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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

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 at .”

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.

Tony Ingraham
Ithaca, NY
Owl Gorge Productions
See our books about Ithaca and Watkins Glen State Park

See my public access TV show “Walk in the Park”

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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

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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, and they offer race day registration for the 13K/26K at a slightly higher price. Sponsored by Finger Lakes Runners Club (FLRC). More

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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

A map of the race course is here (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

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

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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:

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.

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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 or contact the Tompkins County Planning Department at 607-274-5560 if you would like a paper copy.

Online Kickoff Survey:

Comprehensive Plan Update Website:
Questions/hard copies: please call 607-274-5560 or email

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Author: Mike
• Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

ITHACA NY - Dinner and Bikes - coming to Ithaca Mon May 13 - Submitted by Tad Brennan: “An old friend of ours is a bicycle activist in Portland, OR, who writes about integrating bikes into urban environments and into modern life.  Elly Blue and her crew–four authors, bloggers, film-makers and chefs–are going to be visiting Ithaca on May 13 and putting on one of their signature events, “Dinner and Bikes,” in which they combine a vegan dinner with some talks about bike activism and a documentary film about the bike scene in Portland. A Dinner and Bikes evening includes a gourmet, vegan and gluten-free buffet dinner prepared by Joshua Ploeg, a presentation about transportation equity and the everyday bicycling movement by Elly Blue, and a near-complete excerpt from Aftermass, Joe Biel’s forthcoming documentary about the history of bicycling in Portland. The event is followed by a book signing with all three presenters, and some time to peruse their traveling bicycle and cooking themed bookshop.” Mon May 13th 6-9 pm St Paul’s Methodist Church community dining room, 402 North Aurora St (entrance on Court). $12-20 sliding scale FULL STORY Their website Ithaca Facebook event

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Author: Mike
• Saturday, April 20th, 2013

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 2013 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

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Author: Mike
• Monday, April 08th, 2013

SOURCE: CDC WEBSITE - The Lyme disease bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi, is spread through the bite of infected ticks. The blacklegged tick (or deer tick, Ixodes scapularis) spreads the disease in the northeastern, mid-Atlantic, and north-central United States, and the western blacklegged tick (Ixodes pacificus) spreads the disease on the Pacific Coast.

Ticks can attach to any part of the human body but are often found in hard-to-see areas such as the groin, armpits, and scalp. In most cases, the tick must be attached for 36-48 hours or more before the Lyme disease bacterium can be transmitted.

Most humans are infected through the bites of immature ticks called nymphs. Nymphs are tiny (less than 2 mm) and difficult to see; they feed during the spring and summer months. Adult ticks can also transmit Lyme disease bacteria, but they are much larger and may be more likely to be discovered and removed before they have had time to transmit the bacteria. Adult Ixodes ticks are most active during the cooler months of the year.

All about blacklegged ticks

ticks at different life stages

Relative sizes of several ticks at different life stages. In general, adult ticks are approximately the size of a sesame seed and nymphal ticks are approximately the size of a poppy seed.

For more information….please see the lifecycle of blacklegged ticks

Are there other ways to get Lyme disease?

  • There is no evidence that Lyme disease is transmitted from person-to-person. For example, a person cannot get infected from touching, kissing or having sex with a person who has Lyme disease.
  • Lyme disease acquired during pregnancy may lead to infection of the placenta and possible stillbirth; however, no negative effects on the fetus have been found when the mother receives appropriate antibiotic treatment. There are no reports of Lyme disease transmission from breast milk.
  • Although no cases of Lyme disease have been linked to blood transfusion, scientists have found that the Lyme disease bacteria can live in blood that is stored for donation. Individuals being treated for Lyme disease with an antibiotic should not donate blood. Individuals who have completed antibiotic treatment for Lyme disease may be considered as potential blood donors. Information on the current criteria for blood donation is available on the Red Cross website External Web Site Icon.
  • Although dogs and cats can get Lyme disease, there is no evidence that they spread the disease directly to their owners. However, pets can bring infected ticks into your home or yard. Consider protecting your pet, and possibly yourself, through the use of tick control products for animals.
  • You will not get Lyme disease from eating venison or squirrel meat, but in keeping with general food safety principles meat should always be cooked thoroughly. Note that hunting and dressing deer or squirrels may bring you into close contact with infected ticks.
  • There is no credible evidence that Lyme disease can be transmitted through air, food, water, or from the bites of mosquitoes, flies, fleas, or lice.
  • Ticks not known to transmit Lyme disease include Lone star ticks (Amblyomma americanum), the American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis), the Rocky Mountain wood tick (Dermacentor andersoni), and the brown dog tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineus).
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Author: Mike
• Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

