NYS DEC

NYS DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos visits Plattsburgh on January 31, 2018
Pat Bradley/WAMC

This morning, the Adirondack Park Agency board approved Alternative 2B as the classification for the Boreas Ponds in the heart of the Adirondack Park. The vote was 8 to 1. More than 11,000 acres will be designated wilderness and over 9,000 acres as Wild Forest. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos  explains that his agency now begins the Unit Management Plans for the tracts.

NYS DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos discusses 2018 State of the State while in Plattsburgh
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Following Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address last week, members of his cabinet are being dispatched across New York to review the plan before local and regional officials and field questions.  On Monday, Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos was in Plattsburgh.  Following the presentation he said the governor and his administration will continue to aggressively address the issue of storing rail cars in the Adirondacks.

Air quality sign
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The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation is in the initial stages of updating and tightening its air quality rules.  It’s part of the state’s compliance with federal air quality requirements.

Boreas Ponds Tract
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

Earlier this year New York State finalized the purchase of the 20,758-acre Boreas Ponds Tract in the Adirondacks, completing a 69,000-acre acquisition of former Finch Pruyn lands from the Nature Conservancy.  The Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an interim access plan.  But environmental groups are concerned that the plan could compromise eventual classification of the land.

Republican State Senator Kathy Marchione presided over the marathon 10-hour session at Hoosick Falls Central School.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A long-awaited New York state Senate hearing on the fallout from PFOA-contaminated water was held Tuesday in Hoosick Falls. Officials and angry residents took to the microphone.

Map of Remsen-Lake Placid travel corridor
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation just completed its public comment period on proposed changes to the Remsen Lake Placid rail corridor. It’s a controversial plan to determine whether part or all of the rail corridor should be removed and redeveloped for recreational use.

NYS DEC Region 5

A dam that provided an iconic view of the Adirondack High Peaks is being dismantled.  While some environmentalists say removal of the Marcy Dam will be good for the ecosystem, others are disappointed to see it go.

Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve

An Adirondack advocacy group has issued a new report critical of the Adirondack Park Agency and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s management of the park. As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, the DEC is disputing the findings.

USFWS/Roger Tabor

Researchers at an Adirondack college are questioning whether yellow perch are really a non-native "alien species" competing with the native brook trout in the Park’s waterbodies.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has euthanized a reportedly aggressive deer that was familiar with neighbors in the Washington County town of Cambridge.

WAMC/Pat Bradley

Two Canadian hikers lost in the Adirondack High Peaks spent a frigid night in the snowy wilderness before being rescued by rangers.

FUND for Lake George

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is proposing new regulations to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. The new rules are welcome, but lake defenders say they don’t go far enough.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced a new round of grants for the Grasslands Protection Program, that allows landowners to protect the habitat of rare and threatened species.

The head of the state-owned Belleayre Mountain Ski Center has been dismissed - that decision by the DEC leaves many questions...  Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports

An official with the state Department of Environmental Conservation says Tony Lanza was fired - and that's all they'll say. Lanza gone from his post he's held for more than a decade at the helm of the Bellayre Ski Center.