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NY Census - Race and Ethnicity
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Taylor Creek State Forest

January 2017
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Happy Weekend! I really need the weekend because I’m so tired. It wasn’t a bad week but somehow it just dragged on by the end. I think it may have been all those cloudy days. Albany winters really are the pits with all the cold, cloudy and harsh weather. I don’t understand why anybody in their right mind would stay in such an inhospitable climate except for the taes and the welfare benefits they provide.  

Mostly cloudy and 38 degrees in City of Albany. Breezy, 16 mph breeze from the west with gusts up to 30 mph. The skies will clear Sunday around 6 pm. Maybe. It next week is expected to be sunnier but even colder. And maybe some good snow for the second week of February? 

New Moon tonight. The Full “Snow” Moon is on Saturday, February 11th. The sun will rise at 7:12 am with the first light at 6:42 am, which is 55 seconds earlier then yesterday. Tonight will have 14 hours and 8 minutes of darkness, a decrease of 2 minutes and 16 seconds over last night.
Tonight will have some widely scattered snow showers, mainly before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 29 degrees at 5am. 14 degrees above normal. West wind 10 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Little or no snow accumulation expected. In 2016, it got down to 16 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. The record low of -16 occurred back in 2005.

In four weeks on February 24 the sun will be setting at 5:39 pm, which is 36 minutes later then tonight. In 2016 on that day, we had rain, snow, thunderstorm and temperatures between 44 and 32 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 37 and 19 degrees. The record high of 65 degrees was set back in 1985.

Looking ahead, St. Patrick’s Day is in 7 weeks, Good Friday is in 11 weeks, Arbor Day is in 13 weeks, Cinco de Mayo is in 14 weeks and Memorial Day Weekend is in 17 weeks. Just keep shoveling the shit and it will be here before you know it. Along with the black flies. 

State wants Tub Mill Pond parcel

"The Town of Moriah must decide whether to endorse the sale of Tub Mill Pond to the State of New York.
Without town approval, state law does not allow the purchase with state Environmental Protection Fund money, which the Department of Environmental Conservation wants to use."

"The 1,200-acre area is located off Ensign Pond Road in Moriah, and is currently owned by Tub Mill Pond LLC, a sportsmen’s group. It had been offered for sale previously for more than $1.9 million. Besides Tub Mill Pond, the sale includes Rockport Pond, which has a small dam, and Smith Pond."

Forest Preserve in NY – Classification by Acres

Protected by Article XIV of the New York State Constitution, the Forest Preserve is defined as public lands in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks within "forest preserve counties" as defined by the New York State Legislature. These lands are identified as [ECL 9-0101]"...lands owned or hereafter acquired by the state within the county of Clinton, except the towns of Altona and Dannemora, and the counties of Delaware, Essex, Franklin Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Lewis, Oneida, Saratoga, Saint Lawrence, Warren, Washington, Greene, Ulster and Sullivan,..."

Forest Preserve lands are further broken down into categories based on their capacity to withstand use. These categories are defined in the 1987 (updated 2010) Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan (APSLMP) and/or the 1985 (updated 2008) Catskill Park State Land Master Plan (CPSLMP) depending on which Park(s) they are found in. These classifications are: Wilderness, Wild Forest, Canoe (Adirondacks only), Primitive (Adirondacks only), Primitive Bicycle Corridor (Catskills only), Intensive Use, Historic (Adirondacks only), State Administrative and Detached Forest Preserve.

More information on the state's Forest Preserve can be found here: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/7811.html

30 Years of Oil and Gas Pipeline Spills, Mapped

"Over the last thirty years, just under 9,000 significant pipeline-related incidents have taken place nationwide, according to data from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. (Not counted in this total are thousands of less “significant" pipeline-related malfunctions.)"

"To better understand the extent of this damage, CityLab mapped out all significant pipeline accidents between 1986 and 2016, based on data compiled by Richard Stover, an environmental advocate and former research astronomer at the University of California, Santa Cruz. According to Stover, these accidents have resulted in 548 deaths, 2,576 injuries, and over $8.5 billion in financial damages."

Google Maps: Hispanic Persons in New York State

Yesterday I posted a graph that showed the percentage of Hispanics who lived in each county of New York. Today, an interactive map showing Hispanic percentages by Census Tract. Generally downstate has the most Hispanic persons, concentrated around the New York City Metropolitan area.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

A gray Friday morning in Trump’s America. Not a terrible morning walk down to the express bus although somehow I managed to misplace my keys until I found them. I had to walk a little faster than usual but I always build a little extra time into my schedule, so I made it down to the express bus.

Thirty-nine degrees this morning with some snow flurries. Near constant temperature today, maybe it will go up a degree or two should the sun come out for a few minutes.

Feeling well rested this morning because I made sure to take a sleeping pill last night right when I got home from the library and then I drew my curtains and turned on the red light which made for good sleeping, asleep before ten and not awake until quarter of seven.

The sun will set at 5:03 pm with dusk around 5:33 pm, which is 1 minute and 18 seconds later than yesterday. Today will have 9 hours and 50 minutes of daylight, an increase of 2 minutes and 13 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will have a slight chance of snow showers before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 28 degrees at 6am. 13 degrees above normal. West wind 11 to 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. In 2016, it got down to 16 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. The record low of -16 occurred back in 2005.

Looking ahead, there are 7 weeks until St. Patrick’s Day when the sun will be setting at 7:05 pm with dusk at 7:33 pm (Daylight Savings Time). On that day in 2016, we had fog, rain, thunderstorm and temperatures between 61 and 38 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 45 degrees. We hit a record high of 75 back in 1990.

Map: Taylor Creek State Forest

Map: Taylor Creek State Forest

Taylor Creek State Forest is composed of 1,860 acres located in the town of Pierrepont in central St. Lawrence County.

There are currently no developed trails on this state forest.

Camping - There are no designated camp sites on this property. Back Country Camping is allowed. Camping for more than three nights in a group of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger. Camping is prohibited within 150 feet of water, roads or trail.

Hunting and trapping are permitted on the property in accordance with all game regulations, unless otherwise posted. Fishing is available on Eels Pond, which is a short walk south from Eels Road.

This property provides large undeveloped areas suited for hunting, hiking and nature viewing.

Topography varies with upland areas supporting a mixture of northern hardwood, hemlock, and white pine forests. Pine and spruce plantations were established on what were formerly farm fields and pastures. Flatter ground supports open wetlands and shrub swamps, which gradually transition to swamp hardwoods and white cedar in seasonal flooded areas.