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Week of 18 August, 2013
Sunday - 8/18
 DEC Booth at the Erie County Fair
Contact  region9@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Stop by DEC's booth at the Erie County Fair to meet an Environmental Conservation Officer, get information about the environment and see what's new in the fish tanks!

Erie County Fair - August 7 to 18
Erie County Fairgrounds
Hamburg, NY



 Wetlands open for recreation on 3 Wildlife Management Areas
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife, Watertown Headquarters Office
r6info@gw.dec.state.ny.us

The public will have a special opportunity to visit restricted portions of three Wildlife Management Areas in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties starting Saturday, Aug. 17 and continuing through Friday, Aug. 30. Perch River WMA in Jefferson County and Upper and Lower Lakes and Wilson Hill WMAs in St. Lawrence County, including their wetland restricted areas, will be open to visitors.


Monday - 8/19
 Wetlands open for recreation on 3 Wildlife Management Areas
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife, Watertown Headquarters Office
r6info@gw.dec.state.ny.us

The public will have a special opportunity to visit restricted portions of three Wildlife Management Areas in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties starting Saturday, Aug. 17 and continuing through Friday, Aug. 30. Perch River WMA in Jefferson County and Upper and Lower Lakes and Wilson Hill WMAs in St. Lawrence County, including their wetland restricted areas, will be open to visitors.


Tuesday - 8/20
 Wetlands open for recreation on 3 Wildlife Management Areas
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife, Watertown Headquarters Office
r6info@gw.dec.state.ny.us

The public will have a special opportunity to visit restricted portions of three Wildlife Management Areas in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties starting Saturday, Aug. 17 and continuing through Friday, Aug. 30. Perch River WMA in Jefferson County and Upper and Lower Lakes and Wilson Hill WMAs in St. Lawrence County, including their wetland restricted areas, will be open to visitors.


9:00 AMEducator Workshop: Project WILD
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Project WILD is an award-winning environmental education program for teachers and youth leaders. Participants receive a Project WILD Curriculum and Activity Guide with more than 100 lesson plans. For educators of students in grades K-12. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.


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.



7:30 PMNight Sounds
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  5rivers@gw.dec.state.ny.us

What are all those sounds that animate late August evenings? Join us on an exploratory walk to listen and look for vocal critters of the night. Learn about how and why they are so vocal and how their sounds are affected by our changing climate. Please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 to register for this program by Friday, August 16. This program is free and open to the public.


8:30 PMFamily Full Moon Nature Walk
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Join us for a walk through the woods as we look for nocturnal critters before the Sturgeon Moon rises. Bring binoculars if you have them. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up. 


Wednesday - 8/21
 Wetlands open for recreation on 3 Wildlife Management Areas
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife, Watertown Headquarters Office
r6info@gw.dec.state.ny.us

The public will have a special opportunity to visit restricted portions of three Wildlife Management Areas in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties starting Saturday, Aug. 17 and continuing through Friday, Aug. 30. Perch River WMA in Jefferson County and Upper and Lower Lakes and Wilson Hill WMAs in St. Lawrence County, including their wetland restricted areas, will be open to visitors.


10:00 AMExploring Wetlands: Beaver Island State Park
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Join naturalists from Reinstein Woods and NYS Parks to explore the wetland restoration project at Beaver Island. New habitat has been created for native plants and animals in this unique ecosystem. Please note: This program will be held at Beaver Island State Park in Grand Island. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.


Thursday - 8/22
 Wetlands open for recreation on 3 Wildlife Management Areas
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife, Watertown Headquarters Office
r6info@gw.dec.state.ny.us

The public will have a special opportunity to visit restricted portions of three Wildlife Management Areas in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties starting Saturday, Aug. 17 and continuing through Friday, Aug. 30. Perch River WMA in Jefferson County and Upper and Lower Lakes and Wilson Hill WMAs in St. Lawrence County, including their wetland restricted areas, will be open to visitors.


