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July 23, 2010 - Field Notes

Noteworthy Dates

  • Saturday, July 24.
    I Fish NY logoFree Fishing Day Clinics are being held in the counties of Washington and New York. The Washington County event will be held at the South Bay Fishing Pier on Lake Champlain from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The New York County event will be held at the Governor's Island "City of Water Day" (offsite link, leaving DEC website) event from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. I FISH NY provide the tackle and bait, and no fishing license or registration is required to participate. All you have to provide is the family to enjoy a day of free fishing!
  • Wednesday, July 28.
    NYS DEC will be holding its last public meeting concerning the current ban on the overland (motorized) transport of baitfish. The meeting will be held from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the NYS DEC Headquarters in Albany, and by live video feed at additional locations throughout the state. The meeting can also be viewed from a personal computer via web conference (learn how to participate with a personal computer).

Significant Notes

  • Invasive Beetle Infestation Expands in New York State.
    The destructive Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has continued to spread from its original point of detection in 2009 at Cattaraugus County into additional New York State counties of Steuben and Ulster. The new infestation was discovered on July 12 through the monitoring of 7,500 EAB traps set in ash trees across high risk locations. The beetle invades and kills North American ash tree species like the green, white, and black ash. Review the press release online for more information on the continued EAB investigation, EAB identification tips, and advice on how you can help. Also, remember this camping season to comply with the firewood regulations to help protect NY's ash trees.
  • Public Hearings on Moose River Plains Wild Forest Management.
    NYS DEC and The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) will be holding meetings to gather questions and input from the public on management proposals for an important recreational area in the central and southwestern portion of the Adirondack Park. The management plan proposes to expand and open wilderness areas for recreational use, create new camping areas, add snowmobile routes and connections, and close existing routes of certain trails and roads to snowmobiling and motor vehicles. For more detailed information on the management proposed actions and schedules of the upcoming public meetings review the press release online.
  • Conservation Guides: A Tool for the Field.
    The DEC New York Natural Heritage Program (NYNHP) provides comprehensive fact sheets about individual rare species and natural community types that are designed to help land managers, decision-makers, planners, scientists, consultants, students, and the interested public better understand the biodiversity that characterizes New York. Conservation Guides include information on biology, identification, habitat, distribution, conservation, and management. Guides for many of New York's rare species and natural community types have been completed and are updated periodically, and more are continually being added to the Guides web site. Check out the NYNHP Conservation Guides web-site (offsite link, leaving DEC website) and learn about some of the communities of plants and animals that you come across while out in the field!

Did You Know...?

The DEC issues 1.8 million sporting licenses annually through 1,500 license issuing agents? We also coordinate a hunter education program where 3,300 volunteer hunter safety instructors teach nearly 40,000 students every year.

Sporting licenses go on sale August 16th! If it is your first time purchasing a hunting license, make sure to take a safety education course near you! (External Link)

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