Nature – Environment

Weekly Gardening Column: National Pollinator Week, From The Berkshire Botanical Garden

National Pollinator Week Mexican sunflowers provide a food source for pollinators in the native garden.   June 19th  through 25th is National Pollinator Week.  This is a time to reflect on the importance of pollinating insects, birds and bats to our farms and gardens, and to learn about what you can do to reverse the decline of their…

Summer Proofing the Lawn

  Summer Proofing the Lawn Lawn grasses in our region can flourish even in drought conditions if you provide proper care. By Thomas Christopher Summer is settling in, bringing with it the period of greatest stress your lawn experiences all year.  There are a number of precautions you can take, though, to help your turf through…

Gov. Malloy Adds Connecticut to Coalition of States Committed to Upholding the Paris Climate Agreement

  Gov. Malloy Adds Connecticut to Coalition of States Committed to Upholding the Paris Climate Agreement Connecticut Joins the United States Climate Alliance (HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that he has committed the State of Connecticut to join the United States Climate Alliance – a coalition of U.S. states committed to…

Major New York Climate and Jobs Initiative to Help Create 40,000 Clean Energy Jobs by 2020

  Initiative Will Accelerate Renewable Energy Growth With up to $1.5 Billion Investment in Renewable Energy Projects   Largest Clean Energy Procurement by a State in U.S. History Strengthens New York’s Position as National Leader on Climate Change Establishes an Environmental Justice & Just Transition Working Group to Help Historically Underserved Communities Prepare for a…

DEC Environmental Conservation Officer Highlights

  DEC Environmental Conservation Officer Highlights ECO Actions for Mid-May 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 and…

New York Governor Cuomo, California Governor Brown, and Washington Governor Inslee Announce Formation of United States Climate Alliance

  Cuomo, Brown and Inslee Will Serve as Co-Chairs, Urge Other States to Join Alliance In response to President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., and Washington State Governor Jay R. Inslee today announced the formation of the United States…

“Be-a-Better Gardener” Tomatoes for the Northeast by The Berkshire Botanical Garden

  Tomatoes for the Northeast       By Tom Christopher Memorial Day weekend is the traditional time to plant tomatoes in the cooler parts of the Northeast, and for good reason.  It’s only recently that in an average year, the weather has begun to suit this warm-weather crop.  Tomatoes originated in the subtropics and although…

Visit Columbia County Gardens and Shop a Pop-Up Plant Sale on June 3rd to benefit the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program

  Visit Columbia County Gardens and Shop a Pop-Up Plant Sale on June 3rd to benefit the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program   Columbia County, NY: On Saturday, June 3rd, the public is invited to tour five private gardens in Claverack, Hillsdale, and Hudson, participating in the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program, 10 a.m. to…

Hudson Data Jam Awards Expo Features Creative Work by Regional Students

  Hudson Data Jam Awards Expo Features Creative Work by Regional Students Family-friendly event to be held at Marist College Science and Allied Health Building, Saturday, June 3   (Millbrook, NY)  The public is invited to attend the fourth annual Hudson Data Jam Awards Expo. Support regional students while learning about the Hudson River in…

DEC Advises Motorists to be Alert for Turtles Crossing the Road

DEC Advises Motorists to be Alert for Turtles Crossing the Road New York Motorists Encouraged to Safely Move Turtles to Side of the Road The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today reminded the public that the state’s native turtles are on the move in May and June seeking sandy areas or loose…

Harlem Valley Rail Trail gets $300,000 Grant to resurface an older section of bike route that runs through Dutchess and Columbia counties

  12 Projects to Improve and Expand Access to State Park Hiking Trails Encourages New Yorkers to Visit 2,000-Mile Trail System and Tourist Attractions across the State   Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $2 million in funding for projects to improve and expand State Park hiking trails and outdoor recreational access projects in State…

Plan to Cut Methane Emissions

  Plan Complements State’s Goal to Reduce Energy Sector Emissions 40 Percent from 1990 Levels by 2030 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the Methane Reduction Plan, a suite of 25 actions to reduce methane emissions from the landfill, oil and gas, and agricultural sectors across the state. The plan will be implemented by the…

The Cloud & The Crowd

    On Friday, May 19 at 7 p.m. join the Cary Institute for a special screening of the PBS documentary The Cloud & The Crowd and discover the power of citizen science in the digital age. Learn how citizens are helping to advance science by observing the environment, collecting information, and sharing data on…

NY State Expands Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine to Dutchess

  NY State Expands Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine has been expanded and merged into a single Restricted Zone Departments of Environmental Conservation, Agriculture & Markets Expand Area Restricting Movement of Ash Wood to Slow Spread of Invasive Pest New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Department of Agriculture and Markets (DAM) today announced that…

Harlem Valley Appalachian Trail Community & Millbrook Vineyards & Winery win Dutchess Tourism Awards of Distinction at National Travel Rally Day Celebration

  Harlem Valley Appalachian Trail Community & Millbrook Vineyards & Winery win  Dutchess Tourism Awards of Distinction at National Travel Rally Day Celebration   POUGHKEEPSIE, NY– Dutchess Tourism, Inc. (DTI) celebrated National Travel Rally Day with the announcement of the winners of the 2017 Dutchess Tourism Awards of Distinction. Three finalists in each of seven categories were…

State DEC and Parks Announce New York State First-Time Camper Program

  State DEC and Parks Announce New York State First-Time Camper Program The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) today announced that New York State will provide free First-Time Camper weekends throughout the summer in 2017. Families that have never camped before…

The Sharon Historical Society & Museum Announces the Opening of “No Place Like Home” Juried Exhibition and Sale

      The Sharon Historical Society & Museum Announces the Opening of “No Place Like Home” Juried Exhibition and Sale The Gallery @the SHS – May 6 through July 7, 2017 SHARON, CT: The Gallery @the SHS of the Sharon Historical Society & Museum presents “No Place Like Home,” a juried exhibition and sale…

New York State Celebrates Arbor Day

  New York State Celebrates Arbor Day State Provides $300 Million for Environmental Protection Fund Student and State Arbor Day Poster Contest Winners Announced As part of a weeklong Earth Week tribute to New York’s accomplishments and commitment to protecting our environment, the state Departments of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Office of General Services (OGS), Agriculture…