New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Pete Grannis has announced the unveiling of DEC’s redesigned website. The new site completely replaces the old one and has a new address – http://www.dec.ny.gov – all old links now redirect briefly to a really ugly 404 page.
According to DEC, the 10 year-old website enjoyed “9.2 million new and returning visitors” and featured more than 33,000 files. I’ve always been impressed with the range and quality of the information the NYSDEC provides and the new site is much needed to transition to some new web technology. But, again this has killed all previous permalinks. Crap.
In my years of providing a variety of travel and recreation information, the DEC pages have proven to be invaluable. All the tagging, bookmarking, linking etc. are now merely a figment of internet history. Aesthetically, the site is an improvement. As with any new thing, I have found numerous bugs throughout – search doesn’t work, improperly coded image links, dead links, etc. In other words, searching for the new location of the old resource is nearly impossible.
So, independent man that I am, I humbly apologize for any dead links and appeal to my readers new and old for assistance. If you find any defunct linkage, please forward the page you found it on, the resource you are seeking, and the correct URL, if known. Thanks.