10:00 AMThe Great New York State Fair
Contact  Region 7
reg7info@gw.dec.state.ny.us

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will participate in the New York State Fair, which opens August 22, 2013 and runs through Labor Day, September 2. DEC will have exhibits at both the Aquarium Building and the Log Cabin Building from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day. In addition, a major exhibit that will show New Yorkers how coordinated remediation efforts between state and local partners at Onondaga Lake is changing the region and providing for future economic vitality will be on display at the Center of Progress Building. At the Aquarium Building, various species of live fish will be on display in large tanks. Environmental Conservation Officers will also be on hand to talk to the public about their work and answer questions pertaining to environmental law. DEC’s Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources will sell hunting and fishing licenses every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Aquarium Building. A biologist will be on duty to answer hunting and fishing questions as well. In addition, Sportsmen’s Education will be located next to license sales during the entire fair, as will the New York Conservation Officers Association. At the Log Cabin, the Division of Lands and Forests will have daily free tree giveaways starting at 10:00 a.m. The Big Buck Club will have a display and members available to answer questions.


6:00 PMLake Ontario Ecosystem Public Forum
www.scgcorp.com/lakeontariomeetings2013/
Contact  NYSDEC Great Lakes Program
glakes@gw.dec.state.ny.us

DEC, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and New York Sea Grant will host a public forum about environmental issues affecting Lake Ontario and the work being done under the Lakewide Action and Management Plan (LAMP).

The forum will be held at SUNY Oswego, Campus Center Room 132, Oswego, NY, 13126.

At the forum, scientists and managers will give presentations on water quality in Lake Ontario, the quality of Lake Ontario beaches, the lake's food web, restoration of native fish species, research on toxic contaminants in fish, and monitoring and restoration of the lake's coastal wetlands.

The forum will not address Lake Ontario water level regulation. The International Joint Commission is conducting separate events this summer to discuss water level regulation.

Another public forum will be held on August 15 in Rochester, NY and is posted separately on DEC's Events Calendar.


Friday - 8/23
 Wetlands open for recreation on 3 Wildlife Management Areas
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife, Watertown Headquarters Office
r6info@gw.dec.state.ny.us

The public will have a special opportunity to visit restricted portions of three Wildlife Management Areas in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties starting Saturday, Aug. 17 and continuing through Friday, Aug. 30. Perch River WMA in Jefferson County and Upper and Lower Lakes and Wilson Hill WMAs in St. Lawrence County, including their wetland restricted areas, will be open to visitors.


 Comment Period Ends: Mapes Road Gravel Mine (Antes Property)
http://www.dec.ny.gov/enb/20130724_reg9.html#902740005200002
Contact  Bruno Dibella
r9dep@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Mapes Road Gravel Mine (Antes Property) comment period ends.

Comments must be submitted  in writing no later than August 23, 2013 to:

Bruno A Dibella
NYSDEC Region 9 Headquarters
270 Michigan Ave
Buffalo, NY 14203
(716) 851-7165
r9dep@gw.dec.state.ny.us



 Comment Period Ends: Tri-County Business Park & Hutchinson Road Town House & Dup
http://www.dec.ny.gov/enb/20130724_reg9.html#999090011100001
Contact  Charles Cranston
r9dep@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Tri-County Business Park & Hutchinson Road Town House & Duplexes public comment period ends.

Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the Contact Person no later than August 23, 2013.

Charles D. Cranston
NYSDEC Region 9 Allegany Sub-Office
182 East Union - Suite 3
Allegany, NY 14706
(716) 372-6242
r9dep@gw.dec.state.ny.us



 Comment Period Ends: Wesley Gravel Pit
http://www.dec.ny.gov/enb/20130724_reg9.html#904300003300001
Contact  Bruno Dibella
r9dep@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Wesley Gravel Pit comment period ends.

