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  • 1. SPRING 2012 EDITION PUBLISHED BY FORT DRUM’S FISH AND WILDLIFE M ANAGEMENT PROGRAM Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Recreational  Turkey  Angling  Indian Lake  Ticks & Lyme  Bat Survey  Deer  Fish &  Calendar Pass Info Hunting Brochure Additions Disease Update Survey  Wildlife  Web Site NYS  Disabled  Fishing Derby  Free Fishing  Birding Results Mgmt  Contact Licenses Access  Trout Stocking Days Brochure  Maple Days Activities: Info Hunting  Firewood Sikes Act A major initiative by the Fish and Wildlife Management program this past summer has been to improve recreational fishing opportunities around the installation. A new dock was installed at Mud Lake and two new docks and a platform were installed at Remington Pond. A couple more docks will be installed this summer. The largest dock has a surface area of 200 square feet with a 30-foot walkway near theWelcome to the first electronic Cranberry Lake Pavilion (see photo below). Plans are in the works to construct a trail toedition of Fort Drum‘s Fish & make this an accessible dock for all users.Wildlife Management Program A 50-foot dock on Mud Lake is nearnewsletter. The newsletter will Alpina Dam off of FUSA Blvd. Notbe roughly in the same format only does it provide more room andas past newsletters and safety than fishing from the dam, butpublished semi-annually. The it also creates a better launching sitechange is a result of reducing for canoes and kayaks to access Mudprinting and mailing costs, Lake and Lake Bonaparte.while still attempting to providetimely information and free Other improvements have beenrecreational access. Some accomplished this past year at Indianprinted copies will still be avail- Lake—see Page 5 for more details.able at the Natural Resources A new angling brochure is alsoPermit Office, Bldg. S-2509 and available—see page 4 for moreother special events. information. Fort Drum is an active military installation. Recreational use is secondary to the military mission. All recreationists are responsible for knowing the laws, regulations, and procedures for recreational activities on Fort Drum. Fort Drum‘s Fish & Wildlife Management Program is cleaning out its storage building and has approximately 20 brand new or slightly used wood duck nest boxes available for anyone wanting to put them somewhere NOT on Fort Drum. At one time, there was an active wood duck nest box program on Fort Drum. However, work between the Forest and Fish & Wildlife Management Programs is ensuring that there are abundant trees with natural cavities available near wetlands for the benefit of multiple wildlife species. Examples of species that use dead trees and cavities include wood ducks, Ticks are becoming a common in the North hooded mergansers, woodpeckers, and bats. Country. See Page 6 for more information. (Image: Center for Disease Control) Please contact fortdrum@isportsman.net if you are interested in nest boxes. Questions? Visit OUR Web Site at: www.fortdrum.isportsman.net
  • 2. FORT DRUM OUTDOORS— SPRING 2012 EDITIONTo receive a Fort Drum Recreational Access Pass forhunting, fishing, and/or trapping, an applicable NewYork State license must first be obtained. NYS licensesare available on Fort Drum at the PX. Anyone allowedto access Fort To obtain a current Fort Drum Recreational Access Pass inDrum can person, applicants must present a photo ID and current New Yorkpurchase a NYS State hunting, fishing or trapping license, if applicable.license at the PX. Fort Drum Recreational Access Passes are available at theOtherwise, NYS licenses are available from off-post Natural Resources Permit Office (Bldg. S-2509) or through thevendors. See the NYSDEC web site for information about mail. Application instructions and forms are available at thehunting, fishing, and tr apping lice nses: Permit Office (S-2509) or Fort Drum‘s Fish & Wildlifehttp://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/365.html. Management Office (T-4848) or web site.Active duty military personnel and family members A Recreational Access Pass; Fort Drum Regulation 420-3stationed at Fort Drum are eligible to purchase sporting Hunting, Fishing, Trapping and Camping; and Recreational Uselicenses as NYS RESIDENTS instead of non-residents. Map will be provided when the access pass is issued.NYS residents who are active service members of either Current Recreational Access Passes as well as NYSDEC licensesthe New York State Organized Militia, U.S. Reserve will expire on September 30, 2012. Recreational Access PassesForces, or certain members