Tuesday, March 12, 2024

4 High Peaks rescues, 3 days

Rescue on Basin Mountain

Ranger rescues

It’s officially mud season, and the state Department of Environmental Conservation has asked hikers to avoid climbs above 2,500 feet. Two weekends ago, forest rangers were already dealing with the difficulties of conducting rescues in the mix of mud, ice and snow. I spoke with a ranger about his assistance on four rescues that weekend, two of them involving a team of 30 rangers.

You can check out that story here.

Adirondack Park Agency

The APA is meeting on March 14. The board is expected to vote on two permits. One is for the use of Procellacor EC, an herbicide that treats invasive Eurasian watermilfoil, on Brant Lake. The other is for a four-lot subdivision in the town of Corinth. You can read the full agenda here: https://apa.ny.gov/Mailing/2024/03/FullAgency/MonthlyAgendaMar2024.pdf.

Invasive Eurasian watermilfoil.

Explorer file photo by Mike Lynch.

In case you missed it, my colleague Zach Matson has an update on the area lakes looking to use Procellacor EC. Check it out here.

View all APA public comment and hearing opportunities at: https://apa.ny.gov/Hearings/index.cfm.

  • Applicant Maria Leuci Radloff is seeking to convert an existing eight-bedroom single family dwelling to a bed and breakfast on state Route 9N in Lake Luzerne. Radloff is also seeking to convert and expand an existing horse barn to a wedding venue for up to 200 people and conversion of an existing horse run-in shed to a bathroom and kitchen. Related improvements include a new on-site wastewater treatment system for the wedding venue bathroom, access road, parking areas, pathways, and landscaping. Comments are due by March 28. To view the site plan and submit comments, go to https://apa.ny.gov/Hearings/ApaCommentPopup.cfm?ProjectNumber=2023-0213.
  • National Grid is proposing to install a midspan utility pole along an existing electricity distribution line within the Echo Bay Lane transportation and utility right-of-way in the town of Fort Ann. The proposed pole will be 38.5 feet tall with an additional pole-top antenna for National Grid communication equipment for an overall height of 43.25 feet. Comments are due April 4. To view site info and submit comments, go to https://apa.ny.gov/Hearings/ApaCommentPopup.cfm?ProjectNumber=2024-0056.

Environmental Notice Bulletin

View all the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s weekly environmental notice bulletin projects. There were no new Adirondack Park-area projects on this week’s bulletin.

Photo at top: Rescue on Basin Mountain on March 2-3, 2024. Photo courtesy of NYS DEC.

This first appeared in Gwen’s weekly “Adirondack Report” newsletter. Click here to sign up.

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Gwen is the environmental policy reporter for Adirondack Explorer.

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