The Adirondack Almanack http://www.adirondackalmanack.com Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:13:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Lost Brook Dispatches: A Lecture on Wilderness by William Crononhttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/lost-brook-dispatches-a-lecture-by-on-wilderness-by-bill-cronon.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/lost-brook-dispatches-a-lecture-by-on-wilderness-by-bill-cronon.html#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:00:25 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=48911 Giant from Amy's Lookout. Many new Irene slides.This week I attended the Third Annual Jordahl Lecture, established by the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies in Madison, Wisconsin.

This year’s lecture, intended to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Wilderness Act, was given by renowned environmental historian William Cronon. As we ponder revisions to both New York State’s Open Space Conservation Plan and the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan (SLMP), Cronon’s presentation provides an interesting and useful historical perspective.

William Cronon, for those who are unfamiliar with him, is one of the most important figures in the country in the ongoing debate over the meaning of wilderness. Just this September The » Continue Reading.

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This Week’s Adirondack Web Highlightshttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/this-weeks-adirondack-web-highlights-217.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/this-weeks-adirondack-web-highlights-217.html#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:58:33 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=48301

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‘My Collection’ Exhibit Coming to Warrensburgh Museumhttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/my-collection-exhibit-coming-to-warrensburgh-museum.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/my-collection-exhibit-coming-to-warrensburgh-museum.html#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:00:45 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=48815 Collectibles samplingLocal residents are asked to show off part of their own collections at the Warrensburgh Museum’s Holiday Exhibit, entitled “My Collection.” 

The exhibit, sponsored by the Warrensburgh Historical Society, will run from December 6 through January 14, 2015.

Many people have personal collections – from stamps to antique farm machinery.  The Museum is inviting townspeople to exhibit a sampling of their collections for this six-week holiday period.  Prospective participants are asked to submit an application with description and sample photo(s) for consideration.  Due to space considerations, the number of exhibitors must be limited, as well as the size and quantity of collected objects. (Antique farm machinery must be excluded.)  Dolls, dollhouses and Christmas ornaments » Continue Reading.

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This Week’s Top Adirondack News Storieshttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/this-weeks-top-adirondack-news-stories-292.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/this-weeks-top-adirondack-news-stories-292.html#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:00:33 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=48291

On Friday mornings Adirondack Almanack compiles for our » Continue Reading.

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Researchers Finding Lyme Disease in Adirondackshttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/researchers-finding-lyme-disease-in-adirondacks.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/researchers-finding-lyme-disease-in-adirondacks.html#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:00:43 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=48861 #3 - HarringtonResearchers from Paul Smith’s College are finding Lyme Disease in ticks and small mammals in the Adirondack Park.

Paul Smith’s College professor Lee Ann Sporn is heading her college’s involvement in a Lyme Disease study that includes the state Department of Health and Trudeau Institute in Saranac Lake. Trudeau is working to develop a vaccine for Lyme, while Sporn and students are monitoring the disease by testing mammals and ticks for it. Researchers hope to get a better understanding of the biology of the disease, where it is found geographically, and what factors are influencing its spread.

So far, Sporn said that some of the test results have surprised her, including that a » Continue Reading.

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Current Conditions in the Adirondack Park (Oct 23)http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/current-conditions-in-the-adirondack-park-oct-23.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/current-conditions-in-the-adirondack-park-oct-23.html#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:15:17 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=48876 adk0122093 This weekly Adirondack outdoor conditions report is issued on Thursday afternoons, year round.

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Listen for the weekly Adirondack Outdoor Recreation Report Friday mornings on WSLP (93.3) and the stations of North Country Public Radio. A narrative version of this report can be found at Mountain Lake PBS.

 

SPECIAL NOTICES FOR THIS WEEKEND

 

 

 

BEST DAY: Saturday will be clear and warm; Sunday will be partly cloudy and cooler.

SUN AND MOON: Sunrise Saturday will be at 7:24 am; sunset at 5:56 pm. Moon rise will be at 9:03 am Saturday morning (waxing crescent – 3% of the Moon illuminated); » Continue Reading.

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DEC Opens Backcountry Roads To Motor Vehicleshttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/dec-opens-backcountry-roads-to-motor-vehicles.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/dec-opens-backcountry-roads-to-motor-vehicles.html#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:00:14 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=48870 DSCN6009The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has opened new roads and facilities on nearly 25,000 acres of forest preserve and conservation easement lands in the Adirondacks.

New roads and facilities will allow motor vehicles to access the 18,000-acre Kushaqua Tract Conservation Easement Lands in Franklin County using the 3.3-mile Mountain Pond Road, and the 1,600-acre public use area of the Township 19 Tract Conservation Easement Lands in Hamilton County using the 2.6 miles of O’Neil Flow Road and Barker Pond Road. In the Essex Chain Lakes Complex gates have been opened to allow increased access to Camp Six Road in Newcomb, which will allow access for hunting, along with limited camping at designated primitive tent » Continue Reading.

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Recent Adirondack Search and Rescue Incidents (Oct 14-19)http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/recent-adirondack-search-and-rescue-incidents-oct-14-19.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/recent-adirondack-search-and-rescue-incidents-oct-14-19.html#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:30:06 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=48868 DEC Forest RangerThis Forest Ranger Search and Rescue Report is issued by DEC and is a reminder that conditions can change suddenly and accidents happen. Hikers and campers should check up-to-date forecasts before entering the backcounty and always carry a flashlight, first aid kit, map and compass, extra food, plenty of water and clothing. Be prepared to spend an unplanned night in the woods and always inform others of your itinerary.

Know The Latest Outdoor Conditions

The Adirondack Almanack reports the most current outdoor conditions on Thursday evenings each week. On Friday mornings, John Warren reports the latest outdoor conditions on WSLP (93.3) and on the stations of North Country Public Radio» Continue Reading.

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Woolly Bears: Winter Forecast Flops?http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/woolly-bears-winter-forecast-flops.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/woolly-bears-winter-forecast-flops.html#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:00:42 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=48865 woolybearAutumn is coming to a close. The brilliant fall foliage is past peak, if not already layered in the compost bin. The last geese are honking their way toward winter homes. Predictions are proffered (sometimes cheerfully, mostly not) for how cold and snowy this year’s winter will be.

Sources for seasonal predictions vary. The Farmers’ Almanac and traditional old-wives-tales are often cited. How soon those geese head south, for example, is supposed to indicate how difficult winter will be. We trust these bits of folklore because they often have a scientific basis and seem to work.

Sometimes the cuteness factor plays a role in our willingness to believe. Take the woolly bear caterpillar, whose fuzziness » Continue Reading.

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Adirondack Park Master Plan Public Hearings Sethttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/adirondack-park-master-plan-public-hearings-set.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/10/adirondack-park-master-plan-public-hearings-set.html#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:07:52 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=48853 APSLMP - LogoThe Adirondack Park Agency (APA) will hold a series of what it’s calling “public listening sessions” to solicit comments regarding their plan to amend the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan (SLMP).  The SLPM was written to govern management of the constitutionally protected “forever wild” lands in the Adirondack Park.

Changes to the plan for state lands in the Adirondacks are currently being considered, including: allowing the use of “all-terrain bicycles” in the Essex Chain Lakes tract, building a steel bridge over the Cedar River for snowmobiles, and other wider changes. For example, snowmobile and ATV owners are also pushing for wider motorized access to Adirondack Forest Preserve and there » Continue Reading.

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