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Week of 7 April, 2013
Sunday - 4/7
 Beaver Trapping Season Final Day in Northern, Eastern and Central Areas
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/29044.html
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

 Mink and Muskrat Trapping Season Final Day in Eastern Areas
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/30510.html
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

 Mink Hunting Final Day in Eastern Areas Upstate
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/45559.html#Muskrat
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

 River Otter Trapping Season Final Day in Northern Areas
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/30513.html
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Monday - 4/8
8:00 AMSpring Prescribed Fire Academy
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/73.html
Contact  NY Wildfire & Incident Management Academy
fireacad@gw.dec.state.ny.us or (631) 769-1556

Welcome to the New York Wildfire & Incident Academy’s first spring prescribed fire academy. 

This academy is designed to teach individuals and teams how to properly conduct prescribed burns safely and effectively.

All academy classes are held at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, Town of Brookhaven, Suffolk County, New York.

Detailed information on courses, dates, times and housing options can be found on the academy brochure on the Wildfire Academy page found on DEC's website.

 Course dates for this Academy are:

  • RX-301 - Prescribed Fire Implementation - April 13 - April 15, 2013
  • RX-310 - Introduction to Fire Effects - April 12 - April 15, 2013
  • RX-341 - Prescribed Fire Plan Preparation - April 8 - April 12, 2013
  • RX-410 - Smoke Management - April 8 - April 11, 2013
  • S-234 - Ignition Operations - Session A - April 9 - April 11, 2013
  • S-234 - Ignition Operations - Session B - April 12 - April 14, 2013
  • S-130/190 - Basic Firefighting and Wildfire Behavior - April 8 - April 12, 2013
  • S-130/190 - Basic Firefighting and Wildfire Behavior (Field Day Only) - April 12, 2013

All registrations for both the Spring Prescribed Fire Academy as well as the March 2013 course offering must be sent in by mail/e‐mail/fax. Completed applications can be e‐mailed to nywima@pb.state.ny.us or faxed to the Academy's office at (631) 769-1772.



6:00 PMNYSP2I Green Homes for Cleaner Lakes Workshop- Hazardous Waste @ Home
http://www.rit.edu/affiliate/nysp2i/sites/rit.edu.affiliate...
Contact  Adam Wingate
arwp2i@rit.edu

Ever wonder what to do with unwanted paint cans, batteries,and pharmaceuticals? Not sure what to do with outdated computers? Protect your family and pets by learning how to store and dispose of hazardous waste found in your home!


Tuesday - 4/9
 Spring Prescribed Fire Academy
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/73.html
Contact  NY Wildfire & Incident Management Academy
fireacad@gw.dec.state.ny.us or (631) 769-1556

Welcome to the New York Wildfire & Incident Academy’s first spring prescribed fire academy. 

This academy is designed to teach individuals and teams how to properly conduct prescribed burns safely and effectively.

All academy classes are held at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, Town of Brookhaven, Suffolk County, New York.

Detailed information on courses, dates, times and housing options can be found on the academy brochure on the Wildfire Academy page found on DEC's website.

 Course dates for this Academy are:

  • RX-301 - Prescribed Fire Implementation - April 13 - April 15, 2013
  • RX-310 - Introduction to Fire Effects - April 12 - April 15, 2013
  • RX-341 - Prescribed Fire Plan Preparation - April 8 - April 12, 2013
  • RX-410 - Smoke Management - April 8 - April 11, 2013
  • S-234 - Ignition Operations - Session A - April 9 - April 11, 2013
  • S-234 - Ignition Operations - Session B - April 12 - April 14, 2013
  • S-130/190 - Basic Firefighting and Wildfire Behavior - April 8 - April 12, 2013
  • S-130/190 - Basic Firefighting and Wildfire Behavior (Field Day Only) - April 12, 2013

All registrations for both the Spring Prescribed Fire Academy as well as the March 2013 course offering must be sent in by mail/e‐mail/fax. Completed applications can be e‐mailed to nywima@pb.state.ny.us or faxed to the Academy's office at (631) 769-1772.



