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(WRVO) More changes are on the way for the New York State Fair. The fair will be longer starting this year, going from 12 days to 13. During a stop in Syracuse Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced more specific plans for a $70 million investment in the second phase of a revitalization of the State Fairgrounds. 

GREAT LAKE ONTARIO NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has lent his support to an effort to make part of Lake Ontario a national marine sanctuary. The goal is to preserve dozens of known and unknown historic shipwrecks in the southeastern portion of the lake for further study. 

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The year 2017 could be a good year for the New York State Canal System. The federal government has designated it a National Historic Landmark, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo is planning on integrating it into a proposed statewide hiking and biking route. 

One of the first things House Republicans took on when they came back from the holiday break was making it easier for the government to transfer control of federal public lands to states. But some of the most avid users of these lands—hunters and anglers—are on edge about the idea. 

Governor Wants To Build The Empire State Trail

Jan 11, 2017
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(WXXI) Governor Cuomo says he wants to start a legacy project in New York that our children, and our children's children would enjoy.

THOUSAND ISLANDS TOURISM BUREAU

(NCPR) Green groups and boaters along the St. Lawrence River and eastern Lake Ontario won a huge victory Thursday. The U.S. and Canada approved a new, more natural plan for managing water levels after 16 years of study that cost more than $20 million. 

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Every year, the Salmon River Fish Hatchery in Altmar, raises millions of fish to be stocked in Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. 

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(WRVO) Genetically modified food is something that’s discussed a lot. But scientists in Syracuse are trying to take that technology one step further, and create the first genetically modified wild forest tree. And with that, rest hopes that the American chestnut tree could make a comeback with a scientific nudge. 

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(WXXI) As if the emerald ash borer wasn’t enough for homeowners and gardeners to worry about, there’s another blight that could threaten local trees. This problem involves a tree fungus called ‘oak wilt.’ It causes disease in oak trees, and the NY State Dept. of Environmental Conservation says it has been found in the Town of Canandaigua. 

Green v Gray: How Trees Can Cleanse The Great Lakes

Oct 11, 2016
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(WRVO) A big threat to the Great Lakes comes from outdated sewer systems that can carry bacteria into waterways, and lead to closed beaches and drinking water warnings. Now, some cities are fighting back – with trees. 

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