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Greg Dower

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Monday, April 15, 2019

DEC Announces 2018-19 Deer Hunting Estimates

DEC logoHunters in New York killed an estimated 227,787 deer during the 2018-19 hunting seasons, approximately 12 percent more than the previous season, State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced.

The estimated deer take included 114,402 antlerless deer and 113,385 antlered bucks. Statewide, this represents a 20-percent increase in antlerless deer and a five-percent increase in bucks from the last season. » Continue Reading.


Monday, April 15, 2019

Industrial Hemp Production Workshop Planned

Industrial HempFranklin County Cornell Cooperative Extension is set to host a workshop to explore industrial hemp production in New York State on April 25, at the Franklin County Courthouse from 1 to 4 pm.

In recent years, industrial hemp production in the United States has seen renewed interest. It is now possible to test for THC levels (THC is the main intoxicating ingredient in marijuana), to ensure that only low THC level crops are being grown legally, and hemp could once again be a profitable ag commodity. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, April 14, 2019

2018 Mirror Lake Monitoring Report Released

Mirror Lake Report The Ausable River Association (AsRA) and Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute (AWI) have released the 2018 Water Quality Report for Mirror Lake. The report shows that Mirror Lake continues to be negatively affected by road salt and that lack of mixing in the spring, first documented in 2017, remains a problem. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, April 14, 2019

New This Season at Adirondack Experience (ADKX)

Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX), is set to open for its 62nd season on Friday, May 24, 2019. This year ADKX opens two new temporary exhibits, a new permanent installation out on Minnow Pond and a new family event. » Continue Reading.


Friday, April 12, 2019

Featured Hike: The Open Ridge of Jay Mountain

jay mountain trailAt 3,600 ft of elevation, Jay mountain, part of the Jay Mountain Wilderness, provides stunning views from an open ridge of the surrounding Adirondack Mountains. » Continue Reading.


Friday, April 12, 2019

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


Friday, April 12, 2019

Registration Open For Malone YMCA’s Camp Akalaka

Camp Akalaka classesRegistration is now open for the Camp Akalaka in Malone, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4 pm, from July 1st to August 30th.

Cornell Cooperative Extension has been partnering with the Malone YMCA to provide the day camp in Malone, which is open to ages 5-12.

» Continue Reading.


Friday, April 12, 2019

This Week’s Big Adirondack News Stories


Thursday, April 11, 2019

Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (Apr 11)

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. Carry proper safety equipment and weather protection and bring plenty of water, lights and a map. When on the trail: keep the group together, watch the time, and be prepared to turn back. Accidents happen to the most experienced people. Be prepared to spend an unplanned night in the woods in freezing temperatures. Always carry food, a 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 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.

April 11th, 2019 – SPECIAL NOTICES » Continue Reading.


Thursday, April 11, 2019

Rangers Rescue Injured Hiker On Baker Mtn

forest ranger logoNew 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.


Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Expanded Adirondack Development Grant Opportunities

department of stateThe New York Department of State (DOS) has announced the availability of federal grant funding for economic and community development within New York’s Northern Border Region.

This year, more than $3.5 million will be available to communities within New York’s 28 federally-designated Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) Counties, which includes most of the counties of the Adirondack Park. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration in Saranac Lake

poor peoples campainA celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life has been set for Saturday, April 13th, 2019, from 7 to 8 pm at the John Black Room at the Saranac Laboratory Museum, 89 Church Street, Suite 2, Saranac Lake. This is a rescheduled event, canceled due to weather earlier this year.

Hear Dr. King’s words on the need for social and economic justice, and listen to Joe Paparone speak on the revival of Dr. King’s last project – the Poor People’s Campaign and discuss ways to continue this legacy today. There will be music and refreshments. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Diggory Exhibiting Adirondack Lake Views at Albany Institute

Rock Flow Adirondack lakes are featured in Anne Diggory’s art exhibition at the Albany Institute of History and Art, “All in a Day’s Work” which opens with a lecture and reception April 7th at 2 pm.

The show includes six artworks based on a day at Crane Point on Blue Mountain Lake and other groups based on the view from Recluse Island in Lake George, from Partridge Island in Upper Saranac Lake and from her canoe along the Bog River.  Several works combine her contemporary view with how the scene was painted in the 19th century. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Ausable Two-Fly Challenge Celebrating 20 Years

Two Fly Challenge participants on the Ausable RiverFly fishermen from across the country and Canada are set to convene in Wilmington on May 16 – 18 for the Ausable Two-Fly Challenge.

This year’s catch and release tournament is celebrating twenty years of fishing, storytelling and raising money to preserve the West Branch of the Ausable River. Proceeds go to regional preservation non-profit groups and to stock the river. » Continue Reading.


Monday, April 8, 2019

Lake Placid Boat Launch Closure Planned

DEC logoThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is closing the Lake Placid Boat Launch Site on Mirror Lake Drive on April 8, 2019, to replace the deteriorating bulkhead. » Continue Reading.