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Leaflets Issue #9, February 2014

DEC to Hold Santanoni Winter Open Houses

Skiers enjoy Santanoni in the Adirondacks

President's Day holiday weekend, February 15-17; and the weekend of March 16-17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cross-country skiers and snowshoers will be able to visit both the Gate Lodge and Main Lodge of Camp Santanoni, view displays about the great camp and take interpretive tours with Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) staff. The Artist's Studio, a stone building near the main lodge on the shores of Newcomb Lake, will be open as a warming hut. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate will be available and the public is asked to bring their own cups. Also, the Adirondack Interpretive Center will provide snowshoes to lend to visitors at the Gate Lodge. In addition to the popular 9.8-mile round trip from the Gate Lodge to the Main Lodge, cross-country skiers and snowshoers are encouraged to take the half mile-trail that connects Camp Santanoni to the nearby Adirondack Interpretive Center's 3.6-mile trail system.

DEC Issues Draft Vienna Woods Unit Management Plan

The draft UMP reflects Governor Cuomo's NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative, an effort to improve recreational activities for in-state and out-of-state sportsmen and sportswomen and to boost tourism opportunities throughout the state. Comments will be accepted until March , 2014.

DEC Issues Draft Recreation Management Plant for Kushaqua Tract Conservation Easement Lands

The 18,989-acre Kushaqua Tract is located in the south-central Franklin County towns of Brighton and Franklin. The State of New York holds a working forest conservation easement on the contiguous tract, which is owned by the Lyme Timber Company. Comments on the draft plan will be accepted until February 21, 2014.

Time to Order Your Seedlings

Annual Seedling Sale Under Way

Crabapple provides food for birds

Order your tree and shrub seedlings now! The State Tree Nursery specializes in native and New York-sourced plants so you know they are hardy. Restore stream banks and previously flooded areas with these seedlings, which are small, lightweight and easy to plant. They also provide food, shelter and habitat for wildlife and help keep streams cool for fish.

School Seedling Program

The State Nursery provides free tree seedlings to schools and school-sponsored organizations. Teachers can use the planting process to discuss the benefits trees provide, while including many subjects that their classes are studying. As seedlings mature, the young trees can be a continuing, personalized way of relating what they've learned in books to visible, living examples.

DEC Accepting Applications for 2014 Summer Camp Program

Registration Begins January 22, Camp Begins June 29

Campers enjoying kayaking

Youth 11 through 17-years enjoy week-long adventures in conservation education at DEC's residential summer camps. They participate in a wide variety of outdoor activities such as fishing, bird watching, fly-tying, archery, canoeing, hiking, camping, orienteering and optional hunter safety education. Campers also learn about fields, forests, streams and ponds through fun, hands-on activities and outdoor exploration. DEC counselors teach youth conservation techniques used by natural resource professionals, such as measuring trees and estimating wildlife populations. For more information please visit DEC's website, call 518-402-8014, visit "NYS DEC Summer Camps" on Facebook.

Region 4 Staff Rebuild Diamond Notch Bridge

Staff working on bridge despite the bad weather.

Region 4 Operations and forest rangers recently completed reconstruction of the Diamond Notch Bridge. Located in the Hunter-West Kill Mountain Wilderness, Greene County, the bridge had been washed away by Hurricane Irene.

Reconstruction of the bridge was complicated by the fact that the area was reclassified as "wilderness" a few years ago. This means delivering building materials by motor vehicle is prohibited. To transport the materials-including four 55-foot steel beams-a local horse team had to be hired to haul them more than a mile.

hikers enjoy the nearly complete bridge

To prepare the site for construction, staff had to use a pulley system to move a four-ton rock, and they had to rebuild and stabilize the bridge abutments. In addition, staff had to work fast to beat encroaching winter weather.

DEC Opens Trail to Loon Lake Mountain Fire Tower

A 2.8-mile trail to the fire tower on the summit of Loon Lake Mountain in the northern Adirondacks is complete and open to the public. The new trail includes a parking area and trailhead on the west side of County Route 26 in the Town of Franklin in Franklin County, approximately 4.7 miles north of the hamlet of Loon Lake. The trailhead and the lower portion of the trail are on the Kushaqua Tract Conservation Easement Lands, while the upper portion is on forest preserve lands in the Debar Mountain Wild Forest.

Unit Management Plan Completed for 14 Chautauqua County State Forests

Combined, these state forests encompass more than 17,000 acres. The plan proposes building horse trails on North Harmony and Boutwell Hill State Forests and bike trails on Harris Hill, Hatch Creek and Whalen Memorial State Forests.

The Economic Importance of New York's Forest-Based Economy 2013

Published by the North East State Foresters Association,this report documents the economic value of New York's forest-based economy from logging to wood manufacturing and energy production.

Fran Sheehan Receives Trad Award

Francis Sheehan and Commissioner Martens

Francis Sheehan, Assistant Division Director, Lands and Forests, received the Ernest F. Trad Award, DEC's highest honor for individual employees. Of his many accomplishments and contributions Fran was an original architect of the Open Space planning process which led to the first NYS Open Space Conservation Plan, the blueprint for land acquisition by the state. The development of this document is driven by Regional Advisory Committees with extensive public input. Fran's was also involved in the creation of the NYS Environmental Protection Fund proved integral, and such funding has resulted in conservation of roughly 800,000 acres of fee acquisition and conservation easements. In addition, almost 2.8 billion dollars have been invested in environmental programs, preservation and protection.
The Trad Award was established in 1984 to recognize a person whose ability or special achievements further the department's public service goals. The award is named for the late Ernest F. Trad, longtime director of the former Division of Construction Management.

Maria MoskaLee Named Outstanding Cooperator

Maria, second from left, reveives her award.

Onondaga County Cooperative Extension honored Maria MoskaLee (second from left) as an Outstanding Cooperator for her work in the County on Emerald Ash Borer planning, survey, and management. Maria is a valuable member of the Forest Health team and has gone above and beyond to provide her EAB expertise to the Syracuse and Onondaga County community. She has been working with the Task Force since it began and provides technical advice to all levels of government officials and public and private entities that will be impacted by EAB. This is no small task and Maria has received the highest praise from everyone she works with.

New York Society of American Foresters Present Awards

John Gibbs and the NYS Forester, Robert Davies
John Gibbs and the NYS Forester, Robert Davies

The NYSAF recently presented awards at their annual meeting. Regional Forester, John Gibbs (DEC Region 8) was awarded Forester of the Year for outstanding contributions to the practice and profession of forestry. John was recognized for his leadership in promoting the value and use of public forests, and through the Unit Management Planning process, expanding State Forests for recreation and harvesting. In addition John lead the effort to train foresters and loggers to better understand how to identify and properly handle infected forests.

The NYS Project Learning Tree® (PLT) Steering Committee received the award for Community Service for exceptional forestry and environmental-related services and contributions. PLT is an award winning, multi-disciplinary environmental education program for educators and students in Pre K-grade 12. The committee was recognized for training more than 200 teachers in 2013, alone, and communicating to teachers and children the value of managed forests. Staff members Tom Shimalla and Betsy Ukeritis were given special thanks for their efforts in the program including hosting weekend meetings and recruiting educators, foresters and academics into the Steering Committee.

Did You Know?

New Yorkers burn one million cords of firewood as primary and supplemental sources of home heating each year.

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