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Green Gift Ideas

Ideas for the eco-minded for the holidays and beyond

Hikers will appreciate finding DEC Trails Supporter Patches in their stockings, knowing that proceeds help maintain and enhance non-motorized trails throughout New York State. $5.

The cover of the December 2008 Conservationist showing a merlin in flight
A year's subscription to the Conservationist
is only $12.

The nature enthusiast will be thrilled with a gift subscription to the Conservationist. Print out a Conservationist gift card online. A year's subscription (seven issues) $12.

For the amateur wildlife photographer: Habitat/Access Stamp and lapel pin. Funds help conserve New York's wildlife heritage. $5.

Women practicing archery
Women can learn a whole new set of
fun and useful skills at Outdoors-
Woman camp.

Send your best (female) friend, wife, daughter or mom to camp! Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Registration fees vary.

The gift of a lifetime for the hunter/angler: Lifetime Sporting Licenses Combined hunting, fishing and big game license (New York State residents only) Price varies based on age and category.

Delight the gourmet cook with fresh, locally grown food through shares in a local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm.See "Find a CSA" at right to find one in your area. Share prices vary.

The eco-minded business traveler will be grateful for a stocking full of ...carbon offsets. Carbon offsets can help reduce an individual's carbon footprint by contributing money toward tree-planting or investments in renewable energy. Search the web for "carbon offsets." Prices vary.

Give the gift of your time or help. For example, visit someone who's housebound, or offer to do minor repairs if you're handy.

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