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For Release: Tuesday, November 6, 2012

State Land Closures on Long Island to be Reassessed Friday

DEC Pheasant and Trout Stocking Postponed

The closure of New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) land in Suffolk and Nassau counties will be reassessed on Friday due to potential inclement weather that may affect the region in the coming days, announced DEC Regional Director Peter A. Scully today. Scheduled DEC pheasant and trout stocking have been postponed due to damage on DEC properties and the need to preserve fuel following the affects of Hurricane Sandy.

Due to reports of a Nor'easter predicted to affect the region later this week, DEC has determined that Long Island state lands must remain closed until at least Nov. 9, when department staff can reassess any further damage that may have occurred due to the additional inclement weather on an already damaged property.

DEC properties will remain closed to all activities, including hunting, hiking and biking. Properties not yet assessed by DEC may pose risks to recreationalists including fallen and weakened trees, weakened tree limbs, impassible trails and uneven and hazardous trail conditions.

DEC pheasant stocking will be postponed until state lands are reopened and fuel impacts from Hurricane Sandy are alleviated.

DEC trout stocking originally scheduled to be completed by November 4 has been postponed and is tentatively scheduled to be completed by November 17.

The DEC Check Station in Ridge will remain unmanned until state lands are re-opened and electricity is restored to the station. Any hunter taking a deer on private or other open lands may contact DEC at (631) 444-0310 to check their deer and obtain additional deer tags.

Reservations for DEC lands that were made prior to the closure of the properties cannot be used for future reservations. Details regarding procedures for hunting reservations will be announced in the coming days.

For additional questions about the closures, please contact DEC Public Affairs at (631) 444-0350.

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