of the U.S. Armed Forces for the 2011-2012 season are free of charge.are eligible for FREE sporting licenses. See the NYSDEC Before entering the training areas, all recreationists mustweb site at http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6097.html check-in daily by calling the Sportsman‘s Hotline at 772-7153.for more information on New York State‘s Patriot Plan. The Sportsman‘s Hotline is updated at approximately 6:00 p.m., listing training areas that are open the following day. Natural Resources Permit Office Hours of Operation Now—March 23, 2012 Friday 11:00 a.m—2:00 p.m.To make it easier and more cost effective to access March 27, 2012—September 14, 2012Fort Drum, new changes will be coming for the Tuesdays & Fridays 11:00 A.m.—4:00 P.m.upcoming permit season.The web site is currently being developed to allow for NATURAL RESOURCES PERMIT OFFICEthe issuance of recreational access passes on-line. Bldg. S-2509 on Route 26New access passes will be 5 digit numbers andassigned permanently to individuals as long as the Tel: 315-772–HUNT (4868)permits are renewed annually.Current plans are to keep the Natural ResourcesPermit Office open to assist individuals withoutcomputer access. Recreationists will also be able toobtain access passes from home, a library, or othercomputer terminal with internet access and a printer.Regulations can be downloaded from the web site orpicked up at the Natural Resources Permit Office(S-2509). Recreation maps will have to be picked upin person and will be available outside the permit officewhen the office is closed.It was originally hoped that this process would beavailable for the beginning of the new calendar year,but the new numbering system was incompatible withthe current Sportsman‘s Hotline check-in system.Check the Fort Drum Fish & Wildlife ManagementProgram web site at: www.fortdrum.isportsman.net forupdated information when passes will be available.Current passes expire September 30, 2012. Questions? Visit our web site at: www.fortdrum.isportsman.net - Page 2 -
  • 3. FORT DRUM OUTDOORS— SPRING 2012 EDITIONSix sites in Training Areas 5E and 6C are designated for disabledaccess hunting with shotgun and/or bow for small or big game. On Saturday, April 7, two turkey hunting seminarsOther persons can assist in hunting, but they may not possess will be held at Parks & Recreation, Bldg. P-11115a weapon. All persons participating or assisting must have a Iraqi Freedom Dr., Fort Drum. Both seminars willNYSDEC hunting cover the same information and will be held fromlicense and Fort 9:00 am — 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm—4:00 pm. TheDrum Recreational seminars are open to anyone interested.Access Pass.Hunters wanting to The seminar will be led by Mike Joyner, pasthunt in these president of the New York State Chapter of thedesignated locations National Wild Turkey Federation, Hevi-Shot Proare required to Staff, author, and avid turkey hunter. Mr. Joynercontact Range will provide an overview of turkey hunting, answerBranch either by questions, and explain the fundamentals ofphone (772-7152) patterning and sighting in shotguns. Turkeyor in-person (Bldg. hunting books will also be available to purchase.P-4855) to check-in Proceeds from all book sales will benefit the Site #4 located in Training Area 5E—one of six Wounded Warriors program.and check-out. accessible hunting sites on Fort Drum.Hunting areas can Check, the Fort Drum Fish & Wildlife Managementbe reserved the day before or the day of the hunt. You will be Web Site for more information.asked your name, Fort Drum Recreational Access Pass number,and the names of any persons assisting.Information about each site and the general area can be found atthe Natural Resources Permit Office (Bldg. S-2509) or RangeBranch. A brochure highlighting huntingFor more information about accessible recreation in New York small game on Fort Drum isState including fishing and camping, see the NYSDEC web page at: available at the Natur alhttp://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/34035.html. Resources Permit Office (Bldg. S-2509) or it can be downloaded from the web site. This brochure features popular small game species (including wild turkey) found on Fort Drum and provides hints on how to sex and age On April 21-22, youth throughout New certain species, and discusses the York State will have the opportunity to habitats these animals are likely bag a turkey before the regular spring to be found in. There is also a turkey season. map (below) that identifies some of the more dominant stands of preferred habitat Eligible hunters are youths 12-15 years for many of the species. of age holding a junior hunting license and a turkey permit. All youth hunters must be accompanied by an adult, as required by law. The bag limit for the youth hunt is one bearded bird. This bird becomes part of the youth‘s regular spring season bag limit of two bearded birds. A second bird may be taken during the regular season beginning May 1, 2012.Cole Worden, age 14, shotthis turkey in Fort Drum’s See the NYSDEC website at: http://Training Area during the 2011 www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/27836.htmlYouth Turkey Hunt. for more information.