For Release: Thursday, August 18, 2011
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to Participate at New York State Fair
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will participate in the New York State Fair, which opens August 25, 2011 and runs through Labor Day, September 5th. DEC will have exhibits at both the Aquarium Building and the Log Cabin Building at the Fair. Both buildings will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day of the Fair.
At the Aquarium Building, various species of live fish will be on display in large tanks. Environmental Conservation Officers will also be on hand to talk to the public about their work and answer questions pertaining to environmental law.
DEC's Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources will sell hunting and fishing licenses on limited days this year. Licenses can be purchased in the Aquarium Building from Thursday, August 25 through Sunday, August 28 and again on Labor Day Weekend, from Saturday, September 3 through Monday, September 5th. A biologist will be on duty to answer hunting and fishing questions on those days when license sales are not operating. In addition, Sportsmen's Education will be located next to license sales during the entire fair, as will the New York Conservation Officers Association.
The Conservationist booth will feature the DEC's educational and eye appealing environmental magazine. The public can sign up for the magazine (and save $2 on a subscription) and enter a contest to win a free lifetime fishing license. No purchase is necessary to enter the contest; so be sure to stop by and put your name in the drawing.
Outside and behind the Aquarium, the DEC will staff a display on the importance of water in New York State and offer free drinking water to the public at the popular "water bar."
At the Log Cabin, the Division of Lands and Forests will have daily free tree giveaways starting at 10:00 a.m. each day. There will also be displays and information regarding the emerald ash borer and other invasive species that pose a threat to New York. Staff will be available throughout the day to educate the public about DEC's programs to control these invasives and what one should do if they discover a pest.
Belleayre Mountain will have a large display and provide handouts, and there will be brochures and information about New York's popular state campgrounds. The Big Bucks Club will have a display and members available to answer questions. DEC's Watchable Wildlife program, Onondaga County's "Save the Rain" campaign, and information from the Environmental Facilities Corporation will also be available in the Log Cabin. Finally, the Adirondack Mountain Club will staff the lean-to along the nature trail that runs behind the log cabin. This year, DEC's nature trail has joined the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA NRCS) nature display to feature a more open trail incorporating both exhibits.
There's something for everyone at DEC's various exhibits, so be sure to incorporate them into your into your visit to the Great New York State Fair.