Albany, NY - July 2, 2015 - Just in time for the summer season, new and enhanced features, including information on Adirondack and Catskill campgrounds, are now available on the official New York Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife free mobile application (App), New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens today announced. All DEC campgrounds are now included on the free App, complete with full information on locations, amenities, activities and GPS directions.
"This tool is a great use of technology and the perfect customer service enhancement," said Commissioner Martens. "More and more of our visitors each year use smart phones and this App provides accurate, up-to-date information to explore the outdoors. We are grateful to our partners at Parks By Nature who developed this resource - at no cost to the taxpayers and free to the public to download."
DEC campgrounds in the Adirondack and Catskill Forest Preserves offer unmatched opportunities to enjoy nature with attractions ranging from swimming, paddling, bicycling, fishing, hiking and boating to wildlife exploration and much more. The App is designed to provide everything a visitor would need to become familiar with a property, including contact information, directions, amenities, maps and events. Information is updated regularly in partnership with DEC.
Users can search by location and desired activity to find locations near them to go fishing, hunting, basic hiking information for campground trails and now camping. Users can locate New York's fishing, hunting and wilderness sites and gain immediate access to on-the-spot species profiles, rules and regulations, and important permits and licensing details. Advanced GPS technology enhances any trek through the woods which allows the user to record trails and use waypoints and photo waypoints to mark traps and keep track of wildlife sightings.
The New York Fish & Wildlife App is part of Governor Cuomo's NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative. DEC developed the App in partnership with Parks By Nature Network at no cost to the state. The App is available for free download in the iTunes App Store and the Android Market for use on iPhone and Android devices. To date, more than 75,000 users have downloaded the App.
Governor Cuomo has expanded recreational opportunities of residents and tourists, positioning New York State as a recreation destination, connecting communicates to state lands, and improving the quality of life. Governor Cuomo's NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative is an effort to improve recreational opportunities for sportsmen and women and to boost tourism activities throughout the state. This includes streamlining fishing and hunting licenses, reducing license fees, improving access for fishing and increasing hunting opportunities in New York State. In support of this initiative, last year $10 million in NY Works funding has been dedicated to fish hatchery repairs and 50 new land and water access projects such as boat launches, hunting blinds, trails and parking areas.
Under the initiative, the 2015-16 Enacted Budget included an additional $8 million for state land access projects and an additional $4 million for the state's hatcheries in NY Works funding. The Budget also creates a new capital account which along with federal Pittman-Robertson funds will be used to manage, protect and restore fish and wildlife habitat, and to improve and develop public access for fish and wildlife-related recreation.
For more information on the NY Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife App, including the YouTube video link on how to use the advanced GPS mapping and friend finder options, visit DEC's website.