The Adirondack Almanack http://www.adirondackalmanack.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:00:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Current Conditions in the Adirondack Park (Apr 17)http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/04/current-conditions-in-the-adirondack-park-apr-17.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/04/current-conditions-in-the-adirondack-park-apr-17.html#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:22:28 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=44288 adk0122093 This weekly Adirondack outdoor conditions report is issued on Thursday afternoons, year round.

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** EARLY SPRING / LATE WINTER CONDITIONS: Expect seasonal temperatures this weekend, from below freezing at night into the 40s during the day. There is a chance of snow in the high peaks on Saturday. High waters and flooding remains a concern as snowpack continues » Continue Reading.

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Wilderness 50th Anniversary Plans Move Forwardhttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/04/wilderness-50th-anniversary-plans-move-forward.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/04/wilderness-50th-anniversary-plans-move-forward.html#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:00:00 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=44228 image003(5)Plans to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of The National Wilderness Preservation Act of 1964 are moving ahead.  A steering committee has been established and a new logo has been designed that will be used to help promote a variety of commemorative activities being planned later this year at college campuses and other venues across New York State this year.

The Wilderness Act’s chief author, Howard Zahniser, took his inspiration from New York’s “forever wild” constitutional protection of the Adirondack and Catskill Forest Preserve. That constitutional protection also has its 120th anniversary this year (1894-2014). Zahniser wrote that New York State set the example for the national Wilderness movement.

A New York State Wilderness 50th steering committee has » Continue Reading.

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Adirondack Winter Search And Rescue Reporthttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/04/dec-region-5-winter-search-and-rescue-report.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/04/dec-region-5-winter-search-and-rescue-report.html#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:00:52 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=44281 DEC Forest RangerThe most recent Forest Ranger Search and Rescue Report for DEC Region 5 includes most of the Adirondack region. Although not a comprehensive detailing of all backcountry incidents, these reports are issued periodically by the DEC and printed here at the Almanack in their entirety. They are organized by county, and date. You can read previous Forest Ranger Reports here.

These incident reports are a stern reminder that wilderness conditions can change suddenly and accidents happen. Hikers and campers should check up-to-date forecasts before entering the backcountry 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 » Continue Reading.

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Adirondack Bear Harvest Continues Downward Trendhttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/04/adirondack-bear-harvest-continues-downward-trend.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/04/adirondack-bear-harvest-continues-downward-trend.html#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:00:24 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=44216 Black Bear NYS Museum Camera TrapNew York bear hunters took 1,358 black bears during the 2013 hunting seasons, making last year the second highest bear harvest on record in New York. The bear take in the Adirondacks however, continues to decline.

According to Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) wildlife managers, the high take elsewhere in the state is a result of increased bear populations and the abundance of hard mast that kept bears actively feeding later into the fall when deer season was open.

In the Adirondack bear hunting area, hunters took a total of 380 bears, fewer than the recent 5-year average, and far fewer than last year’s take of 606. Early season » Continue Reading.

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Essex Community Fund Accepting Grant Applicationshttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/04/essex-community-fund-accepting-grant-applications.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/04/essex-community-fund-accepting-grant-applications.html#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:00:34 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=44242 essex community fund grantsThe Essex Community Fund (EFC), a component fund of the Adirondack Foundation, is once again offering grants to nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, schools, churches and local government activities operating in the town of Essex, New York. ECF awards grants in support of community beautification, historic preservation, culture, the arts, education, and programs for youth and senior citizens.

ECF gives strong preference to capacity building grants or modest one-time capital projects. It does not fund ongoing operating expenses. Grants generally do not exceed $2,000. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. May 16, 2014.

New this year, organizations must submit applications online through Adirondack Foundation’s Online Grants Manager. For information contact Adirondack Foundation » Continue Reading.

