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For Release: Wednesday, November 27, 2013

DEC Offers Outdoor Magazine Half Price From Black Friday Through Cyber Monday

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is offering its flagship publication, New York State Conservationist magazine, for half price beginning Black Friday, November 29, through Cyber Monday, December 2, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. Normally sold online for $12 for seven issues, DEC is offering the magazine for $6 during this time only.

"For more than 68 years, Conservationist has highlighted all that makes New York's outdoors great," said Commissioner Martens. "Our diverse ecosystem, incredible natural resources and world-class outdoor destinations give millions of residents and tourists a unique opportunity to experience the great outdoors at its best. For half off the regular subscription price of the Conservationist on new orders or renewals, this would make a great holiday gift this season."

Through beautiful photography, captivating artwork and interesting feature articles, the award-winning Conservationist informs and entertains readers about the Empire State's fish, wildlife and outdoor recreation opportunities. Regular features like On Patrol offer a glimpse into the interesting and sometimes humorous daily work of environmental conservation officers and forest rangers. Letters from subscribers share what people are seeing in their own back yards, and Ask the Biologist will help you identify wildlife and understand wildlife behavior. The recurring What is it? feature challenges readers to identify part of a plant or animal from an extreme close-up view.

Recent articles on wild boars, bobcats, hawk migration, the Woodsmen's Field Days in Boonville, tracking dogs and wildlife health have generated much interest among Conservationist subscribers. Upcoming issues will feature articles on river otters, access to state lands, historic plane crashes, European hares and Niagara Falls. Readers of the Conservationist can always find information on critter profiles, day hikes and excellent places to view wildlife. Everything from brook trout to bears, from acid rain to Zoar Valley, can be found in its pages.

As a special bonus, Conservationist for Kids, a pencil-friendly pullout directed at younger readers, is included with your subscription three times a year.

To order online, visit DEC's website and click on the Conservationist icon, or visit www.theconservationist.org. You can also call 1-800-678-6399 and mention the 50 percent-off, Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale.

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