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Wednesday August 17, 2022
 
12:00 AM
https://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/4979.html
Contact  ATTN: Keuka UMP
r8.ump@dec.ny.gov

DEC is revising the Keuka Highlands Unit Management Plan (UMP) and the Keuka Lowlands UMP to create one UMP that details the management objectives for both lands. In preparation for the development of a draft UMP, DEC is seeking public input on the past or future management of these two properties.

The draft of the new “Keuka Unit Management Plan” will be a 10-year management plan to define management goals and objectives for two Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) and five State Forests located in Steuben and Schuyler counties. 

* Pigtail Hollow State Forest
* Urbana State Forest
* Birdseye Hollow State Forest
* Moss Hill State Forest
* Mount Washington State Forest
* Cold Brook WMA
* Waneta – Lamoka WMA

Send comments on combining the UMPs through email to r8.ump@dec.ny.gov or by mail to NYSDEC, Attn: Keuka UMP, State Land Management, 7291 Coon Road, Bath, NY 14810. For questions about the UMP process, call DEC’s Bath office at 607-622-8282. Public comments will be accepted at any time leading up to the development of a formal draft that will be made available for public review and input before finalization.


10:00 AM
http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/1837.html
Contact  716-683-5959
Location  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Dr. Depew, NY 14043 - Map

NIAGARA RIVER/LAKE ERIE (NRLE) CLASSROOM WORKSHOPS

These free workshops are designed to help educators dive into NGSS-aligned watershed education. NRLE Classroom teachers must attend a minimum of 2 summer workshops, but spaces are available for educators not participating in the full program. 3 CTLE Hours.

Enjoy a day on the water while learning about the historical and current impacts on our local watershed as well as restoration efforts. Location: Buffalo Harbor State Park, Gallagher Beach

Register online at https://reinsteinwoods.org/explore/programs-services/educator-workshops/.  

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.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Registration is required for ALL programs unless otherwise indicated.
  • If you call outside of normal business hours, 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 is limited to two programs/month. If you want to sign up for additional programs, you will be added to the waitlist. No limit for virtual programs.
  • Social distancing and mask protocols are subject to change with current COVID guidelines.
  • If you or a family member feels ill, is waiting for COVID test results or have COVID symptoms, please stay at home.
  • 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.

1:00 PM
https://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/125410.html
Contact  New York State Department of Environmental Conservation -- Pesticides, Division of Materials Management
Location  Online / Virtual

DEC Proposes New Rules Prohibiting Glyphosate Use on State Properties --

Proposal Helps Transition Away from Glyphosate-Based Weed Killers

Virtual Public Hearing to be Held on Aug. 17th at 1 PM

Information on how to participate in the hearing 

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced a proposed regulation to prohibit the use of glyphosate on State property to protect public health and environmental resources from exposure to this pesticide. In addition, as part of the proposed regulation, DEC will collect new data to help determine where and how much glyphosate products are used on State property, as well as the potential impacts these pesticides may have.
  
The proposed regulation, required by a recent amendment to New York’s Environmental Conservation Law, would prohibit State departments and agencies, public benefit corporations, and their contractors and subcontractors, from applying glyphosate on State properties under most circumstances. Critical use exemptions in the law include maintenance of critical infrastructure, management of roadside vegetation to ensure public safety, habitat management for the control of invasive species and pests of significant public health importance, noxious weeds injurious to ecosystem health, protection of critical native plant species, and research of glyphosate alternatives. The use of glyphosate under the appropriate circumstances and conditions is highly effective in meeting these control needs. However, under the proposed regulation, glyphosate can only be used on these State properties when there is no actual or significant threat of direct human exposure.

The proposal outlines the documentation required to meet these prerequisites. In addition, the proposed regulation establishes reporting and recordkeeping procedures to assist DEC in its responsibilities to report glyphosate use by State departments and agencies, public benefit corporations, and their contractors or subcontractors on State property.

The comment period on the draft regulation ends on Aug. 22, 2022. The public is encouraged to submit comments in writing to NYSDEC, Pesticide Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Section, Bureau of Pesticides Management, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-7254, or by email to: glyphosateregs@dec.ny.gov.

This follows up on DEC actions earlier this year to protect public health and the environment by restricting the use of products containing the neonicotinoid (“neonic”) insecticides imidacloprid, thiamethoxam, and acetamiprid to help prevent potentially harmful exposure to honeybees and other beneficial insects. DEC is reclassifying certain products containing these neonic insecticides as "restricted use" to ensure applications are limited to trained pesticide applicators in specific situations.

Read more about DEC's pesticides program.



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