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Week of 15 September, 2013
Sunday - 9/15
 Draft Sauger Conservation Management Plan Comment Period Ends
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/92788.html
Contact  DEC Bureau of Fisheries, Sauger Management Plan
625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4753, fwfish@gw.dec.state.ny.us

The draft Sauger Conservation Management Plan (PDF) (564 KB) is now available for public review and comment. The goal of the plan is to establish and maintain sauger populations in all suitable waters of native New York watersheds by 2030.



Monday - 9/16
1:00 PMRemsen Lake Placid Travel Corridor Public Meeting
http://www.dec.ny.gov/press/93101.html
Contact  Albany, Lands and Forests, Forest Preserve Office and DOT Freight and Passenger Rail Bureau

The Utica State Office Building, 207 Genesee Street, Utica.

Information and comments gathered from the public and stakeholder groups will help the commissioners of the two state agencies determine whether to amend the Remsen-Lake Placid Corridor Unit Management Plan. The plan, adopted by DEC and NYSDOT in March 1996, assesses the natural and physical resources along the 100-foot-wide corridor and identifies opportunities for public use. It guides how the corridor is used and managed.

The sessions will include a presentation by the state agencies and informational stations where the public can give state agency staff their comments and ideas verbally or in writing.



Tuesday - 9/17
2:00 PMMarine Resources Advisory Council Meeting
http://www.dec.ny.gov/about/568.html
Contact  Bureau of Marine Resources
fwmarine@gw.dec.state.ny.us or 631-444-0430

6:00 PMRemsen Lake Placid Travel Corridor Public Meeting
http://www.dec.ny.gov/press/93101.html
Contact  Albany, Lands and Forests, Forest Preserve Office and DOT Freight and Passenger Rail Bureau

The Wild Center, 45 Museum Drive, Tupper Lake.

Information and comments gathered from the public and stakeholder groups will help the commissioners of the two state agencies determine whether to amend the Remsen-Lake Placid Corridor Unit Management Plan. The plan, adopted by DEC and NYSDOT in March 1996, assesses the natural and physical resources along the 100-foot-wide corridor and identifies opportunities for public use. It guides how the corridor is used and managed.

The sessions will include a presentation by the state agencies and informational stations where the public can give state agency staff their comments and ideas verbally or in writing.



 192 Ralph Ave. Site - Public Meeting About No Further Action Proposal
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
derweb@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Public Meeting Location: P.S. 005 Ronald McNair School Auditorium, 820 Hancock St., Brooklyn, NY

The public is invited to the meeting to learn about the "no further action" remedy being proposed by DEC related to the 192 Ralph Avenue Site (Brooklyn). Public comments also are welcome at the meeting, and during a public comment period that runs through September 30, 2013.



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.



7:00 PMClassification Proposal for the Big Indian Acquisition Public Meeting
http://www.dec.ny.gov/enb/20130904_not3.html
Contact  Bill Rudge
DEC R3 Office, Div. of Lands & Forests, 21 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY 12561

DEC, as Lead Agency, has completed a proposal to classify 940 acres of Forest Preserve under the provisions of the Catskill Park State Land Master Plan and will hold a public informational meeting to present the proposal and receive public comments on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 7:00 pm at the Belleayre Mountain Ski Center Overlook Lodge on Route 49A in Highmount, NY.

The draft proposal is posted on the NYS DEC's website. Contact NYS DEC at: (845) 256-3094 to request a hard copy.

Comments on the draft revision of the plan can be submitted to NYS DEC at the Region 3 office as follows: NYS DEC, Region 3, 21 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY 12561 or e-mail to: wprudge@gw.dec.state.ny.us. Written comments will be accepted until September 30, 2013.



Wednesday - 9/18
1:30 PMDraft Hudson River Estuary Habitat Restoration Plan Public Information Meeting
Contact  Dan Miller
demiller@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Norrie Point Environmental Education Center
256 Norrie Point Way, Mills Norrie State Park
Staatsburg, NY, 12580 (845-889-4745)

The meeting will be held in the Captain’s Room.

Directions to Norrie Point can be found on the DEC website

Free parking is available on-site. Handicapped Accessible



5:30 PMEducator Workshop: Project WILD (Suffolk County)
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/2035.html
Contact  Region 1 Education Division
education1@gw.dec.state.ny.us / 631-444-0347

This award-winning workshop offers lessons and activities intended to teach wildlife-based conservation and environmental education to teachers and community leaders. The goal is to foster a sense of stewardship in students grades K-12, promoting responsible actions toward wildlife and related natural resources.  Participants receive a free Project WILD curriculum guide upon completion. www.projectwild.org

Location: DEC Region 1 Headquarters, Stony Brook, Suffolk County

Registration Required: education1@gw.dec.state.ny.us / 631-444-0347



6:00 PMWestward Waters UMP Public Meeting
Contact  Lowville Lands and Forests Office
r6ump@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Lowville Fire Department, Parkway Drive, Lowville, NY

The purpose of the meeting is to provide information about the unit, discuss its history, ecology and current uses, such as forest product sales and recreational use, and to exchange ideas about long-term management. DEC invites municipalities and community members to play an active role in establishing a long-range vision and specific goals for management of these lands, including enhanced access to the lands, which would promote recreational activities such as hiking, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, and more, that benefit the regional economy.



