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Week of 14 April, 2013
Sunday - 4/14
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Monday - 4/15
 End of comment period for the Hemlock-Candice Draft UMP
http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/68822.html
Contact  Bureau of State Land Management
r8ump@gw.dec.state.ny.us

The public is invited to submit comments on the proposed plan until April 15, 2013.


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

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

 Muskrat Hunting Final day on Lake Champlain
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/45559.html#Muskrat
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

 Muskrat Hunting Final day on Lake Champlain
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/45559.html#Muskrat
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

 Snow Geese Season Ends in Western, Northeast, and Southeast Zones
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28888.html
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us




 Snow Goose Season Final Day in Several Waterfowl Zones
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28888.html
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

 Snow Goose Season Final Day in Western, Northeastern, Southeastern and Lake Champlain Waterfowl Zones.


 Striped Bass Fishing Opens in Marine Waters
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7894.html
Contact  Bureau of Marine Resources
fwmarine@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Visit the link above for more information on this season, including size and possession limits.


2:30 PMRE-SCHEDULED Region 4 Open Space Conservation Plan Advisory Committee Meeting
http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/317.html
Contact  Region 4 DEC Headquarters Office
r4info@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Third meeting of the year for the Region 4 Open Space Conservation Plan Advisory Committee will be held at the Schenectady DEC office at 1130 N. Westcott Rd., Schenectady, NY 12306.


6:00 PMNYSP2I Green Homes for Cleaner Lakes- Potential Dangers of Household Products
http://www.rit.edu/affiliate/nysp2i/sites/rit.edu.affiliate...
Contact  Adam Wingate
arwp2i@rit.edu

What’s really in your deodorant, perfume, or makeup? How safe
are your personal care products? Learn more about the ingredients in everyday products
that can affect your health and the environment.


Tuesday - 4/16
 Solutions Fair- Troy
http://www.ceg.org/events/advanced-manufacturing-conference...
Contact  Craig Dory
518-276-3953

10:00 AMNew York City Open Space Conservation Plan Advisory Committee Meeting
http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/317.html
Contact  Steve Zahn
r2info@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Third meeting of the year for the Region 2 Open Space Conservation Plan Advisory Committee will be held at the NYS OPRHP Regional Headquarters in the Adam Clayton Powell State Offic Building, 163 West 125th St., 17th Flr, New York, NY 10027


10:30 AMCentral New York Open Space Conservation Plan Advisory Committee Meeting
http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/317.html
Contact  NYS DEC Region 7 Cortland Office
r7info@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Third meeting of the year for the Region 7 Open Space Conservation Plan Advisory Committee will be held at the Cortland DEC office at 1285 Fisher Avenue, Cortland, NY 13045.


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 - 4/17
10:00 AMWestern Adirondacks Open Space Conservation Regional Advisory Committee
http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/317.html
Contact  Steve Litwhiler
315-785-2239

NYS DEC Lowville Office
7327 St Rt 812
Lowville, NY 13367



 Region 6 Open Space Conservation Plan Advisory Committee Meeting
Contact  Stephen Litwhiler
r6info@gw.dec.state.ny.us, (315) 785-2252

The second meeting of the year for the Region 6 Open Space Conservation Plan Advisory Committee will be held at the Lowville DEC office at 7327 State Route 812 in Lowville.



1:30 PMNew York State RGGI Agency Staff Availability Session
http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/rggi.html
Contact  Office of Climate Change
climatechange@gw.dec.state.ny.us

NYS staff will hold a staff availability session for NYS stakeholders, on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 beginning at 1:30 p.m., to present the results of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) 2012 program review, including the updated model rule and accompanying recommendations, and the regulatory process NYS will use to update its CO2 budget trading program. Final program review materials are available at http://www.rggi.org/design/program_review.

The availability session will be held at Department of Environmental Conservation headquarters, 625 Broadway, Albany (directions at http://www.dec.ny.gov/about/244.html), Conference Room 129. The meeting agenda and any meeting materials will be made available at http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/76975.html by Friday, April 12.

Stakeholders may participate via webinar and/or 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.