(Photo: Tim Worden) Questions? Visit our web site at: www.fortdrum.isportsman.net - Page 3 -
  • 4. FORT DRUM OUTDOORS— SPRING 2012 EDITION Fishing Fort Drum is a new brochure that was developed to provide a guide to 24 angling sites on 10 different bodies of water on Fort Drum. The brochure provides a list of fish species and special features found at each angling site as well as a map with each site. The brochure also highlights invasive species to be aware of in the region and provides locations and links to other places to fish in the North Country. The brochure will be available at the Natural Resources Permit Office (Bldg. S-2509) and the Fish & Wildlife Management Program Office (Bldg.T-4848). A version of the brochure can also be downloaded from the Fish & Wildlife Management Program website. Fishing is allowed on Fort Drum 24 hours a day except in permanently restricted areas and Remington Pond. Fishing in Remington Pond is permitted in accordance with park operating hours. To engage in nighttime fishing activities, anglers must check-in and check-out at Range Branch (772-7152), Bldg. P-4855, and obtain a Nighttime Recreation Permit. A Joint Access Policy exists on Fort Drum to allow anglers access to training areas that are otherwise closed if Range Branch determines angling will not interfere with military training. To use the Joint Access Policy, anglers MUST check-in with Range Branch by phone (772-7152) or in person (Bldg. P-4855) and speak with Range Branch personnel.Each year, NYSDEC stocksFort Drum waters to I FISH NY GUIDE TO FRESHWATERincrease fishing FISHING is now available from theopportunities. NYSDEC. This new, full color map and brochure provides informationIn late April or early May, on over 320 lakes and ponds andBlack Creek will be stocked 112 rivers and streams in Newwith approximately 2,400 York State.brown trout; the West A Brown Trout stocked in Black Creek in 2011.Branch of the Black Creek will be stocked with 500 brook trout; and The I FISH NY guide is availableRemington Pond will be stocked with 1,000 brook trout. In June, free of charge from NYSDEC.Quarry Pond will be stocked with 200 rainbow trout. E-mail fwfish@gw.dec.state.ny.us and include your name and mailingMaps designating stocking locations will be available at the Natural address, and ―NY Fishing Map‖ inResources Permit Office (S-2509) and on the Fish & Wildlife the subject line.Management Program website. Derby Contests Largest Fish Largest Fish Overall Ages 6 & under The fishing derby is open to children 18 years of age and younger. Registration begins at Ages 7 - 11 11:45 a.m. The derby will begin at 12:00 p.m. and conclude at 3:45 p.m., followed by an awards Ages 12 - 18 presentation at 4:00 p.m. The Fishing Derby is sponsored by the DPW-Environmental Division and DFMWR-Parks & Recreation. Most Fish Caught Most Fish Overall A New York State fishing license or a Fort Drum Recreational Access Pass are not required to Ages 6 & under participate in the fishing derby. Fort Drum Parks & Recreation will have bait available for purchase Ages 7 - 11 at Remington Park. For those who need equipment, fishing gear is always available for rent at Ages 12 - 18 Parks & Recreation, Bldg. P-11115, Iraqi Freedom Drive. In 2011, 147 children caught and released 557 fish. The record fishing derby was 2004 when Longest Cast 130 children caught 621 fish in less than four hours. Ages 6 & under Ages 7 - 10 Participants are reminded the fishing derby is ‗catch and release‘ again this year. Complimentary Ages 11 - 14 brochures, information and activity books are also available at the event. In 2011, prizes were Ages 15 - 18 generously provided by AAFES, Maurice Sporting Goods, and the Sierra Club. Questions? Visit our web site at: www.fortdrum.isportsman.net - Page 4 -
