Nature – Environment

DEC Environmental Conservation Officer Highlights

  DEC Environmental Conservation Officer Highlights ECO Actions for Early August New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) enforce the 71 Chapters of NY Environmental Conservation Law, protecting fish and wildlife and preserving environmental quality across New York. In 2016, the 286 ECOs across the state responded to 26,400 calls…

CLIMATE TALKS are coming to Millerton, New York next week

  CLIMATE TALKS are coming to Millerton, New York next week. We’ll be hosting 3 post screening audience discussions facilitated by regional experts after AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL shows on 8/21 – 4:20pm; 8/23 – 4:20pm and 8/24 – 7:20pm. Guests include author, historian Jeremy Brecher, Housatonic Valley Association Director, Tim Abbot and Scenic Hudson‘s Vice President, Steve Rosenberg & Acting Director of…

Be-a-Better-Gardener Fall-Blooming Bulbs

  Be-a-Better-Gardener Fall-Blooming Bulbs By Thomas Christopher   We think of spring as the season for flowering bulbs, but in fact there is a choice selection — too often overlooked by gardeners — that bloom in the fall.  The fall bloomers are just as reliable as the spring-blooming bulbs and share a crucial characteristic:  they provide…

DEC Announces State Hunting and Trapping Education Courses are Gearing up

  DEC Announces State Hunting and Trapping Education Courses are Gearing up Training in Safe Handling of Firearms and Hunting Required before Purchasing a Hunting License New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today reminded all new hunters and trappers planning to go afield this season must first complete a mandatory…

Governor Announces 850 Solar Projects Across New York State Through Second Round of Solarize Campaign

  First Two Rounds of Solarize Campaigns Under NY-Sun Initiative to Result in More Than $2.9 Million in Cost Savings for Residents and Businesses Supports State’s Goal of 50 Percent of Electricity in New York Coming from Renewable Sources by 2030 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that 850 solar projects have been installed or are…

DEC Announces Comprehensive Plan to Minimize Risk of Chronic Wasting Disease to New York Deer and Moose Herds

  DEC Announces Comprehensive Plan to Minimize Risk of Chronic Wasting Disease to New York Deer and Moose Herds Public Comments on the Draft Plan Accepted Through September 1 New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced the release of a draft New York State Interagency CWD Risk Minimization Plan for…

The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program Invites the Public to Visit Columbia County Gardens and Shop for Plants on August 19th

  The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program Invites the Public to Visit Columbia County Gardens and Shop for Plants on August 19th   Garrison, NY: On Saturday, August 19th, the public is invited to tour two private gardens in Copake Falls and Hillsdale, participating in the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors…

Thinking about Deer Season Yet? Start Planning Your Next NY Hunt.

  Thinking about Deer Season Yet? Start Planning Your Next NY Hunt.   Hunting Licenses are now available for the 2017-18 seasons. Licenses and permits can be purchased at any one of DEC’s license-issuing agents, by telephone (866-933-2257) or online. Hunting and trapping licenses are valid for one year beginning September 1, 2017. New this year, we are requesting…

Governor Announces New Free Fishing Days and 2017-18 Hunting and Trapping Licenses Go on Sale Starting August 1st

  Governor Cuomo Announces New Free Fishing Days and 2017-18 Hunting and Trapping Licenses Go on Sale Starting August 1st Events Support Governor Cuomo’s NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative New Free Fishing Days Include Weekend Preceding Presidents Day, National Hunting and Fishing Day and Veterans Day DEC Call Center Hours Extended to Provide…

Dutchess County Collaborates with Local Land Trusts to Preserve Iconic Shenandoah Farm in East Fishkill

  Dutchess County Collaborates with Local Land Trusts to Preserve Iconic Shenandoah Farm in East Fishkill Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro has announced Dutchess County has completed acquisition of a 39-acre farmland conservation easement that expands the iconic Shenandoah Farm in East Fishkill, in partnership with the Dutchess Land Conservancy, Scenic Hudson Land…

DEC Seeks Participants for Summer Wild Turkey Survey

  DEC Seeks Participants for Summer Wild Turkey Survey Citizen Scientists Help DEC Gauge Turkey Population New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today encouraged New Yorkers to participate in a survey for wild turkeys and help state biologists better understand this iconic bird. “Citizen science efforts like the Summer Turkey…

Be-A-Better-Gardener – Irrigation

  Be-A-Better-Gardener – Irrigation  A drip irrigation system or soaker hose will water deeply and minimize water waste. By Thomas Christopher   July is typically the hottest month of the year in the Northeast.  That means it’s the time when plants have the greatest thirst; they evaporate water off the surface of their leaves to cool…

