January 2015 Conservation Update

Aquatic invasive species measure proposed for Otsego County — With invasive species such as the zebra mussel, Eurasian watermilfoil, and spiny water flea appearing in New York State waters and elsewhere, it is apparent that our local lakes and rivers are in imminent danger from these organisms that can wreak havoc on natural ecosystems. Zebra mussels—one of the best known […]

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March 2014 Legislation Update

Second chance for wolves—The gray wolf populations of the western US have a possible reprieve from decimation by state wildlife managers. In 2011, Congress overrode the Endangered Species Act, and turned wolf management in the northern Rockies over to the states. As expected, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming immediately began an all-out assault on this keystone predator. For example, the state […]

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Legislation Update – February 2014

The Governor’s Environmental Plans— NY Governor Andrew Cuomo presented his State of the State address in mid-January and although the environment was not a major focus, he did lay out some proposals worthy of note. The Governor plans to invest in 50 public access sites on state lands. This will enhance the ability of outdoor recreationists to use these natural […]

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Legislation Update – October 2013

 Last chance for wolf protection—The federal government is planning to remove Endangered Species Protection for nearly all grey wolves in the lower 48 states. This extreme action would leave wolf management in the hands of openly anti-wolf states such as Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. A public comment period ending October 28 is the final opportunity to speak out for these iconic […]

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Legislation Update – September 2013

Climate change—accelerating—The evidence that the warming of our planet is human-caused, and that it is happening faster than previously thought, continues to rise along with the temperature. A study by Stanford climate scientists Noah Diffenbaugh and Chris Field, appearing in the current issue of Science, warns that the likely rate of change over the next century will be at least 10 […]

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