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DEC’s Saratoga Tree Nursery Kicks of Annual Tree and Shrub Seedling Sale and Giveaways

February 14th, 2012 · No Comments · Adirondack News

Landowners Can Take Advantage of Low-Cost Native Plants, Schools Can Get Them Free

NYSDEC LogoMore than 50 species of trees and shrubs are now available to schools and public and private landowners at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Saratoga Tree Nursery, DEC announced today. The Saratoga Tree Nursery provides trees for erosion control, wildlife habitat, reforestation and other uses.

Public and Private Landowners

The program provides low-cost, native planting materials from New York sources to encourage landowners to enhance the state’s environment for future generations. The Saratoga Tree Nursery also offers a few non-native species which can enhance wildlife plantings and/or assist with stream bank stabilization. For instance, toringo crabapple provides a winter food source for wild turkey, grouse and deer and streamco willow is used in many stabilization projects.

The minimum order is 25 for conifers, hardwoods and wildlife shrubs and 50 for container stock. Mixed species packets of 30-100 wildlife shrubs are also available for homeowners to attract wildlife. The Saratoga Tree Nursery sells primarily bare-root stock, but a few species are available as containerized stock (grown in a greenhouse).

Landowners can get planting advice from their nearest DEC forestry office or private forestry consultant. The 2012 Tree and Shrub brochure can be found on the DEC’s website or by calling the Saratoga Tree Nursery at (518) 581-1439.

To order seedlings by phone, call the Saratoga Tree Nursery on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at (518) 587-1120. Mail orders are also accepted and can be sent to the NYS DEC Saratoga Tree Nursery, 2369 Route 50, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Orders may be placed through mid-May. Seedlings are shipped from mid-April to mid -May.


Schools across New York can receive free seedlings for spring planting through the DEC School Seedling Program which provides 50 tree seedlings or a mixed packet of 30 wildlife shrubs to any public or private school that would like to participate.
The seedlings can be planted on school grounds or other community spaces. Teachers and students are encouraged to plan the project ahead of time by discussing the value trees contribute to the environment and to determine the objectives of tree planting.

To participate in DEC’s School Seedling Program, schools should download an application from, contact the Saratoga Tree Nursery at (518) 581-1439 or contact the nearest DEC regional forestry office to request a “School Seedlings” brochure. The brochure contains all the information necessary to place an order. Applications must be received at the nursery by April 15, 2012.

The Nursery in Saratoga Springs was created in 1911. More than 1.6 billion seedlings have been produced to enhance and protect the forest resource. For more information, visit:

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DEC Region 5 End of Big Game Season Enforcement Report

January 13th, 2012 · No Comments · Adirondack News

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Region 5 Environmental Conservation Police were busy enforcing against poaching activities during the recently ended big game season.

NYSDEC LogoOn November 29, 2011, an Environmental Conservation Officer (ECO) was interviewing a witness as part of investigating a possible hunter trespass complaint in the Town of Benson, Hamilton County. The witness reported confronting three men allegedly on property without the owner’s permission and attempting to retrieve a female bear that they had previously shot in its den. After observing the dead bear in the den, the ECO followed human tracks to a camp on an adjacent property. Finding nobody present the ECO staked out the camp and when two of the men returned observed them attempting to clean alleged bait pile and salt licks. After interviewing the two men the ECO instructed them to retrieve the dead bear and to have all three men meet with him at the camp the next day. On November 30, 2011, the ECO seized the bear and issued multiple tickets to each of the men returnable to the Town of Benson Court as follows:

  • Benjamin I. Van Nostrand, 38, of Northville was charged with aiding in the illegal taking of a bear, a misdemeanor, and trespassing while hunting and unlawful feeding of deer, both violations. He faces maximum possible penalties of $2500 in fines and up to 1 year in jail.
  • Daniel J. Van Nostrand, 40, of Edinburg, was charged with the illegal killing of a bear, a misdemeanor, and two violations – hunting with the aid of bait, trespassing, failing to tag a bear as required. He faces maximum possible penalties of $2750 in fines and up to 1 year in jail.
  • George J. Van Nostrand, 36, of Northville, was charged with trespassing on posted property, a violation. He faces maximum possible penalties of $250 in fines and up to 15 days in jail.

On Tuesday, January 10, 2012, two DEC ECOs investigated a complaint of antlered deer shot near Lindsday’s Orchard’s in the Town of Clifton Park, Saratoga County. The deer was reportedly shot under the apple orchard’s nuisance deer permit, which allow only for the taking of antlerless deer. The ECOs reviewed the permit and associated paperwork and interviewed the orchard’s caretaker and another worker. Upon concluding the investigation, Duane R Lindsey, 59, of Rexford was charged with taking big game out of season, taking deer with the aid of an artificial light – both misdemeanors, and violating the terms and conditions of a deer nuisance permit, a violation. He was issued an appearance ticket for the Town of Clifton Park Court and faces maximum possible penalties of $4250 in fines and up to 2 years and 15 days in jail. In additions the deer’s antlers were seized as evidence, the remaining nuisance permits were confiscated, and the permit was terminated.

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Late Autumn Search and Rescue Report

December 22nd, 2011 · No Comments · News

Hello Winter, Goodbye Autumn.

DEC backcountry activity was a bit quieter this year. I guess Hurricane Irene had a little to do with that.

  • Lost hunters
  • Rock-climbing accident on Pok-O-Moonshine [sic]
  • Lost wife on the way to Rocky Falls
  • Drowning on Galway Lake
  • Injured hunter crawls 3 hours for cell-service
  • Lost and overdue hikers

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