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Week of 22 September, 2013
Sunday - 9/22
 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.


2:00 PMBirding 101
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Learn tips for watching birds and how to use binoculars. For adults and children age 8 and older. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.


Monday - 9/23
 Comment Period Ends - Proposed Changes to Section 40.1 for Atlantic Menhaden
http://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/34113.html#part40section1
Contact  Kim McKown
NYSDEC 205 North Belle Mead Road, Suite 1 East Setauket, NY 11733

This rulemaking is necessary to implement Amendment 2 of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) Atlantic Menhaden Fishery Management Plan (FMP) to decrease harvest by 20 percent in order to end overfishing on the stock and remain in compliance with the plan.



6:00 PMBuffalo River Restoration Public Meeting
http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/54166.html
Contact  region9@gw.dec.state.ny.us

September 23, 2013, 6:00 p.m.
Old First Ward Community Center
62 Republic Street

September 2013 Update: Buffalo River Environmental Cleanup Begins this fall - Habitat Restoration to Follow. Learn More about the Buffalo River dredging project at a Public Meeting. Project expected to be completed in 2015. The Restoration Partners are working with river users to minimize disturbances. Please notify us if you are a river user, either commercial or recreational, so that we can coordinate schedules when possible. We also have speakers, a project mailing list and this website for continual updates.



 Permit Application from NYC Department of Parks and Recreation
http://www.dec.ny.gov/enb/20130828_not2.html
Contact  Harold Dickey
Division of Environmental Permits, 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, NY 11101-5407

Lehman College's Lovinger Theater (in the Music Building), 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx, New York 10468

NYC Department of Parks and Recreation has applied for a Freshwater Wetlands Permit to change the surface and width of the Putnam Rail TrailFreshwater Wetlands Permit to change the surface and width of the Putnam Rail Trail. All persons, organizations, corporations or government agencies that may be affected by the project are invited to attend the hearing session to submit oral or written comments. Please go to the web page listed above for detail of the hearing and comments.


Tuesday - 9/24
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 PMDraft Hudson River Estuary Habitat Restoration Plan Public Information Meeting
Contact  Dan Miller
demiller@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Columbia Greene Community College
4400 Route 23
Hudson, NY 12534 (518-828-4181)

The meeting will be held in the Professional Academic Center, Saland Room (Room 604). Directions to Columbia Greene Community College can be found on the their website at: http://www.sunycgcc.edu/aboutCGCC/directions.cfm

Free parking is available on campus. Handicapped Accessible.



Wednesday - 9/25
 Early Canada Goose Hunting Season - Final Day Upstate
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28496.html
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

 NOIs and SWMP Plan Comment Period Ends -
http://www.dec.ny.gov/enb/20130828_not0.html
Contact  David Follansbee
Bureau of Water Permits, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-3505

The Department has received a Notice of Intent (NOI) to be covered under the MS4 Permit from the following entity:

Region 3 Orange County

MS4 Owner/Operator: Incorporated Village of South Blooming Grove
P.O. Box 295
Blooming Grove, NY,10914

Written comments must be submitted to the following addresses within 28 days August 28, 2013).

a. E-mail: stormh2o@gw.dec.state.ny.us with subject heading "MS4 ENB Notice"
b. MS4 stormwater coordinators as identified in the NOI or SWMP



8:30 AMSchools and Day Care Centers Grounds and Pest Management Training
http://nyturftraining.com
Contact  Division of Materials Management
518-402-8652

The NYSDEC is sponsoring a free full day workshop on grounds and pest management with alternatives to pesticides at schools and day care centers. Grassroots Environmental will provide introductory training at these workshops on the basic elements of managing grounds and related pest populations for administrators and grounds managers at schools and day care centers. The training will take place at Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage, NY 11804. Visit the link to register.



6:00 PMSt Lawrence River and Massena Area Ecosystem Update
Contact  Stephen Litwhiler
r6info@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Massena Town Hall, 60 Main Street, Massena

The meeting will provide information about water quality in the St Lawrence, Grasse, Raquette and St Regis Rivers around Massena. Presentations will be given about the review of plankton studies that had been conducted; studies being conducted by the St Regis Mohawk tribe on the area's fish and wildlife; the Cornwall side of the river; and more to be announced.



6:30 PMCommunity Meeting On $19.5M Environmental Grant Program In Brooklyn
Contact  Michelle Moore
mmmoore@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Next Wednesday, September 25, the Office of Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and the state Department of Environmental Conservation will host a meeting on the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund ("GCEF") to offer guidance to community members with viable environmental improvement projects. The $19.5 million fund was established with money paid by ExxonMobil in a 2011 settlement with New York State related to a massive oil spill in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The settlement requires the company to fully clean up the spill and pay $19.5 million to fund local environmental benefit projects.

Location: Warsaw Polish National Home, 261 Driggs Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
 


Thursday - 9/26
7:30 AMCitizen Science: The Early Birder
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  Five Rivers
5rivers@gw.dec.state.ny.us

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.


7:00 PMPublic Informational Meeting on the Forest Health of Sand Flats State Forest
Contact  Lowville Lands and Forests Office
r6info@gw.dec.state.ny.us

DEC will be holding an informational meeting at the Boonville Town Hall, 13149 New York Route 12, Boonville, NY 13309. The meeting will be held to discuss forest management activities due to forest insect and disease infestation on Sand Flats State Forest.

Explanations will be provided by NYS DEC staff regarding the fungal disease and health condition of Sand Flats State Forest as well as different management actions proposed to address the problem. Most of the management actions will be to clearcut the affected stands to salvage the 600 acres of wood fiber from the dying trees. Explanations will be given regarding plans to prepare the site for reforestation through planting or naturally regenerating the stands.

