Spring Cleaning

IMG_0950(1)Friends of Meadow Road Nature Trail spent Saturday cleaning up and sprucing up the trail for springtime fun. Trash was collected from the trail and from along Meadow Road. 5C4A9479a

Brush was also cleared and the DEC’s lovely addition to our community is ready for residents to use and enjoy!

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Female House Sparrow In The Park

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Next Meeting

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Scheduling a meeting for next week – please check your in boxes for possible dates.

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Hunting Allowed On Meadow Road Handicapped Accessible Trail But Not Handicapped Accessible Trail In Ridge

indexThe NYS DEC presently manages two properties that provide handicapped accessible nature trails. One is the 67 acre Meadow Road Trail in Kings Park and the other is located in the 168 acre Ridge Conservation Area, which, according to the DEC website, is included in the Rocky Point Natural Resources Management Area.

The Rocky Point Natural Resources Management Area also includes about 6,000 acres of pine-oak forest and open lands.

According to the NYS DEC, hunting is not permitted in the area of the handicapped accessible trail at the Ridge location.

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We’re Official

67332_10152541667312572_5735946203498661022_nCongratulations to Friends of Meadow Road Nature Trail for its recent incorporation as a 501 (c) (4) Not-For-Profit Corporation.

We are pleased to announce the Officers of the newly formed corporation:

President: Linda Allocco
Vice President: Gilda Axelrod
2nd Vice President: Marjie Ottaviano
Secretary: Lori Carragher
Treasurer: Cathy Moonis

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Good Morning Friends Of Meadow Road Nature Trail

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A Message From Nature Trail

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No Deer Here – Just A Broken Promise To The Community

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According to 6 NYCRR Part 180.10 – “A hunter who has taken a deer, bear, or wild turkey shall, within 7 days of taking the animal, report the harvest via one of the following methods:
(1) by telephone, calling the number advertised on the department’s web-site and published in the current Hunting and Trapping Law and Regulations Guide;
(2) by internet via a web-site designated by the department;
(3) by any other means as described in the current Hunting and Trapping Law and Regulations Guide.”

The Facts
According to a response from the DEC to our most recent Freedom of Information request, they have no records of deer harvest totals for the Nature Trail for the period of October 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014.

The Conclusion
No deer were culled on the Meadow Road Handicapped Accessible Nature Trail during this past hunting season. Continue reading

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American Robin In The Park

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A Message From Friends Of Meadow Road Nature Trail

♥ Stay Warm & Safe Kings Park ♥
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Next Meeting

Next-Meeting-V3Friends of Meadow Road Nature Trail – check your in-boxes for next week’s meeting date and new meeting location. Continue reading

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Beauty & Action In The Woods

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Signs & Increased Patrols Added To Stop Unauthorized Hunting

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The NYS DEC has placed signs at the Meadow Road Handicapped Accessible Nature Trail informing hunters that January hunting on this property is prohibited. Additionally, there have been increased patrols by the Environmental Conservation Police.

If you believe there is hunting going on, please call DEC Law Enforcement Continue reading

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Hunting Continues Even Though Season Ends

IMG_0274Although hunting season ended at the Meadow Road Handicapped Accessible Nature Trail on January 1st, there is still hunting going on.

A letter has been sent to the DEC asking them to post clearer signage advising potential hunters that the season is over on this site. Some of the existing laminated photocopies have been Continue reading

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Beautiful day – cold but beautiful – on the Meadow Road
Handicapped Accessible Nature Trail

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Tree Down

IMG_0141Update – Regional Director Peter Scully has advised that the tree has been removed. Thank you Director Scully.

There is a tree on the Meadow Road Handicapped Accessible Nature Trail that is blocking the handicapped path, making it impassable for residents in wheelchairs or parents with Continue reading

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A Letter From The Department of Environmental Conservation

dec-logo2Commissioner Martens of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has sent a letter regarding the Meadow Road Handicapped Accessible Nature Trail.

Commissioner Martens states that hunting is one of the safest recreational activities for both participants and bystanders. He says it is “considerably safer than such common activities as swimming, riding a bike or driving a car.” Continue reading

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Happy New Year

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The unexamined life is not worth living – Socrates

The eve of a New Year – just the right time to reflect back, while embracing the promise of a wonderful tomorrow. Continue reading

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Deer Hunting Season Not Extended Through January

Archery signThe NYS DEC has extended deer hunting season in parts of Suffolk County through the end of January.

However, archery deer hunting has not been extended through the end of January in the Meadow Road Handicapped Accessible Nature Trail for this season, according to the DEC’s website. Continue reading

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A Letter From A Community Member

MarcyDecember 11, 2014

Dear Mr. Scully:

I want to explain why the handicapped accessible trail means so much to me. Continue reading

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County Executive Bellone Asks DEC To Change Policy

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has lent his voice
to help the residents
of Kings Park. Continue reading

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Congressman Steve Israel Asks DEC To Change Policy

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to help the residents
of Kings Park Continue reading

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Congressman Tim Bishop Sends Letter On Our Behalf

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has lent his voice
to help the residents
of Kings Park. Continue reading

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Supervisor Patrick Vecchio – “A Patently Stupid Idea”

