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Wednesday June 16, 2021
9:00 AM
Contact  Stacy Preusser

  NYSDEC is seeking volunteers to assist with invasive plant removal at Doodletown Wildlife Management Area in the Town of Ancram, Columbia County, on June 16th and 17th from 9 am to 3 pm. The goal is to limit invasive plants such as barberry, autumn olive, and invasive honeysuckle that may colonize habitat being restored for New England cottontail, New York’s only native rabbit. Habitat restoration is a method used to help stabilize New England cottontail populations, which is under threat due to habitat loss and competition from non-native Eastern cottontail.

Volunteers are asked to meet approximately 1.5 miles up Westfall Road, Ancram NY (look for the kiosk and yellow gate), please note this area has poor cell phone coverage. Also wear clothes suitable for working in briars, bring tick deterrent spray, and your own snacks and water. Volunteers will be taught to identify and remove invasive plants. In the event of heavy rain, we will reschedule for 6/23 and 6/24.

Please contact Stacy Preusser: 518-949-5903 (voice message or text) or email: 

1:00 PM
Contact  716-683-5959
Location  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Dr. Depew, NY 14043 - Map

Together, kids and their parents or caregivers can enjoy a fun hour-long outdoor activity. For children in grades K-5.

We welcome those who have any type of physical challenge to all our programs. If you call ahead to let us know your needs, we will be happy to learn how we can serve you.


  • Pre-registration is required for ALL programs; call 716-683-5959 to register for an in-person program. For virtual programs, please register online at
  • You must pre-register by phone; you will receive a call confirming your registration or waitlist status. PLEASE SPEAK CLEARLY when leaving your name and phone number as our system does not have caller ID. Unless you receive a callback, you are not registered. *Registration for popular programs is limited to 3 people per party.
  • All participants are required to wear a mask; social distancing of 6 feet or more will be practiced whenever possible. 
  • In case of poor weather, programs may be cancelled.
  • We cannot accommodate organized youth/civic groups at these programs. Please call to make other arrangements.

2:00 PM
Location  Online / Virtual

Got questions about this year's gypsy moth caterpillar outbreak? Tune in to hear all about the gypsy moth from DEC forester Rob Cole. Bring your questions and Rob will answer them live. 

For more information about gypsy moths >>

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