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Leaflets Issue #2, October 2011

In This Issue:

Forest Lands Suffer Damage, Closures Following Hurricane

DEC staff stands in a washed-out trail.

Besides destruction of communities and private property, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee damaged resources on public lands. Forest Preserve and State Forest lands experienced flooding, dam breaks, road, trail and bridge washouts, downed trees and mudslides.

DEC Lands and Forests staff from across the state are working with Student Conservation Association members and Forest Rangers to provide passable and safe routes for the public. In some instances, trail crews are hiking into remote areas and spending the night in order to reach damaged trails. See Adirondack Preserve Trail information and Catskill Preserve trail information for updates.

See more damage and cleanup photos.

Photography Contest - Last Call for Submissions

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The deadline for the Celebrating New York's Forests photography contest is November 1, 2011. The contest marks 2011 as the United Nations International Year of Forests and serves to increase awareness of the importance of all types of forests. In addition, Governor Cuomo recently declared 2011 to be the New York Year of Forests.

U.S. Forest Service Announces Competitive Allocation Request for Proposals (CARP)

On September 23, 2011, the U.S. Forest Service, Northeastern Area, issued a request for proposals for competitive funding to support priorities identified in the state's Forest Action Plan, also known as the Forest Resource Assessment and Strategy (FRAS). The deadline for submission to DEC is November 30, 2011, in order for the State Forester to review and submit proposals to the Forest Service by December 15, 2011. Proposals submitted after the November 30 deadline will not be guaranteed review or submittal by the State Forester. The three project categories include:

  1. National State and Private Forestry Competitive Resource Allocation (Redesign Grants)
  2. Forest Fire Hazard Mitigation
  3. Forest Health Management and Treatments.

Plants Available for Fall Planting from the State Nursery

container stock at the State nursery

The State Nursery at Saratoga has limited supplies of plug container stock available for fall planting. Species include: Norway spruce, white spruce, red spruce, Meyer's spruce, balsam fir, tamarack, red oak, red maple, hemlock, and pitch pine. $30 per unit of 50 seedlings (5-14 inches tall, depending on species). Call Dave or Mike at the Nursery (518-581-1439) to check availability or to place an order.

Updated Regulations

Section 190.32 Otter Creek Trail System Assembly Area - A 30 day comment period will begin October 19 and end November 18, 2011.

Section 196.5 Operation of Mechanically Propelled Vessels on Certain Bodies of Water - becomes effective January 1, 2012 and appeared in the State Register on October 19, 2011.

Lake Champlain Basin Trees For Tribs

DEC staff planting trees

DEC recently kicked off the Lake Champlain Basin "Trees for Tribs" program with a press event and community tree planting along public and private river and stream corridors in the Ausable River Valley. The trees, provided by the State Tree Nursery at Saratoga and planted by volunteers, will shore up eroded stream banks, protect property from flood damage and improve wildlife habitat.

Lands and Forests Staff Honored with Peter Berle Award

Winner: Acquisition of Hemlock and Canadice Lakes

DEC Commissioner Joe Martens recently recognized DEC two important projects undertaken by the Division of Lands and Forests staff were recipients of the Peter Berle Memorial Award, in memory of former Commissioner Peter Berle. The award was created to recognize a team of staff for work on a project or program that has made an outstanding contribution to environmental stewardship.

The winning project preserved and protected the last two undeveloped Finger Lakes, which have supplied drinking water to Rochester for more than 130 years. The lakes also are prime fish and wildlife habitat. Two pairs of bald eagles now nest in the watershed, and in the 1970s -- when the bald eagle was in serious trouble throughout the United States -- the only nest in New York was at Hemlock Lake. The two lakes also support a premier cold water trout fishery. This project was made possible with funds from the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF). See the new Hemlock Canadice State Forest web page for recreation opportunities and facilities. Honored for their efforts on this project were John Keating, Francis Sheehan, John Gibbs, Jeanne Konz, Dave Major, Randy Nemcek, Keith Matteson.

