Author: Mike
• Friday, October 10th, 2014

Reminder: Deer hunting season in our area with guns, also known as “regular season” starts Saturday November 15th 2014 and ends Sunday December 7th 2014. Deer hunting continues after that with primitive weapons (archery and black powder). See NYS DEC website link below for exact dates on that. Please; whether you hunt, bike, hike or play: wear fluorescent neon colors (like “hunter orange” or “biker neon yellow”) so we can all see each other. The hunters in our area have an excellent safety record … but (for example) it is just as scary for them to think they hear a deer tromping through the woods only to discover it is a naive hiker wearing brown. So; wear neon! Oh and YES! hunting is permitted at Hammond Hill and Shindagin Hollow and generally all similar NYS forests. Deer hunting is not allowed after sunset. Regulations are stricter in areas designated “parks” such as  Treman or Buttermilk for example. Here is DEC’s web page with hunting dates: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28605.html

Bow hunting for deer runs from Oct 1st - Nov 14th 2014; chances are, you’ll never know the bow hunters are there. They are very quiet.

There is a special deer hunting season closer to Ithaca in January 2015. A lot of people are asking about it. Here is the link again. There is a very detailed map, updated for 2015 and full details at this link. http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/82382.html

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Author: Mike
• Saturday, October 04th, 2014

The Tompkins County Planning Department is inviting members of the public to review and comment on the draft County Comprehensive Plan.  The draft may be accessed at www.tompkinscountyny.gov/compplan, and a series of open houses is scheduled for locations around Tompkins County.

The 2014 draft updates the plan that was first adopted in 2004 and amended in 2008. Earlier this year, the Planning Department hosted public meetings at several locations around the County to explain the updated plan’s intended content and to gain input.  The current series of public open houses is designed to provide opportunities for the public to learn more about what is in the plan and to offer comments.  The open house format allows people to stop in anytime during the scheduled hours and have one-on-one interaction with staff.  A series of posters will outline highlights of each plan chapter.

The updated draft plan includes principles, policies and detailed chapters addressing the economy, housing, transportation, natural resources, water resources, energy and greenhouse gas emissions, climate change adaptation, healthy communities and development focus areas.  The plan also includes a new overarching principle addressing sustainability and includes content discussing the concept of affordable living in Tompkins County.  Among the major recommendations of the plan are to:

· diversify the local economy and provide opportunities for everyone to participate in economic prosperity;

· increase the housing supply at locations close to jobs and services;

· transition from drive alone vehicular trips to more walking, biking, transit and ride sharing;

· protect important natural areas, agricultural lands and water resources;

· transition to renewable energy sources and dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions;

· prepare the community for the impacts of climate change;

· promote walkable, healthy and safe communities; and

· concentrate at least two-thirds of new development in development focus areas largely centered in and around the City of Ithaca, and in villages and traditional hamlets throughout the County.

The plan will establish policies to guide decisions of county government and facilitate intermunicipal cooperation to address issues that cross municipal boundaries.

The open houses have been scheduled as follows:

•   October 8th from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Tompkins County Public Library’s Borg Warner Room

•   October 8th from 3:30 pm to 6:15 pm at the Enfield Community Building

•   October 14th from 4:00-7:00 pm at the Dryden Town Hall

•   October 16th from 4:00-6:45 pm at the Danby Town Hall

•   October 22nd from 4:00-7:00 pm at the Lansing Town Hall

•   October 23rd from 4:00-7:00 pm at the Tompkins County Public Library’s Borg Warner Room

Light refreshments will be served.

Written comments on the plan will also be accepted through October 31st and can be mailed to the Tompkins County Planning Department, 121 E. Court Street, Ithaca, NY 14850 or via e-mail to compplan@tompkins-co.org.  Thereafter the plan will be revised as necessary and submitted to the County Legislature to set a date for a formal public hearing on the plan prior to adoption.

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Author: Mike
• Monday, September 29th, 2014

Message from NYS DEC - This is regular maintenance on the existing pipeline that goes through the south end of Hammond Hill state forest. -MJL

Michael,

It has been awhile, I hope your fall is going well.  I wanted to drop a line and let folks around the south end of Hammond Hill know that the pipeline company will be doing some rehab work on that line.  There are several section on the pipeline west of Hammond Hill Road which had erosion problems and waterbars will be installed to address these issues.  As always, any questions regarding this work can be directed to me at matthew.swayze@dec.ny.gov or by phone at (607) 753-3095 ext 220

Thanks again,

Matt Swayze

NYS DEC

Senior Forester

Region 7

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Author: Mike
• Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

NYS DEC Now Accepting Bids for Firewood in Cayuga, Cortland, Onondaga, Oswego, Tioga and Tompkins Counties (5/12/2014)

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) is accepting bids from homeowners to cut firewood on state forests in Cayuga, Cortland, Onondaga, Oswego, Tioga and Tompkins counties. Due to the increased demand for firewood, sales will only be offered through a sealed bid auction and not by lottery. There is no need to sign up in advance to participate in the bid process.

