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Environmental Justice Newsletter

In This Issue:

  • Community Spotlight: The Human Impact Institute
  • DEC Annual Arbor Day Original Artwork Poster Contest
  • Give the Gift of Wildlife Conservation

Community Spotlight: The Human Impact Institute

As we continue to persevere during these difficult times, the Office of Environmental Justice is proud to profile our grantees who have continued to offer their programs and provide services to their communities.

Human Impact Institute Event PicThe Human Impact Institute, a not-for-profit organization with a mission to inspire others to transform environmental challenges into social action for a just and livable world, launched the Brooklyn Environmental Health Lab. The goal of this program is to implement workshops, ambassador leadership training, pollution testing, and a display that residents will use to engage in activities that further their understanding of environmental pollutants.

Earlier this year, the Institute held a “teaser” conversation, in partnership with the Old Stone House in Brooklyn, that was facilitated by Ajani Stella, a 13-year-old climate activist and founding member of the Human Impacts Institute’s Youth Advisory Council. If you missed the event, you can view it now

The event featured WE ACT for Environmental Justice, the NYC Mayor's Office of Resiliency, and other environmental advocates and artists. The audience was from all over the City and across the U.S., some calling in from as far as Florida and California.

Visit the Human Impacts Institute website for information on future events.  

DEC Annual Arbor Day Original Artwork Poster Contest; Deadline 12/31

Picture of tree on winning posterDEC recently announced the start of the annual Arbor Day Original Artwork poster contest. Each year, DEC's Urban and Community Forestry Program commemorates Arbor Day with a contest that invites the public to submit original photos and artwork that celebrate the immeasurable value of trees. The winning artist's artwork will be replicated as the 2021 New York State Original Artwork Arbor Day Poster.

DEC is accepting photograph and artwork submissions through December 31, 2020. Photos and artwork must feature trees within New York State. Participants will be limited to five submissions, and each submission should include a completed artist information form. More information, including how to submit an entry and necessary forms, is available on our website.

Photo: The 2020 Arbor Day poster winning image, taken by Paul Bergwall

Give the Gift of Wildlife Conservation with a Lifetime Sporting License or Subscription to DEC's Conservationist Magazine

Are you looking for gift ideas this holiday season? DEC's lifetime sporting licenses make a great gift for outdoors enthusiasts. In addition, for a limited time DEC is offering a one-year subscription to its award-winning Conservationist magazine at half price.

Lifetime Licenses are available to New York State residents who have resided in New York for at least one year prior to purchase (proof of residency required). Lifetime licenses may be purchased at any license-issuing agent, by phone (866-933-2257), or online with a current NYS DMV driver or non-driver ID containing a valid New York State address. Allow 14 days for delivery of Lifetime Licenses purchased online or by phone.

Lifetime Licenses may be purchased as gifts for residents under the age of 16 with the recipient's proof of age (birth certificate, passport) and proof of residency (parent/legal guardian proof of residency). Gift lifetime licenses must be purchased in person at any license issuing agent. Lifetime fishing, trapping, or hunting licenses and privileges allow the licensed hunter to enjoy all the privileges of equivalent annual license items, but are valid for a lifetime (with appropriate hunter/trapper education requirements) - even if the holder moves out of state.

  • Lifetime License (includes hunting, freshwater fishing, and turkey hunting privileges)
    • For a person age 0-4 years $380
    • For a person age 5-11 years $535
    • For a person age 12-69 years $765
    • For a person age 70 years and older $65
  • Lifetime Fishing License (freshwater fishing)
    • For a person age 0-69 years $460
    • For a person age 70 years and older $65
  • Lifetime Hunting License $535
  • Lifetime Bowhunting Privilege $235
  • Lifetime Muzzleloading Privilege $235
  • Lifetime Trapping License $395

Picture of dog on the cover of a Conservationist magazinePublished six times a year, Conservationist is a New York State-focused magazine packed with informative and entertaining articles, first-rate photography, and stunning artwork. Articles cover a broad range of environmental and natural history related topics, including fishing, hiking, recreation, travel, hunting, and nature studies. From Nov. 23, 2020, to Jan. 4, 2021, a year-long subscription to the Conservationist is on sale for just $6, half the usual subscription price. As a bonus, subscribers receive an additional issue for a total of seven issues.

To order a Conservationist subscription online, visit DEC's website and click on the Conservationist icon or call 1-800-678-6399.