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For Release: Friday, January 15, 2016

DEC to Hold Fin, Fur, and Forest Seminar Series

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Region 5 will hold four presentations this winter as part of the seminar series: Fin, Fur, and Forest. The presentations, presented by DEC staff, will be held at 7 pm on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the DEC Region 5 Office in Warrensburg.

The seminar is designed to provide information to outdoor recreationists and landowners regarding safe and enjoyable outdoor recreation and woodlot management. This is part of DEC's efforts to encourage people to enjoy and manage the State's natural resources through hunting, fishing and private land stewardship.

The presentations are geared for people of all levels of experience. Whether you are just curious about one of the topics, looking to try it for the first time, or have been recreating in the outdoors for many years, you will find useful tips and techniques to make recreation or stewardship more safe and enjoyable. Participants are encouraged to attend one or all of the presentations.

Fin, Fur, and Forest Seminar Schedule

  • January 26, 2016 - Winter Preparedness
    Forest Ranger Mike Bodnar will provide information on how to properly prepare for winter recreation activities including planning for the outing; choosing the proper basic equipment and clothing for weather conditions; and how to handle the unexpected.
  • February 23, 2016 - Managing Your Private Woodlot
    Forester Rich McDermott will provide information on how to define forest management objectives for your land and resources available to help meet your objectives; understanding the forest tax law; management techniques for native species and invasive species; and selecting seed sources for future regeneration.
  • March 22, 2016 - Fishing for Fun
    Fisheries Biologists Jim Pinheiro and Rob Fiorentino will provide information on how to identify popular fish species of NY; what waters are best to find them in; and discuss and demonstrate techniques to help you catch them.
  • April 26, 2016 - Turkey Hunting Tactics
    Wildlife Biologists Melissa Neely and Mike Clark will provide information on the biology and status of the Wild Turkey in NY; how to scout birds and choose a hunting location; choosing hunting gear and clothing; and turkey calling.

All seminars can be attended for free. Attendees should come dressed for the weather a portion of the seminar may include outside demonstrations.

The DEC Warrensburg Office is located at 232 Golf Course Road in Warrensburg, NY. The building is wheelchair accessible. Please provide any requests for specific accommodation to 518-623-1203 at least two weeks in advance.

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