"Save the Pine Bush came into being on February 6, 1978. It snowed that day. It snowed so much that the offices of the New York State government closed down and stayed closed the next day. This is the only time in the 20 years that I have lived in Albany that the State closed its offices due to the weather. I was able to ski to work in downtown Albany."

"On that day, the Albany City Planning Board had scheduled a public hearing on four developments in the Pine Bush: the Dunes, Pinehurst, Pine Circle, and a development by Charles TouheyIt snowed that day. However, the City did not cancel its public hearing. Even though there was six inches of snow on one of the main roads, Washington Avenue, the City still held its hearing."

Black Lung Study Finds Biggest Cluster Ever Of Fatal Coal Miners’ Disease

"Epidemiologists at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health say they've identified the largest cluster of advanced black lung disease ever reported, a cluster that was first uncovered by NPR 14 months ago. In a research letter published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, NIOSH confirms 416 cases of progressive massive fibrosis or complicated black lung in three clinics in central Appalachia from 2013 to 2017. "This is the largest cluster of progressive massive fibrosis ever reported in the scientific literature," says Scott Laney, a NIOSH epidemiologist involved in the study. "We've gone from having nearly eradicated PMF in the mid-1990s to the highest concentration of cases that anyone has ever seen," he said.

Google Maps: Meat Goat Production

Goat meat, aka chevon and cabrito, capretto, or kid is not a real popular commodity in the United States, although there are some very large meat goat farms in Texas and some pockets of meat goat farms in Oklahoma, Tennessee and a few other states. Most counties have some farms raising meat goats, but for the most part, it's not a major commodity, as people don't raise goats commercially much in the United States for food.

More about meat goats: https://www.southernstates.com/articles/raising-meat-goats.asp
Data Source: USDA Agriculture Census, 2012. Goats for meat. Counts. https://quickstats.nass.usda.gov/

Trump Wants Pentagon To Stage Military Parade Down Pennsylvania Avenue

"President Trump, apparently inspired by the Bastille Day parade he witnessed last summer during a trip to Paris, has ordered the Pentagon to look into staging something similar — but naturally bigger and better — for Washington, D.C., the White House confirmed Tuesday. A U.S. official has confirmed the request to NPR. On Tuesday evening, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders shared in a statement that "President Trump is incredibly supportive of America's great service members who risk their lives every day to keep our country safe." She added, "He has asked the Department of Defense to explore a celebration at which all Americans can show their appreciation."

This Is What It’s Like To Not Own A Smartphone In 2018

I didn't own a smartphone until 2014, when with work it became more essential to check emails for work. With my dumb phone, I would have to walk down to the library if I wanted to read an email. I guess I could use the minimal web browser in my dumb phone, but for most bigger things I had to go to the library. But by 2014, with StraightTalk you could get a Smartphone for under $45 a month if you bought time in 3 or 6 month blocks, and the phones were cheap, so I switched on over to a Smartphone. Not having an Internet at home (much less in the wilderness), having a smartphone really is a nice thing.

Map: The Empire State Map

Map: The Empire State Map

New York is a state in the Northeastern region of the United States. New York is the 27th-most extensive, the 3rd-most populous, and the 7th-most densely populated of the 50 United States. New York is bordered by New Jersey and Pennsylvania to the south, and by Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont to the east. The state has a maritime border with Rhode Island east of Long Island, as well as an international border with the Canadian provinces of Ontario to the west and north, and Quebec to the north. The state of New York is often referred to as New York State to distinguish it from New York City.

Map: Hunts Pond State Forest

Map: Hunts Pond State Forest

Acquired during the 1960's, Hunts Pond State Forest is the most recently established State Forest in Chenango County. Its 1,397 acres traverse the valley of a feeder stream to the Unadilla River, giving way to a very diverse landscape of open fields, softwood plantations, hardwood forests and beaver meadows.

In 2011 the State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation transferred all the lands formerly administered as Hunts Pond State Park to DEC to be managed as part of the Hunts Pond State Forest. This portion of the forest contains Hunts Pond from which the forest derives its name. The pond area is open to fishing and car top boat launching. Camping around the perimeter of the pond is available with a free permit from the DEC Sherburne office from May 1 to September 30. Their phone number is (607) 674-4036.