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Friday, September 23, 2016

The Big Adirondack News Stories This Week

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Current Outdoor Conditions in the Adirondacks (Sept 22)

CompassThis 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 6:46 am; sunset at 6:49 pm, providing 12 hours and 3 minutes of sunlight. The Autumnal Equinox, marking the official beginning of Fall, occurred Thursday morning with the Sun directly above the equator. The Moon will rise at 12:15 pm Saturday morning and set at 3:15 pm. There will be a Last Quarter Moon on Friday morning. The Moon Saturday night will be Waning Crescent, 36% illuminated.


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Thurman Farm Tour Features Reuse Competition

Fall Farm Tour Flip guitarThe Thurman Station Association has announced the Fall Farm Tour Flip. Participants will take an old item, have it photographed in its initial state by contest organizers, then “flip” it into some new useful or decorative item.

Thurman Station Association volunteers say entries have begun trickling in, and the photos they have snapped of starting items intrigue them: wheel rims, damaged embroidered items, a dessert dish, a metal tin, PVC scraps, jar lids, a broken guitar and an old map. There’s still time to enter (no cost) by taking the item to be flipped to Thurman town hall during Town Clerk’s hours, » Continue Reading.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Comments Sought on Grass River Area Management

tooley pond waterway accessA Draft Unit Management Plan (UMP) for the Grass River Wild Forest, and Draft Recreation Management Plans (RMPs) for the Grass River Conservation Easement and the Tooley Pond Conservation Easement have been released by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) for public review and comment.

DEC will accept public input on the draft UMP and RMPs at a public meeting on Monday, October 3, 2016 from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm at Colton – Pierrepont Central School Auditorium, 4921 NY-56, in Colton.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Dick Booth to Receive Wilderness Award

Dick BoothFormer Adirondack Park Agency Member and State Land Chair Richard Booth, who left the APA on July 1 after eight years of public service, will receive Adirondack Wild’s highest honor – the Paul Schaefer Wilderness Award.

The award will be conveyed on Saturday, October 1 at Adirondack Wild’s annual meeting at the Indian Lake Theater in Indian Lake, Hamilton County, starting at 1 pm.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Cemetery Preservation Program Planned At Camp Sagamore

gravestone Great Camp Sagamore will hold a two-day presentation on cemetery and gravestone restoration on Tuesday, September 27th, and Wednesday, September 28th.

For many people, cemeteries are sacred sites, locations that not only provide spiritual comfort for both the living and the deceased, but also help communities maintain connections with their collective cultural history. Over time, however, many small cemeteries fall into disrepair and decay, as loved ones move on and communities grow. For its part, New York State is home to thousands of neglected or abandoned cemeteries, many of which are technically the responsibility of their surrounding communities.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Threatened Northern Sunfish Discovered In Clinton County

northern sunfish

In early September, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Rare Fish Unit Biologist Doug Carlson and technician Eric Maxwell identified nearly a dozen threatened northern sunfish in the Great Chazy River in the village of Champlain, Clinton County

Also known as the longear sunfish, the northern sunfish is a small, thin, deep-bodied fish that averages three to four inches in length. It is sometimes a colorful fish with an olive to rusty-brown back, bright orange belly, and blue-green bars on the side of the head. The northern sunfish has short, round pectoral fins and an upward-slanting gill cover flap that has a white and red » Continue Reading.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Recent Forest Ranger Search and Rescue Incidents

DEC 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.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Adirondack Women in Leadership Forum Sept 28th

adk research consortium

On Wednesday, September 28, 2016, at SUNY Adirondack in Queensbury, the Adirondack Research Consortium will host “Women in Leadership,” a forum to present research, best practices, and case studies involving gender based issues and to engage women in leadership roles in government and business in a related panel discussion.

The goal is to identify future research opportunities and specific actions related to gender. Dr. Kristine Duffy, President, SUNY Adirondack is chair of the event which is being held in partnership with SUNY Adirondack and the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society at the University at Albany. The Women in Leadership Series is sponsored by the Walbridge Fund and the International Paper Foundation.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Second Cycle Adirondacks Bike Tour Results Reported

cycle adirondacksCycle Adirondacks, a week-long bicycle touring event created by Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), concluded its second-year last month. The event ridership doubled from the first year to more than 300 with 2016 participants traveling from 35 states and provinces to experience the Adirondacks with WCS.

The 2016 route started and finished in Hadley-Lake Luzerne, and included overnight stops in Ticonderoga, Keeseville, Saranac Lake, Indian Lake and Northville. In total, cyclists pedaled through six different counties and 45 communities across a 404-mile journey from August 21-27.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Willsboro Hardy Grapes Nursery Being Remodeled

Grape GrowersThe cold Hardy Grape Variety Research nursery in Northern New York is getting a make-over.

With new funding from the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program that helped establish the nursery at the Cornell Willsboro Research Farm in Willsboro in 2005, old vines have been removed, the soil is being refreshed, and new varieties of grapes have been selected for planting in 2017.

The evaluation of new varieties has been named a priority by growers associated by the wine grape industry across New York state.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Bike The Barns Supports North Country Farms

mace chasm farmRegistration is now open for Bike the Barns, a new, fully supported recreational road cycling tour providing a personal connection with the rich agricultural movement of the North Country.

The Saturday, Sept. 24 agritourism event is presented by the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) and will feature rest stops and interactive experiences at seven farms in the Champlain Valley. Three routes of differing lengths will begin and end at Mace Chasm Farm in Keeseville, where a celebration of local food and music will cap off the day’s activities.

Friday, September 16, 2016

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week

Friday, September 16, 2016

Comments Sought Champlain Basin Regulations

Lake-Champlain-BasinThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will hold two public information meetings and a public hearing in Plattsburgh on the proposed rulemaking to upgrade the classifications of certain surface waters within the Lake Champlain drainage basin.

The proposed rulemaking is to amend Part 830 of Title 6 of the Codes, Rules, and Regulations of the State of New York (6 NYCRR) to upgrade the classifications of certain surface waters in order to meet the “fishable” goal of the federal Clean Water Act.  In addition, some waters would be upgraded from “non-trout” to “trout” waters.

Friday, September 16, 2016

ANCA Gathering Regional Leaders For Annual Meeting

ANCA - Adirondack North Country Association LogoFor its 2016 Annual Meeting on September 23rd, the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) will discuss the economic challenges facing the North Country, communities demonstrating success in tackling them, and how others can learn from their efforts.  Outcomes from the breakout sessions are expected to be used to create a toolkit for communities to explore new ways to invigorate their own towns and villages.

To encourage sharing and dialogue, the meeting will feature breakout discussions facilitated by community experts in ANCA’s network, including Ed Bartholomew, President and CEO, EDC Warren County; Kristi Dippel, Executive Director of Clayton Local Development Corporation; Tim » Continue Reading.

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