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Greg Dower

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Forest Ranger Report: Skier Lost On Wright, Snowmobile Enforcement

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, March 12, 2018

Cycle Adirondacks Adds Weekender at Paul Smith’s

cycle adirondacksCycle Adirondacks has added to its 2018 tour schedule The Weekender at The Paul Smith’s College, a new family-friendly bicycling event scheduled for June 29-July 1.

The new event will be hosted at the lakeside campus of Paul Smith’s College and complements Cycle Adirondacks nearly sold out annual weeklong tour set for August 18-24. Registration for The Weekender includes marked and supported cycling routes for all abilities levels, all meals, route snacks and entertainment. » Continue Reading.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Saranac Lake: ‘Poetic License’ Art, Word Exhibit, Reception

Circadian Rhythm by S WhitemanIn honor of National Poetry Month, NorthWind Fine Arts Gallery is set to host a Poetry Opening on Friday, April 6 from 5 to 7 pm, at 11 Woodruff Street in Saranac Lake.

“Poetic License” will feature poetry readings and new, companion pieces of art.

» Continue Reading.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Wild Center’s Job and Volunteer Fair Match 14th

The Wild Center in Tupper Lake is set to hold a Job and Volunteer Fair on Wednesday, March 14th from 3 to 7 pm. Seasonal positions are available in facilities, admissions, the Waterside Cafe and the Wild Supply Co. On the spot interviews will be available. » Continue Reading.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Adirondack Coast Cultural Passport Winners Named

adk coast arts and history passportThe 2017 Adirondack Coast Arts & History Passport prize winners have been announced.

The Passport serves as a guide to 17 museums and cultural sites located throughout the Adirondack Coast. The program kicks off during the Adirondack Coast Cultural Alliance’s annual Museum Days.

Participants are encouraged to collect as many stamps as they can while exploring the different locations in the guide. » Continue Reading.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

$200k Available for Great Lakes Basin Projects

Great Lakes Basin From SpaceNew York Sea Grant and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) have announced $200,000 is available for Great Lakes ecosystem-based management projects through the New York Great Lakes Basin Small Grants Program. Up to $25,000 is available for each project. » Continue Reading.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

DEC Announces 2017 Bear Hunting Results

black bearNew York State bear hunters killed 1,420 black bears during the 2017 hunting seasons according to statistics compiled by the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

Hunters took an estimated 1,037 black bears in New York’s Southern Zone, nearly the same number as in 2016, but slightly more than the recent five-year average. Bowhunters took 330 bears, on par with the recent average, but less than the 537 bears taken during the regular season. The early season, which DEC initiated in 2014 to reduce bear populations in a handful of management units in the Catskill region, resulted in 150 bears. » Continue Reading.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Two Men Arrested For Shooting Road Signs

Road sign shot in Lewis CountyAccording to a DEC press release, on February 22, ECOs Tim Worden and Zach Brown assisted the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department with a complaint about two young men shooting at road signs. » Continue Reading.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Early Birds Returning To Northern Forests

red winged black bird May is bird heaven in our region. All the species that headed south the previous year are back: the flycatchers, vireos and thrushes; the warblers, wrens and swallows; even the ruby-throated hummingbirds and scarlet tanagers are in full force. But May and its riches of bird seems distant in early March – too far into the future to even contemplate.

The first day of spring, on the other hand, is just around the corner. And while the Adirondack air may still be frigid and the ground often snow-covered, bird populations are nonetheless on the move. By St. Patrick’s Day or shortly thereafter, killdeer, tree swallows, eastern meadowlarks, phoebes and robins will be flitting through our woods and fields again. Red-winged blackbirds sometimes show up as early as late February. » Continue Reading.

Friday, March 9, 2018

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week

Friday, March 9, 2018

Featured Trails: Ensign Pond Road Trailhead, North Hudson

hammond pond wild forestThere is a small parking area off Ensign Pond Road (County Route 4) that is the trailhead for Hammond Pond, Bass Lake, Berrymill Flow and Moose Mountain Pond in the Hammond Pond Wild Forest. All four trails are great for hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. Moose Mountain pond has a lean-to which may be accessed from the Berry Mill Flow Trailhead via the Berry Mill Flow Trail and the Moose Mountain Pond Trail. Moose Mountain Pond and Bass Lake are stocked with brook trout for fishing as well. » Continue Reading.

Friday, March 9, 2018

The Big Adirondack News Stories This Week

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Public Comments Sought On Rail Corridor Amendment

APA Building in Ray Brook NYThe New York State Adirondack Park Agency (APA) has proposed an amendment to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan (APSLMP) changing the Travel Corridors classification category definition, the guidelines for management and use, and amendments of related provisions. The APA will accept public comment until May 7, 2018. Three public hearing sessions will be held on April 11, 24 and 25, 2018.

What follows is an announcement sent to the press by the APA, Phil Brown has much more of the story here. » Continue Reading.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Deep Snow: Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (Mar 8)

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

Practice Leave No Trace Principles when visiting the Adirondack Park.

» Continue Reading.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

St Lawrence Co Klan History Talk March 15th

A KKK cross-burningAuthor and historian Bryan Thompson will speak on a chapter of the Ku Klux Klan that was active in St. Lawrence County in the 1920s at the next Brown Bag Lunch Series at the St. Lawrence County Historical Association in Canton, NY, on Thursday, March 15th at noon.

Local KKK members held rallies and cross burnings in many towns and hamlets in St. Lawrence County, where they targeted communities of African-Americans, Jews, and Catholics. » Continue Reading.

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