Legislation To Lower Hunting Age
Legislation to lower the age where youth may hunt big game with an adult has been introduced in the NYS Senate. Senate Bill 3156 has passed the Senate but faces an uncertain fate in the Assembly (Assembly Bill 177). Sportsmen are asked to contact their legislator and urge passage of this bill to bring NYS into line with other states.
DEC Annual Tree & Shrub Sale
The DEC’s Saratoga Nursery will hold its Annual Tree and Shrub Seedling Sale during the next few weeks. This provides landowners low cost native plants to enhance the environment. There are 45 species of trees and shrubs available ranging from shelter trees like maples to willows for stream bank stabilization to highbush cranberries or other shrubs that provide food for wildlife.
The Saratoga Nursery sells primarily bare root stock for direct planting but has a few containerized stock varieties. Landowners can receive free planting advice fromthe nearest DEC Forestry office. The 2017 Tree& Shrub brochure is found on the DEC website or can be obtained by calling Saratoga Nursery (518) 587-1120.
The DEC provides free resources for schools of 50 trees or a mixed packet of 30 shrubs. Contact the nearest regional Forestry Office. Applications are due by March 31.