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Leaflets Issue #6, August 2012

In This Issue:

State Fair

skier enjoying her adventure

Syracuse, August 23 - September 3. At the Log Cabin, the Division of Lands and Forests will have daily free tree seedling giveaways from the Saratoga State Tree Nursery starting at 10 a.m. This year, Lands and Forests is launching Make Your Own Adventure. Visitors can view a video with original music, displaying the diversity and beauty of lands managed by DEC and the variety of outdoor recreation available on these lands. Additional materials will explain how to get more information on visiting DEC lands and what people can do on their own adventure. There will also be information about the emerald ash borer and other invasive species that pose a threat to New York. Staff will be available throughout the day to answer questions. A link to the NYS Fair website can be found in the right column of this page.

Grant Opportunity

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

This request for proposals is intended to provide federal funding for projects that address significant issues or landscapes as identified in the state's Forest Action Plan (60829). The FY2013 CARP is divided into two main categories: State & Private Forestry (S&PF) Competitive Allocation ("Redesign Grants") and the Forest Fire Hazard Mitigation. Redesign Grant proposals must be related to the issues and strategies identified in the Action Plan, whereas Forest Fire Hazard Mitigation proposals are to focus on hazardous wildland fuel treatments, community/homeowner education. The deadline for submitting proposals to the State Forester is Friday, September 28, 2012.

Acquisition of Former Finch Pruyn Lands

Largest Addition to the State Forest Preserve in 117 Years

map of Adirondack Park showing lands to be acquired

Governor Cuomo and Commissioner Martens recently announced the planned acquisition of 69,000 acres of the former Finch Pruyn and other Nature Conservancy lands throughout the Adirondacks. As the properties come into state ownership, the State will develop recreation plans to encourage public access and appropriate use of the properties while protecting natural resource values. The opening of this land to the public will provide abundant opportunities for premier hunting, fishing, hiking, paddling, camping, mountain biking snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.

First EAB Find at a DEC Campground

Discovery Part of New York State's EAB Early Detection Program

The emerald ash borer is smaller than a penney.

An Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) beetle was found in the Catskill Forest Preserve at a state-owned campground by a DEC employee from a purple prism trap that was placed in DEC's Kenneth L. Wilson campground in the Town of Woodstock, Ulster County. As the first EAB find in a DEC campground, it highlights the threat EAB poses to New York campgrounds and the Catskill Forest Preserve. Read more about firewood and invasive insects that kill our trees.

Newest Raquette River Canoe Access Site Officially Opens in Region 6

staff, partners and volunteers stand near the put-in point on the Raquette River. Photo: Carolyn Kaczka
Supervising Forester Pat Whalen, 2nd from left,
with stakeholders & volunteers near the put-in point
on the Raquette River - Photo: Carolyn Kaczka

A canoe and cartop boat access trail to the Raquette River at Moody Falls in the Town of Colton, St. Lawrence County had its official opening on Sunday, July 29. The access site is located off State Route 56 north of Seveys Corners on lands owned by Lyme Adirondack Timberlands and subject to a conservation easement held by DEC. The new trail leads down to the Raquette River upstream of Moody Falls. The project includes a four-car parking lot and improved road access.

Foresters from the Potsdam Office worked with Lyme to design the access road, parking area and water access sites. DEC Operations then created the parking area, upgraded the road and installed signs. Volunteers from the Laurentian Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club and SUNY Canton brushed out the new trail to the river.

The official opening was part of Raquette River Awareness week. The Raquette River is the second-longest river in New York State at 174 miles, from its source at Blue Mountain Lake in the middle of the Adirondacks to the St. Lawrence River at Akwesasne. The official opening of the access trail was one of dozens of events throughout the week all along the river.

Wood Flooring Myth Buster

Myth: I want wood floors in my new house. But isn't it bad to cut trees?

Busted! Wood flooring is one of the most environmental choices you can make.

We hear a lot in the news about deforestation - the permanent removal of a forest or large area of trees - and it is a very real problem in some parts of the world but not in the northeastern US. New York has actually been gaining forestland over the last 100 years.

Trees are a renewable resource when forests are managed sustainably -providing goods (timber) and services (clean air and water) now and for future generations. When trees are cut in our forests, seedlings and young trees take their place. Maple, oak and cherry are some of the most common trees in our forests. They make wonderful floors and furniture.

Think about the alternatives to wood products - if you can't grow it, you have to mine it. If the raw material for your floors and furniture is not wood, it would need to be stone, metal or an oil-derived product like vinyl, none of which are renewable resources.

The U.S. Forest Service recently released a report stating that using wood in building products yields fewer greenhouse gases than using other common materials. The use of wood provides incentives for private landowners to keep their land as forest, which is important because the majority of forestland protecting our drinking water in New York -76%-is privately owned.

Many variables affect the "environmental" quality of a product: How was the forest managed? How far did the timber travel to be processed? Where was the final product made? Consumers can look for "green certification" by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) to be sure they are getting wood products from a sustainably managed forest.

Wood makes our homes beautiful and liveable. It's a great environmental choice.

Note: Myth Busters are found in Green Living - another DEC e-newsletter that provides tips and resources for making environmentally responsible choices in your daily life.

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