New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the release of plans for the Frontier Town Campground, Equestrian, and Day Use Area, a new, accessible, public campground proposed at the site of the former Frontier Town theme park in the town of North Hudson, Essex County.
The plans for the campground are envisioned in the Upper Hudson Recreation Hub Master Plan to establish a “Gateway to the Adirondacks” that will link local and regional outdoor recreation experiences in the Adirondack Park, bolster tourism, and strengthen the North Country’s regional economy. Earlier this year, Empire State Development (ESD) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to develop and operate a world-class tourism destination near the site, linking the concepts and principles proposed in the Master Plan and complementing DEC’s recreational facilities. Responses to the RFP are currently under review, and additional projects anticipated by the Master Plan are expected to be announced early next year.
The new DEC campground, designed by C.T. Male Associates through a contract with OGS, will include 91 campsites to accommodate a range of camping experiences:
- An equestrian camping area modeled after DEC’s Otter Creek facility will provide space for 33 equestrian camping sites, including Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant features.
- A recreational vehicle (RV) and trailer camping area with space for 13 RV and trailer camping sites. RV and trailer campsite pads will have electrical hookups and fireplaces, and water spigots will be conveniently located.
- A tent camping area will include a total of 45 tent camping sites, including three group camping sites, two shower buildings, a playground and two pavilions. A minimum of 30 feet of existing vegetation buffer will be maintained between tent sites and all tent sites will be set back at least 30 feet from the top of the bank along the Schroon River so that they are not visible to recreational users of the river.
- A parking area for all-season trail access will be located off Frontier Town Road near NYS Route 9, providing year round parking for 26 vehicles, including spots for 18 vehicles with snowmobile trailers, six for vehicles only, and two for accessible vehicles.
- A seasonal day use area will be located along the shoreline of the Schroon River with 34 parking space.
- The entrance ticket booth will utilize solar energy to support part of the ticketing operations, and amenities for staff will also be provided.
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FAIRFAX, Va. – (November 21, 2017) — It is time for the No. 1 big game animal in North America to have its own app. The National Deer Alliance (NDA) is pleased to announce the release of a new app for deer hunters called NDA App. The app includes stories
and articles found on NDA’s website, social media pages and its weekly On Watch newsletter. The information is sorted by category including deer diseases, hunting, law and regulations, wild deer conservation, and NDA news, collected from sources across the country.
Now available for download for both iOS and Android platforms for $4, the NDA App also includes interactive features to allow hunters to share photos and communicate with each other from deer stands virtually anywhere. “We are very excited to provide deer enthusiasts with a new tool that will keep them regularly informed about current deer issues,” said Nick Pinizzotto, NDA president and CEO. “In addition, we’re seeking input from users about how we can make the app even better, and look forward to continually updating or providing new features that are fun, informative, and interactive.”
Because membership to NDA is free, purchasing the app is one way that users can financially support NDA’s mission to serve as the guardian of wild deer conservation, and our hunting heritage. To learn more about the NDA app and to download it, visit nationaldeeralliance.com/nda-app.
About National Deer Alliance: The NDA is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization with a mission to serve as the guardian for wild deer conservation and our hunting heritage. Focusing primarily on issues at the policy level, NDA is a leader in advocating for sustainable, science-based conservation of wild deer and fair-chase hunting, and is a source for credible, responsible, and timely information. Founding members include: Archery Trade Association, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Bass Pro Shops, Mule Deer Foundation, National Shooting Sports Foundation, Quality Deer Management Association, Vista Outdoors and Whitetails Unlimited. Learn more at nationaldeeralliance.com
Aug. 31 Update
DEC Extends Public Comment Period on Draft Chronic Wasting Disease Plan Through September 15
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced that DEC will accept written comments on the draft New York State Interagency Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Risk Minimization Plan for an additional two weeks through September 15, 2017.
The plan describes potential regulatory changes and actions that DEC and the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets believe are necessary and appropriate to minimize the risk of CWD entering or spreading in New York. The plan was designed to protect both wild white-tailed deer and moose, as well as captive cervids, including deer and elk held at enclosed facilities.
The New York State Interagency CWD Risk Minimization Plan has had extensive outreach and vetting by stakeholder groups in the state to address concerns while maintaining the goals of protecting wildlife resources, the public, and the environment. The plan updates reporting and testing requirements of captive cervid owners, improves communication to stakeholders, and simplifies regulations to reduce confusion while protecting natural resources.
The draft plan is available for review on the DEC website (www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7191.html). Written comments on the draft plan will be accepted through September 15, 2017. Comments can be submitted by e-mail (email@example.com, subject: “CWD Plan”) or by writing to NYSDEC, Bureau of Wildlife, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4754.
From August 8:
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the release of a draft New York State Interagency CWD Risk Minimization Plan for public comment. The plan describes proposed regulatory changes and actions that DEC will take to minimize the risk of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) entering or spreading in New York and was designed to protect both wild white-tailed deer and moose, as well as captive cervids including deer and elk held at enclosed facilities. Continue reading →