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Stegemann Joins DEC as Region 5 Director

December 9th, 2011 · No Comments · News

NYSDEC LogoRobert S. Stegemann will join the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation as the agency’s Regional Director for the eastern Adirondacks, Commissioner Joe Martens announced today.

“Bob’s impressive record in working to create a sustainable society and to preserve New York’s resources make him a natural fit for DEC,” Martens said. “In both professional and volunteer capacities, Bob has proven to be an exceptional environmental steward. Bob will be a valuable asset to DEC and the eastern Adirondacks community.”

For the past two years, Stegemann acted as a natural resource and public affairs adviser for non-profit organizations. He formerly worked at International Paper for 18 years, holding a variety of roles, most recently as the company’s manager of sustainability.

In his new role, Stegemann will manage and oversee the day-to-day functions of DEC’s Region 5 office and work with local officials and regional stakeholders to conserve, improve and protect New York’s natural resources and environment. Region 5 includes Clinton, Franklin, Essex, Hamilton, Fulton, Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties.

Stegemann’s previous experience also includes serving as the executive vice president of the Empire State Forests Products Association and as senior policy analyst for the Tug Hill Commission. In a volunteer capacity, Stegemann held positions with the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance, the Adirondack Research Consortium, the Adirondack Nature Conservancy & Land Trust, the SUNY ESF College Foundation and the Northern Forest Lands Council.

Stegemann earned a master’s degree from SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry and a bachelor’s degree from Union College. He starts at the agency Dec. 12.

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New Bridge at Mossy Vly

December 9th, 2011 · No Comments · Adirondack News


NYSDEC LogoAn unsafe bridge on an important snowmobile connector trail on the Perkins Clearing Conservation Easement Lands was replaced in time for the upcoming snowmobile season, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced today.

The new bridge replaces the old, deteriorating Mossy Vly Snowmobile Bridge on the Carpenter Hill Trail which connects the Mud Lake Road and the Jessup River Road in the Town of Lake Pleasant, Hamilton County.

“Replacing the bridge assures the safety and enjoyment of the many snowmobilers that use the extensive snowmobile trail network in Hamilton County,” said Mike Lenane, DEC Deputy Commissioner. “Snowmobiling is a very important component of Adirondack winter economy. DEC is pleased to provide snowmobiling and other recreational activities on the lands we managed.”

The Mossy Vly Brook snowmobile bridge provides a critical link between snowmobile trails on the conservation easement property. Historically, the bridge has been used as a bypass route around winter logging activities on the conservation easement property. Replacing the bridge eliminates the need for hazardous ice crossings by snowmobilers.

“Completion of the Mossy Vly Bridge is another of the many examples that demonstrates the continuing improvement in the relationship between Hamilton County municipalities and the Department of Environmental Conservation,” said Bill Farber, Chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors. “I want to express my sincere thanks to the Department for getting this important bridge completed in a timely manner.”

“The Town’s backwoods trail system is a vital piece of the local economy,” said Neil McGovern, Town of Lake Pleasant Supervisor. “The DEC’s new bridge across Mossy Vly re-opens a particularly attractive section of our snowmobile trails just in time for our important winter season. The cooperation between DEC and local forces have resulted in a solid crossing our snowmobile riders will truly enjoy.”

“The re-opening of the Mossy Vly Bridge is a welcome sight as it is a significant link in the area’s snowmobile trail system,” said Paul Allen of Pleasant Riders Snowmobilers. “Snowmobiling attracts thousands of visitors to the region each year keeping the local businesses alive in winter. The four years without the bridge were fraught with many fiscal and other challenges which the community, volunteers and DEC worked together to overcome. This is a great example of how the state can help support local economies through guarded investment and cooperation.”

The new bridge is 60 feet long, 12 feet wide and was built with steel stringers set on abutments of timber cribbing by DEC Operations staff. The bridge is bigger, much sturdier and should have a longer life span than the previous bridge. DEC expedited the replacement of the bridge to ensure that a safe crossing was in place prior to this winter’s snowmobile season.

The previous bridge was 47 feet long, 11 feet wide and built with five 18-inch thick birch and spruce supporting stringers. The stringers were rotted and one had broken apart making the crossing unsafe.

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North Country Open for Business

December 8th, 2011 · No Comments · News

North Country Economic Development Council Plan Awarded $103.2 Million

North Country Open for Business
It should be noted, Warren and Herkimer Counties were not included as they were included in other “regions”. Official details and PDF of project awards after the jump.

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