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Increased reservoir releases requested due to hot weather conditions

On Monday, June 17, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation requested a release from the 2017 FFMP Thermal Mitigation Bank due to the forecast of sunny and unusually warm conditions. … more

Look Out for Giant Hogweed

Giant hogweed plants are beginning to bloom across many parts of the state, making it a prime time to spot this harmful invasive species. Giant hogweed is a large, flowering plant from Eurasia with … more

Bass Season opens June 15

The open season for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass begins June 15 and extends through Nov. 30. Not only are there plentiful waters to fish for them, but many provide outstanding opportunities to … more

Vacationing or camping in bear country?

If you’re heading out to get away from it all, chances are good you’re heading into bear country. There are lots of simple steps you can take to discourage bears from getting into your … more

‘Love Our New York Lands’ photo contest

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has launched the 2024 ‘Love Our New York Lands’ photo contest. The online contest will feature five monthly themes through … more

Species Spotlight: Largemouth Bass

Scientific Name : Micropterus salmoides Nicknames : bucket mouth, melon head, hawg State Record: 11 lbs. 4 oz., Buckhorn Lake (Otsego County), Sept. 11, 1987 Identification: Dark band … more

Leslie Sharpe: Animal Adaptations

Wild Saturdays is a series of free programming offered once a month from May to October each year at Woodchuck Lodge, 1633 Burroughs Memorial Road, Roxbury, the summer home of John Burroughs. … more

Women Forest Landowners Retreat Sept. 15-18

Women across the mid-Atlantic region who own, care for, or are interested in learning more about forestland are invited to apply now to attend the Women and Their Woods Educational Retreat Sept. … more

Watchable Wildlife: Little Brown Bats

Bats are widely misunderstood. They are not blind and they are not rodents. In fact, most bats see very well and are more closely related to primates and humans than they are to mice or rats. … more

Hike smart - unexpected overnights

Hikers embarking on a shorter day hike may wonder if the hiking essentials are truly essential. The key is to remember that any day hike can unexpectedly turn into an overnight hike, so being … more

If you care, leave them there

It’s spring, and as the weather gets warmer we will start seeing young birds as they begin to learn to fly and prepare to leave the nest. DEC would like to remind everyone that if you care, … more

Recycle Right New York — Pizza Boxes

We all know our pizza is the best, so let’s do it justice and make sure we recycle our pizza boxes correctly. Whether you prefer a thick and doughy Sicilian crust or a thin and crispy … more
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