Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) are preparing a Unit Management Plan (UMP) for both the Crown Point State Historic Site and the Crown Point Campground and Day Use Area.
Public comments are sought on the UMP, which will address the future management of both properties, including 440-acres along the shores of Lake Champlain, including the remains of two 18th century French and British forts. [Read more…] about Crown Point Historic Site Management Comments Sought
Lisa Holst, Rare Fish Unit Leader in the Bureau of Fisheries at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, will present “Adirondack Fish Stories” on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 in Reamer Auditorium, at Union College. Refreshments will be served at 5 pm, with the presentation at 5:30 pm. This event is free and open to the public. [Read more…] about Rare Fish Expert To Present Adirondack Fisheries History
On February, 14th, DEC Forest Ranger Lt. Ben Bramlage met with members of state and local agencies, the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, and property owners and their attorney concerning the site of a burial ground in Lake George Village that had been unearthed during a private construction project.
The site had not been previously known as a Revolutionary War grave site, and construction was halted after workers found human remains. Lt. Bramlage worked as a liaison between DEC, state and local agencies, and the owners as the group discussed access issues and a work plan for the property. [Read more…] about Revolutionary War Burials Unearthed at Lake George
Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) and the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP), have announced the third round of $500,000 in competitive grants through the NYS Park and Trail Partnership Program funded through the NYS Environmental Protection Fund.
The grants are available to organizations that support parks, trails, historic sites and public lands, and are administered by PTNY, in partnership with OPRHP. This year, for the first time, grants will also be available to organizations that support public lands managed by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). [Read more…] about Historic Sites, Parks, and Trails Grants Available
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that officials from local, state, and federal agencies, non-profit organizations, scientists, and other stakeholders gathered to mark the 30th anniversaries of DEC’s Hudson River Estuary Program and the NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary Program, as well as the 35th anniversary of the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve. The three anniversaries were recognized at the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve Conference in New York City. [Read more…] about 30th Anniversaries of Hudson River, Harbor Estuary Programs
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has acquired 17 acres of woodland in the historic maritime hamlet of Setauket. The property will be added to Patriots Hollow State Forest.
The property, the former Fitzsimmons Farm, is located in the Old Setauket Historic District within the watershed of the Long Island Sound. Its protection is cited in the 2016 Open Space Conservation Plan, released by Governor Andrew Cuomo in December, as a priority acquisition for protection of the Long Island Sound Watershed. The $3,400,000 purchase was paid for with funds from the state’s Environmental Protection Fund (EPF). [Read more…] about DEC Acquires Historic Setauket Property for Conservation
The Connect Kids to Parks Transportation Grant Program is available to K-12 classrooms in Title 1 schools across the state to connect New York public school children with nature and New York State history by providing reimbursement grants to public schools for visits to a New York State park, nature center or historic site, a Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Environmental Education Center or Fish Hatchery, or the SUNY ESF Adirondack Ecological Center in Newcomb. [Read more…] about Connect Kids to Parks Transportation Grant Program
The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has cut down the Balmville Tree, a historic and unusually large Eastern Cottonwood tree that has been growing since before 1699 in Balmville, a hamlet in Town of Newburgh, Orange County. The tree sat at the intersection of River Road, Commonwealth Avenue and Balmville Road at a place commonly known as the Balmville Tree Circle. It was believed to be the oldest eastern cottonwood tree in America.
DEC issued a statement to the press saying the tree was deemed “an immediate threat to passing traffic” by DEC and Newburgh officials, “due to its deteriorated condition and a greatly expanded crack”. The statement said DEC consulted with a professional arborist who inspected the tree and found it to be an extremely high risk to public safety and recommended removal. [Read more…] about America’s Oldest Eastern Cottonwood Cut Down Near Newburgh
Governor Andrew Cuomo’s decision in December to ban the use of hydrofracking in New York State was politically astute. The governor asserted he is merely following the recommendations in a new report from the State Health Department, A Public Review of High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing for Shale Gas Development.
That report, based on four years of research, is also politically judicious. It avoids condemning hydrofracking or sensationalizing its potential health risks. Instead, it concludes that “the overall weight of the evidence from the cumulative body of information” studied for the report demonstrates that there are “significant uncertainties about the kinds of adverse health outcomes that may be associated with HVHF [High Volume Hydraulic Fracking], the likelihood of the occurrence of adverse health outcomes, and the effectiveness of some of the mitigation measures in reducing or preventing environmental impact which could adversely affect public health.” The 184-page report is buttressed by 74 references, mostly well-documented studies and reports from the past few years. [Read more…] about The Fracking Report In Historical Perspective