DEC Issues Draft Plan to Improve Access and Expand Recreational Opportunities in Essex Chain Lakes Complex

Tourism would be bolstered by a range of recreation opportunities in the Essex Chain Lakes Complex under a proposed Draft Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (draft Plan/DEIS) for the Essex Chain Lakes Complex, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. DEC will accept public comments on the proposed draft Plan/DEIS and hold public hearings in the towns of Newcomb and Indian Lake to discuss details of the proposal and gather public input.

DEC is accepting public comments on the draft Plan/DEIS until July 27, 2015. Public hearings will be held on Tuesday, July 7, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Newcomb Central School, 5535 Route 28N, Newcomb, and on Thursday, July 9 at 7 p.m. at the Indian Lake Theater on Main Street, Indian Lake. The meetings will provide an opportunity for people to learn more about the proposed management actions in the draft Plan/EIS and comment on the proposals. The meeting facilities are wheelchair accessible. Please call 518-897-1248 at least two weeks in advance of the meeting if you have specific accommodation requests. Continue reading →

Changes proposed to Remsen to Lake Placid Travel Corridor UMP

Adirondack residents and visitors will have access to unique recreational opportunities under the proposed Amendment to the 1996 Remsen to Lake Placid Travel Corridor Unit Management Plan (Draft 2015 UMP).  The 2015 UMP Amendment will maximize recreation and economic benefits along the 119-mile Remsen to Lake Placid Travel Corridor (Corridor), Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens and Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Joan McDonald announced.

A public hearing will be held on Wednesday, July 8, at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Tupper Lake Middle-High School at 25 Chaney Avenue in Tupper Lake. The meetings will provide an opportunity for people to learn more about the proposed management actions in draft Corridor UMP amendment and comment on the proposals. The meeting facilities are wheelchair accessible. Please call 518-897-1248 at least two weeks in advance of the meeting if you have specific accommodation requests

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Moose River Plains Road Now Open

NOTE: DEC reported on their website on June 4, 2015 that Moose River Plains Road is open straight through. Dacy Clearing Road is open in the Lake George Wild Forest. And, beginning Monday, June 8, the Shadow Dam Gate will be locked and Cornell/Deer Pond Road in the Essex Chain Lakes will be closed to motor vehicles for 1-2 weeks for a bridge replacement.
This link will keep you updated on Trail Conditions: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7865.html

 

Changes Proposed for Fall Turkey, Anlterless Deer Hunting and Fisher Trapping

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is now accepting public comments through June 29 on three regulatory proposals for hunting and trapping of wild turkey, deer and fisher, Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. The changes cover fall turkey hunting seasons in most areas of the state; modifications of antlerless deer hunting seasons in portions of western and southeastern New York and Long Island, and changes to the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) procedures statewide; and reduction of the current fisher trapping seasons in northern New York, opening a limited new fisher trapping season in central and western New York, and clarification of general trapping regulations.  Pending review of public comments on each of these proposals, some or all of the regulation changes could be in effect for fall 2015.
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Another Spring Turkey Season in the Books

It’s Over: Well, after five weekends of turkey hunting the Spring Season is over. In trying to gauge the season the one factor that seems to stand out is the weather. Other than the final weekend, the previous four weekends were all warm, which can be tough for turkey hunters. We hope you had a good season and if you got your bird, or two, send us a photo. Meanwhile, be sure to read the post below that proposes to make changes to the fall turkey hunting seasons. Comment period ends June 29.
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Visit DEC’s Turkey Hunting Page: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/8366.html

 

Hunter Ed Course Supports Hunting with Each Hunter Safety Course Sold

HunterEdCourse.com is announcing a new objective with the course to support hunting, safety and conservation organizations by giving 10% of gross profits back to like-minded non-profits.

Throughout the year, Hunter Ed Course will be making contributions of 10% of gross profits to organizations to ensure the traditions and heritage of hunting are here for future generations.

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New Efforts Target Spread of E.A.B.

State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball today announced new efforts to combat and slow the spread of the emerald ash borer (EAB), an invasive beetle that damages and kills ash trees in forested and urban settings.The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) have revised the State’s EAB management regulations, providing greater protection for un-infested communities and forests, allowing municipalities opportunity to prepare and better plan for future infestation, and easing restrictions on the forest products industry.

State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, “One of the best lines of defense we have against EAB is to continue to update our management strategy and be proactive in our planning.  Giving our municipalities the opportunity to plan for future infestation will not only save them time and money, but will also go a long way in limiting the spread of this destructive insect.” Continue reading →

DEC Launches Boat Inspect Initiative in the Adirondacks to Prevent the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Environmental Conservation Police will conduct boat inspections in the Adirondacks on May 16 & 17 to ensure boaters are aware of new state regulations, adopted in 2014, to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species, agency announced today. The regulation requires boaters to remove all visible plant and animal materials from boats, trailers and associated equipment, and to drain boats prior to launching at or departing from DEC lands.

“New York State continues to work with its state, local, federal and environmental partners to protect water bodies from aquatic invasive species (AIS),” DEC Region 5 Director Bob Stegemann said. “Boats, trailers and associated equipment are common pathways for spreading AIS. This educational initiative will inform boaters of our regulations that are part of an aggressive effort to prevent invasive species from entering and damaging New York water bodies.” Continue reading →

DEC Issues Draft UMP for Camp Santanoni Historic Area

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released an updated draft unit management plan (UMP) for the Camp Santanoni Historic Area to restore and maintain the historic site, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens announced.

The DEC will accept comments on the draft UMP until June 12, 2015. The meeting facility is wheelchair accessible. Please provide any requests for specific accommodation to 518-897-1248 at least two weeks in advance.

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DEC Releases 2014-15 Deer Harvest Data

Hunters harvested approximately 238,670 deer during the 2014-15 hunting seasons, slightly less than the statewide take the previous year, state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced today.

“Regulated deer reduces the negative impacts of deer on forests, communities and crop producers while also providing over 10 million pounds of high quality local protein annually,” said Commissioner Martens. “Governor Cuomo’s NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative expands hunting opportunities statewide for sportsmen and sportswomen by improving access, streamlining fishing and hunting licenses and reducing license fees.”

The estimated 2014-15 deer take included 130,068 antlerless deer (adult females and fawns) and 108,604 adult bucks (1.5 years or older). Statewide, this represents a very stable antlerless harvest (up by 1 percent) and only a minor decrease in buck harvest, down 5 percent from 2013 and 2 percent from the recent 5-year average. Regionally, hunters in the Northern Zone took 29,075 deer, including 16,727 adult bucks. In the Southern Zone, hunters took 206,106 deer, including about 90,702 adult bucks. The estimated harvest on Long Island (Suffolk County) was 3,491 deer, including 1,175 adult bucks.

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