Environment

Firewood Checkpoints hope to Stop Invasive Species

DEC CONTINUES CHECKPOINTS FOR ILLEGALLY TRANSPORTED FIREWOOD Seven people were ticketed for transporting firewood more than 50 miles without certification of heat treatment at three checkpoints held by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Environmental Conservation Police in the Adirondacks on Friday, August 17. “DEC and its partners continue to educate campers and…

Vermont Leaders talk Smart Grid Technology

Smart Grid Helps Vermont Save Energy    BURLINGTON, Vt., Aug. 20 – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Vermont environmental leaders held a news conference today to discuss smart-grid technology that is making Vermont a national leader in developing a smarter, stronger, more efficient and reliable electric system. “The bottom line is that smart grid offers…

Plein Air in Saranac Lake The K&J Show

The Saranac Lake Art Works – Plein Air Festival welcomed nearly 50 artists, all of whom signed on to participate in this year’s event which marks the 4th time the event has visited Saranac Lake. AUDIO – 082012 – K&J SHOW – Saranac Lake Plein Air Festival Artists came with blank canvas and by Sunday…

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Schumer – FEMA at odds over Keene Firehouse

SCHUMER URGES FEDS TO REVERSE COURSE AND AGAIN APPROVE FUNDING CONSTRUCTION OF NEW KEENE FIRE STATION IN THE WAKE OF DEVASTATING FLOODING LAST FALL  – CALLS ON FEMA TO DELIVER FUNDING FOR RELOCATION & EXPANSION OF FLOODED SAFETY FACILITY, NOW IN DISREPAIR, ONE YEAR AFTER TROPICAL STORM IRENE Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer urged…

Going Solar – On the K&J Show

Wayne Davison owns Northern Solar, which he and his partner operate out of Tupper Lake, NY. During a recent Village of Saranac Lake Board Meeting, the idea of municipalities making use of solar power to reduce expenses over the long term became a topic of discussion and we took the opportunity to invite Davison to…

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Region 5 Search and Rescue Report

DEC REGION 5 FOREST RANGER*S JUNE/JULY SEARCH AND RESCUE REPORT Essex County Town of North Elba, High Peaks Wilderness Area On Thursday, June 7, 2012, at about 9:11 am, DEC Dispatch in Ray Brook received a call reporting an injured hiker at Marcy Dam. Melis Bursin, 28, of New York City, NY, had injured her…

Changes to Blackfishing Regulations from the DEC

New Rules will Reduce Exploitation by Nearly 40 Percent – New recreational and commercial fishing rules for blackfish (tautog) have been formally adopted, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today. These rules have been in place since May 5, 2012. These changes are necessary to comply with interstate management measures to…

DEC ENFORCES FIREWOOD TRANSPORTATION RESTRICTIONS

DEC HAS CHECKPOINT FOR ILLEGALLY TRANSPORTED FIREWOOD Three people were ticketed for transporting firewood more than 50 miles without certification of heat treatment during a checkpoint held by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Environmental Conservation Police in the Adirondacks. “The spread of invasive insects through the illegal transportation of firewood must be prevented to protect both…

EMERALD ASH BORER INVADES CATSKILLS

An Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) infestation was found in the Catskill Forest Preserve at a state-owned campground, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. The discovery was confirmed after a DEC employee recovered a single EAB beetle from a purple prism trap that was placed in DEC’s Kenneth L.…

HUNTING LICENSES NOW AVAILABLE

The 2012-13 hunting, fishing and trapping licenses and Deer Management Permits (DMPs) may be purchased beginning Monday, August 13, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens today announced. “Hunting, trapping and fishing opportunities in New York are fantastic and DEC is committed to helping provide outdoor enthusiasts with numerous recreational opportunities…

FARMERS FIGHT BACK AGAINST OPPOSITION TO DRILLING

A group of landowners, farming, business, industry and construction trade groups are launching an advertising campaign supporting safe and responsible shale gas development inNew York. The campaign includes a series of newspaper advertisements and 60-second radio spots featuring like-minded local business leaders, farmers and service providers. Greg Lancette is head of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local…

EURASIAN MILFOIL SUMMIT

The Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP) is a cooperative effort initiated in 1998 among citizens and organizations of the Adirondacks. Our mission is to protect the Adirondack region from the negative impacts of nonnative invasive species.  The program coordinates two projects: the Aquatic Invasive Species Project and the Terrestrial Invasive Species Project. The APIPP serves…

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RAILWAY ADDS 20 NEW JOBS

It’s the first week of Freight Train Service for the Saratoga & North Creek Railway following a ribbon cutting  ceremony which the company says marks beginning of 20 new job opportunities in theNorth Country.. The Saratoga & North Creek Railway launching the first freight train service to traverse the Sanford Lake Branch line in over…

TOWN OF JAY WATER DISCOUNT

Here’s a note from The Town of Jay…  if you have received Town of Jay 2012 Water Billing and your home was damaged by Hurricane Irene and you are no longer receiving Town Water, you may be eligible for a discounted rate. In order to be considered for this rate reduction, You simply need to…

LAND ACQUISITION, IS IT A GOOD IDEA FOR NY?

Here’s an effort to present both sides of the issue relating to land acquisition byNew YorkState….  Earlier this The Governor Announced the Acquisition of 69,000 Acres of Land, one of the largest land acquisitions ever… And Today, The Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages calls upon the Governor and the State Legislature to develop a…

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CUOMO – STATE’S LARGEST LAND ACQUISITION

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the State’s acquisition of 69,000 acres of the former Finch Pruyn and other Nature Conservancy lands throughout the Adirondacks. This acquisition is the largest single addition to the Adirondack State Forest Preserve in more than a century. “Adding these properties to the Forest Preserve protects the incomparable and breathtaking…

COUNCIL EYES SPINY FLEAS

Boat Washing Stations and State Stewards Needed to Prevent Spread of Spiny Water Flea, Other Non-Native Plants & Animals to State’s Most Remote, Pristine Waters             ALBANY,N.Y.– In light of the recent discovery of the invasive spiny water flea in Lake George and theChamplainCanal, theAdirondackPark’s largest environmental organization today called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the…

DEC ADOPTS FRESHWATER FISHING REGULATIONS

DEC Adopts New Freshwater Fishing Regulations for 2012-2014 ALBANY, NY – Changes to freshwater fishing regulations will be in effect starting Oct. 1, 2012, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced. “New York provides some of the best fishing in the nation and, periodically, DEC modifies existing freshwater sportfishing regulations to enhance…