Saturday, June 22, 2024

Tupper Lake Tinman Triathlon slated for June 29


The Tupper Lake Tinman Triathlon will take place on Saturday, June 29, beginning at 8 a.m. Established in 1983, the race welcomes approximately 700 participants each year and features 5 different races: tinman (1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run); aquabike (1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike); team relay (1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run); Olympic (0.94-mile swim, 24-mile bike, 6.2-mile run); and a sprint (0.6-mile swim, 12.4-mile bike, 3.1 -mile run).

The event attracts participants from the local region along with many who travel great distances to take part. The Town of Tupper Lake will host an expo during Friday’s athlete check-in at the Tupper Lake Civic Center, where High Peaks Cyclery will be on hand to assist with any last-minute items that the racers may need.

Tinman is sponsored by the Town of Tupper Lake Recreation Department, which also organizes and deploys hundreds of volunteers to help manage event logistics.

Check-in for the race begins on Friday, June 28 from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. There is limited check-in available on race day, beginning at 5:30 a.m.

Visit or the Tinman’s Facebook page for more information about the race.

Photo at top: Tupper Lake Tinman 2022. Photo Credit: ROOST.

Saturday, June 22, 2024

Extreme heat’s impact on health


As I write this, the Adirondacks are in the midst of a heat wave that reached across much of the East. Extreme heat is becoming more common, scientists say, as countries continue to release heat-trapping greenhouse gases through fossil fuel production.

Although the park is usually a cooler clime than the rest of the state, a heat dome is intensifying conditions in specific regions. Some of the park is under a Category 4 alert from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which indicates a rare or long-duration extreme heat event. (See above.)

I spoke with experts in the medical and environmental fields to find protection strategies from the heat in an area where people are used to getting by without air conditioning. Click here to learn more, including what heat illness symptoms to watch for.

This is an excerpt from Chloe’s weekly “Climate Matters” newsletter. To get the full scoop delivered weekly to your inbox, Click here to sign up

Photo at top: Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Friday, June 21, 2024

Sweltering National Pollinator Week means busy work for butterflies

Polyphemus Moth

This was National Pollinator Week, June 17 – 23, and with the heat we’ve had, the butterflies should be doing their thing. Just last Saturday while traveling to Number Four, the dirt part of the road was covered with both yellow swallowtails and white admirals working things dead in the road, mostly their own kind. Some are feeding on coyote and fox scat as they mark spots along their route. Lots of sphinx moths, which they call hummingbird moths, have been buzzing around in the flowers…and there are lots of flowers for them to feed on.

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Friday, June 21, 2024

Outdoor Conditions (6/21): Risks of hiking in high temps, knowing signs of heat exhaustion & heat stroke

outdoor conditions logoThe following are only the most recent notices pertaining to public lands in the Adirondacks. Please check the Adirondack Backcountry webpages for a full list of notices, including seasonal road statuses, rock climbing closures, specific trail conditions, and other pertinent information.


  • Road Work in Perkins Clearing/Speculator Tree Farm Conservation Easements, Jessup River Wild Forest and West Canada Lakes Units: During the week of 6/24, Jessup River Road will have delays due to culvert and road work near the first Miami river bridge. The road is not closed, but travelers going to the Pillsbury Mountain Fire Tower, West Canada Wilderness, and Spruce Lake may experience delays as DEC crews repair the road. (6/18/24)
  • Cranberry Lake Wild Forest Easement Closure: As of Friday, June 14, the Massawepie Conservation Easement is closed to public use for the season. During this time, access to the Conifer-Emporium Conservation Easement is still permitted via the Massawepie/Townline Road.

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Friday, June 21, 2024

Goodbye train, hello bus?


News came out recently that Amtrak is pausing its Adirondack line for 18 weeks, longer than the original six weeks forecast. At the same time, Trailways has announced more bus routes.

From a press release:

“Trailways, North America’s largest and oldest network of independent motor coach operators, is pleased to announce the launch of a new service route that will connect St. Lawrence County, Franklin County, and the Adirondacks making stops in previously underserved regions of Northern New York state.

This lifeline route will re-introduce public transportation to several rural communities and operate twice daily, providing customers with increased travel flexibility. The route and rural communities served underscore Trailways’ commitment to providing accessible and reliable public transportation across the Empire State.

