NYS Celebrates National Pollinator Week

NYLON — The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Agriculture and Markets is commemorating National Pollinator Week this week. According to a press release from the DEC and Agriculture and Markets, June 19 through the 25 New York State will be celebrating with several events highlighting the importance of key pollinator species such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Pollinators are critical to both the state's environment … [Read more...]

Future of Mount Morris’ $300K Allen’s Creek Grant is Muddy at Best

MOUNT MORRIS – The Village's creek remediation grant from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has a murky future. According to newly elected Mount Morris Mayor Frank Provo, the previous Village Board accepted a matching grant whereby the DEC would provide $300,000 and the Village could provide $100,000 for streambank remediation and flood prevention on Allen's Creek, marked on Google Maps at 'Allen's Brook.' However, Village … [Read more...]

DEC: Phosphorus Fertilizers Poison Lakes

LIVINGSTON COUNTY — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation launched its 'Look for the Zero' campaign, urging New York residents to use phosphorous-free fertilizers. According to a press release from the DEC, over 100 bodies of water in New York State cannot be used or enjoyed due to their overabundance of phosphorous. "The actions New Yorkers take in their backyards can have a big impact on the environment," warns DEC … [Read more...]

DEC Zaps and Samples Wild Trout in Naples Creek

NYLON – The water in Naples Creek was clear and fast running Thursday morning. Many arrived early to get the best spots to view the shocking of the trout. Standing on the bridge or nearby for 30 to 45 minutes was cold; feet and hands were especially well chilled. The crowd was 200 to 300 individuals, including many school age children brought by bus. At 9 a.m., DEC technicians waded into the creek about 300 to 400 yards downstream from the … [Read more...]

DEC Calls Caledonia Hunter Shooting ‘Accidental’

NYLON – The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) said that hunting-related shooting fatalities within the past week in Caledonia and Sandy Creek, NY were accidental and preventable. A press release from DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said that DEC Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) are currently investigating two hunting-related shooting fatalities that occurred within the past week, calling both 'accidental … [Read more...]

Drought Makes for Dry Duck Hunting on Conesus Lake

CONESUS — The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) says that this year's extreme drought might make for a hard duck hunting season on Conesus Lake. According to a press release from the DEC, the drought that began in late spring has caused western New York's wetlands to lose substantial water, and in some cases to dry up completely. "In Livingston County, Conesus Inlet Wildlife Management Area water levels are lower than normal, … [Read more...]

DEC Violates Conesus Inn Project for Unauthorized Runoff

CONESUS – The Conesus Inn reconstruction project which was stopped in August for failing to build to approved plans is now cited for a runoff violation in constructing its parking lot. The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation issued a warning on June 10, 2016 that they were aware of a violation and told Carl Myers Enterprises Inc. to take specific corrective actions. On Sept. 15, the DEC cited Carl Myers Inc. with a Notice of Violation … [Read more...]

Youth Hunters Can Take Game Birds Early this October

LIVINGSTON COUNTY — New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced that several small game hunting seasons will be opening Oct 1. According to a press release from the DEC, in addition to this particular season opening, there are also special youth-only hunting seasons for pheasants and waterfowl opening prior to the start of the regular season. “Hunting is a proud tradition in New York … [Read more...]

Early Bow Season Opens Oct. 1 in Livingston County

LIVINGSTON COUNTY — New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced that early bowhunting seasons for deer in New York State will be starting soon. According to a press release from the DEC, early bow season for deer and bear begins in the Southern Zone on Oct. 1 and continues through Nov 18. "Hunting opportunities in New York have never been better and the start of hunting season is an … [Read more...]

Avon to Log 30 Acres of Doomed Trees in Driving Park

AVON – The Village of Avon plans to sell 30 acres of trees at the Avon Driving Park in anticipation of their untimely deaths due to Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). EAB is a nasty and notorious beetle whose larvae have destroyed hundreds of millions of ash trees in the U.S. since 2002. The bugs have been discovered in Avon, and New York State advisers to the Village say that 80 percent of the ash trees in the park are doomed. "As it has been … [Read more...]