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Facing the Storm: Preparing for Increased Extreme Weatherhttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/04/facing-the-storm-preparing-for-increased-extreme-weather.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/04/facing-the-storm-preparing-for-increased-extreme-weather.html#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:00:38 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=44201 View from Bridge of HopeI attended a recent forum in Albany, Facing the Storm: Preparing for Increased Extreme Weather in Upstate New York, and wanted to pass along some of what I heard, or thought I heard. The event was sponsored by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government.

For a forum concerning the impacts of a changing climate the audience was unusually diverse in terms of backgrounds and professions. As a staff member for Adirondack Wild, I was sitting next to a firefighter from a village in Montgomery County. At the next table were other firefighters and emergency personnel in uniform.  Across from me were several members of the League of Women Voters.  Initially we » Continue Reading.

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Dan Crane: The Northville-Placid Trail Experiencehttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/04/dan-crane-the-northville-placid-trail-experience.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/04/dan-crane-the-northville-placid-trail-experience.html#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:00:42 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=44254 Bushwhacking Fool near South PondThe Northville-Placid Trail is getting a face-lift. The initial 10-mile stretch that started at the west end of the bridge over the Sacandaga River along State Route 30 is no more, or at least soon will be. Instead, the famous trail will soon officially start in the village of Northville and mostly stick to State Forest Preserve for the first ten miles all the way to Upper Benson.

This is not the only recent change for the famous trail. Combined with other alterations over the last few years, the singular long trail of the Adirondacks is going through a transition, giving it a whole new look; one that » Continue Reading.

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1960s Theme for 2015 Saranac Lake Winter Carnivalhttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/04/1960s-theme-for-2015-saranac-lake-winter-carnival.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/04/1960s-theme-for-2015-saranac-lake-winter-carnival.html#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:00:05 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=44236 SLWC-FinalLogo4cOutlines2013Members of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee have chosen “Groovy 60’s” as the theme for the 2015 Carnival. The theme was chosen from among five ideas gathered from the public: Adirondack Fiesta, Beach Party, Groovy 60’s, Haunted Adirondacks and Prehistoric Park.

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival will take place on February 6 – 15, 2015.

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee, formally known as the Society for Promotion of Winter Carnival, Saranac Lake, Inc., is a group of volunteers dedicated to organizing the annual mid-winter festival. The 10-day, community-wide event traces its roots to a one-day Winter Carnival held in 1897 by the Pontiac Club. The Carnival honors its heritage every year by building an Ice » Continue Reading.

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Springtime Adirondack Nature Programs for Childrenhttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/04/springtime-adirondack-nature-programs-for-children.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/04/springtime-adirondack-nature-programs-for-children.html#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:00:33 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=44207 NewcombVICspring_newApril is a tricky time of year to be accessing Adirondack paths and trails, though not impossible.  Some places still have snow enough for skiing while other trails are already knee-deep in mud. Staying off trails during mud season is always the best option as it allows trails to rejuvenate, alleviates trail erosion and protects native plant life.

There are options available so families can choose to still get out in nature without damaging trails or harming themselves. Spring is the perfect time to try the low trails and have a different experience looking for spring wildflowers or migrating birds.  I understand “wanting to get” that elusive 46er, but please make sure that springtime trail » Continue Reading.

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The Return of the Turkey Vulturehttp://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/04/the-return-of-the-turkey-vulture.html http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2014/04/the-return-of-the-turkey-vulture.html#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:00:29 +0000 http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/?p=44227 Turkey Vulture of over florida (Wiki Commons)The very rapid loss of the snow pack that covered our region has created flooding concerns, curtailed, or completely ended, back country skiing for another year and has greatly improved foraging conditions for our ground feeding birds. Among the avian summer residents that benefit from periods of unseasonably warm weather, and the accompanying loss of snow, is a bird renowned for its scavenging talents.

Over eons of time, the turkey vulture has evolved various features to locate and capitalize on recently thawed carcasses of animals that were unable to survive the winter, and has become one of the most effective and visible scavengers in the Park.

The turkey vulture is one » Continue Reading.

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