New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Hunter education at the 11th hour

Procrastination can be costly, and each year around this time many aspiring hunters find themselves on the waiting list to get their hunter education courses completed. Most want to get it under their belts by deer season, but they’re also missing out on the small-game seasons that are crucial training ground for young hunters. 

With CWD plan in the works, public gets two-week extension to comment

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced Thursday, Aug. 31 that the DEC will accept written comments on the draft New York State Interagency Chronic Wasting Disease 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…

Coyote sightings cause stir in upstate New York town

If true, it would be the first time that a coyote has attacked a human in the state  COLONIE, N.Y. — The state Department of Environmental Conservation is warning residents in upstate New York following coyote sightings. Coyotes have been spotted in residential areas in the town of Colonie recently. Residents of one neighborhood in the Albany suburb say the…

DEC again turning to goats in invasives battle

(New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Facebook photo)For the third year, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is turning to goats in the battle against invasive species on Long Island, the agency said in a Facebook post on Tuesday, Aug. 8. The Underhill Preserve, located in Jericho, Nassau County, will host 12 goats enclosed on six acres…

DEC keeping pressure on in Asian longhorned beetle battle

(New York State Department of Environmental Conservation)The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that the annual Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) Swimming Pool Survey is underway, marking the program’s sixth summer of research work. DEC invites pool owners, now through August 30, to check their pool filters and help keep watch for these invasive beetles before they…

Go play outside: New York makes it free for new campers

But even though the cost is relatively low – about $300 per camping gear kit – some critics question the need for the state to be involved in such a program. Proponents say it’s in the best interest of all citizens to encourage outdoor recreation for its demonstrated physical and emotional health benefits.