IT STANDS like a sentry on watch, a solitary figure on the easternmost bluffs of Long Island. Commissioned 190+ years ago by President George Washington, the Montauk Lighthouse has become one of the most photographed structures in America because of its dramatic location. But the peril of that site is causing concern over the future […]

Mountain bike trails on four New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)-managed properties in Suffolk County reopened on April 6, DEC Regional Director Carrie Meek Gallagher announced today. The trail closures had been in place due to small game and deer shotgun hunting seasons and to prevent excessive impacts to trails due to the […]

Southern Pine Beetle Community Recovery Grants totaling more than $275,000 have been awarded to five projects in Nassau and Suffolk counties that will assist with recovery efforts from southern pine beetle (SPB) damage, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today. “The cost of managing the negative impacts of the […]

State’s Acquisition Protects Long Island Sound Coastal Lands New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced a $2 million acquisition of an undeveloped land parcel on Flax Pond in the village of Old Field, Suffolk County. This acquisition will result in greater protection of the Long Island Sound and was […]

For Release: Friday, October 27, 2017 Public Meeting Set for Thursday November 2 State Parks Also On-Hand to Discuss Latest Safety, Access and Recreational Efforts Underway in the Park Who: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)and Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) What: Public Information Meeting on DEC Preliminary […]

Shellfish harvesting areas in several towns in Nassau and Suffolk Counties have been designated as uncertified (closed) for shellfish harvesting, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today. These temporary closures have been implemented due to the heavy rainfall and storm-water runoff that occurred in the wake of this past weekend’s rainfall, […]

For Release: Monday, October 23, 2017 Long Island anglers will have the opportunity to voice opinions regarding the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) efforts to manage stream trout populations at a public meeting on November 2. The meeting will feature a 30-minute presentation by DEC Fisheries staff describing current management practices for […]

For Release: Thursday, September 21, 2017 The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today that the draft mute swan management plan public hearing for the Long Island region has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 26, 2017, at the Suffolk County Water Authority Education Center in Hauppauge. This hearing will […]

For Release: Monday, September 18, 2017 Due to current weather reports, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is postponing the first public hearing on the State’s revised draft management plan for mute swans originally scheduled to take place tomorrow, Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 6 p.m. in Hauppauge. Due to anticipated inclement […]

For Release: Tuesday, September 5, 2017 The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) I FISH NY program, in cooperation with the Fire Island National Seashore, today announced a Free Surfcasting Clinic to be held on Saturday, September 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fire Island Wilderness Visitor Center at Smith Point. […]