Recent News

New Plans for Young Forests in New York

by H. Rose Schneider for the Altamont Enterprise

Prescribed burns are scheduled every year at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve, once every 10 years for each habitat site. They promote the health of the preserve.

ALBANY COUNTY — It may seem counterintuitive, but the state Department of Environmental Conservation is looking to remove trees in various protected areas across New York State.

Devastating Wildfires Likely in Eastern Forests

By Jeff Mulhollem, Penn State News

The intense wildfires that swept through the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee in November 2016 were a tragic melding of the past and the future, according to a researcher at Penn State University.

Restoring a Natural Pine Barrens on Cape Cod

By Andrea Ray, Wareham Week

Not many people know what Cape Cod should look like, sighs Diane Lang. The Trustees of Reservations South Coast Superintendent remembers how, as a child, she knew that she’d reached the Cape: “All of the trees were really scrubby, so you could see everything.”

Newest National Wildlife Refuge Starts in NY’s Hudson Valley

By Allison Dunne, WAMC/Northeast Public Radio

Federal, state and local officials gathered Wednesday in Dutchess County to mark the establishment of the nation’s newest wildlife refuge. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s first land acquisition for the six-state refuge is a 144-acre preserve donated by The Nature Conservancy.

Great Thicket Wildlife Refuge Gets Its Start in New York

Dover, NY – Federal, state and local officials gathered today in Dover, New York, to mark the establishment of the Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s first land acquisition for the six-state refuge, the 144-acre Nellie Hill Preserve donated by The Nature Conservancy.

Volunteers Needed to Conduct Winter Rabbit Surveys in NH

DURHAM, NH – Looking for an intriguing way to spend time outdoors this winter? Wildlife biologists need help from citizen science volunteers to conduct surveys for eastern cottontail rabbits in southern New Hampshire.

Audubon Report Finds CT Birds Need Humans’ Help

By Angela Carella, Stamford Advocate

STAMFORD — Winter officially started last week, when people tend to take pity on birds and set up feeders to help them survive the biting cold.

Birds in the state could use an abundance of human compassion.

NRCS Adds New Target Species to Working Lands for Wildlife

The Working Lands for Wildlife program of the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is adding dozens of new target species to its premier wildlife conservation effort that helps agricultural producers restore and protect habitat on privately owned farms, ranches and working forests.

Connecticut Birds and New England Cottontails Linked

By the Hartford Courant

The Connecticut Audubon Society has chilling evidence of climate change: One Connecticut bird species is at risk of extinction because rising sea levels are eradicating its nesting area.

That realization, along with others in the society's 2016 Connecticut State of the Birds report, serves as yet another alarm to vast risks posed by climate change. It's a call to action that Connecticut can't afford to ignore.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Great Thicket Natl. Wildlife Refuge

Nation’s Newest Wildlife Refuge Represents Coordinated Response to Conserving Key Shrubland Habitat in the Northeast

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following an extensive public process, and with overwhelming public support, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has finalized the creation of Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge, dedicated to conserving and managing shrubland and young forests for wildlife in New England and eastern New York. The approval of the refuge marks a key step, enabling the Service to now work with willing and interested landowners to acquire land.