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ENB - Statewide Notices

Public Notice

Pursuant to the Environmental Conservation Law sections 13-0307 and 13-0319, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) hereby gives notice of the following:

Notice of Proposed Rule Making to amend 6 NYCRR Section 41.2 Pertaining to Sanitary Condition of Shellfish Lands in Nassau County. This notice will be published in issue 25 of the State Register, dated June 18, 2008.

For further information please contact:

William Hastback
NYS DEC - Marine Resources Headquarters
205 N. Belle Meade Road, Suite 1
East Setauket, NY 11733-3400
Phone: (631) 444-0479
E-mail: wghastba@gw.dec.state.ny.us


Pursuant to the Environmental Conservation Law sections 3-0301, 13-0105 and 13-0340d, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) hereby gives notice of the following:

Notice of Adoption to amend 6 NYCRR Part 40 relating to Marine Fish (Tautog). This notice will be published in issue 25 of the State Register, dated June 18, 2008.

For further information please contact:

Stephen Heins
NYS DEC - Marine Resources Headquarters
205 N. Belle Meade Road, Suite 1
East Setauket, NY 11733-3400
Phone: (631) 444-0435
E-mail: swheins@gw.dec.state.ny.us


Proposed Designation of Bird Conservation Area

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) with the support of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission are proposing the designation of a new Bird Conservation Area (BCA) in accordance with Article 11 of the Environmental Conservation Law (ECL § 11-0539, 11-2001 and 11-2003). The BCA program provides a comprehensive, ecosystem approach to conserving birds and their habitats on state-owned lands and waters. It also provides for education and research opportunities related to birds and their habitats. Designation of a BCA will not affect existing recreational activities or natural resource protection efforts.

Legislative amendments to the BCA law enacted in summer 2002 require public notice of any proposed designations with a 30-day public comment period following publication of the notice. At this time, OPRHP and NYS DEC propose designation of portions of Albany Pine Bush Preserve in Albany County as the Albany Pine Bush BCA. Fifty BCAs have been designated since the law was enacted in 1997.

The proposed Albany Pine Bush Preserve BCA meets four of the criteria for designation in the BCA law. It is a Migratory Concentration Site; Diverse Species Concentration Site; Individual Species Concentration Site; and Species at Risk Site. There are more than 40 species of Neotropical migratory songbirds that are supported at the Pine Bush during spring and fall migrations including at least 20 species of warblers. Birds associated with pitch pine-scrub oak barrens and pitch pine-oak forest (Whip-poor-will, Brown Thrasher, Pine Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Ovenbird, Common Yellowthroat, Eastern Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, and Field Sparrow) are found here. All but the Whip-poor-will are confirmed or probable breeders. Eastern Towhee was the most abundant bird in pitch pine habitat during breeding season point counts and the third most abundant species in the Preserve. During 2005 point counts, 61 individuals were observed. Twenty individuals were banded on two different dates during fall banding, in 2007. Prairie Warbler was one of the most abundant birds in pitch pine-scrub oak with 27 individuals observed during 2005 point counts. Pine Warbler and Field Sparrow were also abundant. Red-shouldered Hawk (NYS Special Concern) is a confirmed breeder. Two Whip-poor-wills (NYS Special Concern) were heard in 2007 using the Northeast Nightjar Monitoring Protocol. Other Species of Special Concern that have been observed include American Bittern, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Northern Goshawk, Common Nighthawk, Golden-winged Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, and Vesper Sparrow.

OPRHP and NYS DEC will accept comments on the proposed BCA during a 30 day public comment period, which ends July 18. Comments or questions should be addressed to: Thomas B. Lyons, Resource Management, OPRHP, Agency Building #1, Albany, NY 12238, Phone: (518) 474-0409, Fax: (518) 474-7013, E-mail: thomas.lyons@oprhp.state.ny.us. or John Ozard, Nongame and Habitat Unit, NYS DEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4754, Phone: (518) 402-8905, Fax: (518)-402-8925; E-mail: jwozard@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

Additional information on the BCA program and other sites that have been designated can be found on the BCA website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/25341.html.



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