Comments must be submitted in writing no later than August 23, 2013 to:

Bruno A. Dibella
NYSDEC Region 9 Headquarters
270 Michigan Ave
Buffalo, NY 14203
(716) 851-7165
r9dep@gw.dec.state.ny.us



10:00 AMThe Great New York State Fair
Contact  Region 7
reg7info@gw.dec.state.ny.us

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will participate in the New York State Fair, which opens August 22, 2013 and runs through Labor Day, September 2. DEC will have exhibits at both the Aquarium Building and the Log Cabin Building from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day. In addition, a major exhibit that will show New Yorkers how coordinated remediation efforts between state and local partners at Onondaga Lake is changing the region and providing for future economic vitality will be on display at the Center of Progress Building. At the Aquarium Building, various species of live fish will be on display in large tanks. Environmental Conservation Officers will also be on hand to talk to the public about their work and answer questions pertaining to environmental law. DEC’s Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources will sell hunting and fishing licenses every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Aquarium Building. A biologist will be on duty to answer hunting and fishing questions as well. In addition, Sportsmen’s Education will be located next to license sales during the entire fair, as will the New York Conservation Officers Association. At the Log Cabin, the Division of Lands and Forests will have daily free tree giveaways starting at 10:00 a.m. The Big Buck Club will have a display and members available to answer questions.


Saturday - 8/24
 Wetlands open for recreation on 3 Wildlife Management Areas
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife, Watertown Headquarters Office
r6info@gw.dec.state.ny.us

The public will have a special opportunity to visit restricted portions of three Wildlife Management Areas in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties starting Saturday, Aug. 17 and continuing through Friday, Aug. 30. Perch River WMA in Jefferson County and Upper and Lower Lakes and Wilson Hill WMAs in St. Lawrence County, including their wetland restricted areas, will be open to visitors.


 Habitat Management Workshop for Private Landowners
Contact  Emilio Rende
region9@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Habitat Management Workshop for Private Landowners – learn tips on how to manage your land to benefit wildlife

Saturday, August 24, 2013 
Hanging Bog Wildlife Management Area 
New Hudson, Allegany County 
Registration required
Registation Fee: $10 (includes lunch), make checks payable to New York State Chapter of the NWTF. 
Registration Deadline: Friday, August 16

To register, please contact Emilio Rende at 716-372-0645 or at region9@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

The workshop is co-sponsored by the New York State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), the Ruffed Grouse Society and the Quality Deer Management Association. Space is limited to 30 participants.  


10:00 AMThe Great New York State Fair
Contact  Region 7
reg7info@gw.dec.state.ny.us

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will participate in the New York State Fair, which opens August 22, 2013 and runs through Labor Day, September 2. DEC will have exhibits at both the Aquarium Building and the Log Cabin Building from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day. In addition, a major exhibit that will show New Yorkers how coordinated remediation efforts between state and local partners at Onondaga Lake is changing the region and providing for future economic vitality will be on display at the Center of Progress Building. At the Aquarium Building, various species of live fish will be on display in large tanks. Environmental Conservation Officers will also be on hand to talk to the public about their work and answer questions pertaining to environmental law. DEC’s Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources will sell hunting and fishing licenses every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Aquarium Building. A biologist will be on duty to answer hunting and fishing questions as well. In addition, Sportsmen’s Education will be located next to license sales during the entire fair, as will the New York Conservation Officers Association. At the Log Cabin, the Division of Lands and Forests will have daily free tree giveaways starting at 10:00 a.m. The Big Buck Club will have a display and members available to answer questions.


 Watchable Wildlife: Vultures
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  5rivers@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Vultures are unique in many ways and have some amazing adaptations that enable them to exploit their odd food preferences. Come learn about the species of vultures in our area and the vital role they play in the food chain. Then join us outside as we scan the skies for these interesting creatures and other birds of a late summer’s day.  This program is free and open to the public.


10:30 AMSummer Flowers and Berries
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Search for the bounty of summer fruits and flowers on a guided walk in the woods. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.


2:00 PMFamily Fun: Creepy Crawly Critters
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  5rivers@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Some animals aren’t warm and fuzzy but that doesn’t mean they aren’t interesting. We will begin indoors, looking at and discussing a few creatures not everyone likes. Then we will head outside to see if we can learn more about the important ecological roles these unpopular animals play. Please call Five Rivers by Wednesday, August 21 to register for this program.  This program is free and open to the public.


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