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Erie County Forestry – Explore the Western Portion

Erie County Forest –The Non-Trailed Western Portion The Erie County forest on Genesee Road in the town of Sardinia has several well-known official trails, including portions of the Finger Lakes/Conservation Trail (FLT/CT).  Those trails are generally in the eastern and northern half of the forest.   Go to this link for a trail guide for the…

Chautauqua County Man Faces 54 Misdemeanor Charges for Deer Jacking

NYS ECO Patch

April 9, 2013 For Release: IMMEDIATE Contact: Megan Gollwitzer (716) 851-7201 DEC Investigation Leads to 54 Misdemeanor Charges for Chautauqua County Man in Unusual Deer Jacking Case New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Police charged a Chautauqua County man with 54 misdemeanor charges following an investigation of a deer jacking case, the agency…

Allegany State Park – Places over 2000 Feet of Elevation

 There are 223 distinct locations in Allegany State Park with elevations of more than 2000 feet. Here is link to topographical map showing them in numbered order, from highest to lowest:  Allegany State Park 2000 Topo Map You might want to download the map for viewing on your computer.  It will take some time to…

Gypsy Moth Outbreak in Allegany State Park

Allegany State Park Guide Map

Perhaps you remember seeing the white or tan  blotches on the trees last summer and fall. Those are gypsy moth egg masses.  They are causing significant defoliation of trees in Allegany State Park. The NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (which has jurisdiction of Allegany State Park rather than the Department of Environmental…

NYS DEC Issues Guidance to Avoid Conflicts with Coyotes and Black Bears

  Tuesday, March 26, 2013 Contact: Lori Severino – (518) 402-8000 The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today issued guidance on preventing conflicts with coyotes and nuisance bear encounters. With the onset of warmer weather, New York’s black bear population will be on the move and coyotes are setting up denning areas for soon-to-arrive…

Where are the Bears in Western New York?

2011 Black Bear Management Patch

  The New York Department of Environmental Conservation recently released the following information about the 2012 black bear harvest, showing where the bears are in WNY: DEC: 2012 IS ONE OF THE HIGHEST BEAR HARVESTS ON RECORD IN NEW YORK  New York bear hunters took 1,337 black bears during the 2012 hunting seasons, making last year…

The Ten Essentials – A New Approach

Watershed Trail

Here are ten essential things you should know before you venture into the woods. You plan for a day hike but always prepare for an unexpected night in the woods. They won’t look for you if they don’t know you are missing. A first aid kit is useless if you don’t know first aid. A…