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Lands and Forests Emergency, Proposed & Recently Adopted Regulations

Emergency Regulations

Currently, there are no emergency regulations.

Proposed Regulations

6 NYCRR Part 575 Prohibited and Regulated Invasive Species

Why we are proposing the new rule:

Invasive species are having a detrimental effect upon the State's natural communities and systems by out-competing native species, including threatened and endangered species, diminishing biological diversity, altering community structure and, in some cases, changing ecosystem processes. To reverse this trend, the proposed regulations were developed by the Department, in cooperation with the Department of Agriculture and Markets. These regulations, once implemented, are expected to help control invasive species, a form of biological pollution, by reducing the introduction of new and spread of existing populations, thereby having a positive impact on the environment.

Description of the rule:

The proposed regulations include a list of prohibited species which shall be unlawful to knowingly possess with the intent to sell, import, purchase, transport or introduce; a list of regulated species which shall be legal to possess, sell, purchase, propagate and transport but may not be knowingly introduced into a free-living state; and require a permit for research, education and other approved activities involving prohibited species and release of regulated species into a free-living state. The rulemaking also specifies the criteria used in making such classifications and a means for future classification of species. The proposed regulations also establish grace periods for certain prohibited species to allow businesses to plan the management of existing stock. For individual species assessments, please see the Links Leaving DEC's Website section of the right column.

Details of the rule development process and public participation process:

The Department filed a Proposed Rule Making with the Department of State to amend 6 NYCRR by promulgating a new Part 575 pertaining to invasive species. The proposed regulations will be published in the State Register on October 23, 2013. A sixty day public comment period will begin on October 23, 2013 and continue through December 23, 2013. Public hearings will be held at four locations across New York State as follows:

Buffalo Tuesday December 10, 2013 at 2:00
DEC Region 9 Headquarters, First Floor Conference Room
270 Michigan Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14203

Syracuse Wednesday December 11, 2013 at 2:00
State Fairgrounds, Martha Eddy Room
581 State Fair Blvd
Syracuse, NY 13209

Albany Monday December 16 at 3:00
DEC Central Office, Public Assembly Room (Floor 1)
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233

Long Island Tuesday December 17 at 2:00
State University of NY at Stony Brook
DEC Region 1 Headquarters, Basement Conference Room
50 Circle Rd
Stony Brook, NY 11790

Agency staff will be available one half hour before the start of the hearings to answer questions.

Public comments:

The public comment period on the proposed rule ended on December 23, 2013. Comments were sent to Leslie Surprenant, NYS DEC, Invasive Species Coordination Unit, 625 Broadway, Floor 5, Albany, NY 12233 or email invasivesregs@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

Recently Adopted Regulations

Currently, there are no recently adopted regulations.

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