  • 5. FORT DRUM OUTDOORS— SPRING 2012 EDITION Various improvements have occurred at Indian Lake the past year. A buoy was installed to mark the large boulder near the boat ramp; a new kiosk was constructed featuring a lake map and other information including a voluntary creel survey for anglers (below left); and a portable latrine was installed (right).First Platoon drilling holes an setting the initialcharges into the rock. February 7, 2012. The most dramatic improvement was completed during a two-week period in February 2012. The 693rd Sapper Company removed more than 10 tons of rockFirst Platoon after a week of blasting and to create a new and more negotiable access road to the Indian Lake boat ramp.moving rock. February 10, 2012. Indian Lake and adjacent Narrow Lake are a combined 231 acres in size and found in Training Area 19 in the northeastern part of the installation. These are the largest waterbodies on Fort Drum and used by anglers throughout the year. Although there are two access points for vehicles with boats, only one is suitable for launching a boat from a trailer, and the size of the boat was somewhat restricted due to a hairpin turn around a rock outcrop. Fixing this problem has been on the ―to do‖ list for the Fish & Wildlife Management Program for 10 years. Desire became reality when First and Second Platoons of the 693rd Sapper Company were looking for training opportunities. Sappers are also known as combat engineers; they support maneuver units by assuring mobility and enhancing protection. Sappers are probably best known asAfter the second week of work, the rock is demolition experts but also conduct activities such as clearing minefields andremoved and a road is complete. IEDs, digging trenches, repairing airfields, and building bridges.February 17, 2012. The Sappers were able to create a training mission which involved drilling holes, setting explosive charges, and using various pieces of equipment to clear rock and debris. The two platoons participating in the exercise experimented with the use of C4 explosives in quarrying operations. First Platoon Leader, 2LT Patrick Herold said, ―It was a unique training opportunity because it allowed us to actually see the effects of our explosives on a genuine target rather than repeatedly blasting holes into soft ground on a traditional demolition range.‖ In two weeks, the mission was complete and a new road was established. 2LT Herold continued, ―We are proud to have accomplished a realistic training A usable road. February 21, 2012. exercise while simultaneously benefitting the surrounding community."Saturday, May 19, everyone is invited to fish for free on Fort Drum without a New York State fishing license. The lastweekend in June is a FREE fishing weekend throughout ALL of NYS when no state fishing license is required. A FortDrum Recreational Access Pass and check-in through the Sportsman‘s Hotline is required. This is a great time to takethe kids fishing or try it if you haven‘t gone in a while. Check the NYSDEC web site for more information on free fishingdays throughout the NYS at: www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/27123.html. Questions? Visit our web site at: www.fortdrum.isportsman.net - Page 5 -
  • 6. FORT DRUM OUTDOORS— SPRING 2012 EDITION Until a few years ago, ticks were a rare occurrence in the North Country. However, warmer winters the past several years have allowed the distribution of several wildlife species to expand including ticks and their associated diseases. Reports of deer ticks in and around Fort Drum have become common the past couple years. There are three main species of ticks in New York: the black-legged or deer tick, the lone star tick, and the dog tick (see box on left). The deer tick is the smallest of the three and the one known for carrying Lyme disease. Anyone that works and recreates outdoors needs to be aware of Lyme disease. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused by the bite of an infected deer tick. Although called deer ticks, these ticks are found on a variety of animals and not just deer.Ticks can be active any time the temperature is above freezing. Young deer ticks, callednymphs, are active from mid-May to mid-August and are about the size of poppy seeds. Adultticks, which are approximately the size of sesame seeds, are most active from March to mid-May and from mid-August to November. Both nymphs and adults can transmit Lyme disease.Deer ticks typically live in shady areas. They cling to tall grass, brush and shrubs, usually nomore than 18-24 inches off the ground. Deer ticks cannot jump or fly, and do not drop ontopassing people or animals. Ticks must grab on to a host by direct contact as they pass (see (Image: Dr. Graham Hickling,photo on right). Once on a host, they