- Recent Rockland County Deer Deaths Diagnosed.
DEC has confirmed that the death of approximately 100 white-tailed deer reported two weeks ago in the Town of Clarkstown, Rockland County was caused by Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD)(http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/39767.html). EHD is a virus that is transmitted to white-tailed deer by a biting midge, commonly known as a “no-see-um” or “punkie.” The virus was last confirmed in New York in 2007 and does not infect humans. DEC asks the public to report any sightings of sick or dying deer to the nearest DEC Regional Office(http://www.dec.ny.gov/about/558.html) or to an Environmental Conservation Officer(http://www.dec.ny.gov/about/50303.html). Check out the DEC Press Release for more details(http://www.dec.ny.gov/press/76929.html) on this recent EHD occurrence.
- Trail and Campground Closures Follow Hurricane Irene.
Due to damage caused by Hurricane Irene, and more recently, Tropical Storm Lee, many trails and roads leading to the trails are closed across the Catskills and Eastern Adirondacks for safety measures. Advisories for these closures are on the Adirondack Advisories(http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7865.html) page on the DEC website or on the Catskill Advisories(http://www.nynjtc.org/news/postirene-message-hikers-trail-maintainers) page on the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference website. This information along with details on cleaning and disposing of debris is located on the DEC Safety and Cleanup Information(http://www.dec.ny.gov/public/76659.html) web-page.