The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is participating in the New York State Fair, which opened Aug. 25 and runs through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5.
The DEC has exhibits at both the Aquarium Building and the Log Cabin Building at the fair. Both buildings are open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily.
At the Aquarium Building, various species of live fish are on display in large tanks. DEC officers are also on hand to talk to the public about their work and answer questions pertaining to environmental law.
DEC’s Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources is selling hunting and fishing licenses on limited days this year. Licenses may be purchased in the Aquarium Building through Sunday, Aug. 28, and again Labor Day Weekend, Saturday, Sept. 3, through Monday, Sept. 5. A biologist will be on duty to answer hunting and fishing questions on those days when license sales are not operating. In addition, Sportsmen’s Education is located next to license sales during the entire fair, as is the New York Conservation Officers Association.
The Conservationist booth features the DEC’s educational and eye appealing environmental magazine. The public can sign up for the magazine (and save $2 on a subscription) and enter a contest to win a free lifetime fishing license. No purchase is necessary to enter the contest.
Outside and behind the Aquarium, the DEC is staffing a display on the importance of water in New York State and offering free drinking water to the public at the popular “water bar.”
At the Log Cabin, the Division of Lands and Forests has daily free tree giveaways starting at 10 a.m. each day. There are also displays and information regarding the emerald ash borer and other invasive species that pose a threat to New York. Staff is available throughout the day to educate the public about DEC’s programs to control these invasives and what one should do if they discover a pest.
Belleayre Mountain also has a large display and is providing handouts, including brochures and information about New York’s popular state campgrounds. The Big Bucks Club also has a display and members available to answer questions. DEC’s Watchable Wildlife program, Onondaga County’s “Save the Rain” campaign, and information from the Environmental Facilities Corporation is also available in the Log Cabin. The Adirondack Mountain Club is also staffing the lean-to along the nature trail that runs behind the log cabin.