typically climb upward. University of Tennessee)If you find a deer tick attached to your skin, dont panic. Not all ticks are infected, and your risk of acquiring Lyme diseaseis greatly reduced if the tick is removed within 36 hours. Remove the tick using fine-tipped tweezers by grasping it as closeto your skin as possible. Gently pull in a steady, upward motion. If the ticks mouthparts break off and remain in your skin,dont worry. The mouthparts alone cannot transmit Lyme disease—only the gut contents of a tick contain the Lyme disease-causing bacterium. The mouthparts will dry up and fall out by themselves in a few days, or you can remove them as youwould a splinter. Clean the area with disinfectant.Don‘t trust folk remedies to get the tick to ―back out‖ such as applying hot matches, nail polish remover, Vaseline, oralcohol. Applying a foreign substance can irritate a tick and cause it to regurgitate its gut contents. Likewise, do not useyour fingers to remove the tick as you increase the likelihood of squeezing its gut contents into your body.One or more of the early symptoms of Lyme disease—including a rash, chills, fever, headache, fatigue, stiff neck, musclepain, or joint pain—usually appear within 3-30 days. The rash, which resembles a bull‘s eye or solid patch about two inchesin diameter, appears in 60-80% of cases. If Lyme disease is unrecognized or untreated in the early stage, more severesymptoms may occur. Early treatment of Lyme disease involves antibiotics and almost always results in a full cure.However, the chances of a complete cure decrease when treatment is delayed.There is no need to avoid the outdoors. Instead, take precautions to reduce your risk:  CLOTHES: Wear enclosed shoes, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. Tuck pant legs into socks or boots and shirt into pants to ensure the tick is visible before it gets under the clothing. Wear light-colored clothes so a tick may be easily spotted.  REPELLENTS: Use insect repellents containing 20-30 percent DEET on your exposed skin and clothing to prevent tick bites. You can also use permethrin on your clothing for greater protection, but follow the directions and do NOT apply it to your skin.  VIGILANCE: After being outdoors, check your body for ticks with emphasis on your hair, underarms and groin area.  BE PREPARED: Carry tweezers and disinfectant as part of your outdoor equipment.  Clothes can be placed in a hot dryer to kill any ticks present.Much of the information in this article is from the New York State Department of Health.For more information, see the following web sites:  NYS Dept of Health: http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/lyme/  Center for Disease Control: www.cdc.gov/lyme/ (Image: Center for Disease Control)  University of Rhode Island: www.tickencounter.org  US Army Medical Department: http://www.armymedicine.army.mil/hc/healthtips/13/200907ticks.cfm  Cornell University: www.entomology.cornell.edu/cals/entomology/extension/medent/tickbiofs.cfm Questions? Visit our web site at: www.fortdrum.isportsman.net - Page 6 -
  • 7. FORT DRUM OUTDOORS— SPRING 2012 EDITION In 2011, Fort Drum shifted its focus from surveying the installation mainly for the Federally-endangered Indiana Bat, to attempting toWildlife viewing continues to be a popular activity monitor existing populations of all bat species on the installation toon Fort Drum. In response, the brochure Birds of better understand the impacts of white-nose syndrome (WNS).Fort Drum, has been updated. WNS is a wildlife health concern of unprecedented scale that has The brochure lists all 244 decimated bat populations in eastern North America. WNS was first known species of birds discovered in Schoharie Co., New York in the winter of 2006-07 and observed on Fort Drum has since spread throughout the eastern United States and Canada. including their seasonal WNS is caused by the cold-hardy fungus Geomyces destructans and abundance, and general most severely affects ―cave‖ hibernating bat species, including the areas to look for birds on the Little Brown Myotis and Northern Long-eared Myotis. These species installation. have been hard hit by the disease and have been declining across Canada and the northeastern United States, including on Fort Drum. The brochure can be The decline of these species on Fort Drum is illustrated in the table downloaded from the web (below), where the capture of Little Brown Myotis and Northern site, or picked up at the Long-eared Myotis went from 5.4 and 3.3 bats captured per site, Natural Resources Permit respectively in 2007, to 0.23 and 0.02 