Stakeholders, whether participating in person or via webinar/telephone, must pre-register to attend this meeting. Failure to pre-register to attend in person will result in delayed admission to the building. To pre-register, please e-mail your name and organizational affiliation to climatechange@gw.dec.state.ny.us, by noon, Tuesday, April 16. Include the words “Will attend 4/17 RGGI meeting” or “Will call 4/17 RGGI meeting” in the subject line. Stakeholders attending in person will be required to present government-issued photographic identification to be admitted to the DEC building.



6:00 PMALCOA/Reynolds Consent Decree Meeting
http://www.justice.gov/enrd/5970.htm

The US Department of Justice will hold two public meetings where the US government will present the proposed natural resources damages settlement for pollution of the St Lawrence River in the case against ALCOA/Reynolds. DEC is a plaintiff in this case.

The meeting will be at:
Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Office for the Aging
Senior’s Dining Hall
29 Business Park Road
Akwesasne, NY 13655


Documents can be found on the US Department of Justice's website.


Thursday - 4/18
 NYSP2I- Brooklyn Navy Yard Cleaner Production Award Ceremony
Contact  Adam Wingate
arwp2i@rit.edu

9:00 AMTour Guide Training
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Attend this training session to become a volunteer tour guide at Reinstein Woods. No experience is necessary, just a love of nature and the desire to share it with others. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.



10:00 AMRoll Out the Red Carpet for the Cerulean Warbler
http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma
Contact  Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY 13146
315-365-3588

The Cerulean Warbler is a powerful songbird with a melodious call that needs our help. In preparation for the birds return to its breeding grounds at Montezuma, homeschoolers will spruce up their habitat by removing invasive plants and planting native species in their place. If the warblers like what they see, they may whistle while we work! Fee: $7/child.



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.



6:00 PMALCOA/Reynolds Consent Decree Meeting
http://www.justice.gov/enrd/5970.htm

The US Department of Justice will hold two public meetings where the US government will present the proposed natural resources damages settlement for pollution of the St Lawrence River in the case against ALCOA/Reynolds. DEC is a plaintiff in this case.

The meeting will be at:
Dar's Quality Inn
10 West Orivis St
Massena, NY 13662

Documents can be found on the US Department of Justice's website.


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

Cattaraugus County 
April 18, 2013 at 7 p.m.  
303 Court St.  
Little Valley, NY 14755

More info...

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.  

Wyoming County 

April 25, 2013 at 7 p.m.    
401 North Main St.
Warsaw, NY 14569

Niagara County 
May 1, 2013 at 6 p.m.
Cornell University Cooperative Extension - Niagara County 
Training Center 
4487 Lake Avenue 
Lockport NY 14094



Friday - 4/19
10:00 AMRoll Out the Red Carpet for the Cerulean Warbler
http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma
Contact  Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY 13146
315-365-3588

The Cerulean Warbler is a powerful songbird with a melodious call that needs our help. In preparation for the birds return to its breeding grounds at Montezuma, homeschoolers will spruce up their habitat by removing invasive plants and planting native species in their place. If the warblers like what they see, they may whistle while we work! Fee: $7/child.



 Long Island Open Space Conservation Plan Advisory Committee Meeting
http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/317.html
Contact  Heather Amster
r1info@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Second meeting of the year for the Region 1 Open Space Conservation Plan Advisory Committee will be held at the Long Island State Parks Regional Headquarters, Belmont Lake State Park, Belmont Avenue, North Babylon, NY


1:00 PMRoll Out the Red Carpet for the Cerulean Warbler
http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma
Contact  Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY 13146
315-365-3588

The Cerulean Warbler is a powerful songbird with a melodious call that needs our help. In preparation for the birds return to its breeding grounds at Montezuma, homeschoolers will spruce up their habitat by removing invasive plants and planting native species in their place. If the warblers like what they see, they may whistle while we work! Fee: $7/child.


7:30 PMCitizen Science: FROGWATCH
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  5Rivers@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Amphibians are disappearing all over the world and for different reasons. Join us to learn why frogs and salamanders are in trouble and to help us monitor how the frogs in our area are doing. Participants will learn to identify species by their calls and then venture out to survey the number of species heard and the intensity of their calls. Waterproof footwear and flashlights recommended. Call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 for more information.



