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  • NY to discuss sick pines in Sand Flats Forest

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  • The state Department of Environmental Conservation is planning an informational meeting on how to address a severe forest decline in Sand Flats State Forest in Lewis and Oneida counties.
    The meeting will be held at the Boonville Town Hall on Sept. 26, at 7 p.m.
    Sand Flats State Forest in the towns of Lyonsdale and Boonville includes 2,531 acres of former farmland outside the Adirondack Park. The state purchased it in the 1930s and 1940s and planted trees to restore the eroded land for watershed protection, flood prevention and timber production.
    Now biologists have found hundreds of acres of dying Scotch pines caused by insects and disease. The meeting will address possible actions to salvage the wood fiber.

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