ALBANY — The state Department of Environmental Conservation has issued a new regulation that prohibits the feeding of black bears by people. The regulation stems from the increasing number of conflicted between the big, furry animals and humans.
Previously, the agency prohibited the intentional feeding of bears in proximity to certain locations. The new rule now prohibits the intentional or incidental feeding of bears. That means it is now against the law to leave out garbage, refuse or bird seed that might attract the animals. The regulation gives the agency the authority to require removal of those and other food attractions when bears become problematic.
The agency encourages discontinuing bird feeding activity in the spring when bears emerge from their dens and natural food for bears is not abundant and natural food for birds is becoming more available.
The Central Catskills Collaborative has settled on a name for a 45-mile stretch of state Route 28 that the group hopes will receive a scenic byway designation from New York state....
The editorial board of The New York Times has endorsed State Senator Eric T. Schneiderman, who represents parts of Manhattan and the Bronx, in the Democratic primary for attorney general of New York.
Specifically, the measure (S.8129B) places a moratorium on new fracking permits in the Marcellus Shale and other similar formations until May 15, 2011, “to afford the state and its residents the opportunity to continue the review and analysis of the effects of hydraulic fracturing on water and air quality, environmental safety and public health.” The bill passed on the senate floor at 12:30pm in a 48-9 vote.
Wes Gillingham, the Mountainkeeper Program Director was in Albany on the Senate Floor lobbying for passage of the moratorium at that early hour this morning. We are deeply proud of his efforts and those of our coalition friends, our members and all of you who worked so hard to get this historic bill passed. COME BACK FOR BREAKING NEWS UPDATES ON THIS STORY
Town officials are giving a chilly reception to the idea of collectively funding the effort to get a 50-mile section of state Route 28 designated as a scenic byway...
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Contacts: DEC Maureen Wren (518) 402-8000
DAM Jessica Ziehm (518) 457-3136
Thursday, July 22, 2010
EMERALD ASH BORER DETECTED IN STEUBEN AND ULSTER COUNTIES
Additional Investigation Planned After Invasive Beetles Found in Traps
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Pete Grannis and state Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker today announced the discovery of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) on private properties in the Town of Bath, Steuben County, and Town of Saugerties, Ulster County. The EAB is a small but destructive beetle that infests and kills North American ash tree species, including green, white, black, and blue ash....
I feel like I'm living in a dream world. What is wrong with you people? All you people who call yourselves environmentalists, conservationists etc etc etc? Am I hearing this correctly? You want a moratorium on drilling in the Catskills? Thats akin to saying hey we are going to remove your genitals, but we will give you 120 days to try and figure out how best to regulate it...Read more
Spring Screenings http://www.gaslandthemovie.com/wp/2010/05/03/spring-screenings/>
Josh will be screening Gasland and speaking in these towns in May and June. Check back for updated information and additional venues.
May 23 – Narrowsburg, NY http://www.damascuscitizens.org/GASLAND2.html> (Josh will not be in attendance)
May 28 – Telluride, CO http://www.mountainfilm.org/>
May 29 – Paonia, CO http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/111972>