Saturday, January 31, 2015

Finding Solitude In A Canoe At Ledge Pond

Ledge Pond - Lorraine at carryI wanted to find an excursion in my solo canoe that provided solitude and where I’d feel challenged, but not in danger. A big order, as in 1993 I had no friends, or even any colleagues, in the Central New York area I could consult who had knowledge of remote areas of the Adirondacks. So I read guidebooks and studied Adirondack maps.

Descriptions of the headwaters of the Saranac River caught my interest, as my first canoe adventure had been through a Girl Scout trip on Upper Saranac Lake many years before. » Continue Reading.



Saturday, January 31, 2015

Ducks On Fish Backs, Walking

Linesville PA carp and ducksOn rainy nights, if you listen closely, you can hear opera music coming out of the stout wooden bench in front of our Adirondack cabin’s fieldstone fireplace. That’s what Paul Schaefer told us when he brought us the piece of beam and said it would make a fine bench for our indoor fireplace.

Paul was a contractor in Schenectady, NY, who built early American style homes. He and my father Howard Zahniser were also Adirondack conservation partners, beginning in 1946, when I was six months old. Paul served as middle-man when my parents bought our cabin near Bakers Mills from Harold and Pansy Allen that August. » Continue Reading.



Friday, January 30, 2015

This Week’s Adirondack Web Highlights



Friday, January 30, 2015

Lost Marcy Hiker Shares Survival Story

15120 DEC rescueTwo Canadian hikers got lost on the summit of Mount Marcy on Monday, January 19, wandering off the side of the mountain into Panther Gorge.

That night, Marie-Pier Leduc, 21, and Miquel Martin, 20, both of Kirkland, Quebec, kept warm and survived by starting and staying by a campfire. In the morning, the pair continued their trek, eventually meeting up with forest rangers who had initiated a rescue mission to find them. Fourteen forest rangers and a state police helicopter participated in the search. » Continue Reading.



Friday, January 30, 2015

This Week’s Top Adirondack News Stories



Thursday, January 29, 2015

Lake Champlain Salmon Restoration Update

ChamplainSalmonOfficials from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation have announced that 2014 assessment results show continued gains in the Lake Champlain landlocked Atlantic salmon fishery restoration program.

The three groups, which work together on restoration efforts as the Lake Champlain Fish and Wildlife Management Cooperative, reported to the press a number of highlights from recent evaluation activities that indicate further improvement to the lake’s salmon population. One primary indicator is the strength of annual spawning runs – which produced several record or near-record numbers in 2014.  Some of the key data includes: » Continue Reading.



Thursday, January 29, 2015

Outdoor Conditions in the Adirondack Park (Jan 29)

CompassThis weekly Adirondack outdoor conditions report is issued on Thursday afternoons, year round.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

30th Indian Lake Winterfest Planned

IMG_2055The 30th Indian Lake Winterfest will kick off with a parade on Friday, February 13, 2015 at 4:30 pm.

This year’s theme is the Wild, Wild West and will include a SnoCade Photo Scavenger Hunt, during which participants will have a week to snap various pictures of the town to win two gift certificates. Lots of activities and events are planned. » Continue Reading.



Thursday, January 29, 2015

‘Miracle on Ice’ Anniversary Event Planned

Sports_Illustrated_Miracle_on_Ice_coverThe gold medal winning 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team, who achieved what Sports Illustrated proclaimed, “the greatest sports moment of the 20th century” with their “Miracle on Ice” victory over the Soviet Union, will participate in a special event using video, audio and photos to relive the game, through their perspective, in Lake Placid. Todd Walsh, who has worked with FOX Sports Arizona since 2001 and works with the Phoenix Coyotes and Arizona Diamondbacks, will narrate.

The1980 Rink- Herb Brooks Arena will open its doors to fans on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 at 7:30 pm for an exclusive event with the players.  This February marks the 35th anniversary of their historic achievement. » Continue Reading.



Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Adirondack Snowshoe Hares in Winter

TOS_HareHomeFor the past 14 years, my Winter Ecology students and I have spent a lot of time outdoors, studying the preferred habitat features and winter foods of snowshoe hares. We’re likely to find hare tracks hopping in and around lowland conifers near wetland edges, and then again at higher elevations, where the forest transitions into fir, birch, and spruce. Where we won’t find them, at least not very often, is in broad bands of open, leafless hardwood. On the rare occasions that we find tracks in this habitat, they have almost always been single strands of widely spaced prints – suggesting an animal that’s really moving! » Continue Reading.



Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Lake George Land Conservancy’s New Director Jamie Brown

Jamie Brown LGLCAs the director of land protection for Ducks Unlimited, Jamie Brown worked throughout the United States to protect tens of thousands of acres of wetlands and waterfowl habitat.  “While I loved the scope of Ducks Unlimited’s work, I missed the opportunity to walk the lands that were being protected and to be a part of the community we were serving,” said Brown.

As the Lake George Land Conservancy’s new executive director, Brown will have the chance to do that. While his focus will be narrower in scope, confined largely to the Lake George watershed, his view will be more detailed, something he welcomes and one reason why he chose to apply for the position. » Continue Reading.



Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Adirondack Full Moon Ski and Snowshoe Events

fullmonn_newThere is always something magical about getting outside and skiing under a bright Adirondack full moon. Though it is certainly easy enough to visit any trail with a headlamp and proper gear, it is sometimes the camaraderie of an organized event that pulls everything together.

Most organized activities are family-friendly, but if you are in need of a night off from the kids give Cascade Ski Center a try. » Continue Reading.



Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Forest Rangers Rescue Slide Climber

DEC Forest RangerState emergency crews rescued a slide climber on Lower Wolf Jaw mountain Saturday after he injured his leg during a fall on Bennies Brook slide.

Austin Faddish, 21, of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, was climbing near the top of the slide with four other people when he fell about 30 feet, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Realizing that Faddish was hurt, a member of his group called Essex County 911 at about 10:40 a.m. Essex County dispatch then contacted DEC. » Continue Reading.



Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Fish and Wildlife Service May Weaken Bat Protections

northern long-eared bat in Illinois with symptoms of white-nose syndromeThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has proposed weakening protections for the northern long-eared bat by reducing its stats from “endangered” to “threatened”. Advocates for endangered species say FWS has included a special rule aimed at conceding to pressure from industries and politicians critical of the Endangered Species Act.

The less-protective proposal comes despite the fact that the bat, which has been decimated by the fungal disease known as white-nose syndrome, has already declined by up to 99 percent in the Northeast. » Continue Reading.



Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Charitable Giving Tax Incentives At Risk

United_States_CapitolWe live in a generous country. Americans gave over $335 billion to charity last year, and the nonprofit sector had more than $3 trillion in assets. Generous people love to get involved, volunteer, and support good causes. Federal tax laws encourage individuals and families to give to charitable organizations, but these incentives are at risk.

The Council on Foundation anticipates the 2015 Congress will continue to focus on reducing the federal budget deficit through spending cuts, entitlement reforms, and changes to the tax code. The president, senators, representatives, bipartisan commissions, and think tanks have all put forward plans to address these issues, and many propose changing the charitable giving incentive one way or another.

No one knows the true impact that any of these proposals will have on the ability of organizations to raise the resources needed to provide the programs and services that fulfill their missions and often times do what government can’t or won’t do.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

APA Seeks Input On Emergency Project Regulations

APA officeThe Adirondack Park Agency Board authorized staff at its January meeting to hold public hearings and accept public comment for proposed rules that would establish emergency project regulations.  The rules would define emergencies as events or conditions that present an immediate threat to life or property and specific storm events that are declared emergencies by federal or state officials.  The regulations would expedite approval for land use or development qualifying as emergency projects that directly address the remediation or recovery of property impacted from an emergency. » Continue Reading.



Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Top Trending North Country Jobs for 2015

Warren County NY Health Services Home CareThe New York State Department of Labor has announced the North Country Region’s Top Five Trending Jobs for 2015 – selected by labor market analysts based on occupational survey data and the projected needs of their region. The North Country Region includes Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties.

“Statewide, we’re seeing tremendous growth in many areas, especially in the technology and health care fields,” Acting State Labor Commissioner Mario J. Musolino said in a statement to the press. “I highly encourage anyone looking for work or a new position to visit New York State’s Jobs Express website and browse through the new listings that are added daily.” » Continue Reading.



Monday, January 26, 2015

A New Hike To Lake Andrew

Lake_andrew by Carl Heilman IIAfter writing about the state’s acquisition of the MacIntyre West Tract for the last issue of the Explorer, I was eager to explore it, and Lake Andrew seemed like the logical place to start.

In early December, my friend Carol and I hiked the 4.7 miles to the lake and, on the way back, took a side trip to a spectacular view of the Twin Slides on Santanoni Peak. » Continue Reading.



Monday, January 26, 2015

Great South Woods Meeting In Piseco

GSW_trailnetwork2The first of several workshops to support regional recreation planning in the southern part of New York’s Adirondack Park will be 6 to 8 pm, on Wednesday, January 28th at Piseco Central School.

The meeting is open to the public and has been organized by a partnership between the Great South Woods Project and the Adirondack Community-based Trails and Lodging System. It follows the Great South Woods kick-off meeting Dec. 17 at Lake Pleasant Central School in Speculator, during which more than 80 participants shared their knowledge of, and vision for, recreation opportunities in the two-million acre planning area. » Continue Reading.



Monday, January 26, 2015

Buy Local: A Long History and Familiar Themes

18741219 OgdDailyJournal 02A sense of community is important to most of us. We join clubs, sports teams, civic and arts organizations, historical associations—groups that represent our interests. There’s strength in numbers and satisfaction in knowing that we’re part of something significant. The push to buy local, heightened recently by an economy where average Americans still struggle, is another example. Supporting small local businesses helps your neighbor, keeps money in the community, and benefits us all.

The ideas behind Buy Local movements seem new, exciting, sensible—and two out of three ain’t bad. Exciting and sensible, for sure. But new? New-ish, maybe? Not even close.

Pleading, begging, encouraging, cajoling, and instructing the public on why buying local is important have been components of the “movement” for well over a century. And for most of that time, the reasons given for buying local have remain unchanged. » Continue Reading.



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