Thursday, December 5, 2019

Invasives Viewpoint: Make Boat Inspections Mandatory

boat inspection station provided by adk explorerYes, everyone should be educated and make sure their boat is clean, drained and dry, inspected and decontaminated, to stop the spread of invasive species and preserve Adirondack Park lakes, ponds and rivers. The park is a national treasure we must protect for future generations, as our ancestors did for us. That means taking seriously our obligations to protect clean water, native wildlife, aquatic life, allowing people to live in harmony with the wilderness.

Some suggest that this could be done with education and voluntary programs alone, without a law, regulations or enforcement. We can all wish that were true, but it isn’t. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, December 5, 2019

Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (Dec 5)

adirondack conditions 12-5This weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is compiled each Thursday afternoon and updated on Friday.

Contribute Your Knowledge: Add a comment below, or send your observations, corrections, updates, and suggestions to adklmanack@gmail.com.

Learn and practice the seven Leave No Trace principles. Plan ahead and prepare. Carry out what you have carried in. Do not leave gear, food, or other items at lean-tos and campsites. Take the free online Leave No Trace course here.

BE PREPARED! Start slow, gain experience. Carry proper safety equipment and weather protection and bring plenty of water and lights, and a map. When on the trail, stay together, monitor the time, and be prepared to turn back. Be prepared to spend an unplanned night in the woods in cold temperatures. Accidents happen to the most experienced people. Always carry food, a space blanket, emergency whistle, first aid kit, fire making tools, extra clothing layers and socks, a map and compass, and the knowledge to use them. Inform someone of your itinerary and before entering the backcountry or launching a boat check the National Weather Service watches, warnings, and advisories here. Follow Adirondack weather forecasts at Burlington and Albany and consult the High Elevation, Recreation, or Lake Champlain forecasts.

December 5th, 2019 – SPECIAL NOTICES » Continue Reading.


Thursday, December 5, 2019

Break Out That Ugly Sweater For Art Programs

I was recently reminded that I am not a runner when I was passed by a corgi and a chain smoker while participating in the recent Bitters and Bones Turkey Trot. It didn’t even matter that the race was no longer being timed when I finally made the finish line.

The atmosphere was incredible as people gathered together with the singular focus of raising funds for local food pantries. Now, Saranac Lake’s BluSeed Studios is once again breaking out the ugly sweaters to raise funds to feed the creative spirit of area children. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, December 5, 2019

Lower Leg Injury Spurs Rescue Mission

forest ranger logoNew 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. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, December 5, 2019

BETA Annual Meeting, Ski Movie Fundraiser

winterlandBarkeater Trails Alliance (BETA) is set to hold their Annual Meeting and Ski Movie Screening and Fundraiser on Saturday, December 21st, at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.

At the annual meeting BETA members will vote to elect two new representatives to the Board of Directors of the organization, Connie Prickett and Thea Moruzzi. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Fortnite, Smash Bros Gamers Competing At Paul Smiths

Paul Smith’s College will award high school students a combined $100,000+ in scholarships through an esports tournament to be held Jan. 25, 2020, at their new on-campus esports lab.

Esports are a surging billion-dollar industry, and with an audience size approaching 500 million worldwide, have begun receiving recognition comparable to that of soccer or basketball. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Lake Champlain ‘Pavilion’ Gets Restoration, Reuse Funds

Pavilion Restoration ProjectThe Pavilion is a National Historic Landmark house located near Lake Champlain on the grounds of Fort Ticonderoga.

It was built in the late 1820s for William Ferris Pell and later used as a hotel, which hosted the likes of Robert Todd Lincoln, William Howard Taft and suffragist Alice Paul.  Fort Ticonderoga Museum founders Sarah and Stephen Pell restored the Pavilion in 1909. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Dan Berggren Performing at Christmas in Warrensburgh

Dan BerggrenAdirondack Singer/Songwriter Dan Berggren is set to perform at the 31st Christmas in Warrensburgh on Saturday, December 7 at 4 pm in Richards Library.

Berggren is a tradition-based songsmith who writes with honesty, humor and a strong sense of place. His concerts are engaging as he invites audiences to join in on songs that explore the lives of hard working folks and the many dimensions of home. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Adirondack 46ers Continue Support for Stewardship, Trail Work

46er logoIn 2018, ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) and the Adirondack 46ers (46ers) entered a three-year joint commitment to promote stewardship and conservation throughout the High Peaks Wilderness.

The 46ers committed $71,000 in funding to protect trails and summits with ADK in 2018, $34,000 in 2019, and will provide an additional $41,000 in 2020 towards those efforts an announcement sent to the press says. Last year, their funding supported trail projects in Avalanche Pass and on Mt. Colden.

» Continue Reading.


Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Pottery Studio Open House at NCCC

Pottery Wheel ThrowingNorth Country Community College (NCCC) has invited the public to an open house at its Pottery Studio on Friday, December 6th.

The open house will take place from 10 am to 2 pm and will feature glazing and throwing demonstrations, pottery for sale, drawings for giveaways, and refreshments. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, December 3, 2019

St. Lawrence River Watershed Survey Underway

St Lawrence River Watershed ProjectSt. Lawrence River Watershed Project partners, including the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), have released a survey seeking input from New Yorkers with knowledge of the watershed, which includes a large area of the Adirondacks.

The short online survey seeks information from the public about interactions with these land and water resources, and how a revitalization plan can address regional concerns. The survey will be open until January 15, 2020. » Continue Reading.


Monday, December 2, 2019

Evergreen Ferns Can Be Enjoyed Year Round

Christmas Fern by Adelaide TyrolWalking through the woods on a crisp December day, I spotted a flash of green among the rocks, snaking up through the snow. Greenery in a forest full of gray and white is a treat, and so I stooped to study the fern frond that was firmly attached to a rock.

In the Northeast, there are four common evergreen ferns: rock polypody (Polypodium virginianum), Christmas fern (Polystichum acrostichoides), marginal wood fern (Dryopteris marginalis), and intermediate or evergreen wood fern (Dryopteris intermedia).

Clearly this was a fern, and there are only four common ones to choose from, but how to tell which fern was peeking up at me through the rocks? Some clear differences help identify these evergreen neighbors. » Continue Reading.


Monday, December 2, 2019

Historic Saranac Lake Awarded Smart Growth Grant

trudeau buildingHistoric Saranac Lake has been awarded a Smart Growth grant from the State of New York Department of Environmental Conservation to support site plan design for their expanded museum campus in downtown Saranac Lake.

In 2019, Historic Saranac Lake acquired the Trudeau Building at 118 Main Street for expansion of their existing museum at the adjacent Saranac Laboratory building. The Smart Growth grant will support integrated site planning in order to create a museum campus that will promote Smart Growth principles and attract arts and culture tourism to the village of Saranac Lake. » Continue Reading.


Monday, December 2, 2019

New Wine and Liquor Store Opens in Westport

Mary Jane Viens proprietor of Homestead SpiritsHomestead Spirits, a liquor and wine store, has opened its doors in Westport just in time for the holiday season.

Though there have been liquor stores in Westport in the past, it has been many years since the town has had one as part of its business mix. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, December 1, 2019

All About Antlers

antler by adelaide tyrolThe blast of a gunshot: a deep bass roar she feels in her chest, followed by a treble ringing in her ears.

The buck drops.

The hunter remains in her crouch, watching the animal’s last breaths through her scope. When he is still she rises, trembling from the cold and the moment, and approaches. » Continue Reading.