ITHACA NY - Cornell Plantations and the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University are organizing a workshop aimed at training volunteers to identify and report new hemlock woolly adelgid (Adelges tsugae) infestations. This newly arrived invasive insect pest threatens eastern hemlock trees and the biodiversity they support, causing a cascade of environmental changes for some amphibians, fish, invertebrates, and plants in response to the increased light and warmer temperatures. Hemlock woolly adelgids were first reported in the central Finger Lakes region in mid-2008, but now inhabit dozens of local sites. Early detection of new sites is a high priority, and local conservation groups are organizing volunteer surveys as a critical first step in managing this devastating invasive species.

The workshops will feature a presentation by Mark Whitmore on the adelgid’s biology and the threat it poses to local hemlock forests. Participants will visit Beebe Lake to observe hemlock woolly adelgids first-hand and gain experience in detection, monitoring, and reporting protocols. Participants will also have the opportunity to volunteer in the “Adopt-a-Hemlock” program to conduct surveys and report new infestations in local hemlock forests. The workshop will be held on Saturday, March 30h from 1:00 – 3:00 PM at Plantations’ Nevin Welcome Center in the Botanical Garden, located at One Plantations Road on the Cornell campus.

Pre-registration is not required. For more information on hemlock woolly adelgid or to report new occurrences, visit

Cornell Plantations is the botanical gardens, arboretum, and natural areas of Cornell University, and is a member of Ithaca’s Discovery Trail partnership. Plantations is open to the public year-round, free of charge, during daylight hours. The Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center is open Tuesday-Saturday from 11am to 4pm. For more information call 607-255-2400, visit and find us on Facebook at


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Author: Mike
• Saturday, March 02nd, 2013

I am moving the “snow depth pics” … SNOW DEPTH PICS look at most recent (last image on last page of thumbnails) for most current depth image This “snow depth pics” is the album built up from the conditions report on the Bikeski email list. The most current snow depth photo will be the last one: the lower right image on the last page of thumbnails. Sometimes I will link directly to that image in the email newsletter.

Also I put all the outing pics together (about 12 years worth!) here. Check it out!

To subscribe to the outdoor newsletter go here and tell me who you are (first and last name please).

PHOTO GALLERIES PICS :: Community Photo Albums - It’s OK to download individual photos Photo Samples - more photos at links below ...for personal use such as Facebook, but please leave the watermark intact if there is one. If you need higher resolution images, email me, I can sell you non-watermarked high resolution verisons for a reasonable fee. I also may have more of your group. I only tend to post about a third of the images on the web albums. I am available for hire for photographing events or for private photo shoots for webpages, portraits and so forth. Thanks! -Mike :-)

at Cornell Plantations [ 2012 ]
Judy’s Day Cornell Plantations
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Ithaca Festival Parade 2012 ]2011 ]2010 ]2009 ]2008 ]2007 ]2006 ][ 2004 ]
Other Photo Albums of Michael’s on [ Picasa ][ Google+ ][ Facebook ]
Some assorted, very nice images: mostly Town of Caroline [ Various Photographs ]
Outdoor related Bikeski Group [ Snow Depth ][ Group Outings ]

Thanks! -Mike :-)

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