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Winter Storm Incident Kills Bears in Allegany County

On the weekend of December 4, 2010, heavy rains and strong winds caused a tree to topple onto power lines in the town of Alma, Allegany County. Shortly after the lines came down, an adult female black bear and one of her two cubs attempted to pass under the live wires. The sow (female bear)…

DEC Region 9 mid-season hunting violators report issued

Captain David W. Bennett of the Region 9 New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Police today issued a mid-season summary of hunting-related enforcement actions that have occurred during the first two weeks of the regular deer season. Region 9 covers six counties: Erie, Niagara, Wyoming, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany. “Since the start of…

NY DEC “Turn in Poachers and Polluters” Now Available via Web

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced the launch of an online form for citizens to report environmental violations. Located at NYS DEC TIPP, the new web page assists those who can provide thorough and relevant information about an alleged violation. The form prompts the complainant to describe what occurred, when…

Maps for Allegany State Park Available

Contained in the draft master plan for Allegany State Park are about two dozen maps depicting existing trials and environmental facts, and proposed trails. They have been collected and posted as Allegany State Park Maps on WNYTrails They can also be accessed from the front page of WNY trails by the link in the left…

Allegany State Park Draft Master Plan Hearings Scheduled

The New York state Department of Parks, Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYS OPRHP) has completed a Draft Master Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Allegany State Park which is located in Cattaraugus County. Copies of the Draft Plan/DEIS are available for review at the Park Office, at the offices of the agency…

Hiking Permits for State Forest Lands

Last May the DEC adopted new land use regulations, including section 190.8(cc) which prohibits participation in any organized event of more than 20 people without a DEC permit. “Sponsored hikes” are in the list of examples of “organized events.” Unfortunately, the DEC did not enact a permit process for the new regulation, and thus it…

Hikers Rescued from Zoar Valley

Two hikers were rescued early Wednesday morning after becoming lost in DeerLick Preserve in Zoar Valley in Cattaraugus County. They had enter the preserve at 4 pm Tuesday night and became lost when they tried to take a shortcut back to their vehicle by bushwhacking through the woods. A relative went to the area looking…

List of NYS Forests Roads Closed in Region 9

NYS DEC Region 9 For Release: IMMEDIATE April 30, 2010 Contact: Megan Gollwitzer (716) 851-7201 BUDGET CRISIS LIMITS LOCAL TRAIL MAINTENANCE CAPACITY 38 State Land Truck Trails Temporarily Closed in Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties Funding reductions to New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC’s) Region 9 resulting from the state’s historic budget shortfall…

NY State Signs Misleading: Not Closed

The April 23, 2010 edition of the Wellsville Daily Reporter has a story about misleading state forest signs that leave people with the impression that the state forest are “Closed to Public USE” because that is what the signs say: “Closed to Public USE.” These signs, coupled with recent widely reported stories about the State…