3:00 PMAvailability Session - Landfill Consolidation at the Carroll Town Landfill Site
http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/49895.html
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
derweb@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Availability Session Location: Town of Carroll Highway Department, 1725 Wahlgren Road, Frewsburg, NY 14738

The public is invited to the availability session to learn about the plan to consolidate the landfill and place a cover after consolidation (Carroll Town Landfill Site, Chautauqua County). The availability session also will provide an update of the ongoing construction of the treatment system at a nearby public supply well.



6:30 PMTrail Tuesdays
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Turn your love for the outdoors into rewarding action. Assist with projects to help maintain and improve ecosystems and trails throughout the preserve. There is something for almost every age and ability to help with! Refreshments provided. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.



Wednesday - 4/10
 Spring Prescribed Fire Academy
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/73.html
Contact  NY Wildfire & Incident Management Academy
fireacad@gw.dec.state.ny.us or (631) 769-1556

Welcome to the New York Wildfire & Incident Academy’s first spring prescribed fire academy. 

This academy is designed to teach individuals and teams how to properly conduct prescribed burns safely and effectively.

All academy classes are held at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, Town of Brookhaven, Suffolk County, New York.

Detailed information on courses, dates, times and housing options can be found on the academy brochure on the Wildfire Academy page found on DEC's website.

 Course dates for this Academy are:

  • RX-301 - Prescribed Fire Implementation - April 13 - April 15, 2013
  • RX-310 - Introduction to Fire Effects - April 12 - April 15, 2013
  • RX-341 - Prescribed Fire Plan Preparation - April 8 - April 12, 2013
  • RX-410 - Smoke Management - April 8 - April 11, 2013
  • S-234 - Ignition Operations - Session A - April 9 - April 11, 2013
  • S-234 - Ignition Operations - Session B - April 12 - April 14, 2013
  • S-130/190 - Basic Firefighting and Wildfire Behavior - April 8 - April 12, 2013
  • S-130/190 - Basic Firefighting and Wildfire Behavior (Field Day Only) - April 12, 2013

All registrations for both the Spring Prescribed Fire Academy as well as the March 2013 course offering must be sent in by mail/e‐mail/fax. Completed applications can be e‐mailed to nywima@pb.state.ny.us or faxed to the Academy's office at (631) 769-1772.



12:30 PMEducator Workshop: Project Learning Tree Environmental Experiences for Early Ch
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

This curriculum helps early childhood educators engage young children in outdoor exploration. Attendees receive a curriculum guide and music CD that incorporate investigations of nature with art, literature, math, music and movement. For educators of students ages 3 to 6. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.



7:00 PMOpen Space Meeting in Allegany County
Contact  region9@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Allegany County 
April 10, 2013 at 7 p.m.    
Crossroads Commerce & Conference Center
6087 NYS Route 19 
Belmont, NY 14813  

More info... 

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYS OPRHP), co-lead agencies of New York's Open Space Conservation Plan, are hosting a meeting on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 6 p.m. at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, 311 Curtis St. in Jamestown, to solicit input regarding the update of the NYS Open Space Conservation Plan.

This plan serves as a blueprint for the State's land conservation efforts to increase protection of the State's significant natural, scenic, recreational, historic and cultural resources. The Open Space Plan was last updated in 2009 and New York State Law requires that the plan be revised every three years to adapt to shifting conservation priorities. The Open Space Regional Advisory Committee (RAC), which has multi-disciplinary regional representation that includes the Chautauqua County Department of Planning & Economic Development, is required to review and update their regional portion of the plan and submit an update in mid-2013. This meeting is among many that will hosted by the State throughout the region between now and late May.

Residents are encouraged to attend to provide input and identify projects, processes, and collaborations in Chautauqua County that would assist the State in preserving and promoting treasured open spaces.

