News and Updates

New York Firefighting Team Heads To Montana To Fight Major Wildfire

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

A crew of 20 employees and volunteers from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) are traveling to Montana to assist in the containment of the Lolo Creek Complex wildfire, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens announced today.

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Become a New York State University Police Officer

Thursday, August 15, 2013

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DEC boot camp in Pulaski for new conservation officers, forest rangers is no walk in the park

Monday, July 29, 2013

Some recruits set their alarm clocks to go off at 4:30 a.m., anticipating a surprise room inspection.

By 5:40 a.m., all line up outside at attention, wearing matching grey T-shirts, shorts and sneakers. Water bottles in hand, they're ready for an hour of intense physical training.

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PBA supports legislation for no-smoking on public playgrounds

Monday, July 22, 2013

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Our Deepest Condolences

Monday, July 15, 2013

In honor of the Granite Mountain Hotshots of Prescott Arizona.

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PBA of New York State Requests Reinforcements for Upcoming Jones Beach Concert

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Union Calls Current Parks Department Staffing Level Inadequate to Safely Manage Crowd  

The Police Benevolent Association of New York State (PBA of NYS), the law enforcement union representing New York State’s Park Police, today called on state officials to supplement the inadequate police presence at Jones Beach State Park during the sold-out concert scheduled for Friday, July 12. 

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Forest Rangers and EnCon Police Officers respond to flooding in Herkimer County

Friday, July 05, 2013

Beginning on Friday June 28th, much of the Mohawk valley has been deluged by a series of powerful rainstorms that have caused localized flooding to the same levels seen during Hurricane’s Irene, Sandy, and Tropical Storm Lee. 

Rangers Hoag and Hubschmitt searching flooding debris on the Mohawk River

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DEC Law Enforcement Prevents Uncertified Clams from Reaching Consumers

Friday, June 14, 2013

Commercial Vessel Found Illegally Shellfishing Near Sewage Treatment Plant Outflow Pipe


Bay Head Inc. of Bellport, owner of a 70-foot long ocean surf clam harvesting boat, agreed to a $100,000 penalty after an investigation by New York State Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) prevented 28 cages of potentially tainted shellfish from reaching consumers in February, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced today. The vessel was observed harvesting clams in uncertified waters near the outflow pipe of a sewage treatment plant.

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3 swimmers rescued at Robert Moses State Park

Monday, June 03, 2013

Three young swimmers in distress were rescued off Robert Moses State Park Friday afternoon by two state parks police officers and two good samaritans who jumped into the water, authorities said.

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Encon Officers Engage in Federal Investigation

Friday, May 31, 2013

Officers from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, along with local and federal officials, converged on a warehouse in Rensselaer on Wednesday, May 29.

The effort was part of an on-going investigation pertaining to the "asbestos related project" according to the Albany Times Union.

You can read more about this effort and view pictures here

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