bats captured per site, Office (S-2509) or the Fish respectively in 2011. & Wildlife Management Program Office (T-4848). Despite the bad news, there were some positive findings in our 2011 efforts. A maternity roost of silver-haired bats was located in the The bird featured on the Training Area. The silver-haired bat is a relatively rare species in NYS, cover is the Henslow‘s and although this species has been caught on Fort Drum in previous Sparrow, a state threatened years, we did not realize they spent much time on the installation. species. Fort Drum is one of We were also able to learn more about the Big Brown Bat. Although the best places in New York susceptible to WNS, this species has not been impacted like other bat State to see Henslow‘s species. We found radio-tagged female big brown bats on Fort Drum Sparrows. utilizing both trees and/or buildings for maternity roosts. Interestingly, individuals that used trees were never found in buildings, and individuals that used buildings were not found roosting in trees. The Fort Drum Fish & Wildlife Management Program will continue to work with other agencies to try and help understand and combat the impacts of WNS. To learn more about WNS, see the US Fish & Wildlife Service web site: http://www.fws.gov/whitenosesyndrome/. On Saturday, May 26, there will be a special BATS CAPTURED ON FORT RUM birding trip led by a Fort * No surveys were conducted in the Cantonment Area Drum Fish & Wildlife Biologist. 2007 2008* 2009* 2010 2011 Participants will meet at TOTAL SITES SURVEYED 81 41 85 85 60 the Natural Resources Big Brown Bat 574 215 311 486 364 Permit Office at 8 am, and Little Brown Myotis 440 104 35 51 14 will then carpool throughthe training areas, stopping frequently to see a Northern Long-eared Myotis 260 37 5 5 1variety of habitats and the birds they support. Eastern Red Bat 62 14 32 89 72All participants must register in advance. Indiana Bat 18 2 0 2 1For more details, contact Jeff Bolsinger at772-6187 or Jeff.Bolsinger@us.army.mil. Hoary Bat 7 5 3 6 2Space is limited so call early to reserve a spot. Silver-haired Bat 4 3 4 5 2 Eastern Pipistrelle 4 0 1 1 0 Fort Drum wildlife viewing reports are typically updated Small-footed Bat 0 0 0 2 0 bi-weekly during the spring and TOTAL BATS 1,369 380 391 647 456 summer and can be viewed or downloaded from the website. Bats Captured/Site 16.9 9.3 4.6 7.6 7.6 Questions? Visit our web site at: www.fortdrum.isportsman.net - Page 7-
  • 8. FORT DRUM OUTDOORS— SPRING 2012 EDITIONFort Drum‘s Fish & Wildlife Management Program conducted anaerial deer survey over the Cantonment Area on February 13.Company B, 2nd Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment at Fort Drumprovided the air support required to perform the survey.Three Fort Drum biologists flew 200-300 feet above the CantonmentArea in a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter. Only the 8,255-acre, fenced-inportion of the Cantonment Area south of Route 26 was surveyed.Biologists and flight crew visually counted 320 deer. Taking intoconsideration various error rates, there are approximately 357—364deer in the Cantonment Area. Deer seen from the air near North Riva Ridge Loop. In the Cantonment Area The harvesting and sale of forest productsDeer surveys are done periodically in the Cantonment Area in an (including firewood and wood chips) on Fortattempt to track the population which requires more intensive Drum is NOT considered a recreationalmanagement due to the potential conflict of deer-vehicle collisions activity. A forest products permit is required.and damage to landscaping vegetation. The last year the survey wasdone was in 2010 when 207 deer were estimated. A forest products permit can be purchased at the Forest Management Program OfficeThe increase in deer numbers is not surprising since the deer harvest (Bldg. T-4848) during normal business hours.over the past few seasons has been below average, and this past The current costhunting season was one of the lowest in several years. Additionally, of a full cord ofthe mild winter with virtually no snow cover on the ground, has firewood isallowed some of the weaker and younger deer to survive that would $10.00. A fullhave otherwise died due predation or the difficulty in finding food. cord is 4‘ wide byThe information acquired from the survey will assist Fort Drum‘s Fish 4‘ tall by 8‘ longand Wildlife Management Program by providing information for future or two full-sizeddeer population management. pickup truck loads (8‘ bed) or three REMINDER: Weapons used on Fort Drum loads with a short must be registered