Department of Environmental Conservation

By John Phillip Tappen on Wednesday, Jul. 30, 2014 - 3:59 pm
Above: Kaaterskill Falls in April 2014. Photo by Paige Patunas, shared with the Watershed Post via our Flickr pool. A Dutchess County woman died yesterday evening after she fell from the top of Kaaterskill Falls, a popular Greene County tourist... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014 - 3:23 pm
Above: An adult emerald ash borer. Photo by Jared Spokowsky, Indiana Department of Natural Resources,, via Firewood sold on Route 28 in the Ulster County town of Olive was infested with emerald ash borers, a destructive... Read more
By Katherine Speller on Monday, Jun. 16, 2014 - 1:41 pm
The miles of trails that crisscross the Catskill Park would be in rough shape, if not for the volunteers that brave mud, weather, prickers and bugs every year to keep them in good condition.  This month -- just in time for National Trails Day -- those... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 - 3:32 pm
Above: A juvenile golden eagle was captured in the town of Andes on Saturday, February 8 and fitted with a GPS tracking device. Photos by Julia Reischel.  A rare eastern golden eagle was captured and fitted with a solar-powered GPS device this morning in... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012 - 1:16 pm
A man who allegedly shot himself in the backside after dropping his .22 revolver while hunting on Thanksgiving Day will be charged with a felony, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation announced in a press release today. Timothy E. Kelly, a... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 - 12:44 pm
New York and Pennsylvania state environmental agencies are imposing emergency rules on hunters, after a captive deer in New Oxford, Pennsylvania was found to be infected with chronic wasting disease. Today, the New York State Department of Environmental... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012 - 11:59 am
Enough with the bears, you say? I couldn't resist: We got this fantastic bear video from Michael DiBenedetto today in which a black bear outsmarts a bear-proof bird feeder by implementing the mechanics of pulleys. Really. Proof positive that humans aren'... Read more
By Andrew Wyrich on Tuesday, May. 29, 2012 - 11:45 am
A week-long Department of Environmental Conservation investigation led to the raid of a West Coxsackie Chinese restaurant that allegedly poached fish from the Hudson River and Coxsackie Reservoir. DEC police said Dragon Garden, located on Route 9W in... Read more
By Andrew Wyrich on Tuesday, May. 22, 2012 - 4:00 pm
Tony Lanza, the longtime superintendent of the Belleayre Mountain Ski Center, was dismissed from his position today. Belleayre Mountain is currently run by the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), which is preparing to hand over the... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Tuesday, Apr. 3, 2012 - 4:30 pm
Above: A juvenile American eel, sometimes called a "glass eel." Photo via the NY DEC website. The New York State Department of Environmental Conversation announced today that the number of migrating American eels in the Hudson River may break some... Read more


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