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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.
The Lake Placid Land Conservancy (LPLC) has received a $26,000 grant to complete a management plan and develop public access improvements at their recently acquired Three Sisters Preserve in the Town of Wilmington.
After closing, the Barkeater Trails Alliance (BETA) constructed a 1.5-mile trail on the Preserve to connect the hamlet area of Wilmington to Hardy Road. This trail provides an off-road connection between the Flume Trails, the hamlet and the popular mountain bike trails in the DEC Wilmington Wild Forest Beaver Brook Tract along Hardy Road.
The inaugural Skip Baker Memorial Fundraising Hike, benefiting the Equicenter Heroes and Horses Veterans Program, has been set for Saturday, August 11th.
In the summer of 2017, Ralph ‘Skip’ Baker lost his life while hiking in the High Peaks. Baker was a 26-year Air Force veteran who spent his retirement volunteering at the Equicenter in Honeoye NY, a non-profit organization.
The Equicenter mission is to “foster the personal growth and individual achievement of people with disabilities, at-risk youth, veterans, and their families using a wide range of therapeutic equestrian and related programs.” While volunteering at the Equicenter, Skip helped develop the Heroes for Horses program for veterans. » Continue Reading.
Lake George Waterkeeper Chris Navitsky has called road salt “the acid rain of our time.”
Now, a newly-completed study of Adirondack wells claims that most wells that receive runoff from state roads are contaminated with salt.
The study conducted by the Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute comes on the heels of an earlier study that argued that 84% of the contamination of surface waters by road salting could be attributed to state practices. » Continue Reading.
The Blue Mountain Lake Island Stewards will have a new boat for the 2018 season thanks to the Blue Mountain Lake Fund. The old boat was notably leaky.
The stewards monitor the state-owned islands and Castle Rock, educating the public in proper, legal and environmentally-sensitive practices. The stewards also monitor the lakes of the Eckford Chain for invasive species as well as educate the public in ways to reduce the spread of invasives. » Continue Reading.
Gore Mountain opens for the summer on Saturday, July 7, with a variety of new activities and events.
The more extensive warm-weather schedule invites guests to explore the mountain 10 am to 5 pm Thursday-Sunday through September 2, and fall weekends through October 7. » Continue Reading.
Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) has announced results of its five-year loon study Restore the Call. Among the findings was that a male loon chick relocated from the Adirondack Park to the Assawompsett Pond Complex (APC) in southeastern Massachusetts in 2015 returned to the APC lake from which it fledged.
The identification of this loon (through color bands) marks the first confirmed account of an adult loon returning to the lake to which it was translocated, captive-reared, and then fledged. » Continue Reading.
DEC is looking to hire a Trail Crew Labor Supervisor and four Trail Crew Laborers to work on projects in the High Peaks Wilderness from June to October 2018.
The work is expected to focus on primitive campsite construction and restoration, trail work including drainage and blowdown removal and some bridge and ladder construction in Avalanche Pass.
What follows are the job descriptions from DEC: » Continue Reading.
Adirondack Wilderness Advocates (AWA) says that DEC’s plan for new trails and parking facilities the Black River Wild Forest likely does not conform with State Land Master Plan guidance, and part of the reason is a recent snowmobile decision that went against Protect the Adirondacks in 2017. » Continue Reading.
The 36th Annual Tupper Lake Tinman Triathlon has been set for Saturday, June 23rd.
The Tupper Lake Tinman Triathlon is sanctioned by USA Triathlon, the national governing body for the sports of triathlon, duathlon, winter triathlon, and aquathlon. » Continue Reading.
The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) and Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) recently approved guidelines for mountain bike facilities on “forever wild” Adirondack Forest Preserve lands.
The document, Management Guidance: Siting, Construction and Maintenance of Singletrack Bicycle Trails on Forest Preserve Lands in the Adirondack Park is expected to assist DEC in planning bicycle trail networks on Forest Preserve lands classified as Wild Forest. » Continue Reading.
The Adirondack Coast Cultural Alliance’s Annual Museum Days will take place Saturday and Sunday, June 16-17, 2018.
Sixteen museums and historic sites will offer free admission from 10 am to 4 pm.
Residents and visitors are encouraged to explore Clinton County’s artistic, agricultural, military, and industrial heritage through exhibits, demonstrations, and hands-on activities. » Continue Reading.
The Dot & Johnstock Annual Fundraiser to benefit Cindy’s Cancer Retreats and the Southern Adirondack Musicians Fund (SAM) has been set for Saturday, June 16, from 1 to 5 pm at the Stony Creek Inn.
The original Dot & Johnstock in 2008 raised funds and hope for Stony Creek Inn owners Dot Bartell and John Fickel when beginning their cancer journey. Since then, the fundraiser has benefited Cindy’s Cancer Retreats and the SAM fund. » Continue Reading.
The New York State Police are conducting a week-long enforcement initiative to crack down on speeding and aggressive drivers across the state.
The “Speed Week” campaign runs from Thursday, June 7th through Wednesday, June 13.
Troopers will be using both marked State Police vehicles and unmarked cars, what police call “Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (CITE) vehicles.” » Continue Reading.