The public will be allowed in the Town Hall building at 6:00 p.m. A formal presentation by NYS DEC staff will begin at 7:00 p.m. explaining the problem and plans to address it. NYS DEC staff will be available to answer questions following the presentation.

The Sand Flats State Forest is located in the Town of Lyonsdale. Lewis County, New York.



Friday - 9/27
 Archery Deer and Bear Season Opens in Northern Zone
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28605.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 Big Game Hunting webpage for details on regulations, license and permit information and more.


 BCP application for Former Commercial Laundry Comment Ends
http://www.dec.ny.gov/enb/20130828_not2.html
Contact  John Durnin
DER, Remedial Bureau B, 625 Broadway, 12th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-7016

NYS DEC has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application with Draft Remedial Investigation Work Plan from 853 Lexington LLC for a site known as the Former Commercial Laundry, site ID #C224180. This site is located at 853 Lexington Avenue 11221, in the City of Brooklyn, within the County of Kings.

Contact: John Durnin, NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Remediation, Remedial Bureau B, 625 Broadway, 12th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-7016, Phone: (518)402-9768, E-mail: jedurnin@gw.dec.state.ny.us



Saturday - 9/28
 BCP application for 261 Hudson Street Development Comment Ends
http://www.dec.ny.gov/enb/20130814_not2.html
Contact  Randy Hough
NYS DEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-7016, (518) 402-9767,

The department has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application and a Remedial Action Work Plan from Bridge Land Hudson, LLC for a site known as the 261 Hudson Street Development, site ID #C231084. This site is located in the City of New York, within the County of New York, and is located at 261 Hudson Street. Comments regarding this application must be submitted no later than September 28, 2013.



 Pheasant Hunting Youth Days - Northern and Eastern Areas Upstate
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/29453.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.

Youth hunters, ages 12-15, must possess a junior hunting license and be accompanied by a licensed adult hunter. Only junior hunters are allowed to possess a firearm or harvest birds during the special youth hunt weekend.

See DEC's Pheasant Release Sites webpage for information on release sites in your area.



 Waterfowl Hunting Youth Days - Lake Champlain and Southeast 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.


9:00 AMNational Hunting & Fishing Day at DEC's Ridge Hunter Check Station
http://www.SuffolkAlliance.org
Contact  Region 1 Headquarters
(631) 789-2480 r1info@gw.dec.state.ny.us

On Saturday, September 28, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will celebrate the 42nd Annual National Hunting and Fishing Day, in collaboration with the Suffolk Alliance of Sportsmen at DEC’s Hunter Check Station in Ridge (Suffolk County).

DEC’s Check Station is ¼ mile west of Wm. Floyd Pkwy/CR46, ¼ mile north of Route 25.

From LIE exit 68: Wm Floyd Pkwy/CR46, North to Rte 25. West on Rte 25, ¼ mile to Randall Road (Gas Station). Turn right (North) onto Randall. Go ¼ mile to entry, on left.

From Sunrise Hwy: Wm. Floyd Pkwy north. Then, follow same directions as from LIE.

Enjoy a day of exhibits and demonstrations including: free kids’ fishing derby with prizes, Rough Riders Cavalry Troop re-enactment; archery demonstrations and lessons for children; bait and fly casting demos; black powder demos; decoy displays; hunting and retrieving dog demos; falconry exercises, horse show, taxidermy display; trapping display.

Representatives from the Central Pine Barrens Commission, Suffolk County Parks Department, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Dept., national, state and county federations, as well as numerous clubs and exhibitors will be in attendance. Free entertainment including kids’ fishing derby with prizes, pumpkins and face painting.



 National Hunting and Fishing Day at the Salmon River Hatchery
Contact  Salmon River Hatchery
reg7info@gw.dec.state.ny.us

The 18th annual Salmon River Open House and Family Day will be held in conjunction with the celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day.  The Salmon River Hatchery is located on County Rt. 22 in Altmar, NY and admission is free

There will be activities, seminars and demonstrations throughout the day geared for learning and fun. Salmon River Corridor outdoor recreational opportunities will be highlighted in each program.  Activities, programs and demonstrations will be geared towards hands-on activities for youth and children.



10:00 AM13th Annual Fall Festival
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/68006.html
Contact  rwnp@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Kick off the fall season by spending a day in the woods. Enjoy crafts for kids, live animals, hands-on activities, food, live music by Mama Earth and more! See http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/68006.html for more information. No registration required for this event.


 National Hunting and Fishing Days
Contact  Randy Nemecek
rxnemece@gw.dec.state.ny.us

2:00 PMMeet the Artists: The Seasons of Five Rivers
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1835.html
Contact  5rivers@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Join us for a presentation by well-known Capital Region bird experts and avid shutterbugs Scott Stoner and Denise Hackert-Stoner as we open their eye-popping photography exhibition entitled, “The Seasons of Five Rivers” in celebration of National Public Lands Day. From flowing streams to tranquil ponds, from fields to woods to bird feeders, Five Rivers’ varied habitats draw abundant wildlife to its 500 acres. Along with 225 bird species, Five Rivers has turtles, frogs and mammals, plus a wide variety of flowers—a veritable feast for the naturalist in all seasons. The award-winning nature photography of Scott and Denise, founders of “Naturelogues,” has been exhibited in many galleries throughout New York’s Capital Region. Their work has appeared in numerous publications, including Birder’s World, New York State Conservationist and the recently released, New York Wildlife Viewing Guide. Please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 for more information. This program is free and open to the public.


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