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Volume 66, Number 2

October, 2011

Read the entire issue, cover to cover (PDF)

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A silver-colored fire patrol button from the former New York Forest Fish and Game Commission

Conservation Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Conservation Department

by Karin Verschoor, Eileen Stegemann and Dave Nelson

page 2

A man fishing in New York City

Fishing's Great in New York...City?

by James MacDonald

page 8

Two male hikers stand at one end of the Northville-Placid trail below the sign

Eight Days

Thru-hiking the Northville-Placid Trail

by Peter Nye and John Privitera

page 12

A male deer standing in the forest

First Buck at 49!

by Thomas Monahan

page 18

A close-up of the pink flowers of turtlehead


Wildflower profile

by Barbara Nuffer

page 20

A toy train and tracks made from wood

Wonderful Wood

Forest products are part of everyday life

by Gloria Van Duyne

page 21

A detail of a painting showing a squirrel at the base of a tree with nuts, leaves and pinecones

Nature on Paper

Sampling of autumn works by artist Mark Verna

page 24

A group of people hiking on a trail in early fall

Home Sweet Home on the Rensselaer Plateau

A discovery hike of a unique area near the Capital District

by Fred DeMay

page 28

The logo of the Venison Donation Coalition

Hunters Helping Out

The Venison Donation Coalition helps feed those less fortunate

by Ellen Bidell

page 34


On Patrol

Real Stories from Conservation Officers and Forest Rangers in the Field

by ECO Lt. Tom Caifa and Forest Ranger Lt. John Solan

page 33


by Jenna Kerwin and Eileen Stegemann

page 36


Includes feature: Ask the Biologist

by Eileen Stegemann and Jenna Kerwin

page 38

Back Trails

Discovering Adirondack

by Terra Osterling

page 40