New York now requires tick warning signs at state parks
A bill calling for tick warning signs in New York state parks has been signed into law.
The measure, sponsored by State Senator Sue Serino and Assemblymember Didi Barrett, requires installing such signage at state-managed parks.
It also allows the state department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to determine where the new signs will be most effective.
“One tick-check can make all the difference,” said Senator Sue Serino. “We know from experience that a simple reminder can go a long way in helping people stay tick-free and that’s what this bill is all about.”
Assemblymember Barrett said, “Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses threaten the health and safety of local families and it’s critical that we continue to educate and raise awareness. By placing signs at trail heads and state parks, we can ensure that New Yorkers and visitors alike understand the risks throughout the year as ticks can remain active as long as the temperature is above freezing.”
According to a press release, the legislation is part of a multi-pronged approach to combating the Lyme and tick-borne disease epidemic by focusing on prevention, treatment, and education.