box pickup (6‘ bed). The US Army has determined that weapons possessed on allinstallations—including Fort Drum—must be registered with the local Transactions are installation law enforcement office. All weapons—anything capable cash only. Permitsof firing a projectile including firearms, bows, and crossbows—-must must be purchased PRIOR to the removal of be registered before being possessed anywhere on the installation any forest products. including for hunting and target/skeet shooting. For more information and new regulations, see More information and registration forms are available on-line can the Forest Management Program web site at be found at Fort Drum‘s Fish and Wildlife Management Program http://www.drum.army.mil/PublicWorks/ web site www.fortdrum.isportsman.net. Pages/forestry.aspx or call (315) 772-6767. Questions? Visit our web site at: www.fortdrum.isportsman.net - Page 8 -
  • 9. FORT DRUM OUTDOORS— SPRING 2012 EDITIONFort Drum‘s Fish & Wildlife Management Program is responsible for all fish and wildlife resources on the installation.The primary focus is to support and sustain the military mission, but supporting the mission takes many forms. We ensurecompliance with state and federal regulations; review proposed actions for potential impacts to fish, wildlife and theirhabitats; monitor various environmental parameters to maintain healthy ecosystems; promote and manage outdoorrecreation; and ensure good stewardship of lands for military training and the public in perpetuity.For the past several issues of this newsletter, a specific function of Fort Drum‘s Fish & Wildlife Management program hasbeen highlighted including deer management in the training area (Fall 2011), amphibian surveys and monitoring (Spring2011), beaver management (Fall 2010), bird surveys and monitoring (Spring 2010), bat management and white-nosesyndrome (Fall 2009), and aquatic monitoring (Spring 2009). These pages can be found on the web site. What has not beenaddressed is why there are Army biologists on the installation in the first place.Fort Drum‘s Environmental Division, within the Directorate of Public Works, has a Natural Resources Branch where federalbiologists, foresters, and natural resources managers—US Army employees—are responsible for the management of naturalresources on the 107,000+ acre installation. This is not unique to Fort Drum, but occurs on military installations across theUS and the world and all perform similar functions as mentioned in the first paragraph. All of this is due to a federal law thatstarted with Florida Congressman Robert L. F. ―Bob‖ Sikes.Bob Sikes was a U.S. representative from northwestern Florida. He was first elected in 1940 and served 19 consecutiveterms until 1979. He briefly resigned during World War II to serve as a major in the US Army, but was re-elected into office during the next election. He is credited for turning the Florida Panhandle into a military stronghold with the establishment of Eglin Air Force Base, Tyndall Air Force Base, Naval Air Station Whiting Field, and Naval Air Station Pensacola along with several smaller projects. He was also instrumental in the establishment of Gulf Islands National Seashore, a 139,000 acre area covering 30 miles of beaches in Florida and Mississippi. Sikes also served in the U.S. Army Reserve and retired at the rank of Major General. Bob Sikes was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing on what later became Eglin Air Force Base. Due to his concerns about fish and wildlife management for hunting and fishing, in 1949 he pushed for passage of federal legislation that required Eglin Field Reservation to ―carry out a program of planning, development, and maintenance of fish, wildlife, and game conservation and rehabilitation.‖ In 1960, this legislation was amended to include all DepartmentRep. Robert L. F. “Bob” Sikes of Defense installations and the ―Sikes Act‖ was born. 1906—1994 The Department of Defense (DoD) is responsible for approximately 29 million acres of federalland and the Sikes Act ensures that these lands are professionally managed to sustain the military mission, as well as, itsnatural resources. The Sikes Act also promotes cooperation between military installations, the US Fish & Wildlife Service,and state fish and wildlife agencies. Due to the location of many military installations and restrictionsdue to access and safety, DoD lands remain relatively undeveloped and frequently represent some ofthe last and best remaining habitats for many wildlife species.In 1986, the Sikes Act was amended to include multiple-use management principles