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May 23, 2014

Pocket Ranger app for outdoor sports

RAY BROOK — A new smartphone app could put a digital map in the backpack.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens announced the new mobile hunting, fishing, hiking and adventure app this week.

The New York Fish & Wildlife app was created by DEC in partnership with Parks By Nature Network at no cost to the state.

Parks By Nature has created similar mobile applications for about 20 states.

“The New York Fish & Wildlife App is available for free download in the iTunes App Store and the Android Market for use on iPhone and Android devices,” the Governor’s Office said in a statement.

Using Geographic Information System data, the app has a built-in compass that connects to DEC and other state outdoor resources.

“GIS data allows users to access in real-time accurate trail data, user location, sites nearby and amenity locations, including boat ramps, parking, restrooms and more.

“For hunters and anglers, GIS data will give geographic spatial information, making it easy to identify county borders and units that apply to regulations, permits and licenses for species,” DEC said in a news release.

‘PROMOTES TOURISM’

Outdoor adventure features of the smartphone application include: a real-time calendar of events; news, advisories and weather alerts; social networking and photo sharing; potentially life-saving alert features; and cacheable map tiles for offline use.

The application is designed to help outdoor enthusiasts find places to fish, hike, hunt or view wildlife.

“This user-friendly app will build on our efforts to help connect New Yorkers and visitors to opportunities to enjoy our world-class fishing, wildlife and outdoor recreation resources,” Cuomo said.

“Tourism is a major industry in New York state, and drawing more visitors to our upstate communities means new jobs and revenue for local communities.”

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