Friday, May 3, 2024

New home, name for Ausable River Association

Woman stands on a piece of land

Ausable River Association plans move

The Ausable River Association celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and is taking steps to ensure its ambitions as a park-wide presence in the next 25 years.

The nonprofit is seeking to change its name this year to the Ausable Freshwater Center and in March submitted plans with the Adirondack Park Agency to build an office and education center of a 9-acre parcel along 1,000 feet of the river’s East Branch.

In 2021, donors gifted AsRA the property on John Fountain Road in Jay to bolster the group’s educational work.

Now, AsRA is looking for APA approval to construct a new office space and educational pavilion on the property, dubbed the Ausable Preserve.

Kelley Tucker, AsRA executive director, said completion of the project is still years off but would serve a dual purpose as a workspace and interactive classroom to demonstrate the benefits and needs of the river in person.

“It’s an opportunity to create an immersive experience,” Tucker told me during a visit to the site last week.

Read more about the plan here. 

architectural designs

Architectural designs included in a permit application the Ausable River Association submitted to the Adirondack Park Agency in March.


Mud Pond

Mud Pond in Taylor Pond Wild Forest on Monday. It’s a nice 1.5-mile hike up to this quiet lake.

Another wet summer

Are we in store for another wet summer? The earliest forecasts are projecting above-average temperatures and precipitation in the Adirondacks, colleague Chloe Bennett reported last week.

The long-range seasonal outlook released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says that the likelihood of more than normal precipitation is even higher than last year’s summer outlook.

I was on parental leave for most of the summer, but I do recall some swift-moving river and wet trails.

Last year was the hottest year on record, and the outlook is predicting a one-three chance that this year will be even hotter.

Read more on the weather outlook here. 

North Branch Saranac River

North Branch Saranac River. Photo by Zachary Matson.

Photo at top: Ausable River Association Executive Director Kelley Tucker visiting the site of the organization’s planned office and education center in Jay. Photo by Zachary Matson.

This first appeared in Zach’s weekly “Water Line” newsletter. Click here to sign up.

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Zachary Matson has been an environmental reporter for the Explorer since October 2021. He is focused on the many issues impacting water and the people, plants and wildlife that rely on it in the Adirondack Park. Zach worked at daily newspapers in Missouri, Arizona and New York for nearly a decade, most recently working as the education reporter for six years at the Daily Gazette in Schenectady.

4 Responses

  1. Longplayer says:

    The ability to click on the diagram to see an enlarged version that would enable us to read the fine print would be welcomed.

  2. Mike says:

    Build a 6500 sq.ft. facility plus lots of parking for cars and buses funded by taxpayers. That should save the environment.

  3. Lillian Antoci says:

    I dislike the building plans. It is way too modern for the Adirondack. It should be more in keeping with the environment, including stone and tree trucks. Glass and metal are not pretty in the Adirondack. These plans need to be revised.

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