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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Current Outdoor Conditions in the Adirondacks (Nov 24)

CompassCompassThis weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is issued each Thursday afternoon and can be heard at North Country Public Radio on Friday mornings.

Sunrise Saturday in Lake Placid will be at 7:05 am; sunset at 4:21 pm, providing 9 hours and 14 minutes of sunlight. The Moon will rise at 4:04 am Saturday and set at 3:13 pm; it will be Waning Crescent, 8% illuminated. There will be a New Moon on Tuesday, November 29th.

SPECIAL NOTICES FOR THIS WEEKEND


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Comments Sought On St. Lawrence County’s Largest Wetland

upper-and-lower-lakes-mapupper-and-lower-lakes-mapThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will host a public information session to answer questions and provide information on a recently finalized habitat management plan for Upper and Lower Lakes Wildlife Management Area (WMA) located in DEC Region 6, Town of Canton, St. Lawrence County.

The area is located on an important waterfowl migration route between eastern Canada and the Atlantic Coast. The upland portion of the WMA consists of woodland, small blocks of conifers, shrub land, grassland, and agricultural land.

The session will take place on Thursday, December » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Whiteface, Gore Set To Open; New Nordic Terrain At Gore

early 2016 Orda snowmakingearly 2016 Orda snowmakingAs the 2016-17 ski and boarding season begins, Gore Mountain has announced an expansion of its Nordic and snowshoe trail system at the North Creek Ski Bowl. The Nordic network is now 4.24K, and 3.19K of it features both snowmaking and lights.

Snowmaking at Gore and Whiteface resumed Sunday, with Whiteface planning to open on Thanksgiving Day, November 24th.  Whiteface Mountain received over 15-inches of snow, and the staff has been preparing Excelsior, Summit Express, Upper Valley, Lower Valley, Fox and » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

BeWildNY Presents 22k Petition Signatures, Letters, New Video

advocating-for-adirondack-wildernessadvocating-for-adirondack-wildernessA coalition of regional and national conservation organizations and supporters presented more than 22,000 petition signatures and thousands of personal letters to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Adirondack Park Agency calling on the agency to protect the Boreas Ponds tract as motor-free wilderness.

Public hearings on the state’s land-classification plans for the area have already begun. They will continue through early December. Public comments will be accepted by the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) through Dec. 30.


Monday, November 21, 2016

Water Scorpions: Underwater Assassins

brown water scorpionbrown water scorpionRecently, my daughter participated in Odyssey of the Mind, a creative problem solving competition devoted to ingenuity and team work. As an entomologist, I was thrilled to learn that the program calls its highest award the Ranatra fusca. Not only was the award named for an insect, but an aquatic insect, and a particularly fascinating one to boot.

Ranatra fusca is the Latin name for a water scorpion, a creature little known to the general public but familiar to those of us who wield nets in ponds. This » Continue Reading.


Monday, November 21, 2016

Makerspace Event Brings Together Makers, Hackers, DIYers

makerspace groupmakerspace groupIf you’ve never heard of a makerspace, or you’re not sure what one is, you are not alone. These shared creative spaces are cropping up all over the country and have gained much attention in business, political and research circles. On November 9th, nearly 70 local makers, business owners, and educators gathered at Saranac Lake’s Pendragon Theatre to explore the region’s active “culture of making” and how it can be further cultivated in North Country communities.


Sunday, November 20, 2016

Adirondack Museum A Black Friday Holiday Headquarters

adirondack museum adirondack museum Friday, Nov. 25, through Sunday, Dec. 18, the Adirondack Museum Visitor Center and Museum Store will be open Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm, with a variety of holiday activities and events.

The Adirondack Museum Store will feature holiday sales, unique wilderness gifts, and other Adirondack items. Visitors can explore free local history exhibitions, and access local area information.

The Museum Store features locally made pottery, jewelry, and crafts; books written in and about the region; holiday decorations and cards; Adirondack » Continue Reading.


Friday, November 18, 2016

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


Friday, November 18, 2016

The Big Adirondack News Stories This Week


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Call for 2017 World Snowshoe Championships Entries

world snowshoe championshipsworld snowshoe championshipsSaranac Lake has invited snowshoe enthusiasts to spectate and participate in the 2017 World Snowshoe Championships, which will be held February 24 to 26, 2017.

The competition includes the 10K open World Championship, Junior World Championship 5K (age 19 and under), and a 5K Citizen race. All three races will be held on February 25th, with the 10K start time of 11 am and the 5K races beginning simultaneously at 1 pm.


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

LCBP Issues $490,000 RFP to Reduce Lake Champlain Pollution

lake champlain basin programlake champlain basin programThe Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) has announced a Request for Proposals for services to support planning and implementation of best management practices to reduce pollution within the Lake Champlain watershed.

Up to $490,000 is available to support these grants. Implementation projects to install best management practices will range from $50,000-$125,000, while project planning grants such as municipal green infrastructure or combined sewer reduction strategies will be funded up to $50,000.


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Northern Forest Canoe Trail Online Auction Fundraiser

northern-forest-canoe-trail-auctionnorthern-forest-canoe-trail-auctionThe Northern Forest Canoe Trail’s 12th Annual Online Auction is now live until December 1, 2016. Proceeds support the nonprofit’s mission to maintain and protect access to the longest inland water trail in the nation.

The auction includes name brand paddling and camping gear made by ExPed, Kokatat, Mitchell Paddles, Patagonia, Seattle Sports and Pelican watertight cases. Paddle craft include an Advanced Elements inflatable kayak package, an NRS inflatable SUP package and a 16-foot Wenonah Adirondack Ultralight Kevlar canoe ($2,699 value).


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Survey

DEC LogoDEC LogoDr. Ann Herda-Rapp (Department of Anthropology and Sociology, University of Wisconsin – Marathon County) and Dr. Joy James (Department of Recreation Management and Physical Education, Appalachian State University) are conducting a survey of Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) participants to better understand how the BOW program affects women, their lives and their relationships with the out-of-doors.

Ann previously conducted research on BOW participants in Florida, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Wisconsin in 2004-2006. Dr. Herda-Rapp is also a past BOW participant.

Those who have ever participated in a Becoming an Outdoors-Woman » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Vintage Adirondack Park Documentaries Now Available

slides033slides033Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve has converted two influential documentary films from the 1970s, Of Rivers and Men and The Adirondack – The Land Nobody Knows, to digital format.

The conversion was supported by private donors including those who gave to a mini-campaign of Adirondack Gives, a crowd funding source sponsored by the Adirondack Foundation.


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Recent Adirondack Forest Ranger Search and Rescues

DEC Forest RangerDEC Forest RangerNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the Adirondack backcountry.

What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks.


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