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2023 black bass season

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced the open (harvest) season for largemouth and smallmouth bass, collectively known as black bass, opened June 15 and runs through … more

‘Next Step’ hunting and trapping courses

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Hunter Education Program (HEP) offers “Next Step” courses in seven disciplines for those who have completed a hunter … more

Operation Dry Water: stop boating under the influence

The New York State Parks Marine Services Bureau is coordinating New York’s annual participation in the national Operation Dry Water campaign. This campaign involves law enforcement agencies … more

Tanbark Trail

Well, about those outside prospects, they’ve been a bit dim this week with all the smoke. Really, nothing can be taken for granted, as we say. And this of course includes the beauty of wild the … more

Updates will modernize Belleayre to meet user demand

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Olympic Regional Development Authority (Olympic Authority) has released the final Unit Management Plan (UMP) for the Belleayre … more

Antler Growth In Yearlings

Across the white-tailed deer’s range, bucks have begun growing a new set of antlers that they will use for sparring, making rubs and scrapes, and attracting the attention of does during the … more

An unlikely partnership: air pollution and seasonal allergies

In the height of spring, many New Yorkers are feeling the effects of seasonal allergies. Seasonal allergies are common, affecting about 25% of all adults in the U.S. Due to the effects of climate … more

Andes wilderness search

Forest Rangers responded to Little Pond Campground May 21 at 10:40 p.m. after receiving a report of two overdue hikers who left at 2 p.m. for a hike and didn’t return. They pair had not shared … more

Panfish initiative - year 3

Crappie Sunfish and crappie surveys for year three of the five-year Big Panfish Initiative (BPI) study are underway across the state. This pilot program was developed to create destination fisheries … more

2023 Catskill Fire Tower Challenge

For nearly a century, observers watched the forests of New York state — including the Catskill and Adirondack forest preserves — from more than 100 fire towers perched atop the highest … more

Harmful Algal Blooms notification and reporting system

DEC and the New York State Department of Health have announced the start of the 2023 online New York Harmful Algal Bloom System (NYHABS) interactive map. DEC is asking the public and trained algal … more

Ashokan Quarry Trail

This is a short, easy hike with much interest along the way. At just under two miles, the walk is ideal if you don’t have a lot of time, are looking for a family-friendly hike, or would like to … more
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