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Greg Dower

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

UPDATE: Missing Hiker’s Body Found Amid Busy Week of Adirondack Rescues

DEC Forest RangerUPDATED 5:45 PM, Wednesday, 8/2: The body of Ralph W. ‘Skip’ Baker, 50, of Rochester, the hiker missing in the Adirondack High Peaks since Sunday, was found about 11 am Tuesday, August 1, 2017 in a ravine near the east branch of the AuSable River in the town of Keene. Mike Lynch at Adirondack Explorer has the latest on that recovery.

The incident comes on the heels of another busy weekend for Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks during which they conducted several other successful searches, and several rescues. These included a 13-year old boy who survived a 25-foot fall at Shelving Rock Falls on the East Side of Lake George; three rescues by helicopter, including an overnight rescue from Bushnell Falls; and a carry-out from near the top of Bald Mountain.

What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks. You can find all of DEC’s Forest Ranger Search and Rescue Reports here. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

APIPP To Receive Lakes Alliance Stewardship Award

Aquatic Response Team - Invasive Milfoil ManagementAdirondack Lakes Alliance Inc., representing lake and river associations throughout the Adirondack region, has named the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP), as the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Stewardship Award.

This award is presented annually by ALA to an organization or individual advancing significant contributions in protecting and preserving Adirondack waters. APIPP will receive this award at the 2017 Adirondack Lakes Alliance Symposium being held at Paul Smith’s College on August 11th. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Sultans of String Concert At The Arts Center Saturday

Sultans of StringThe Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts will continue its Saturday Series with the return of the Sultans of String on August 5th at 7:30 pm at the Arts Center.

“Three-time JUNO (Canada’s Grammy) nominees Sultans of String play messages of hope, alongside Gypsy-jazz, Arabic, Flamenco, Celtic and Cuban rhythms,” an event announcement says. “Celebrating 10 years together, Sultans of String have hit #15 on Billboard’s world music charts, #1 across Canada on world music charts, and received multiple awards and accolades, including a SiriusXM Award, 1st place in the ISC (out of 15,000 entries), 3 Canadian Folk Music Awards, plus invitations to perform/record with such luminaries as The Chieftains, Richard Bona, Ruben Blades, and Sweet Honey in the Rock.” » Continue Reading.


Monday, July 31, 2017

Froehlich Foundation Continues Support of LGLC Efforts

lglc logoThe Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) has received a grant of $190,000 from the Helen V. Froehlich Foundation in continued support of focused conservation projects and initiatives to help protect the land that protects the lake forever.

The grant is expected to be used on priority projects, including $100,000 towards the LGLC’s Indian Brook/Northwest Bay Conservation Initiative, which includes focused land protection efforts in the Indian Brook and Northwest Bay watersheds in Bolton.

“Studies indicate that although Indian Brook is showing some impacts from development and other human activity, the watershed is still below the threshold of containing less than 10% of impervious surface, which is an indicator of overall health. Much of the watershed’s sensitive land is currently unprotected, however, leaving water quality vulnerable,” an LGLC press announcement said. » Continue Reading.


Monday, July 31, 2017

Architecture Of Jeremiah Oosterbaan Outing In Plattsburgh Area

john xxiii college community newman centerAdirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH), the historic preservation organization for the Adirondack region, will host an outing in Plattsburgh to focus on twentieth-century buildings designed by local architect Jeremiah Oosterbaan on Monday, July 31st. This outing supplements AARCH’s summer “Modern Architects” theme.

Participants will join AARCH Executive Director Steven Engelhart on a road trip through and around Plattsburgh to see several examples of Oosterbaan’s architecture, including municipal, religious, and residential buildings, including Temple Beth Israel, the Newman Center, the Plattsburgh Public Library, the Press-Republican, the Clinton County Government Center, St. Alexander’s Catholic Church, and Oosterbaan’s former residence in West Chazy on the shores of Lake Champlain.  » Continue Reading.


Monday, July 31, 2017

Literacy Volunteers Receives International Paper Grant

Mindy Malbon, LV student, Jamie Armstrong, LV tutor, and Marie Despres, LV DirectorLiteracy Volunteers of Essex and Franklin Counties (LVEF) has been awarded a grant of $2,000 by the International Paper Foundation. The grant is expected to be used to underwrite printing costs for the organization’s brochures, annual report, and newsletter.

