Recently, there have been rumors in New York State that a potential ban is looming for those who heat their homes or businesses with wood.

Since then, there have been multiple groups that have come forward to try to keep any bills from making progress in The Empire State.

There have been a few conservation and outdoors organizations throughout New York State that have put together petitions that would voice the concerns from New York State residents. Backed by New York State Senator, Patty Ritchie, the petitions are getting some strength.

In a post on the the Senator's website, it is clear that the bill, if passed, would have a clear financial impact on many who heat with wood in New York State.

In recent weeks, I have heard from countless constituents who are opposed to the Climate Action Council’s potential ban on wood burning stoves. New York families are already paying the highest energy costs in the nation—and taking away this affordable heating source could make living here even more unaffordable.

Those interested in the petition and learning more about the proposed bill should click HERE.

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The New York State Department of Conservation has also weighed in on the issue as well. In a statement on their website, the NYS DEC says:

The release of the Draft Scoping Plan, available at the New York State Climate Act website (leaves DEC website), kicks off a 120-day public comment period beginning Jan. 1, 2022.

In addition:

The public comment period will also include at least six public hearings across the State. Details and information about how to participate in the public hearings will be announced in early 2022.

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