Stops at scenic Adirondack destinations like Lake Placid and Lake George will promote tourism and local businesses. Additional direct stops at major transit hubs, such as Albany International Airport and Syracuse Hancock International Airport, will ensure worldwide connectivity for travelers in the Adirondack region.

When service starts on Wednesday, June 19, public transportation will be introduced for the first time in years in towns such as Gouverneur, De Kalb Junction, Town of Lawrence, Malone, Glen Falls, and Saratoga Springs.

Customers looking for information about service, schedules, arrival and departure times, and fares are encouraged to visit”

What’s your take on this? Will additional bus lines help fill a public transportation need in the Adirondacks?

Photo provided by Trailways

Thursday, June 20, 2024

Franklin County’s Proposed New Trail Plan Has Many Problems

Franklin County has proposed a new 500-mile “multi-use” recreational trail system that will crisscross the county. The County recently released a draft plan and received public comments through June 14th. The draft plan generated considerable opposition from landowners along the proposed motorized trail routes and from local governments who felt they had not been consulted on the trails slated to be opened through their towns.

While county planners claim that the proposed “multi-use” trail system will be “for recreational use by off-road vehicle (ORV), foot, bicycle, horseback, dog sled, and other outdoor activities,” the plan is heavily geared towards motorized uses by All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs). Many landowners do not want to see the road where they live opened for ATV riding. Many already feel that illegal ATV riding in rural parts of Franklin County is out of control and they want no part of the County’s plans to stimulate even more ATV riding.

Click here to read comments submitted by Protect the Adirondacks.

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Thursday, June 20, 2024

APA should pause ProcellaCOR permits to assess herbicide’s safety

Invasive Eurasian watermilfoil.

Re: Moratorium on ProcellaCOR Permitting Pending PFAS and Human Health and Ecological Impact Concerns  

Dear Adirondack Park Agency Executive Director Barbara Rice, 

The undersigned are writing to express our deep concern regarding the recently disclosed Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) information on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) within  pesticides, including florpyrauxifen-benzyl which is the active chemical ingredient in ProcellaCOR EC and  SE. As the Adirondack Park Agency is aware, ProcellaCOR EC is the less concentrated form of  ProcellaCOR SE, both of which are manufactured by the SePRO Corporation, the former of which has  been recently approved for use in several lakes in the Adirondacks.  

Partners call on the Adirondack Park Agency to place a moratorium on the issuance of additional permits  until further science can be reviewed and conducted to assess the impacts ProcellaCOR will have on the Adirondack waters that Park-residents and New York depend on for clean water.  

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Thursday, June 20, 2024

Check out this list of summer concerts happening in communities around the Adirondacks

People listen to a lakefront concert

Ah, the summer concerts. Sitting on a blanket, or dancing barefoot in a park or other grassy setting, enjoying the company of those around you. As several towns around the Adirondack region are gearing up for the summer season, many have announced their summer outdoor concert series so you can plan ahead. See below for a roundup of Adirondack-area outdoor concerts.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Temperatures rise, and so does Lake George’s debate around ProcellaCOR

quote from dave wick

The air isn’t the only thing heating up in the Adirondacks this week. The Adirondack Park Agency will be voting tomorrow on whether to issue a new permit to the Lake George Park Commission for the use of an herbicide that targets invasive watermilfoil. (There are other water bodies up for permits as well.) In Lake George, the debate around ProcellaCOR has intensified in recent weeks.

We published a pair of stories yesterday on the Explorer’s website. Both are from Zachary Matson, our water reporter, who has been closely following this issue. (Check out this overview on what ProcellaCOR is and how it works on milfoil to get up to speed.)

In one article, Zach speaks with property owners in the two bays slated for a “test” of ProcellaCOR, and they are against the idea of using a chemical in the lake.

The other article is a Q&A with Lake George Park Commission’s Executive Director Dave Wick, who addresses the concerns and defends his agency’s plan.

What’s your take on this issue? Leave your comments below. And to stay connected to this issue and all of Zach’s reporting on water quality issues in the Adirondacks, sign up for his weekly “Water Line” newsletter.

quote about procellacor

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

How to identify giant hogweed, a harmful invasive species

Field technician cutting off flower heads to prevent the spread of giant hogweed.

