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Landowners are being encouraged to help the state assess the impacts of deer on forest health.

A new tool for citizen scientists to track local forest health is called AVID, for Assessing Vegetation Impacts from Deer.

The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation is recruiting participants for the 2018 summer sampling season to conduct water-quality assessments in streams and rivers as part of the State’s Water Assessments by Volunteer Evaluators project known as WAVE.

A $32,000 grant will fund efforts to stop invasive species at the Huyck Preserve in Rensselaerville.

The state’s departments of Environmental Conservation and Agriculture and Markets have released the draft Invasive Species Comprehensive Management Plan for public comment. The proposed plan is designed to minimize the introduction, establishment, and spread of invasive species throughout New York.

New York State hunters killed an estimated 203,427 deer during the 2017-18 hunting season, according to a release from the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation.

The parks office has used the remote, 30-acre site since 2008, several years after a juvenile detention center called Camp Cass closed down in 2004.

RENSSELAERVILLE — The Edmund Niles Huyck Preserve, founded in 1931, has now joined a national network of 398 accredited land trusts.

Linda VanAller Hernick, a former cytotechnician and paleobotanist, has written a book on exploring the world of freshwater microorganisms in ditches and ponds surrounding her Rensselaerville home. She hopes others will be encouraged to partake in this little-known study.

In Berne and Knox, two different incidents have raised questions about what to do when people like hikers and rural homeowners encounter hunters or gun clubs.

hydroseeding

The Albany County Soil and Water Conservation District has begun a countywide erosion-control program using its new hydroseeder. In 2016, conservation district staff completed several successful projects in partnership with municipal highway departments.

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