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Greg Dower

Stories under the Almanack's Editorial Staff byline come from press releases and other notices. To have your news noticed here at the Almanack contact our editor John Warren at adkalmanack@gmail.com.


Thursday, November 15, 2018

Winter Conditions, Deep Snow, Ice: Current Adirondack Conditions (Nov 15)

CompassThis weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is compiled each Thursday afternoon and fully updated by Friday afternoon.

Contribute Your Knowledge: Add a comment below, or send your observations, corrections, updates, and suggestions to adkalmanack@gmail.com.

Learn and practice the seven Leave No Trace principles. Carry out what you have carried in. Do not leave gear, food, or other items at lean-tos and campsites. Do not litter. Take the free online Leave No Trace course here.

BE PREPARED! Start slow, gain experience. Always carry proper safety equipment – including plenty of food, water, flashlights, space blanket, emergency whistle, first aid kit, fire making tools, extra clothing layers and socks, and a map and compass – inform someone of your itinerary, and be prepared to spend an unplanned night in the woods in cold temperatures. Just before entering the backcountry or launching a boat check the National Weather Service watches, warnings, and advisories here. Follow Adirondack weather forecasts at Burlington and Albany and consult the High Elevation, Recreation, or Lake Champlain forecasts.

November 15th, 2018 – SPECIAL NOTICES » Continue Reading.


Thursday, November 15, 2018

Van Hoevenberg, North Creek Nordic Facilities Opening Saturday

Mt Van HoevenbergThe Mt. Van Hoevenberg Nordic ski center, in Lake Placid, is scheduled to open for the 2018-’19 season, Saturday, November 17, weather and conditions permitting. The center’s earliest-ever planned opening comes after members of the U.S. para-Nordic ski team held their week-long training camp at the center. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, November 15, 2018

Transgender Day of Remembrance Nov 18th

transgender day of rememberanceAn observance of Transgender Day of Remembrance will be held on Sunday November 18th from 1 to 2 pm, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church 136 Main St, Saranac Lake.

Transgender Day of Remembrance occurs annually on November 20th, and is a day to memorialize those who were murdered as the result of transphobia (the hatred or fear of transgender and gender non-conforming people).

TDOR, as it is often referred to, was founded in 1998 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a transgender woman to memorialize the murder of her friend Rita Hester in Allston, Massachusetts.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Snowmaking Begins at Gore, Whiteface; Opening Date Set

Snowmaking at Gore Mountain New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) managed ski resorts – Whiteface Mountain, Wilmington; Gore Mountain, North Creek; and Belleayre Mountain, Highmount –  have all begun snowmaking operations in anticipation of their season openings, Saturday, November 17th, 2018 – weather and conditions permitting. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Unprepared Hiker Rescued From Mt Marcy

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, November 13, 2018

‘Bernie’ Rivers Appointed Director of DEC Law Enforcement

Captain Bernard “Bernie” Rivers to the position of Director of the Division of Law Enforcement (DLE) in the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

A Hudson Valley native with 27 years of experience with DEC, Rivers has served as Acting Director since March following the retirement of former Director Joseph Schneider. As DLE Director, Rivers will lead 289 Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs) across the state as the enforcement arm of DEC, tasked with safeguarding the state’s natural resources and enforcing the Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) that protects fish and wildlife, environmental quality and the citizens of New York State. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Warren Miller’s 69th Winter Sports Film In Indian Lake

Face of WinterThe winter sports action film Face of Winter is set to play at the Indian Lake Theater on November 17 at 7 pm. Snow sports enthusiasts and adventure goers of all ages are invited to kick off the season with Warren Miller’s 69th installment ski and snowboard film.

Warren Miller’s films captured the magic of skiing and Face of Winter brings top athletes together to pay tribute. » Continue Reading.


Monday, November 12, 2018

Pearsall Foundation Awards 34 Grants

Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack FoundationThe trustees of the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation rotate the site of their Annual Meeting and Board Retreat around the Adirondack Park and this year it was held at Schroon Lake. The trustees met with 17 Schroon Lake area not-for-profits, organized by Roger Friedman, to discuss issues in the community and how the Pearsall Foundation might help.

The trustees also reviewed 47 grant applications, down from 61 the year before, and fully funded the requested amount for 26 of those and partially funded 7. » Continue Reading.


Monday, November 12, 2018

Northern Forest Canoe Trail Online Auction Underway

NFCT Stewardship Crew MembersThe Northern Forest Canoe Trail’s 14th annual Online Auction kicked off November 1st, offering paddling enthusiasts a variety of outdoor-related items and experiences to bid on.

The auction is a fundraiser for the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, a nonprofit organization that manages the 740-mile water trail between Old Forge and Fort Kent, Maine. The nonprofit provides stewardship along the trail and promotes paddling in the Northern Forest region » Continue Reading.


Sunday, November 11, 2018

Meeting Tues, Comments Sought on Hammond Pond Wild Forest

Hammond Pond Wild Forest Map (Courtesy Adirondack Atlas)The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced it is seeking public input “to improve recreational opportunities and natural resource protections in the Hammond Pond Wild Forest Management Unit.”

A public meeting will be held at 6 pm on November 13, at the North Hudson Town Hall, 3024 US Route 9, approximately one mile from Exit 29 of the Northway (I-87). The meeting will provide the public with an opportunity to offer input on future recreational uses. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, November 11, 2018

New Communications, Engagement Director at Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy has announced David Conlan has been named the new Director of Communications and Community Engagement of the organization’s Adirondack Chapter in Keene Valley.

Conlan most recently served as the Director of Client Services at Adworkshop, a digital marketing agency based in Lake Placid. » Continue Reading.


Friday, November 9, 2018

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


Friday, November 9, 2018

This Week’s Big Adirondack News Stories


Thursday, November 8, 2018

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos Stepping Down

Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Basil Seggos is stepping down. A replacement has not been announced, but the next DEC Commissioner with be the third named by Governor Andrew Cuomo, who was just elected to a third term.

During his tenure as DEC Commissioner Seggos completed the state’s purchase of the 69,000-acre Finch, Pruyn & Company lands. His tenure also coincided with several important Adirondack Park Agency (APA) classification decisions, including the High Peaks Wilderness and Boreas Ponds and Essex Chain Tracts.  DEC writes Adirondack Forest Preserve Unit Management Plans. The APA is tasked with ensuring those plans meet the requirement of the New York State Land Master Plan.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (Nov 8)

CompassThis weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is compiled each Thursday afternoon and fully updated by Friday afternoon.

Contribute Your Knowledge: Add a comment below, or send your observations, corrections, updates, and suggestions to adkalmanack@gmail.com.

Learn and practice the seven Leave No Trace principles. Carry out what you have carried in. Do not leave gear, food, or other items at lean-tos and campsites. Do not litter. Take the free online Leave No Trace course here.

BE PREPARED! Start slow, gain experience. Always carry proper safety equipment – including plenty of food, water, flashlights, space blanket, emergency whistle, first aid kit, fire making tools, extra clothing layers and socks, and a map and compass – inform someone of your itinerary, and be prepared to spend an unplanned night in the woods in cold temperatures. Just before entering the backcountry or launching a boat check the National Weather Service watches, warnings, and advisories here. Follow Adirondack weather forecasts at Burlington and Albany and consult the High Elevation, Recreation, or Lake Champlain forecasts.

November 8th, 2018 – SPECIAL NOTICES » Continue Reading.