All firewood for sale is standing, live trees located off-road and will require a chainsaw, tractor and cart, or a 4-wheel drive truck for cutting, access and hauling. The trees available for cutting are marked by DEC foresters. This is done to ensure that the only wood removed is done for conservation and habitat reasons. Removal of marked trees improves forest health and the growing stock of understory trees and vegetation.

Bid applications are available for firewood in state forests in the following towns: Albion, Amboy, Candor, Caroline, Cuyler, Danby, Dryden, Fabius, Freetown, Harford, Lapeer, Newfield, Niles, Redfield, Richford, Sandy Creek, Sempronius, Solon, Summerhill, Taylor and Virgil.

Bid sheets are available on DEC’s website or at DEC’s Cortland office (Monday throughFriday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and will be accepted until 2 p.m. on May 22. Maps depicting the location of each lot are also available online. Minimum bids for each lot are listed on the bid sheet.

Persons may bid on as many firewood lots as they wish; however, any person or group who is the high bidder on multiple lots will only be awarded one lot for firewood cutting purposes. Cutting and removal of firewood may begin on June 7, 2014. All firewood must be cut and removed by September 22, 2014.

In an effort to prevent the spread of invasive insect species, such as the Emerald Ash Borer and the Asian Long-horned Beetle, state regulations prohibit moving firewood that has not been heat treated more than 50 miles. Persons completing bid sheets under this program may transport cut trees no more than 50 miles from where the wood is felled. They also must complete a “Self-Issued Certificate for Transport” form and carry it with them when transporting the wood. For more information on firewood movement restrictions, visit DEC’s website, call 1-866-640-0652 or e-mailfirewood@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

Any person operating a chainsaw for any purpose while cutting firewood is required to wear Personal Protective Equipment including at least the following: hard hat, eye protection, hearing protection and cut-resistant chaps or pants. Chainsaws must be equipped with properly functioning safety devices including a chain brake. One should not apply if you do not have access to this equipment. Other firewood sales rules are available when one applies for a bid sheet as well as on DEC’s website.

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Author: Mike
• Saturday, May 10th, 2014

MAY 01 2014 - From Tony Ingraham - “Last week, herbalist and educator Becca Harber gave a class about lyme disease at Greenstar Cooperative Market in Ithaca. I videoed the class at her request and I will be showing it in probably three half hour episodes over the next three weeks on my Ithaca public access TV show, Walk in the Park, as well posting it online. Part 1 begins showing tonight (May 1) at 9:00 p.m. on Ithaca’s cable channels 13 and 97.3. It is scheduled to show again twice this weekend and finally next Tuesday. To see the full cablecast schedule of this episode, to watch Part 1 online, to see what’s covered in this episode, and to have access to downloads of class handouts, please go to my Walk in the Park vidblog athttp://ithacafingerlakes.com/2014/05/01/lyme-disease-prevention-care-part-1/ .”

MAY 11 2014 - Don’t blunder into the bushes without knowledge about how to avoid Lyme disease! Part 2 of our series continues showing this morning at 10:30 on Ithaca’s cable channels 13 and 97.3, or watch it right here online! Next showing: Tuesday, 8 p.m. http://ithacafingerlakes.com/2014/05/10/lyme-disease-prevention-care-part-2/

Tony Ingraham
Ithaca, NY
Owl Gorge Productions
See our books about Ithaca and Watkins Glen State Park
Http://owlgorge.com

See my public access TV show “Walk in the Park”
at http://walkinpark.com

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Author: Mike
• Tuesday, May 06th, 2014

This is a common occurrence on the public lands around Tompkins County such as Hammond Hill State Forest. New York State has both spring and fall hunting seasons. The spring season is May 01 - May 31 in 2014 and hours are sunrise until noon (all day in the fall). So, don’t be surprised to see hunters dressed in full camo in the mornings during the month of May. Head-to-toe camouflage helps hunters to stay undetected to the turkeys. More information on the NYS DEC website http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/8366.html

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Author: Mike
• Tuesday, May 06th, 2014

DRYDEN NY - Trail Run at Hammond Hill State Forest Sat May 10th 7:00am-3:00pm - The Thom Bugliosi trail runs follow the nordic ski loop on the HH main perimeter trails, including the radio tower loop. Start time is 7:00AM for the 52K run (pre-register only), and 10:00AM for the 13K/26k. Registration and start line will be at Camp Earth Connections off of Hammond Hill Road.  Online registration is available here, https://www.raceit.com/Register/?event=25074 and they offer race day registration for the 13K/26K at a slightly higher price. Sponsored by Finger Lakes Runners Club (FLRC). More http://fingerlakesrunners.org/wordpress/trail-runs/thom-bugliosi-trail-runs/

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Author: Mike
• Thursday, January 09th, 2014

This event has been cancelled due to poor conditions. There is no “snow” date. Try again next year!