United States Climate Alliance Launches Website to Inform Americans on State Actions to Address Climate Change

  United States Climate Alliance Launches Website to Inform Americans on State Actions to Address Climate Change   U.S. Climate Alliance, Co-Chaired By Governors Cuomo, Brown and Inslee, Releases Guiding Principles in Commitment to Uphold Paris Agreement Colorado Joins U.S. Climate Alliance as Newest Member 14 Members Represent More Than 33 Percent of U.S. Population…

Governor Signs Legislation and Announces New Initiatives to Support Growth of Industrial Hemp Industry in New York State

  Governor Signs Legislation and Announces New Initiatives to Support Growth of Industrial Hemp Industry in New York State Announces Up to $10 Million in Grant Funding to Advance Research and Provide Resources to Future Processing Businesses Legislation Clarifies Status of Industrial Hemp as An Agricultural Commodity in the State   Establishes Working Group to…

DEC Revising Permit Requirement for Bobcat Hunting and Trapping

  DEC Revising Permit Requirement for Bobcat Hunting and Trapping New York Hunters and Trappers No Longer Required to Obtain Special Permit The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today that the agency is adopting a regulatory proposal to revise the special permit requirement for bobcat hunting and trapping. Upon completion of…

DEC Announces Falconry, Wildlife Rehabilitator, and Leashed Tracking Dog Examinations

DEC Announces Falconry, Wildlife Rehabilitator, and Leashed Tracking Dog Examinations July 21 Registration Deadline for August 11 Exams Examinations for individuals seeking a license to practice the sport of falconry, become a volunteer wildlife rehabilitator, or use leashed tracking dogs to find wounded or injured big game animals are scheduled for Friday, August 11, 2017, the New York State…

Be-A-Better Gardner – Rose Rustling

  Be-A-Better Gardner – Rose Rustling One of the author’s ironclad, very fragrant and nearly thornless old rose that was rustled for him from a Connecticut farmyard by a friend.   By Thomas Christopher   Why order rosebushes from a catalog when you can start your own for free, and get types especially adapted to your local…

Entries Now Open for the 2017 Dutchess County Fair Competitive Exhibits

  Entries Now Open for the 2017 Dutchess County Fair Competitive Exhibits July 5th, 2017 Rhinebeck, NY – Entries are now being accepted for the 2017 Dutchess County Fair. All individuals who would like to participate in one or more of the hundreds of classes and competitions are encouraged to enter now! Be a part of…

LYME-CARRYING TICKS – SOME ALSO INFECTED WITH RARE, POWASSAN VIRUS – ARE ATTACKING WESTCHESTER AND ROCKLAND COUNTIES; SENATOR URGES FEDS TO STOP MOVING AT SNAIL’S PACE TO IMPLEMENT ALREADY-ON-THE-BOOKS LAW THAT WOULD HELP FAST-TRACK RESEARCH, VACCINES & STRATEGIES TO STAMP OUT TICKS TO PROTECT HUDSON VALLEY KIDS & FAMILIES

   LYME-CARRYING TICKS – SOME ALSO INFECTED WITH RARE, POWASSAN VIRUS – ARE ATTACKING WESTCHESTER AND ROCKLAND COUNTIES; SENATOR URGES FEDS TO STOP MOVING AT SNAIL’S PACE TO IMPLEMENT ALREADY-ON-THE-BOOKS LAW THAT WOULD HELP FAST-TRACK RESEARCH, VACCINES & STRATEGIES TO STAMP OUT TICKS TO PROTECT HUDSON VALLEY KIDS & FAMILIES   Senator Says, With More…

Be-A-Better-Gardener – Second Sowings

  Be-A-Better-Gardener Second Sowings  Cool weather crops like broccoli can be sown in July   By Thomas Christopher This is a time of year when the vegetable garden can look a bit threadbare – the early spring crops such as peas and lettuce have faded with the onset of summer heat, leaving substantial gaps in your…

Saving Seeds

  Saving Seeds    Under certain storage conditions, your garden seeds can be saved to use next year By Thomas Christopher I’m a sucker for seed catalogs – I find irresistible the descriptions of the colorful and delicious harvests I can raise from their little paper packets.  But my dreams for my garden always outrun reality.  I always order more seeds than…

Statement from Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro

  Statement from Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro Testimony for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Public Informational Meeting about the Second, Five–Year Review of the project to remove toxic PCBs from the Hudson River. At the urging of Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro, state and federal elected officials and environmental organizations including Scenic Hudson, the…