Saturday - 4/20
 NYSP2I Rochester General Hopsital Workshop- Home and Nursery
http://www.rit.edu/affiliate/nysp2i/sites/rit.edu.affiliate...
Contact  Adam Wingate
arwp2i@rit.edu

 Youth Hunt for Wild Turkey
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/27836.html
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

The Youth Wild Turkey Hunt is an excellent opportunity for junior hunters (ages 12-15) to spend time afield with experienced adult hunters gaining the necessary knowledge and skills to become safe and responsible members of the hunting community. We look forward to the great stories and pictures we receive from young hunters and their adult companions and wish everyone a safe and enjoyable hunt.



8:00 AM2013 Youth Conservation Program - Hunter Safety 2 Day Course
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7860.html
Contact  Region 1 Sportsman Education Program
(631) 444-0255

DEC's Sportsman Education unit will be holding a two-day hands-on youth program on hunter safety on April 20 and 21 at the Peconic River Sportsman's Club in Manorville.

Each class is limited to 30 participants and selections are made by a panel that reviews a 75-word application.

Participants who successfully complete the program will receive their Hunter Education Training Certificate.

Enrollment in the class is open to all boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 16 who have not yet taken either their Bow Hunter Education course.

For more information or to register for the session, contact the NYSDEC Sportsman Education Office at (631) 444-0255.



9:00 AMEarth Day Conservation Project: BUILD A KESTREL BOX
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  5Rivers@gw.dec.state.ny.us

The American kestrel, North America’s smallest and most widespread falcon, is unfortunately becoming hard to find. A cavity nester, the kestrel typically nests in holes in dead trees but it will also use a nest box. In this hands-on workshop, participants will build their own kestrel nest box to take home. Savvy tips on how and where to most effectively place it will be provided. The program is open to the public but space is limited. There is a $15 materials fee. Please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 by Monday, April 15 to register or for more information.



 Earth Day Service Project: CANAL CLEAN SWEEP
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  5Rivers@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Five Rivers staff and Student Conservation Association environmental educators invite volunteers to help beautify the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail, starting at the Albany Boat Launch at the Corning Preserve in Albany and working northward. Garden gloves are recommended. Trash bags will be provided. Meet at the Albany Boat Launch at 9:00 AM. Please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 for more information. Registration is helpful but not required.



9:30 AMEducator Workshop: Great Lakes Institute
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

This workshop helps teachers incorporate the Great Lakes into their classroom through standards-based, hands-on lesson plans and in-depth instruction in local Great Lakes issues. Participants will receive Project WET and Project WILD Aquatic curriculum and activity guides. For educators of students in grades 6-12.  Please note: This workshop will take place at Niagara University. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.



10:00 AMEarth Day Service Project: SCION ORCHARD
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  5Rivers@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Join local scouts and other volunteers as we spruce up our crabapple plantation in observance of Earth Day. We’ll clean up winter tree damage and prepare the soil for the following weekend’s planting of crabapple trees, continuing our ongoing stewardship of this historic orchard. Garden gloves recommended. Please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 to register by Wednesday, April 17. In case of inclement weather, this project will be postponed until Saturday, April 27.



 Watertown Earth Day Celebration
Contact  Stephen Litwhiler
r6info@gw.dec.state.ny.us, (315) 785-2252

This annual celebration of Earth Day will be in the lobby of the Watertown Dulles State Office Building, 317 Washington Street in Watertown. The parking garage will be open. This commemoration of Earth Day's 43rd Anniversary will involve 20 exhibits, activities, presentations and information for all ages plus Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl will be greeting young people.



10:30 AMFlower Folklore
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Did you know that dandelions were used to tell time, or that buttercups were a sign of good luck? Take a closer look at our local wildflowers on this guided walk. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.



2:00 PMWatchable Wildlife: BRINGING BACK the BLUEBIRD
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  5Rivers@gw.dec.state.ny.us

April is a great time to watch for eastern bluebirds, and Five Rivers is the best place to see them. Join us for an  indoor overview of the conservation challenges which eastern bluebirds face, followed by a search for bluebirds along the center’s “bluebird trail.” Tips on how you can help advance bluebird conservation will be provided.



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