and consideredforestry and other land management activities. The Sikes Act was amended again in 1991 andbecame the Sikes Act Improvement Act which required every military installation with significantnatural resources (approximately 340 installations) to create an integrated natural resourcesmanagement plan (INRMP). Fort Drum completed its second INRMP last year in cooperation with theUS Fish & Wildlife Service-New York Field Office in Cortland, NY and NYSDEC in Watertown, NY.To learn more about natural resources management on military lands and see examples of fish andwildlife projects on military installations, check out the following documents and web sites:  Fort Drum‘s Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan: http://www.fortdrum.isportsman.net/file/FORT_DRUM_INRMP_FINAL_Apr2011.pdf  Conserving Biodiversity on Military Lands: A Guide for Natural Resources Managers: http://www.dodbiodiversity.org/  DoD Natural Resources Program: Enabling the Mission, Defending the Resources: http://www.dodnaturalresources.net/  Department of Defense Partners in Flight: http://dodpif.org/  Federal Lands and Endangered Species: The Role of Military and Other Federal Lands in Sustaining Biodiversity: http://www.natureserve.org/publications/pubs/steinBioscience.pdf  Endangered Species Bulletin July 2006: http://www.fws.gov/endangered/news/pdf/ES_Bulletin_07-2006.pdfStay tuned for the next installment about Fort Drum‘s Fish & Wildlife Management Program! Questions? Visit our web site at: www.fortdrum.isportsman.net - Page 9 -
  • 10. FORT DRUM OUTDOORS— SPRING 2012 EDITIONFort Drum‘s Fish & Wildlife Management Program web site iscontinually being updated and can be found at: www.fortdrum.isportsman.netThe web site has a home page with an overview of Fort Drum,―New News‖ with the most updated information, season dates, and―Upcoming Events‖ with events related to outdoor recreation andthe environment. There are numerous links and downloadable fileson a variety of topics including: * Access, Permits & Regulations * Hunting in the Training Area * Hunting in the Cantonment Area * Fishing & Boating * Trapping * Wildlife Viewing & Natural History * Camping * Other Recreational Activities * Disabled Access Opportunities * Publications * Photos * Environmental & Outdoor Links * Fort Drum Weather & Sunrise-Sunset TimesPlease e-mail suggestions, questions, photos, or other information to: fortdrum@isportsman.net. Education Classes Are Mandatory For First-Time Hunters and Trappers All first-time hunters and trappers must pass a safety/education course before obtaining a license in New York State. Courses are free-of-charge and administered by the NYSDEC. To learn more, check the NYSDEC web site at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7860.html or call the regional Sportsman Education office at (315) 785-2533. One of several bald March 23-25 Great Outdoor Family Expo at the YMCA Fairgrounds eagles seen on Fort Fitness Center in Watertown, NY Drum during the winter. If you see bald March 24: Maple Days at Fort Drum from 10:00-2:00 eagles, moose, or March 30-Apr 1: Big East Camping & Outdoor Sports Show at other interesting or Turning Stone Resort in Verona, NY unique wildlife, please send us an March 31: Maple Days at Fort Drum from 10:00-2:00 e-mail or call using April 1: Trout and salmon season begins in New York State. the contact April 7: Turkey Hunting seminar at MWR Outdoor Rec. information below. April 14: 2012 Youth Wild Turkey Jamboree in Fulton, NY 9:00 – 3:00. (Registration due April 2). April 22: Earth Day April 21-22: Youth Spring Turkey Hunt in New York State. April 27: Arbor Day FISH & WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM May 1: Turkey hunting season begins in New York State. ENVIRONMENTAL DIVISION—PUBLIC WORKS May 5: Northern Pike, Walleye, Pickerel, and Tiger Muskellunge season begins in New York State. 315-772-9636 (FW MANAGER) May 19: 16th Annual Fishing Derby at Remington Pond from 315-772-0053 (GAME MGMT) 12:00 – 3:45. 315-772-6283 (FISHERIES) May 26: Fort Drum birding trip (see page 7) 315-772-6187 (MIGRATORY BIRDS) June 16: Bass and Muskellunge season begins in New York State. 315-772-9303 (NONGAME MGMT) June 23-24: Free Fishing Weekend throughout New York State. 315-772-4999 (ENDANGERED SPECIES) July 8-14: Adirondack Invasive Species Awareness Week 315-772-5971 (NATURAL RESOURCES BRANCH) August 18:19: 35th Annual 1000 Islands – Clayton Rotary Gun & E-MAIL: fortdrum@isportsman.net Sportsman Show at Cerow Recreation Park Arena Questions? Visit our web site at: www.fortdrum.isportsman.net - Page 10 -