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Tuesday April 5, 2022
10:00 AM
Location  Online / Virtual

Tune in for a very special Facebook LIVE in honor of the upcoming spring planting season. Join gameshow host Birch Leaf as he helps a new homeowner interview three tree species to find out which is best for his property. Which one are you "root"ing for? 

2:00 PM
Contact  DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation

The first virtual public comment hearing for Proposed 6 NYCRR Part 375 will be held on April 5, 2022 via Webex (virtual platform).

Hearing #1

Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Time: 2:00 PM

Attendee Link (Leaves DEC website)

Meeting Access No: 2348 402 6653 #
Event password: Apr5-2PM
Audio Access Dial: 518-549-0500
Enter Meeting Access No: 2348 402 6653 #

Click the web link above at "Additional Information" to learn more about the proposal.

4:00 PM
Contact  New York State Department of Envrionmental Conservation

New York State Climate Action Council Public Hearing Scheduled

April and May Public Hearings at Upstate and Downstate Locations to Provide Public Opportunities to Share Input on Draft Scoping Plan
Public Comment Period Extended through June 10, 2022

New York State's 22-member Climate Action Council, established under the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), will hold 10 public hearings across the State to receive public input on the Draft Scoping Plan and advance work on a Final Scoping Plan to guide the implementation of the State's nation-leading climate goals under the CLCPA.

The Council released the Draft Scoping Plan on Dec. 30, 2021, and is accepting public comments on the draft through June 10, 2022. The Council extended the comment period beyond 120 days to allow for additional public input.

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Co-Chairs of the Climate Action Council, today announced eight in-person hearings in locations across the State, as well as two virtual hearings. In-person hearings will also be live-streamed to allow for remote viewing of the proceedings. All persons, organizations, corporations, and government agencies are encouraged to attend the public hearings and to submit oral or written comments.

Climate Action Council Public Hearing Scheduled

Tuesday, April 5, 2022 4:00 PM Bronx  -- Bronx Community College
 Roscoe Brown Student Center
 Hall of Fame Play House
 2155 University Avenue
 Bronx, NY 10453

If in-person hearings cannot be held due to changing COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, hearings will shift to virtual at the same date and time. Each participant will be given two minutes to address the Climate Action Council. Lengthy statements should be submitted in writing and summarized for oral presentation. PowerPoint presentations are not allowed, but individuals may provide written supporting documents or visuals.

Pre-registration is encouraged but not required for the in-person hearings. Priority in seating and speaking will be given to those who pre-register. Individuals can pre-register at the Climate Act website.

Members of the public who want to provide oral comment must attend either in-person or join a virtual hearing. Equal weight will be given to oral and written statements.

Written comments can be submitted through June 10, 2022, via the online public comment form, via email to, or via U.S. Mail to Attention: Draft Scoping Plan Comments, NYSERDA, 17 Columbia Circle, Albany, NY 12203-6399.

For more information about the New York State Climate Action Council, visit the Climate Act website.

11:45 PM
Contact  Region 7 Forestry

DEC encourages the public to comment on the draft update to the Newfield Unit Management plan, which covers Newfield and Cliffside state forests in Tompkins and Schuyler counties. The updated plan will guide management on the 2,529 acres covered by these properties over the next 10 years. 

Comment Deadline: Sunday, June 5, 2022

To Submit Comments: 

Tim Day, Forester
1285 Fisher Ave.
Cortland, NY 13045

R7., subject line "Newfield Unit"

Visit DEC's Recreation and Unit Management Plan webpage to view the draft document. Highlights of the plan include:

  • maintaining a newly established 0.8-mile trail offering motorized access for visitors with mobility impairments;
  • partnering with a snowmobile club to provide 1.4 miles of snowmobile trails;
  • installing forest identification signs; and
  • implementing sustainable practices for forest management to maintain forest health and improve carbon sequestration

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