Thursday - 9/19
7:30 AMCitizen Science: The Early Birder
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  Five Rivers
5rivers@gw.dec.state.ny.us

10:30 AMCSC Webinar: Coastal Protection - Lessons from the Netherlands
http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/50845.html
Contact  Office of Climate Change
climatechange@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Last spring, our Climate Smart Community Coordinator for the Long Island Region, David Berg was invited to meet with Dutch policy, research, and design experts in the Netherlands to learn from their hundreds of years of experience managing water.  In this webinar, David will share his new found knowledge and ideas.  According to David “There is much to be learned from a dialogue with the Dutch.”

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.



4:30 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 PMDecomposer Detectives: Secrets Under a Log Thursday
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Roll over logs to reveal the amazing creatures and fungi that call the forest floor their home. Discover what makes them so important to the Woods. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.


 Independence River Wild Forest UMP Public Meeting
Contact  Lowville Lands and Forests Office
r6ump@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Lowville Fire Department, Parkway Drive, Lowville, NY

The purpose of the meeting is to provide information about the unit, discuss its history, ecology and current uses, such as forest product sales and recreational use, and to exchange ideas about long-term management. DEC invites municipalities and community members to play an active role in establishing a long-range vision and specific goals for management of these lands, including enhanced access to the lands, which would promote recreational activities such as hiking, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, and more, that benefit the regional economy.



Friday - 9/20
 BCP Application for 135 Kent Avenue Comment Period Ends
http://www.dec.ny.gov/enb/20130821_not2.html
Contact  Ioana Munteanu-Ramnic
DEC Region 2, DER, 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, NY 11101

Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application from 135 Kent Avenue Management Corp. for a site known as the 135 Kent Avenue site, ID #C224177.

For more information: Phone: (718) 482-4065, E-mail: ixmuntea@gw.dec.state.ny.us.



 BCP Application for Willets Point Development Comment Period Ends
http://www.dec.ny.gov/enb/20130821_not2.html
Contact  Dana Kaplan
DEC Region 2, DER, 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, NY 11101

Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application from Queens Development Group, LLC; QDG URA Corporation; QDG Hotel Partners, LLC; QDG 126th Street Partners, LLC; QDG Parking Partners, LLC; and QDG Retail Partners, LLC for a site known as the Willets Point Development, Site ID #C241146.

For more information: Phone: (718) 482-7541, E-mail: dpkaplan@gw.dec.state.ny.us.



 Public Comment Ends on Preliminary Draft Revisions to PBS and CBS Regulations
http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/92526.html
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
derweb@gw.dec.state.ny.us

DEC is providing Preliminary Drafts for Public Consideration of revised Petroleum Bulk Storage (PBS) and Chemical Bulk Storage (CBS) regulations for comment by stakeholders. Comments may be submitted at any time between August 1, 2013 and September 20, 2013.

Click the web link above to access additional information including a summary and detailed descriptions of the revisions under consideration and preliminary drafts for public comment.

Comments should be emailed to the email address identified above labelled "Contact".




 Ruffed Grouse Hunting Opens in Northern Areas Upstate
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/29457.html
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Note: A 2012-13 hunting license is needed to hunt on any Youth Day in September 2013.

Visit DEC's Small Game Hunting webpage for regulations, license information and more.

Consider participating in the Cooperator Ruffed Grouse Hunting Log to help DEC learn more about grouse populations and habits.



Saturday - 9/21
 Waterfowl Hunting Youth Days - Northeast Zone
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28888.html
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Youth Days are additional days for Junior Hunters only. Young hunters, 12 to 15 years of age, possessing a junior hunting license may hunt ducks, coots, mergansers, Canada geese, and brant on 2 special days in each zone. Daily bag limits for ducks are the maximum allowed during the regular duck season, and 2 per day for Canada geese. Young hunters must be accompanied by a licensed (including current HIP registration and duck stamp) adult hunter, but the adult may not shoot any birds unless the respective regular season is open. Note: A 2012-13 hunting license is needed to hunt on any Youth Day in September 2013.


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 study of the Great Lakes into their classrooms 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. Please note: This workshop will take place aboard The Spirit of Buffalo, departing from downtown Buffalo. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.


10:30 AMMagical Monarch Migration
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Join us as we learn about the monarch butterflies’ long journey to Mexico. Then we will identify males and females, tag, record and release our monarchs for their trip. For adults and children age 8 and older. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.



12:00 PMAnnual Fall Festival
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  5rivers@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Join us for a family-oriented environmental celebration featuring hands-on educational activities, interactive exhibits, interpretive walks and more. Enjoy opportunities to meet live hawks, owls, snakes and turtles up close and personal. Meet Smokey Bear, cast for “backyard bass,” catch a puppet show and enjoy staffed exhibits from a wide range of local conservation partners...all absolutely free of charge! There will also be live music from two fabulous local bands, Nisky Dixie Cats and Acoustic Hartland, and sales of refreshments, plants, used books and birdseed.


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