Category: Nature – Environment

Be a Better Gardener, Please hold that fertilizer!

Please hold that fertilizer! By Thomas Christopher I just read that even before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and a consequent disruption of the market for natural gas (the principal feedstock for synthetic nitrates) the cost of fertilizer in the U.S….

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Rediscovering Native Perennials as Alternatives to Invasives

Rediscovering Native Perennials as Alternatives to Invasives By Donald Partelow The Public Libraries of Dutchess County created a variety of programs and events to celebrate Earth Day. Rediscovering Native Perennials as Alternatives to Invasives was one such program provided by…

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Recent Statewide Forest Ranger Actions

Recent Statewide Forest Ranger Actions New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents statewide. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations, and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate…

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Be a Better Gardener, A Thoreau awareness of climate change

  Henry David Thoreau, in 1856. A Thoreau awareness of climate change By Thomas Christopher Sometimes insights come from unexpected sources. Twenty years ago, Dr. Richard Primack, a botanist at Boston University changed his focus from tropical rainforests to what was…

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DEC Forest Rangers – Week in Review, Millerton

DEC Forest Rangers – Week in Review, Millerton Town of Millerton Dutchess County Technical Rope Rescue Training: On April 21, Forest Rangers from DEC Regions 3 and 4 held a technical rope rescue exercise at Taconic State Park in the…

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DEC Advises Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Detected in New York’s Wild Birds

DEC Advises Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Detected in New York’s Wild Birds CDC Notes No Immediate Public Health Risk, Public Advised to Report Dead Birds to DEC Regional Offices for Tracking The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced that…

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Environmental Conservation Police on Patrol

Environmental Conservation Police on Patrol New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Division of Law Enforcement enforces the 71 chapters of New York State’s Environmental Conservation Law (ECL), protecting fish and wildlife and preserving environmental quality across New York….

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Sheriff’s Office Investigating Fatal House Fire

Sheriff’s Office Investigating Fatal House Fire On March 5, 2022 at approximately 11:32pm, the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist the LaGrange Fire Department on Lakeview Road in the Town of LaGrange for a reported house fire with an…

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Environmental Conservation Police On Patrol

Environmental Conservation Police On Patrol New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Division of Law Enforcement enforces the 71 chapters of New York State’s Environmental Conservation Law (ECL), protecting fish and wildlife and preserving environmental quality across New York….

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DEC Forest Rangers – Week In Review

DEC Forest Rangers – Week In Review Recent Statewide Forest Ranger Actions New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents statewide. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations, and volunteer…

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DEC Now Accepting Applications for Annual Pheasant Release Program

DEC Now Accepting Applications for Annual Pheasant Release Program Applications for Cooperative Program Due March 25, 2022 New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced that applications are now available for DEC’s cooperative Day-Old Pheasant…

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Frigid Temperatures Coming This Weekend

Frigid Temperatures Coming This Weekend Residents Reminded of “Code Blue” and Warming Centers With frigid temperatures and snow in the forecast this weekend, stay safe and be prepared to prevent risk of frostbite or hypothermia. Find winter preparedness tips on…

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Winter Seed Sowing Native Plants

Winter Seed Sowing Native Plants Brewster, NY – February 5, 2022, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Cornell Cooperative Extension, as part of its Putnam Pollinator Pathway effort, is offering a program on Winter Seed Sowing of Native Plants. This webinar…

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Be-a-Better-Gardener, Chrysanthemums for Keeps

    Chrysanthemums for Keeps Beware: “hardy chrysanthemums” might not necessarily be hardy. By Thomas Christopher One of the more embarrassing missteps of my early career as a horticulturist began with my success one autumn in persuading an important client to invest in…

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Juvenile Alligator Caught on Middle School Property – DEC Environmental Conservation Police

Juvenile Alligator Caught on Middle School Property – Dutchess County DEC Environmental Conservation Police On Sept. 14, at approximately 1:19 am, ECO Eyler received a call from the East Fishkill Police Department reporting a four- to five-foot alligator roaming around…

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