Giant hogweed plants are beginning to bloom across many parts of the state, making it a prime time to spot this harmful invasive species. Giant hogweed is a large, flowering plant from Eurasia with sap that can cause painful burns and scarring.

Adult giant hogweed plants tend to be 7-14 feet tall with an umbrella-shaped cluster of white flowers up to 2.5 feet wide. The stem is green with purple splotches and coarse white hairs, and leaves are large (up to 5 feet across), incised, and deeply lobed. The most common lookalike found in NY is our native cow parsnip, which flowers earlier and does not have the purple splotches on the stem (but can also cause burns). You can find more identification tips, including a table of other lookalikes, on our website.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

19 rangers join search for 68-year-old man missing overnight on Marcy

forest ranger reports graphicTown of Western
Oneida County
Law Enforcement: On June 11, at 12:37 p.m., while inspecting a campsite at Buck Hill State Forest, Forest Ranger Lieutenant Hoag and Ranger Piersma encountered a subject with an outstanding arrest warrant issued by the town of New Hartford. The 35-year-old was wanted on a grand larceny charge. Rangers took the subject into custody without incident and transported them to the New Hartford Police Department.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Where are the Adirondack Park Agency appointments?

The Adirondack Park Agency’s headquarters in Ray Brook

Where are the Adirondack Park Agency appointments?

Before lawmakers left Albany just over a week ago, state senators accepted a handful of appointments made by Gov. Kathy Hochul to some Adirondack Park-area boards. The Lake George Park Commission received four appointments and the Olympic Regional Development Authority received one.

But the Adirondack Park Agency, which oversees public and private development in the 6-million-acre park, did not get any appointments this year, despite a long-vacant seat and three board members sitting on expired seats. Two more appointments will also be expired after this month.

In June 2022, terms expired for both in-park board member Mark Hall and out-of-park board member Ken Lynch.

In January 2023, in-park board member Andrea Hogan resigned from her seat. Hochul has not yet filled it. In June 2023, in-park board member Dan Wilt’s term expired.

At the end of this month, the terms will expire for in-park board member Zoë Smith and out-of-park board member Benita Law-Diao.

Chairman John Ernst’s term expires next summer, as does board member Art Lussi’s term.

So far, no board members have signaled they’ll leave.

At the Lake George Park Commission, the Senate confirmed four of Hochul’s appointments: Thomas Jarrett, Michelle Jebb, C. Walter Lender and Jeffrey Zappieri.

At ORDA, the Senate confirmed Hochul’s appointment of Jennifer Holderied.

This is an excerpt from Gwen’s weekly “Adirondack Report” newsletter. To get the full scoop delivered weekly to your inbox, click here to sign up.

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts to kick off summer concert series tonight

Guitarist Paul Meyers

Blue Mountain Lake, NY— The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (ALCA) announces a brand-new lineup of concerts this summer for their popular Tuesdays@theAC series. On select Tuesday nights during the summer, the Arts Center will present music by a variety of local performers, including Paul Meyers, the Yod Squad, Ryan Leddick, Brock Gonyea, the McCarty Zito Duo, and the Schanzer/Speach Duo, all in a relaxed, fun atmosphere.

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Monday, June 17, 2024

Over the Top on Memorial Day in Long Lake

Long Lake War Memorial.

As summer began in Long Lake with Memorial Day, veterans raised a flag and honored those who served in the two World Wars. As they have for the past 63 years, two stone men watched the ceremony from the top of plinth of cut native blocks. Known around town as The Doughboys, the unnamed men stand for all the horrors of war. The ceremony took place at a monument that most people probably don’t see as they travel through the Adirondacks on Route 30. They are part of a sculpture by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney titled Over the Top and are worth studying, both as an example of the work of an internationally-known sculptor and art patron and for the tale they tell about relationships and recycling in this small town.

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Monday, June 17, 2024

DEC alerts recreationists of heat advisory in ADKs June 18-20

10 hiking essentials

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is urging outdoor recreators to plan accordingly this week as high temperatures—of 90+ degrees—are forecast for this Tuesday through Thursday in the Adirondacks.

Hikers should be prepared with at least 2 liters of water and ideally a water filter. Take plenty of breaks and eat salty snacks to keep your electrolytes in check. Since pets have a harder time staying cool, especially on hot rocks, it may be best to leave them at home. Also consider staying home yourself and rescheduling your hike for a day with cooler temperatures.

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