DRYDEN NY - On Saturday, January 19, 2014, the Cayuga Nordic Ski Club will hold its annual 10k ski race at Hammond Hill State Forest. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has approved this race and course grooming under a Temporary Revocable Permit. The trails will not be officially closed, but non-racers are asked to preserve the set tracks, yield the trail to racers as they pass, and to follow instructions of course marshals. Cayuga Nordic Ski Club. Sunday, January 19th. Annual 10k Ski Race at Hammond Hill http://cayuganordicski.org/

A map of the race course is here http://canaaninstitute.org/photos/2013_CNSC_race%20map.jpg (same as previous years).

Racing will begin at 10:30 AM and all racers are expected to be off the course by 1:00 PM.

The main race will be a 10k Empire State Games qualifier. The general public is invited to participate in a 5k citizens’ race and a 1k kids’ race.

Details and on-line registration are at http://www.skireg.com/cayuga-nordic-classic

Day-of registration is from 8:30 to 10:00AM on January 19.

Thanks for your cooperation on the trails and we hope to see you there on January 19.

Cayuga Nordic Ski Club. Sunday, January 19th. Annual 10k Ski Race at Hammond Hill http://cayuganordicski.org/

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Author: Mike
• Monday, November 11th, 2013

Reminder: Deer hunting season in our area with guns, also known as “regular season” starts Saturday November 16th 2013 and ends Sunday December 8th 2013. Deer hunting continues after that with primitive weapons (archery and black powder). See NYS DEC website link below for exact dates on that. Please; whether you hunt, bike, hike or play: wear fluorescent neon colors (like “hunter orange” or “biker neon yellow”) so we can all see each other. The hunters in our area have an excellent safety record … but (for example) it is just as scary for them to think they hear a deer tromping through the woods only to discover it is a naive hiker wearing brown. So; wear neon! Oh and YES! hunting is permitted at Hammond Hill and Shindagin Hollow and generally all similar NYS forests. Deer hunting is not allowed after sunset. Regulations are stricter in areas designated “parks” such as  Treman or Buttermilk for example. Here is DEC’s web page with hunting dates: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28605.html

There is a special deer hunting season closer to Ithaca in January 2014. A lot of people are asking about it. Here is the link again. There is a very detailed map, updated for 2014 and full details at this link. http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/82382.html

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Author: Mike
• Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Tompkins County will be updating its 2004 Comprehensive Plan by 2014, and needs your input to help develop the scope of the Plan. Please share your ideas through a brief online survey http://tompkinscountyny.gov/compplan/kickoffsurvey or contact the Tompkins County Planning Department at 607-274-5560 if you would like a paper copy.

Online Kickoff Survey: http://tompkinscountyny.gov/compplan/kickoffsurvey

Comprehensive Plan Update Website: http://tompkinscountyny.gov/compplan
Questions/hard copies: please call 607-274-5560 or email planning@tompkins-co.org

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Author: Guest
• Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

From Richard Pancoe:

Yesterday a couple of people approached our Operations  that were preparing to mow the roadsides, asking that we not mow because of the black berries.  The crew and equipment are there to do some long neglected roadside mowing - maintenance. They will be mowing Red Man Run PFAR (public forest access road) back to the tree line and Canaan Hill back two widths of mower  swaths, essentially mowing  the road side and ditch line of heavy vegetation.

According to good maintenance standards the roadside should be mowed at least once every three years with annually mowing being ideal to favor the establishment of grasses.  We are not looking to maintain grasses along our roadside, but keeping them safe and open for public vehicular traffic. The Canaan Hill PFAR has not been mowed in the seven growing seasons I have been in the district. The vegetation is now into the road and with an ice storm will be in the road. And because of having to mow this advanced growth, the mowing will look rougher for awhile.  Now that the Department has some appropriate equipment for roadside brush mowing we hope to be on a more appropriate schedule of roadside mowing.

We can not schedule around the black berry season. The road maintenance project started with DEC PFARs to the south and west and working their way north and east traveling from forest to forest. Trucking costs and available staffing are at a premium and we absolutely can not afford to jump around.

The periodic mowing helps to maintain succession favoring sustaining the black berry bushes  along that road. The draft Twin Sheds Unit Management Plan called for maintaining the roads.  We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Richard Pancoe
Forester 2
NYS DEC
1285 Fisher Ave.
Cortland, NY  13045-1090
rgpancoe@gw.dec.state.ny.us
607-753-3095 Ext. 224

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Author: Guest
• Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Hi Friends-

Love Knows No Bounds is sponsoring another service trip to NYC area (Far Rockaways this time) this weekend May 18-19 to help folks clean up, muck out, throw out and start over.  There are a lot of folks who still need help cleaning and rebuilding, it’s hard to believe that this long after the storm there are still folks in need but it’s true.  Many people weren’t able to get insurance money to start the work.  Occupy Sandy has been working relentlessly since the storm, and will continue to do so.

If you would like to donate $10 or more to the volunteers (like me) at LKNB in order to fund this trip as well as future trips, that would be very much appreciated.  The more money we raise, the more people we will be able to transport to the affected areas to help the residents clean and rebuild.  I will be going this weekend to offer my help.  If you are interested in going in future trips, let me know.

http://www.crowdrise.com/lknbsandyrelief-nyc

Thank you!
Pam Gueldner

[Pam is a regular participant in BikeSki outings ...]

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