Interested residents who are unable to attend the meeting can also send their suggestions to the DEC by email at region9@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

In addition, there are several meetings upcoming for other counties in Region 9.  

Cattaraugus County 
April 18, 2013 - 7 PM
303 Court St.
Little ValleyNY 14755

Niagara County
Last week of April; date and location to be determined



Thursday - 4/11
 Spring Prescribed Fire Academy
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/73.html
Contact  NY Wildfire & Incident Management Academy
fireacad@gw.dec.state.ny.us or (631) 769-1556

Welcome to the New York Wildfire & Incident Academy’s first spring prescribed fire academy. 

This academy is designed to teach individuals and teams how to properly conduct prescribed burns safely and effectively.

All academy classes are held at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, Town of Brookhaven, Suffolk County, New York.

Detailed information on courses, dates, times and housing options can be found on the academy brochure on the Wildfire Academy page found on DEC's website.

 Course dates for this Academy are:

  • RX-301 - Prescribed Fire Implementation - April 13 - April 15, 2013
  • RX-310 - Introduction to Fire Effects - April 12 - April 15, 2013
  • RX-341 - Prescribed Fire Plan Preparation - April 8 - April 12, 2013
  • RX-410 - Smoke Management - April 8 - April 11, 2013
  • S-234 - Ignition Operations - Session A - April 9 - April 11, 2013
  • S-234 - Ignition Operations - Session B - April 12 - April 14, 2013
  • S-130/190 - Basic Firefighting and Wildfire Behavior - April 8 - April 12, 2013
  • S-130/190 - Basic Firefighting and Wildfire Behavior (Field Day Only) - April 12, 2013

All registrations for both the Spring Prescribed Fire Academy as well as the March 2013 course offering must be sent in by mail/e‐mail/fax. Completed applications can be e‐mailed to nywima@pb.state.ny.us or faxed to the Academy's office at (631) 769-1772.



8:00 AMSolutions Fair- Syracuse
http://events.tdo.org/events/detail/20130402/1/11/4/0/0/86
Contact  lauram@ceg.org

10:30 AMCSC Webinar: Planning for Renewable Energy
http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/50845.html
Contact  Office of Climate Change
climatechange@gw.dec.state.ny.us

This webinar will provide an overview of the benefits and challenges associated with some common renewable energy technologies, planning and policy considerations for installing these systems, and common financing mechanisms for local governments. Speakers from local governments in New York will offer insight on their experience with specific renewable energy financing programs.

The webinar will be accessible to anyone via an Internet connection and telephone. Webinar participants must use the telephone call-in number; no audio signal will be transmitted over the Internet. To join the webinar, go to http://www.webdialogs.com, click the “Join a meeting” button and enter Conference ID 58089 in the “Meeting Login” screen. On your telephone, dial 1-866-394-2346 and enter conference call code 1982360347# when prompted.

Please respond with both your name and community affiliation via either e-mail or telephone to the Office of Climate Change at climatechange@gw.dec.state.ny.us or 518-402-8323. In the event that we have to cancel or postpone this webinar respondents will be notified.



4:00 PMFamily Fun: Outdoors After School
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  5Rivers@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Join us for our weekly after-school outings for gradeschool children. A brief indoor introduction to the season will be followed by an outdoor exploration along Five Rivers’ trails, searching for signs of the season. Each week will feature a different nature theme, with a strong emphasis on direct interaction with the outdoors. These programs are free of charge, but space is limited. Registration for any date is required by the preceding Tuesday. Parent(s) and child(ren) must accompany each other. In the event of inclement weather, outings will be cancelled. To register or for more information, call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291.



4:30 PMAfter-School Escape
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Enjoy a one-hour program for kids featuring a different, fun, outdoor activity each week. For children in grades K through 5. No registration required.



