The Adirondack Almanack http://www.adirondackalmanack.com Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:00:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 New Report Quantifies Impacts of Invasive Species in Adirondackshttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/new-report-quantifies-impacts-of-invasive-species-in-adirondacks.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/new-report-quantifies-impacts-of-invasive-species-in-adirondacks.html#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:00:04 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=48840 APIPP 2014 ReportA new report—The Actual and Potential Economic Impact of Invasive Species on the Adirondack Park: A Preliminary Assessment—explores the economic impacts of invasive species on specific sectors of the Adirondack Park’s economy. This first-of-its-kind assessment for the Adirondacks analyzes actual and potential impacts of eight invasive species, summarizes expenditures across sectors, species and strategies, and recommends strategic investments in prevention and control.

The potential direct economic impact from eight species evaluated in the study is estimated to be $468 to $893 million, with the greatest projected impacts on property value, recreation, and tourism. The species highlighted include five that are known to be present in the Park (Eurasian watermilfoil, Asian clam, spiny waterflea, Japanese » Continue Reading.

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Backpacking Gear Choices: Which Knife?http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/backpacking-gear-choices-which-knife.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/backpacking-gear-choices-which-knife.html#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:52:35 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=48680 Small jackknifeYouth, inexperience and ignorance were in abundance when I first started backpacking in the Adirondacks many years ago. My knowledge of the proper gear and foods was seriously lacking, not to mention the total ignorance of how to pack effectively all that stuff for a multi-day backpacking adventure. I was not completely clueless though, as I could hike and identify birds. So there was that.

In those early days, my pack weighed in at nearly one-half my meager weight. The pack was too big for me, and it was overflowing with overweight gear. Its weight made my first trip an arduous struggle, with my feet blistered and bloodied by its end. Despite all » Continue Reading.

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Learning About Bones In Newcombhttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/learning-about-bones-in-newcomb.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/learning-about-bones-in-newcomb.html#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:00:13 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=48824 skeleton_anatomy__deer_by_omgshira-d3gfz9jHalloween is ripe for haunting, ghosts and ghouls. My son is weighing his options between being a zombie groom or part of a ghostly orchestra for his art club’s Haunted High School in Saranac Lake this Friday. He knows that I am not the person to ask whether a fake severed arm looks real or if he should go with a gaping head wound.

I am not the family thrill seeker when it comes Halloween. If I were to look at bones I’d rather it be part of Mark Lawler’s program “Bones I Have Known” at Newcomb’s Adirondack Interpretive Center (AIC). An instructor in anthropology, geology and environmental science, Lawler is leading an » Continue Reading.

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Message to APA: Know Your Own Master Planhttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/message-to-apa-know-your-own-master-plan.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/message-to-apa-know-your-own-master-plan.html#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:00:56 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=48693 APSLMP - LogoThe Adirondack Park Agency has announced that they will hold “public sessions” in the coming weeks to consider changes to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan. The State Land Master Plan has been part of the Executive Law since 1972. It is the planning document guiding the management and public use of all state lands in the Park, including the New York State Forest Preserve. It includes landscapes as distinct from each other in character as the Five Ponds Wilderness Area and the Crown Point State Historic Site.

All of these sessions could be positive if they are respectful, well informed, organized, focused and led. The sessions also should be well » Continue Reading.

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Forge House History: The Forge Company Yearshttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/forge-house-history-the-forge-company-years.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/forge-house-history-the-forge-company-years.html#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:15:06 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=48497 1870 buuell 1897 P418 1 Map Old Forge village026In October 1895, Victor Adams assembled a group of investors together in Little Falls and secured an arrangement with Garmon and Crosby to purchase a 50% interest in the Forge Tract properties. The group’s business plan was to enlarge and improve the Forge House, to build a two-mile railroad from Fulton Chain Station to the Forge House dock and to begin development of the tract into a resort town.  They would eventually also establish a transportation company that would buy the independent public steamers on the lower four lakes.

The name of the syndicate would be The Old Forge Company, often referred to as the Old » Continue Reading.

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DEC Announces Proposed Fishing Regulation Changeshttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/dec-announces-proposed-fishing-regulation-changes-3.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/dec-announces-proposed-fishing-regulation-changes-3.html#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:41:26 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=48813 DEC LogoThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is accepting comments on proposed changes to the freshwater fishing regulations through December 1, 2014. DEC modifies the sportfishing regulations approximately every two years.

The new sportfishing regulations are scheduled to take effect on April 1, 2015. The regulations in the 2013-14 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide will remain in effect until the new regulations are enacted. Once enacted, a new regulations guide will be available.

Proposed changes that will affect the Adirodnack region include:

  • Modify the statewide regulation for muskellunge by increasing the minimum size limit to 40 inches and lengthen the season by three weeks to start on the last Saturday in May;
  • Provide » Continue Reading.

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    At this time of year rabies must be given a top priority, as autumn is the time many infected animals are on the move, and for anyone exposed to this virus who fails to get medical attention the outcome is almost always fatal.

    Rabies is a virus that causes the eventual deterioration of » Continue Reading.

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    For Joe Bromley, An Arm and A Leg Were Enoughhttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/for-joe-bromley-an-arm-and-a-leg-were-enough.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/for-joe-bromley-an-arm-and-a-leg-were-enough.html#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:30:46 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=48751 01GorrowBromleyNiagFalls1930Among the motivating factors driving life choices are two that often go hand in hand: inspiration and perspective. People challenged by physical or mental disabilities inspire us by their achievements and provide perspective, as in, “Hey, if you can accomplish all that, maybe I should drop the excuses and try working harder.” In the world of sports, I think of major-league pitcher Jim Abbott, born with no right hand, but who played the field well and pitched a no-hitter, and Tom Dempsey, born with no fingers on his right hand and no toes on his right foot, but became a record-setting kicker in the NFL.

    While able-bodied folks can find all sorts of reasons not to » Continue Reading.

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    Restored Lake George Boathouse Gets Preservation Awardhttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/restored-lake-george-boathouse-gets-preservation-award.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/restored-lake-george-boathouse-gets-preservation-award.html#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:00:52 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=48787 Lake George Historic BoathouseThe Lake George Kayak Company has been awarded a Preservation Award by Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) for its restoration of an 1880s boathouse on Green Island.

    The boathouse now serves as the Lake George Kayak Company’s retail store, selling kayaks, canoes, paddleboards and boating-related gear. The restoration was completed in 2013.

    According to Kate Ritter, AARCH’s program director, the awards are presented annually to those who have “undertaken sensitive restorations or rehabilitations and demonstrated long-term stewardship.”

    The award was presented at an awards luncheon on September 29 in Inlet. The annual event is “a celebration of the work and care that individuals and organizations have put into a variety of historic » Continue Reading.

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    Acid Rain Work Not Finishedhttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/acid-rain-work-not-finished.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/acid-rain-work-not-finished.html#comments Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:33:11 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=48737 DZ4A3581Great strides have been made in recent decades to protect the Adirondack Park’s environment from acid rain, but more work still needs to be done. That’s according to scientists, environmentalists and natural resource managers who attended a conference about acid rain in the Adirondacks Thursday at the Hilton Hotel in Saratoga Springs.

    The event was organized by the Adirondack Council and the Environmental Defense Fund.

    Acid rain has had its greatest impact on the southwestern Adirondacks, where it has reduced species diversity and the abundance of aquatic life in stream and lakes, chemically altered soils, and caused a decline in tree species such as the red spruce and sugar maples. The Adirondacks is particularly vulnerable because » Continue Reading.

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