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DEC Invites Public To Submit Comments On Draft Mute Swan Management Plan

Mute Swan Hearing on Long Island Rescheduled for Oct. 26

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today that the draft mute swan management plan public hearing for the Long Island region has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 26, 2017, at the Suffolk County Water Authority Education Center in Hauppauge.

This hearing will give the public an opportunity to provide feedback on the revised plan. The original public hearing, planned for September 19, was postponed due to inclement weather.

DEC reminds the public to submit comments via email or mail. Due to the later hearing date, DEC is extending the public comment period to December 13, 2017.

These comments will be equally weighted as comments received during a public hearing.

Information on upcoming public hearings and how to submit written and email comments:

Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 6 p.m.

Suffolk County Water Authority Education Center

260 Motor Parkway

Hauppauge, NY 11788

Written comments on the revised management plan can by submitted by writing to: Bureau of Wildlife - Mute Swan Plan, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4754; or e-mailing Wildlife@dec.ny.gov (subject line - “Mute Swan Plan”).

The DEC draft plan can be found on DEC’s website.


NYSDEC - Mothballs Not To Be Used To Repel Animals And Wildlife

Use Pesticides Responsibly, Read the Label!

Every year the NYSDEC Bureaus of Pest Management and Law Enforcement receive dozens of complaints regarding the use of mothballs to repel domestic animals and wildlife in urban settings. Label directions state mothballs are to be used in tightly closed containers to kill clothes moths and other fabric pests. Mothballs are not effective in keeping “unwanted visitors” out of vegetable and flower gardens, interior walls of buildings and/or drop ceilings.

Besides, the use of mothballs in any manner other than is listed on the pesticide label is illegal and dangerous!

Why Should I Be Concerned?

  • mothball active ingredients are either paradichlorobenzene or naphthalene
  • the vapors from mothballs are toxic 
  • Incorrect use and long-term exposure may cause health problems, harm children and contaminate soil, water, and plants 

To learn more about mothballs visit the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC).

Questions? We’re here:  pestmgt@dec.ny.gov  or  518-402-8748