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Greg Dower

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Comment Period Begins On High Peaks Management

High Peaks Wilderness Map May 2018The High Peaks Wilderness Complex and the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest Draft Unit Management Plan Amendments have been released and public input is sought by June 27th.

Two public meetings will be held; on May 23, 2018, at 10 am at DEC Headquarters, 625 Broadway, in Albany; and the same day at 6 pm at Newcomb Central School, 5535 State Route 28N, in Newcomb.

The meetings will provide the public with an opportunity to learn more about the proposed management actions and comment on the proposals. » Continue Reading.


Monday, May 14, 2018

Wildfires, Rescues: Adirondack Forest Ranger Missions (May 8-13)

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.


Monday, May 14, 2018

A Woman’s Place: 2nd Wave Feminism in Athol

Moose Mountain LodgeAuthor Lorraine Duvall is set to give a talk on the history of A Woman’s Place, an intentional community located on property formerly known as Moose Mountain Lodge in Thurman, on June 3rd from 2 to 3:30 pm at the Thurman Town Hall.

Five to ten women lived at this Drexel Road site communally at any one time. They provided lodging for guests in four cabins and held retreats in the restored barn, offering self-help workshops at a time when women came together during the second wave of feminism. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, May 13, 2018

Oil Tankers Out, Railway Closes, Future Uncertain

oil tankers in north creekThe last 24 oil tanker railcars that were stored all winter on the banks of the Opalescent River were hauled 30 miles south to the North Creek Depot on Tuesday, May 8th.

Just under 100 oil tankers were stored all winter in the Adirondacks. Widespread opposition from state and local leaders, and an array of environmental organizations, last fall stopped storage of oil tankers at just under 100. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, May 13, 2018

ANCA Creating Boomer Business Center

North Country Creamery owners, Ashlee Kleinhammer and Steven Googin

The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) is forming a Center for Businesses in Transition, which will assist interested retiring business owners in successfully preserving their businesses for future generations.

An announcement from ANCA said “more than 10,000 businesses throughout the Adirondack North Country are owned by Baby Boomers who will be looking to retire over the next several years… Without a transition plan in place, many of these businesses are in danger of closing, depriving their communities of employers as well as the vibrancy that helps our towns and villages thrive.” » Continue Reading.


Saturday, May 12, 2018

Thurman Woods Walk and Artisan Market June 2nd

Woods Walk and Artisan MarketThe Annual Woods Walk and Artisan Market at Martin’s Lumber in Thurman has been set for June 2nd from 10 to 4.

The Woods Walk and Artisan Market includes leisurely walks through the woods, lessons about sustainability and trees with Gary Martin and the medicinal value of plants with Amy Cason, and more. » Continue Reading.


Friday, May 11, 2018

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


Friday, May 11, 2018

CATS Grand Hike Promotes Hamlet-to-Hamlet Hiking

2018 CATS Grand Hike RouteChamplain Area Trails (CATS) will host the 2018 Grand Hike on Saturday, May 12. This year’s 14-mile route will run from the Westport Train Station to the Essex Inn, beginning with a new trail on land CATS just conserved in the Westport area.

The Grand Hike leads to a Block Party at The Essex Inn, featuring the Steady Benders band, food and drink. A buffet dinner will be available at the Essex Inn for $15, with reservations made with the Grand Hike registration. » Continue Reading.


Friday, May 11, 2018

This Week’s Big Adirondack News


Thursday, May 10, 2018

Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (May 10)

CompassThis weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is compiled each Thursday afternoon.

Contribute Your Knowledge: Add a comment below, or send your observations, corrections, updates, and suggestions to [email protected]

Practice Leave No Trace Principles when visiting the Adirondack Park.

SPECIAL NOTICES FOR THIS WEEKEND
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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Enrollment, Auditions For Boquet Theatre Festival

BRTF program staff addressed attendees at an informational gathering in AprilEnrollment is open, and a date for auditions has been set for the Boquet River Theatre Festival (BRTF) 2018 program, hosted by the Depot Theatre in Westport.

The 2018 BRTF Junior production, directed by Cheri La Duke, will be Willy Wonka, and rehearsals will start July 23 with performances August 10, 11, 12. The Senior production, directed by Jackie Robertin, will be determined after auditions, based on the number of cast members. Rehearsals for the senior program will start July 30 with performances August 17, 18, 19.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

CATS Acquires Historic Farm, Important RR Crossing

The main house at Viall’s CrossingChamplain Area Trails (CATS) has recently acquired Viall’s Crossing, a historic 132.5-acre farm in Westport that had been placed on the market last August.

In an announcement sent to the press, CATS Executive Director Chris Maron said: “Viall’s Crossing is the only place where a hiking/skiing trail going directly north from the Westport train station to Essex could legally cross the Canadian Pacific railroad tracks. CATS has envisioned doing this for years.”

“The property is also a key link in protecting wildlife in the Split Rock Wildway, which connects New York’s Split Rock Wild Forest to the Adirondack Mountains,” Maron said. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

2018 Lake George Music Fest Schedule

Lake George Music FestivalThe schedule of events for the eighth annual Lake George Music Festival has been announced.

Highlights include residencies by the ensemble Loadbang, Grammy award winning composer and electric guitarist Steven Mackey, and a world premiere of an orchestral work by composer Christopher Rogerson. The festival will also feature premieres by composer and Curtis Institute of Music faculty member David Ludwig and Grammy nominated composer Pascal Le Boeuf. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Ranger Report: Tupper Woman Killed by Falling Tree

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, May 8, 2018

Bolton Recreation Hub In The Works

lglc logoThe Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) has been awarded a $40,000 grant from the 2018 Conservation Partnership Program to enable the LGLC and community partners to develop strategies and plans to establish a new outdoor recreation hub in the Town of Bolton.

The plan is a collaborative effort between the Town of Bolton, the Bolton Landing Chamber of Commerce, and the Lake George Land Conservancy. The LGLC has contracted with The Chazen Companies to develop the plan. » Continue Reading.



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