Literacy Volunteers recruits and trains volunteer tutors to work one-on-one with students. Each tutor attends an accredited training program that gives them the skills to effectively tutor adult students in both basic literacy and English as a Second Language (ESL). LV then matches trained tutors with adult students in need of training in math, reading, ESL, digital literacy, or help with obtaining a High School Equivalency (HSE) qualification. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, July 30, 2017

Eastern Forest Birds Face Wintering Grounds Habitat Loss

Rose-breasted GrosbeakWithin the next few decades, human-caused habitat loss looms as the greatest threat to some North American breeding birds and the problem will be most severe on their wintering grounds, according to a new study published  in the journal Global Change Biology. By the end of this century, the study’s authors say predicted changes in rainfall and temperature will compound the problem for birds that breed in eastern North America and winter in Central America. Migrant wintering grounds are important because the birds spend a greater proportion of the year in these places.

The scientists ran dozens of scenarios to predict what the future might look like for 21 species, most of them flycatchers, vireos, and warblers. They used observations that volunteers entered into the eBird database from 2004 through 2014 to establish where and in what density the species are found throughout the year. Then, they layered in modeled climate change projections (temperature and rainfall) and habitat data (land-use changes and the location of protected areas). » Continue Reading.


Friday, July 28, 2017

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


Friday, July 28, 2017

Asian Longhorned Beetle Outreach and Survey Underway

On the lookout for hungry bugsThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that the annual Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) Swimming Pool Survey is underway, marking the program’s sixth summer of research work.

DEC invites pool owners, now through August 30, to check their pool filters and help keep watch for these invasive beetles before they cause serious damage to the State’s forests and street trees. DEC and partners will also be hanging tags on host trees to encourage people to learn more about ALB and to demonstrate the potential impacts in neighborhoods and parks. » Continue Reading.


Friday, July 28, 2017

ROOST Hires Lake Placid-Whiteface Marketing Manager

Catherine Ericson The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) has announced the addition of Catherine Ericson as the Lake Placid and Whiteface Regional Marketing Manager.

Ericson has been on the job a few weeks and is serving as a liaison between community stakeholders, travelers, and ROOST, and supports and coordinates destination marketing strategies for the two regions. She oversees the destination websites, LakePlacid.com and WhitefaceRegion.com, and is responsible for the regions’ social media marketing.  » Continue Reading.


Friday, July 28, 2017

The Big Adirondack News Stories This Week


Thursday, July 27, 2017

First Adirondack Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Infestation Confirmed

On the lookout for hungry bugsThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that “a minor infestation” of the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (Adelges tsugae) was confirmed on Forest Preserve lands in the town of Lake George in Warren County on July 1. This is the first known infestation of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) in the Adirondacks.

A small cluster of early stage HWA was detected on one branch of an old-growth Eastern hemlock tree on Prospect Mountain during a field trip by a Senior Ecologist from the Harvard Research Forest. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, July 27, 2017

Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions Report (July 27)

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

Contribute Your Knowledge: Send observations, corrections, updates, and suggestions to adkalmanack@gmail.com.

SPECIAL NOTICES FOR THIS WEEKEND
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Thursday, July 27, 2017

High Bear Activity In Dix Mountain Wilderness

black bearDEC has warned campers and hikers that black bears have been active stealing food from campers, hikers, and rock climbers in two locations in the Dix Mountain Wilderness.

Campers and hikers are encouraged to keep all food, toiletries, and garbage in a bear resistant canister to avoid attracting black bears.

Campers are also advised to avoid cooking and eating after dark. Prepare and eat food away from the tent site.

If approached by a bear, do not give it food. Make noise and try to scare it away. Call the DEC Regional Wildlife Office at (518) 897-1291 to report encounters with bears. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, July 27, 2017

Peg Olsen, Robert Singer Join LGLC Board

lglc logoThe Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) has announced the recent addition of two new directors to its Board, Peg Olsen and Robert Singer.

Peg Olsen’s history with the LGLC goes back to its origins. In the late 1980s, Olsen was co-partner in the firm, Environmental Communication Services, Inc. of Troy, and was hired as a consultant by the Lake George Association Fund. Her initial task was to conduct a survey of landowners in the watershed with land over 10 acres to determine the desire and need for a local land trust. The response was strong enough that the Lake George Association Fund put together a separate board of directors and incorporated the LGLC in 1988. » Continue Reading.


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