LIBERTY, NY — Youth interested in participating in the annual Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Day-Old Pheasant Raise & Release program have the unique opportunity to experience rearing pheasants and releasing them into the wild. Orders can be placed until Friday, March 18 through Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) 4-H Youth Development program, located at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd. Read more
LIBERTY, NY— A four-part, educational series of beginning farmer classes will kick off with a general “Introduction to Farming” class on Thursday, March 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) will offer the program series at its Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd., unless otherwise noted. Read more
REGION — The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is inviting college students to apply for one of 21 summer internships at offices throughout the watershed. The vast majority of these opportunities are paid internships in the fields related to science and engineering. Those accepted into the summer internship program will have the chance to work alongside scientists, engineers, planners and other professionals who help run the water supply for the largest city in the United States. Read more
PIKE COUNTY, PA — The Delaware Highlands Conservancy has announced that $3 million of federal Forest Legacy Program funding will be directed to “The Northeast Connection” for the permanent protection of thousands of contiguous, unfragmented acres of forests, lakes, and wetlands along the Little Bushkill Creek in Pike County. Read more
SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — The Sullivan County Soil & Water Conservation District has announced its annual spring Tree & Shrub Program. Landowners can choose from a wide variety of deciduous and conifer trees and shrubs and specialized packets such as nut tree, flowering tree and shrub, wildflower, butterfly and perennials. Tree size and age allows for you, the purchaser, to select what’s right for your needs. It offers a range of quantities at reduced costs to promote conservation plantings.
Other items available through the program are fruit trees and wildlife habitat housing. Read more
NEW YORK STATE — Consultation grant funding is now made available for organic dairy producers in New York State through the partnership of the New York Organic Dairy Program (NYODP) and the New York Farm Viability Institute. According to an announcement by Cornell University, producers who participate in the Cornell Organic Dairy Farm Business Summary (DFBS) program can select a project for immediate attention through a modified Dairy Profit Team approach. Read more
BETHANY, PA — Sugarmaker David Hauenstein III poses with Ed Pruss at the annual meeting of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Maple Producers Association, held Saturday, January 30, at the Bethany United Methodist Church. Pruss, retiring from 37 years as a Penn State Extension agent, was recognized for his years of service to the local maple industry. The artwork on the bucket is the creation of Aldenville artist Larry Wildenstein.
SYRACUSE, NY — Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) is a risk-management tool offered by the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA). NAP provides financial assistance to producers of noninsurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory, or prevented planting occur due to natural disasters. “The 2014 Farm Bill expanded the NAP program and made it a great tool for New York producers to manage their risk,” said James Barber, the New York State Executive Director of FSA. Read more
LAKE ARIEL, PA — Would you like to know about measuring weather? Wind and temperature are two parameters recorded by scientists called meteorologists. Lacawac Sanctuary will offer a workshop exploring some key components to measuring weather on Saturday, February 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. Pre-register to receive a supply list of recycled materials for creating your own measuring tools to take home and record the weather in your backyard. The workshop is open to families with children eight and up, and Scouts looking to earn the merit badge. The registration deadline is Thursday, February 18. Read more
WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin offering farm ownership microloans, creating a new financing avenue for farmers to buy and improve property. These microloans will be especially helpful to beginning or underserved farmers, U.S. veterans looking for a career in farming, and those who have small and mid-sized farming operations. Read more
LAKE ARIEL, PA — What birds are chirping in your backyard? Using a bird feeder is an aid to our feathery friends and can be more entertaining than watching television! Join the Northeast PA Audubon Society at Lacawac Sanctuary on Saturday, February 6, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon for this free workshop. Read more
HURLEYVILLE, NY — The Hurleyville Fire Department, in cooperation with the Town of Fallsburg Youth Commission, will hold its 28th annual ice fishing contest on Saturday, February 13, on Morningside Lake off of Brickman Road from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration will take place the day of the contest at the lake, and costs $5 for adults and is free for those 15 years old and under.
The annual Super Raffle will be held the same day. You can win one of two 32-inch flat-screen TVs, a woven cloth hammock and other prizes. Read more
LIBERTY, NY — New and seasoned gardeners alike can take advantage of a winter series of horticulture classes offered in the new year that begins with a seed-saving workshop on Thursday, January 21. Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC)’s Master Gardener Volunteer program will host this class from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at its Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center at 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd. Read more
REGION — New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) Commissioner Emily Lloyd has announced the 30th annual Water Resources Art and Poetry Contest.
Second through 12-grade students attending public, independent, charter, or parochial schools and/or home-schooled in New York City and in the East and West of Hudson watersheds are invited to create original art and compose poetry that reflects an appreciation for our shared water resources. Read more
LIBERTY, NY — The latest developments in cattle breeding and synchronization will be highlighted at the cattle breeding and synchronization workshop set for Monday, January 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) will offer this class at its Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Rd. Lunch will be provided, sponsored by Catskill Veterinary Services. Read more
REGION — The Catskill Nordic Ski Club’s informal, guided cross-country skiing sessions will continue in late January through mid-March. All trips start at 1 p.m. The leaders may choose to reschedule, to change the location, or to hold a hike instead of a skiing event depending on conditions, so it is advisable to call the leaders ahead of time to get the most up-to-date information (see phone numbers below). The leaders are prepared to help and encourage new skiers, and can provide directions to the meeting place for each event.
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HAWLEY, PA AND BETHEL, NY — Delaware Highlands Conservancy (DHC), an accredited land trust working to protect lands and waters throughout the Upper Delaware River region, is praising a bipartisan congressional vote that makes permanent a federal tax incentive supporting land conservation. Read more
DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) has a variety of events planned for January. Pre-registration is requested unless otherwise noted.
There will be cross-country skiing on Sunday, January 3, 17, 24 and 31 from 1 to 3 p.m. and Saturday, January 23 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, for a fee of $20 for adults and $10 for children. Enjoy the winter woods with beginner ski lessons. Learn the basics of cross-country skiing and practice on an old logging road loop. You decide how many loops to ski. Read more
LAKE ARIEL, PA — From now until mid February is the ideal time for students to apply for internships and research positions at Lacawac Sanctuary Field Station. Among the many opportunities this summer at Lacawac are:
Ecological Education and Research Assistant. Mid-May through early August. Complimentary housing.
Marketing and Communications Intern. Mid-May through early August. Complimentary housing.
Field Station Educator. Mid-May through early August. Complimentary housing. Read more