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DEC advises against backcountry visits during solar eclipse: Why?

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In anticipation of the total solar eclipse on April 8, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has advised against visiting remote and ecologically sensitive areas, including the Adirondack High Peaks. The DEC highlights concerns about muddy conditions and icy trails, which could pose hazards, especially in darkness. Officials recommend enjoying the eclipse from safer, designated viewing events across the state instead.

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The DEC has prepared for an influx of visitors by organizing numerous eclipse-themed events at state parks and historic sites. With many parts of New York, including New York City and Long Island, experiencing significant totality, the DEC encourages eclipse enthusiasts to participate in these organized gatherings rather than venture into potentially dangerous backcountry areas.

Strict adherence to state land regulations and safety guidelines remains crucial, the DEC emphasized. Visitors to state forests and preserves must follow all rules, including group size restrictions, to protect natural resources and ensure safety. The agency also issued important eclipse viewing safety tips, including the use of certified eclipse glasses and avoiding stopping on roadways to watch the event, to mitigate risks during this significant astronomical occurrence.