Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Your insights wanted: Recreation content

Mike Lynch

Looking to hear your thoughts to help shape future recreation content. The Adirondack Explorer would love to hear from you about recreation: What you enjoy doing outside, where you go for information. All outdoors experience levels welcome to participate!

In addition, we’d love your feedback about our current outdoors content. Can you let us know how we’re doing?

Click here to take a brief survey:

Photo of Mike Lynch by Gwendolyn Craig/Adirondack Explorer

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Melissa is a journalist with experience as a reporter and editor with the Burlington Free Press, Ithaca Journal and Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. She worked as a communications specialist for the Adirondack North Country Association and is currently digital editor for Adirondack Explorer, overseeing both the Explorer's website and its community forum the Adirondack Almanack. She enjoys hiking, camping and other outdoors activities, and spending time with her husband, their twin daughters, and rescue animals -- two dogs and two cats.

8 Responses

  1. Alan West says:

    It appears to me that your magazine is for preservationists only. One never sees articles about deer hunting or fur trapping.It appears that these legal activities are bad or distasteful and should not be written about so as to not offend some readers.
    Your magazine is a fine magazine, but should offer a broader variety of subjects and opinions. I believe in multiple use in the forest preserve.I am an avid trapper that should not have to hide my activity. Trapping is an essential part of wildlife management. Thank you for this opportunity to speak ou.

    • Boreas says:


      I can’t speak for the editors, but I suspect much of the content here is simply related to the articles submitted for publication. If you or someone wants to submit an article on hunting/trapping, I would bet it gets published. What they can’t do is publish something that has yet to be written.

      • Hi Alan, I second what Boreas said. The Almanack is a user-powered site and the majority of what runs here is submitted by readers. That being said, we do periodically run notices from the DEC, esp hunting/fishing reports and related news items. If there’s something you’d like to see more of specifically, or would like to contribute an article, feel free to send me an email at

  2. louis curth says:

    You asked about current and future outdoor recreation content. I would suggest that you seem to be doing quite well with the present broad range of subjects that seem to interest many different kinds of Adirondack folks. I think we are all learning and communicating more with each other as a result of your efforts.

    It is truly a breath of fresh air, especially in this pandemic, to have you provide a place where we can all participate, if we want to, and be part of a community of people who care enough to offer an opinion. We Adirondackers urgently need a forum like this, instead of being shunted off to the loathsome social media sites that too many of our people and institutions have become hooked on.

    I thank you for your wonderful effort to help strengthen “Adirondack community”
    by providing us a place to chat and share our ideas about things that are of concern to us. Please continue.

  3. Vanessa says:

    Consider me surveyed. 😀

  4. SNAPPER PETTA says:

    I certainly understand the “we can’t print what we don’t receive” argument but I will say this…when I first subscribed to this publication (2008), the majority of articles were outdoor pursuits related. Hiking, paddling, winter backcountry adventures, etc. took center stage. As time moved on, a more politically oriented and socially conscious attitude entered into the conversation. Honestly, I can’t argue with that approach but the scales do seem to have tipped in that direction. Also, while I agree that you are unable to print articles that never cross your desk I do believe you have the resources and contacts to go out and solicit articles. That might be one approach you can take to balance the scales again.