Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Peter Bauer: Sporting Clubs, Hinchey Law, And The Forest Preserve

The State of New York continues to face the challenge of managing buildings on the Forest Preserve in the Adirondack Park.

This has been an issue for decades and is now an even bigger issue at the inner Gooley Club, a complex of more than a dozen buildings, on Third Lake in the heart of the Essex Chain Lakes Primitive area. » Continue Reading.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Recent Adirondack Forest Ranger Searches, Rescues

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. » Continue Reading.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Saranac Lake Parade of Olympians Wednesday

Jack Shea With A Gold Medal At the 1932 OlympicsEight 2018 Olympians will participate in Wednesday’s Saranac Lake Parade of Olympians in honor of the region’s Olympic heritage (March 21, 5:30 pm) along with several coaches, support staff and many past Olympians. The parade will be led by Saranac Lake’s own Chris Mazdzer, the United States’ first-ever men’s singles Olympic luge medalist.

Local youth groups including downhill and cross-country ski groups, figure skating, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, the Saranac Lake Marching Band and Ensembles and both the Saranac Lake and Lake Placid Fire Departments are also participating.

The 2018 Winter Olympians who plan to attend include: » Continue Reading.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Comments Sought On Whiteface Management Plan

whiteface mtnThe Adirondack Park Agency (APA) has announced they are now accepting public comment for a proposed amendment to the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center Unit Management Plan.

Highlights of proposed changes include new intermediate downhill ski trails, widening of some existing trails, an extension and replacement of the existing Bear Lift and a replacement and realignment of the existing Freeway Lift. The plan also addresses parking needs, improvements for vehicular and pedestrian access to base areas and mountain biking trails. » Continue Reading.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Water Wellness: Understanding Our Groundwater

national groundwater awareness week

Everyone knows that acing an algebra exam won’t help your grade in anthropology, history or theatre class. The same logic applies to water.

A coliform test can tell if your well is impacted by septic leakage or manure runoff, but it won’t tell you if residues from agricultural chemicals or spilled gas or oil are getting in your water. Those are very different kinds of tests. » Continue Reading.

Monday, March 19, 2018

DEC Staff Sampling for Moose Across the Adirondacks

moose Moose (Alces alces) are the largest member of the deer family and the largest land mammal in New York State. DEC staff, in collaboration with other groups, are currently conducting aerial distance sampling for moose across the Adirondacks.

During this multi-year research project, the team is expected to obtain information on the status of New York State’s moose population, health of the moose, and factors that influence moose survival and reproduction. » Continue Reading.

Monday, March 19, 2018

APA’s Gore Mtn Proposal Expands Downhill Skiing

The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) has announced they are accepting public comments for a proposed amendment to the Gore Mountain Ski Center Unit Management Plan.

Proposed changes include new downhill ski trails, widening of some existing trails, a new triple or quad lift from Northwood Lodge to Lower Sunway, an expansion of the NYSEF building, snowmaking improvements and a request for State Land reclassification. The plan also proposes hiking and mountain biking trail changes. » Continue Reading.

Monday, March 19, 2018

2 Charged With Poaching Walleye At Great Sacandaga

ECO Pierce at the makeshift livewellAccording to a press release issued by the Department of Environmental Conservation, on February 24, Environmental Conservation Officers Scott Pierce and Jason Hilliard were on patrol at the annual Walleye Challenge Ice Fishing Tournament on the Great Sacandaga Lake in Fulton County when the officers came upon an ice shanty and two fishermen.

According to the ECOs, a small opening in the ice had been dug next to the shanty to form a live-well, and a number of walleye and perch were stored there. Some fish were alive and others were not. ECO Pierce reported that he counted 13 walleye in the pool of water, which put the two fishermen over the daily limit of walleye. » Continue Reading.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Boat Size Drives Lake George Marina Plan Opposition

The Winnish, owned by LeGrand Cramer, one of Lake George’s first Auto-BoatsThe Harris Bay Yacht Club is not getting any larger any time soon, so perhaps Lake George boats won’t either, or so opponents of the expansion plan hope.

Representatives of the Queensbury dock condominium complex withdrew their application for variances from the Lake George Park Commission’s rules at that agency’s monthly meeting, held February 27 at the Fort William Henry conference center. » Continue Reading.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Watchable Wildlife: Great Horned Owl

great horned owl Now may be a good time to see great horned owls (Bubo virginianus). They are year-round residents, but start sitting in their nests as early as January or February.

Great horned owls are large birds (adults can be 18-25 inches in length) and have large ear tufts on their head and large yellow eyes. Their feathers are usually a mix of colors: white, reddish-brown, gray, and black with a white patch on their throats. » Continue Reading.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Stone Walls: An Iconic Landform Primer

stone wallWhen you think about the iconic landforms of the Northeast, what comes to mind? The mountains, of course. The lakes. Of course. Rivers? Probably.

But there’s another. Stone walls. An estimated 100,000 miles of them. They might not be as impressive as the Great Range, Hudson Gorge, or Lake George, but collectively they make a big impact on the landscape and the creatures who live there. » Continue Reading.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Adirondack Hut-to-Hut: Trails and Lodging Report Released

Photo by Phil Brown 2016. View of Gothics from Boreas Ponds.The final report on the three-year study to develop an Adirondack Community-based Trails and Lodging System plan to enhance recreation-based tourism and help revitalize hamlet centers has been released to the public.

The report lays out regional hut-to-hut networks throughout the Adirondack Park, which could be linked together into a park-wide system.

» Continue Reading.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Residential Brush Burning Prohibited Through May 14th

wildfireDepartment of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has reminded the public that with spring approaching and conditions for wildfires heightened, residential brush burning is prohibited through May 14th across New York State.

Even though much of the state is currently blanketed in snow, warming temperatures can quickly cause wildfire conditions to arise. » Continue Reading.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Lake George Bands n’ Beans March 25th

bands n beansThe 27th Annual Bands n’ Beans event at the Roaring Brook Range, 2206 NY-9N, in Lake George, is set for Sunday, March 25th, 2018.

Doors open 1 pm, music and the chili competition will take place from 2 to 7 pm. » Continue Reading.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Avoiding Conflicts With Adirondack Coyotes

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has issued the agency’s annual guidance on preventing conflicts between people and coyotes as spring temperatures approach.

With the onset of warmer weather, many of New York’s resident coyotes set up dens for pups that will arrive this spring. Coyotes are well adapted to suburban and even some urban environments, but for the most part they will avoid contact with people. However, conflicts with people and pets may result as coyotes tend to be territorial around den sites during the spring through mid-summer period as they forage almost constantly to provide food for their young. » Continue Reading.

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