New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

The state of New York has banned dozens of invasive plant species. (Credit: CBS2)

State Conservation Department Announces Blacklist For Some Invasive Plant Species

With the sounds of spring in the air, and planting season in full swing some of your favorite flora may be hard to find.

04/22/2015

David Oakes (right) hides as he leaves court on Staten Island on Friday, March 20, after admitting to deer poaching. (Credit: CBS2)

Staten Island Man Becomes First Convicted Of Deer Poaching In New York City

In what appears to be a Big Apple first, a man has been convicted of poaching deer right in New York City.

03/20/2015

A Mute Swan (file/credit: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

State Environmental Officials Unveil New Plan Backing Off On Killing Mute Swans

A revised plan for dealing with non-native mute swans, the majestic white water birds, in New York state involves less shooting and more management.

03/09/2015

Environmental investigators at the Dell's Maraschino Cherries warehouse in Red Hook, Brooklyn on Tuesday, Feb. 24. (Credit: CBS2)

Authorities: Brooklyn Maraschino Cherry Company Owner Shot, Killed Himself During Investigation

Investigators said the owner of a Brooklyn maraschino cherry warehouse shot and killed himself Tuesday, as he was being questioned on an environmental issue by investigators who later smelled marijuana.

02/24/2015

Southern Pine Beetles are attacking trees on Long Island. (Credit: New York State DEC)

Hundreds Of Suffolk County Trees To Be Chopped Down Because Of Beetle Infestation

The insects, so small they fit on the tip of a fingernail, have badly damaged many trees in the Pine Barrens.

02/04/2015

Deer

Deer-Hunting Season Extended In Suffolk County

The season for both gun and bow hunters has been extended through the end of January — including weekends.

12/29/2014

Welcome to Bethpage sign (file/credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

Toxic Plume Spreading At Bethpage Defense Plant, Tests Show

Officials revealed this month that the 4.5-mile-by-3.5-mile plume of underground contamination in Bethpage is moving deeper than ever.

11/19/2014

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State Demands Greater Public Access To Beaches In Asharoken, Long Island

New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation is telling Asharoken village officials to either improve its beach-public-access plan or forget about receiving millions of dollars is dune repair funds.

11/05/2014

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Headquarters (credit: dec.ny.gov)

DEC Adds 135 Long Island Sites To Potentially Polluted List

The 68 sites in Nassau County and 67 in Suffolk County include spots where hazardous waste was once stored.

11/19/2013

These Long Island men and two others face fines for allegedly capturing this young deer and another and posting photos on Instagram. (credit: Instagram)

4 L.I. Men Face Fines After Allegedly Capturing Deer, Posting Photos Online

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation says at least one of the fawns was chased with a vehicle and captured alongside a fence. Photos show one of the suspects holding a “stressed” yearling.

11/13/2013

Some Long Island oysters have been contaminated by a bacteria this summer. (credit: CBS 2)

Officials: Hazardous Bacteria Contaminating Long Island Oysters

Increased runoff from summer rains has meant higher bacteria levels.

09/11/2013

Alligator found in Southampton (credit: Suffolk SPCA)

2-Foot Alligator Found In Westchester County Pond

Police say the 22-inch amphibian was seen roaming around Wilson’s Woods Park last week. They say police searched for an hour Friday for the alligator after someone snapped a photo of the creature.

08/18/2013

Air Pollution In New York

High Ozone Levels Prompt Air Quality Alert For New York City

An air quality alert has been issued for much of New York City and the northern suburbs, due to concerns about ozone levels.

06/01/2013

Alligators Found In Suffolk County (credit: Suffolk County SPCA Facebook)

Four Gators Found In Suffolk County Ahead Of Illegal Reptile Turn-In Event

A New York man enjoying his morning cup of coffee Friday stumbled upon four alligators near a Long Island boat ramp.

04/21/2013

Equipment used for the extraction of natural gas is viewed at a hydraulic fracturing site on June 19, 2012 in South Montrose, Pennsylvania. (credit: Spencer Platt/
Getty Images News)

Report: Gas Drilling Safe Under Proposed Rules

An unreleased state report found potential health impacts from fracking are addressed in the Department of Environmental Conservation’s regulatory plan, making a separate health impact study unnecessary.

01/03/2013

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