Monthly Archives: March 2017

A controversial Request for Proposal to sell alcohol at a visitors center of a state park in Jamesport has been withdrawn after North Fork officials objected to the sales, state and local officials confirmed Tuesday. According to officials at the office of State Sen. Kenneth LaValle (R-Port Jefferson), the New York State Parks Department withdrew […]

by Denise Civiletti Mar 28, 2017, 7:48 am The entire County of Suffolk has been declared an “oak wilt protective zone” by the state. The removal from Suffolk of any portion of any oak is generally prohibited and the removal of all firewood from Suffolk is regulated. The State Department of Environmental Conservation made the […]

By Jen Newman Flanders residents are busy “plucking out” potential costumes for their iconic landmark to don during various holidays throughout the year. Each year the Big Duck on Flanders Road gets decorated for the winter holidays with the addition of a lighted garland around its neck. But Suffolk County Parks and Recreation Department officials, […]

The staff of Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge continue to monitor the pair of bald eagles along Little Neck Run, a small tributary of the Carmans River. Two eaglets successfully fledged from the nest in 2016. Recent observations of the eagles at the nest site prompt a seasonal closure of Little Neck Run to public access. The closure will help reduce disturbance to the birds and help protect the nest location during this very sensitive time. Once eagles select a nesting territory, they tend to use it for the rest of their lives.

For Release: Friday, March 3, 2017 April 1 Festival Marks Start of New York’s Spring Trout Stocking Program on Long Island The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) will hold their annual Spring Family Fishing Festival on Saturday, April 1 at Belmont Lake State […]