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For Release: Saturday, November 10, 2012

DEC State Lands Re-Open

State Officials Recommend Public Use Caution While on State Property

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) lands in Suffolk and Nassau counties re-opened Friday, November 9, announced DEC Regional Director Peter A. Scully today. Scheduled DEC pheasant and trout stocking continue to be postponed due to the after effects of Hurricane Sandy.

DEC properties are now open to all activities, including hunting, hiking and biking. Although properties have been assessed to the greatest extent possible, DEC encourages individuals to use caution when using properties and stay alert for weakened trees, weakened tree limbs and unstable trail conditions.

DEC pheasant stocking will not be conducted over the extended holiday weekend, but stocking options will be reassessed on Tuesday, November 13.

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 Hunter Check Station in Ridge will remain closed and unmanned due to a lack of electricity. Any hunter taking a deer may contact DEC at (631) 444-0310 to check their deer and obtain additional deer tags at the Stony Brook Regional Office at 50 Circle Road, Stony Brook. No DEC staff will be on call over the extended weekend.

No daily access permits will be necessary on state lands while the Ridge Check Station remains closed. All public users should carry their three-year seasonal access permit while on DEC properties. The seasonal access permit can be found on DEC's website.

Hunting spot parking will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. Environmental Conservation Officers and Forest Rangers will maintain a presence on state lands over the extended weekend.

Reservations for DEC lands that were made prior to the closure of the properties cannot be used for future reservations.

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

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