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DEC Announces Launch of State Lands Kiosk Survey

Editor's Note: Whether placed in the corner of a Museum, at a Trailhead or in a small cabin in a State Preserve, Kiosks can make a tourism, local school excursion, or tour of adults in a biodiversity area, or even an large interactive educational addition to a nature excursion a much richer experience. Many also show easy to follow maps so visitors don't miss out on spots to explore and describe the wildlife that may be encountered. The DEC is doing a survey that will help design future kiosks to be as helpful as possible.

Your input can make a big difference.


Public Input Will Help DEC Make Improvements to State Property Signage

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced the release of the new DEC Kiosk Survey seeking public input on informational kiosk signage on DEC properties. Feedback received will help inform DEC improvements to informational kiosk signage throughout the state.

"DEC is encouraging New Yorkers to get outside, visit DEC's many beautiful properties, and provide us with feedback on signage they see while they're there," Commissioner Seggos said. "With input from our visitors, DEC can make meaningful improvements to our signage and provide an enhanced outdoor experience."

Kiosks are small, open wooden structures that provide cover for educational and informational signs that feature trail maps, emergency phone numbers, and other important information. Kiosks are located at various State properties such as State forests, wilderness areas, conservation easements, wildlife management areas, boat launches, and more.

By taking the survey, participants will be entered into the survey sweepstakes. Each month from January 2023 through January 2024, one lucky winner's name will be pulled randomly from survey responses received that month. The winner receives a free subscription to DEC's Conservationist magazine and a $50 gift card to a sporting goods store. In January 2024, DEC will announce the grand prize winner, pulled from everyone who correctly submitted the survey over the 12-month period. The grand prize winner receives a free subscription to the Conservationist and a $200 gift card to a sporting goods store. Individuals can submit multiple surveys per month but can submit only one survey response per kiosk location.

Individuals looking to participate in the survey are encouraged to use DEC's Info Locator to find a complete list of State lands to visit. Once at a kiosk, visitors can simply use their smart phones to pull up the survey and fill out the questions, or review the kiosk signage and fill out the survey later. DEC encourages visitors to provide detailed feedback and submit photos when possible.

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