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Greg Dower

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Sunday, June 3, 2018

Saranac Lake Adopts Climate Smart Community Resolution

saranac lake tourism logoOn May 14, the Saranac Lake Village Board voted unanimously to join the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s Climate Smart Communities (CSC) program.

In joining this program, Saranac Lake joined 221 other communities around NYS in leading on climate action, and became one of a few communities in the Adirondacks to participate. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, June 3, 2018

LGLC Northwest Bay, Indian Brook Initiatives Move Forward

Indian Brook Northwest Bay BrookThe Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) has been awarded a $20,000 matching grant from the Cloudsplitter Foundation to be used to leverage new donations for land protection efforts within its Indian Brook/Northwest Bay Brook Conservation Initiative.

The Cloudsplitter grant award is expected to be put towards the acquisition costs of the 159-acre Wing Pond property, purchased by the LGLC in December of 2016. This property, which is within the scope of the Conservation Initiative, includes 15 acres of sensitive wetlands, 750 feet of stream corridor, important habitat for birds and wildlife (including critical rattlesnake breeding habitat), and four-season public recreational opportunities. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, June 3, 2018

Matt O’Malley Mystery Thrillers Set On Lake George

ghost guns

With the recent publication of Thomas G. Kane’s Ghost Guns there are now four books in the Matt O’Malley mystery thriller series.

The series also includes Desperate Hours, Desperate Days, and Kateri’s Treasure, all set in the area in and around Bolton Landing, Glens Falls, Lake George and the Adirondack Park.

Each explores a bit of local history and flavor, and considers a serious theme. The latest, Ghost Guns, deals with untraceable guns and protecting water quality, when an arms merchant seeks to use Lake George to demonstrate a powerful new chemical weapon. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, June 2, 2018

Tips To Avoid Starting Adirondack Wildfires

pottersville wildfireThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has advised that although the State’s ban on brush burning ended May 14, several open burning regulations are still in effect across New York State year-round. Residents are encouraged to use caution when burning brush and other legal materials.

It is illegal to burn garbage, leaves, and leaf piles in New York State year-round. Residents in “fire towns,” towns located within the Adirondack Park, must obtain a DEC permit to burn. Residents should always check with local authorities first to find out if local law requires a permit or prohibits open fires in their area. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, June 2, 2018

Cryptocurrency Summit Set for June 5th

crypto summitA one-day Cryptocurrency Summit has been set for Tuesday, June 5th from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm at SUNY Plattsburgh’s Yocum Lecture Hall, 107 Broad Street. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, June 2, 2018

Maker Space Opening In Willsboro Sunday

makeboroA maker space is set to open in Willsboro on June 3rd at 1 pm. The MakeBoro Center for Arts + Innovation will be located in the former  IGA grocery building in Downtown Willsboro.  The new maker space is surrounded by land recently acquired by The Nature Conservancy’s Boquet River Nature Preserve.

Often described as “a community center with tools,” a maker space is a place where people can gather to share ideas and resources to create, invent and learn. » Continue Reading.


Friday, June 1, 2018

Featured Hikes: The Crows, Soda Range In Keene

the crows trailThe Crows Trail in Hurricane Mountain Wilderness ascends 845 feet and 0.9 mile from the Crows Trailhead on Hurricane Road to the summit (2,535 ft.). The trail contains moderate climbs with a few steep sections with a number of scenic views from ledges along the way.

Climb another 280 feet and another 0.6 mile to reach the summit of Big Crow Mountain. Many scenic views of the surrounding peaks can be found along the way and on the summit. » Continue Reading.


Friday, June 1, 2018

Recent Adirondack Forest Ranger Missions

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.


Thursday, May 31, 2018

Adirondack Outdoor Conditions This Weekend (May 31)

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 unwanted or unneeded items at lean-tos and campsites. Do not litter. Take the free online Leave No Trace course here.

SPECIAL NOTICES FOR THIS WEEKEND
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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Grand Opening of CATS’ Flying Squirrel Trail Saturday

Flying Squirrel TrailChamplain Area Trails (CATS) is set to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Flying Squirrel Trail in Westport, on Saturday, June 2, at 2 pm.

The hike will last an hour and a half to three hours, depending on the route hikers select. The new trail connects New York State’s Split Rock Wild Forest to the CATS Wildway Passage property next to Coon Mountain. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Land Trust Purchase To Expand Wilmington, Jay Mountain Biking

view from Rattlesnake Knob at Four Peaks, recently purchased by the Adirondack Land TrustThe Adirondack Land Trust has announced the purchase of Four Peaks, a 600-acre tract in the towns of Jay and Wilmington adjacent to Wilmington Wild Forest’s Beaver Brook Tract (the Hardy Road trails), which is popular for mountain biking.

In Wilmington, mountain biking is powering a revival of small businesses catering to cyclists. In 2017, Wilmington was named one of “America’s 20 Best Mountain Bike Towns” by National Geographic. The community hosts a variety of trail systems built primarily by Barkeater Trails Alliance (BETA) in partnership with the Adirondack Mountain Club and Student Conservation Association. BETA is a volunteer-driven organization that maintains over 100 miles of ski and bike trails across six Adirondack towns. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Motorists: Be Alert for Turtles Crossing Roadways

painted turtleThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is reminding the public that the state’s native turtles are on the move through June, seeking sandy areas or loose soil to lay their eggs.

In New York, thousands of turtles are killed each year when they are struck by vehicles while migrating to nesting areas. New York’s 11 native species of land turtles are in decline, and turtles can take more than 10 years to reach breeding age. The reptiles lay just one small clutch of eggs each year, which means the loss of a breeding female can have a significant effect on the local turtle population. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Car Show at Adirondack History Museum June 9

Adirondack History Museum’s Annual Antique and Classic Car ShowAdirondack History Museum’s 7th Annual Antique and Classic Car Show has been set for Saturday, June 9th from 11 am to 2 pm.

Car collectors and enthusiasts will be on hand displaying restored and carefully maintained vehicles such as muscle cars, vintage roadsters, hot rods and more.

Admission is free for spectators. These vintage cars will be exhibited on the museum grounds on Hand Avenue in Elizabethtown. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, May 29, 2018

LGLC Protects Land in Huletts Landing

huletts landingThe Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) has protected 37 acres in the hamlet of Huletts Landing, Washington County, by purchasing a 33.3-acre upland piece and a conservation easement on the adjoining lower 3.7-acres lakefront property on Lake George. This conservation project is expected to provide permanent water quality protection by preventing the development of uplands directly above the lake, viewshed protection, and the addition of a small, family-friendly recreational opportunity.

A press release from the LGLC said the organization intends to make “modest improvements to the uplands property to allow for minimal passive recreational use.” A small parking area is expected to be identified so as to not interfere with traffic on Bluff Head Road, and a short trail will lead to one or two picnic tables installed at the lookout area. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Stealthy Approach Results In Trout Poaching Charges

Illegally caught trout seized by ECO GatesEnvironmental Conservation Police Officer (ECO) John Gates reported he was patrolling Hinckley Reservoir in Remsen on May 13th when he was informed by an angler that nearby anglers were keeping well over the limit of trout at the base of the reservoir’s dam.

According to ECO Gates, he used a canoe he had in the back of his patrol vehicle to approach the two unsuspecting anglers by water. Gates said the the pair were in possession of 12 trout in an area with a limit of three trout over 12 inches in length, per person, per day. Only one of the trout was of legal length, Gates reported. » Continue Reading.