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“A patently stupid idea. No guns, arrows or
any other weapon that could cause harm to
people should be permitted.”
– Smithtown Matters 10/5/14

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Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick – Not A Good Mix

thAssemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick… “You’re encouraging pedestrian access and allowing hunting at the same time. I don’t think that’s a good mix, and I think most people agree with that.”
– Times of Smithtown 10/9/14

“Even though there’s never been a fatality, we all know you never say never.”
– Newsday 10/9/14

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The Kings Park School District Speaks Out

KPSCD1-800x600Dear Parents
… the DEC has opened this handicapped accessible trail to archery hunting,.. Because this trail falls within the KPCSD and is used by families and hikers, I felt it imperative to alert you of this potential safety issue….Timothy T. Eagen, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
(October 3, 2014)

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Quote of the Day From Advocacy Group For NYS Residents With Special Needs

wheelchair_trail_1There are far less opportunities for State residents with disabilities to enjoy New York’s natural resources than those without disabilities. We celebrated the Americans with Disabilities Act and we are appalled that the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation would essentially negate this hard fought triumph in this situation with the introduction of archery hunting on this trail.  Continue reading

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Honesty [noun] – the quality of being fair and truthful

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“The Department wishes to halt illegal uses and promote appropriate uses such as hiking, bike riding, trail running and nature appreciation. The first step will be to close up illegal access points and secure any areas where barriers can be easily breached. Creation of a formal entrance with signage and parking and development of an official trail system is next priority. Community outreach and participation in planning, development and stewardship will be an important component of the Department’s efforts.”

At no time did the DEC inform the Kings Park community that bow hunting would be allowed on the Meadow Road Handicapped Accessible Nature Trail – although they had many opportunities to do so.

Disgracefully, the community only learned about this decision once the signs were posted at the trail.

The DEC failed to live up to its promise to work with the community on this project – from planning, to development to stewardship.

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What This Is

10689912_10153277990487802_2198464347350536861_nThis is about community residents feeling safe. This is not an objection to hunting, this is an objection to hunting on this small newly created handicapped accessible nature trail.

This is about preserving the original goal for the creation of this trail –  to provide a safe place for people of all abilities to enjoy nature.

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A Question

thWhen did people stop mattering? When did it turn out to be that a community’s wishes mean nothing to the DEC?

Surely communities all across Long Island, and possibly statewide, will look towards this issue and the DEC’s lack of honesty with and responsiveness to the Kings Park community as a lesson learned as to how the DEC will behave in dealings with them. Continue reading

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Over A Hundred Voices Spoke This Weekend

Sadly - empty trail on beautiful fall dayThe New York State Department of Environmental Conversation, Region 1 Office, turned on their computers Monday morning to find over 100 messages from friends of The Meadow Road Handicapped Accessible Nature Trail again asking them to rescind their policy of allowing bow hunting on this unique trail.

An excerpt from one of the many letters…

There are very few locations where disabled Continue reading

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Handicap Advocacy Group Calls For Change

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We at Loyal Friend wrote the below letter to the Governor and others but not in any political sense. We just want to help them make a decision to remove a dangerous situation on Long Island. It is all of our backyards. This area must be given back to the disabled as originally Continue reading

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DEC Breaks Promises

ScullyLowRezA letter to DEC Long Island Regional Director
Peter A. Scully regarding  the Meadow Road
Handicapped Accessible Nature Trail. Continue reading

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Stonewall [verb] – to block, stall, or resist intentionally

Stonewall_Limeuil_Dordogne# Peter Scully, Regional Director NYS DEC, October 1, 2014 – “As promised, I am revisiting the issue of limited hunting…”

December 4, 2014 – No answer has been forthcoming. Continue reading

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Mission Abandoned

dec-logo2Mission of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation: “To conserve, improve and protect New York’s natural resources and environment and to prevent, abate and control water, land and air pollution, in order to enhance the health, safety and welfare of the people of the state and their overall economic and social well-being.” Continue reading

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Editorial By Newsday: Nature Lovers & Flying Arrows Don’t Mix

thNewsday’s editorial on November 17, 2014,  titled
Nature Lovers And Flying Arrows Don’t Mix, calls
for the DEC to reverse its policy of allowing
bow hunting on this modest,
handicapped accessible trail. Continue reading

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What People Are Saying – Bowhunting On Kings Park Trail

Meadow curveFrom Newsday – November 6, 2014

Regarding “Kings Park arrows are far from school” [Letters, Oct. 28], the state built a trail through a wooded area on Meadow Road in Kings Park. Two months ago, I called the state Department Continue reading

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Kings Park Hiking Trail Is Not Right For Hunting

Newsday
October 9, 2014

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Kings Park resident Marcy Freeman, 61, was looking forward to using the Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant trail in a state protected area behind her home this fall. Now, she’s afraid to to go into the park because the state has opened it up to archery hunters. Photo Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

The Smithtown News
October 9, 2014

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The Beginning – Meadow Road Handicapped Accessible Nature Trail In Kings Park Needs Our Help

Archery signThis past summer, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) developed a lovely handicapped accessible trail on a 67 acre piece of land on Meadow Road, in Kings Park.

Local families, hikers, dog owners, birders, and nature & exercise enthusiasts were encouraged to use and enjoy this lovely Continue reading

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