Special Recognition: Kingston Emerald Ash Borer Delimitation Survey

This project determined the extent and distribution of the newly discovered emerald ash borer (EAB) infestation in the Hudson Valley/Catskill region in winter 2010-11. The swift detection enabled DEC to develop and implement management options to reduce EAB population density and slow expansion of the infestation in New York by spring 2011. The project was the largest coordinated EAB survey of this type ever undertaken. The core team included DEC's Jeff Wiegert, Jeff Rider, Jerry Carlson, Mike Callan, Matt Paul, Amy Walsh, Frank Curtin, Rich Hasbrouck, Mike Greason (deceased), as well as Central Hudson Gas & Electric's Chris DeRoberts and Mark Mulpeter, Dr. Nate Siegert of the U.S. Forest Service, and private landowner Mike DeCola.

Why Leaves Turn Color

sugar maple leaf in fall color

Autumn is here with its brilliant fall foliage. Even though it looks as if there is a specific purpose for changing color (as when birds have breeding plumage), it is really a coincidence resulting from the necessary processes preparing a tree for winter. In short, the yellow and orange pigments are in the leaf all summer, but their color is masked by chlorophyll, which gives leaves their green color. As the food production of the leaf shuts down at the end of the summer, chlorophyll diminishes, revealing yellows and oranges. Starting in late summer, the tree creates red and violet colors (known as anthocyanins) to act as a sun block. As the chlorophyll levels are depleted, the leaf cannot use all the sun's energy that hits it. Anthocyanins absorb the excess energy so that the sun's rays don't damage leaf tissues. Learn more about why leaves turn color.

DEC staff chipping confiscated firewood

Emerald Ash Borer Update

Revised Quarantine

On July 13, 2011, an EAB was found in a purple prism trap hung at the West Point campus. New York's quarantine restricting the movement of ash products out of certain counties now includes Orange County as well as Ulster and Greene counties in eastern New York.

Ramped-up Enforcement of Quarantine

After two years of education and outreach about New York State's firewood regulation and the emerald ash borer quarantines, DEC has stepped up enforcement efforts to reduce the spread of invasive forest pests and diseases.

During 2011 enforcement:

ECOs and Forest Rangers with confiscated wood
  • Over a dozen firewood enforcement actions took place statewide.
  • Environmental Conservation Officers and Forest Rangers responded to numerous complaints of illegally transported firewood and regulated material.
  • About 40 citations were issued, including 2 EAB quarantine violations.
  • Approximately 120 warnings, both verbal and written, were issued.

The good news is many people are abiding by the new regulations and quarantines. During enforcement events, over 50 instances of firewood being transported in compliance with the NYS Firewood Regulation were identified.

Adirondack Park Communities Get Smart Growth Grants

A total of $500,000 is being awarded for projects that link sustainable development, environmental protection and community livability. More information on Smart Growth in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks.

Urban and Community Forestry Grant Winners Announced

More than 60 cities, villages, towns and not-for-profit organizations across the state have been chosen to receive grants from the state's Environmental Protection Fund (EPF). The selected projects involve community tree planting, tree inventories and management plan development, as well as green infrastructure projects such as rain gardens and green roofs.

Recent Conservationist Articles Relating to Forests

* Forests for the People by Josh Clague
* Wonderful Wood by Gloria Van Duyne
* Conservation Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow by Karin Verschoor, Eileen Stegemann and Dave Nelson - One hundred years ago the Conservation Department, DEC's precursor, was created.

Additional Photos Showing Damage and Cleanup from Hurricane Irene

Dam failure at Duck Hole
Dam failure at Duck Hole
Duck Hole drained because of dam failure
Duck Hole drained because of dam failure

mudslide on Lower Wolfjaw Mountain
Mudslide on Lower Wolfjaw Mountain
Mudslide on Lower Wolfjaw Mountain
Mudslide on Lower Wolfjaw Mountain

A man standing among the debris from mudslide
Mudslide on Lower Wolfjaw Mountain
Adirondack Loj bridge
Adirondack Loj Bridge

Marcy Dam before Hurricane Irene
Marcy Dam before Hurricane Irene
Marcy Dam without bridge after storm
Marcy Dam without bridge after storm

Student Conservation Association team uprighting Hudson Bridge
Student Conservation Association team uprighting Hudson Bridge
work on Calamity Brook Trail
Work on Calamity Brook Trail

DEC staff clearing trails
DEC staff clearing trails
DEC staff clearing trails
DEC staff clearing trails

Newly reconstructed bridge on Hurricane Trail
Newly reconstructed bridge on Hurricane Trail
brook in Siamese Ponds Wilderness
Brook in Siamese Ponds Wilderness

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