Friday - 4/12
 Spring Prescribed Fire Academy
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/73.html
Contact  NY Wildfire & Incident Management Academy
fireacad@gw.dec.state.ny.us or (631) 769-1556

Welcome to the New York Wildfire & Incident Academy’s first spring prescribed fire academy. 

This academy is designed to teach individuals and teams how to properly conduct prescribed burns safely and effectively.

All academy classes are held at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, Town of Brookhaven, Suffolk County, New York.

Detailed information on courses, dates, times and housing options can be found on the academy brochure on the Wildfire Academy page found on DEC's website.

 Course dates for this Academy are:

  • RX-301 - Prescribed Fire Implementation - April 13 - April 15, 2013
  • RX-310 - Introduction to Fire Effects - April 12 - April 15, 2013
  • RX-341 - Prescribed Fire Plan Preparation - April 8 - April 12, 2013
  • RX-410 - Smoke Management - April 8 - April 11, 2013
  • S-234 - Ignition Operations - Session A - April 9 - April 11, 2013
  • S-234 - Ignition Operations - Session B - April 12 - April 14, 2013
  • S-130/190 - Basic Firefighting and Wildfire Behavior - April 8 - April 12, 2013
  • S-130/190 - Basic Firefighting and Wildfire Behavior (Field Day Only) - April 12, 2013

All registrations for both the Spring Prescribed Fire Academy as well as the March 2013 course offering must be sent in by mail/e‐mail/fax. Completed applications can be e‐mailed to nywima@pb.state.ny.us or faxed to the Academy's office at (631) 769-1772.



10:00 AMEastern Adirondacks Open Space Conservation Regional Advisory Committee
http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/317.html
Contact  Dave Winchell
518-897-1200

NYS DEC Region 5 HQ
1115 NYS Rte 86
Ray Brook, NY 12977



7:30 PMOwl Prowl
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Learn about our local owls, and listen for their calls on a walk in the woods. Program sponsored by Friends of Reinstein to raise funds for purchasing new owl mounts. Fee = $2.00/person; Friends of Reinstein members = $1.00. For adults and children ages 8 and older. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.



Saturday - 4/13
10:00 AMFamily Fun: MISUNDERSTOOD CREATURES
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  5Rivers@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Some animals have a bad reputation. Come to this family-friendly program to learn about animals that not all of us fully appreciate. We will use games and crafts and go for a walk to delve into the lives of the not-so-cute-and-cuddly. Parent(s) and child(ren) must accompany each other. This program is free of charge, but space is limited. Please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 to register by Wednesday, April 10.



 Spring Family Freshwater Fishing Festival at Belmont Lake, Suffolk County
Contact  I FISH NY - Long Island
631-444-0283

Kick-off the spring season with a day of fishing for the whole family! NYSDEC stocks Belmont Lake with over 1,000 trout for the event. Children’s activities include: inflatable slide, environmental exhibits, and "Spring Fling" casting contest.

Date: Saturday, April 13th

Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location: Belmont Lake State Park

Southern State Parkway, Exit 38

North Babylon, NY 11703

Age: All

Cost: $8 parking fee; free with Empire Passport



11:00 AMGarlic Mustard Challenge Kick-Off
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Gather up your scout troop, science club, or other organization and compete with other groups to see who can remove the most garlic mustard from the woods from April through June. Garlic mustard is an invasive plant species that impairs the health of the forest. The group who picks the most will receive a prize! Only a group representative needs to attend this session, although other group members are welcome to attend. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.



2:00 PMFamily Fun: The ANTS GO MARCHING
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  5Rivers@gw.dec.state.ny.us

How does an ant carry 10-50 times its own weight? Come learn about this and other interesting facts about these efficient family-oriented creatures. We will use games and crafts and go for a walk to see whether we can observe ants marching and catch a glimpse of their home. Parent(s) and child(ren) must accompany each other. This program is free of charge, but space is limited. Please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 to register by Wednesday, April 10.



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