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Greg Dower

Stories under the Almanack's Editorial Staff byline come from press releases and other notices.To have your news noticed here at the Almanack contact our editor John Warren at adkalmanack@gmail.com.


Friday, March 15, 2019

This Week’s Big Adirondack News Stories


Thursday, March 14, 2019

Flood Watch, Ice Jams Possible: Current Outdoor Conditions (Mar 14)

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.

March 14th, 2019 – SPECIAL NOTICES » Continue Reading.


Thursday, March 14, 2019

Comments Sought on Fulton County State Forests

DEC logoThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced they are seeking public input regarding the Draft Unit Management Plan (Draft UMP) for 5,850 acres of State Forest lands in Fulton County.

This management unit includes Lassellsville State Forest, Peck Hill State Forest, and Rockwood State Forest. These lands are located in the towns of Ephratah, Oppenheim, and Johnstown. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, March 14, 2019

NCCC Releases Results of Community Pool Survey

NCCC poolLocal residents would like to see more programs offered at the North Country Community College pool in Saranac Lake at hours that are more convenient to them, according to a recent survey conducted by the college.

A total of 491 people took the online survey, which the college hopes to use to help inform future decision-making about the pool. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The Other Milhollands: John and Vida

Warren County Historical SocietyIn celebration of Women’s History Month, the Warren County Historical Society will host “The Other Milhollands: John and Vida” on Wednesday, March 27, at 7 pm in Glens Falls.

Managing Director of the Ticonderoga Historical Society Diane O’Connor will be the presenter. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Ornithology: The State Museum’s Bird Collection

Intern Eric Diaz preparing a Greater Shearwater specimen that was found on a Long Island beach The State Museum’s bird collection is always growing as scientists continue to prepare new specimens to document the current New York bird population.

Every time a bird specimen is prepared, State Museum scientists take tiny samples of different types of tissues (heart, liver, muscle, brain) and place them in a plastic vial that is stored in an ultra-cold freezer at -80 degrees Celsius (-112 Fahrenheit). » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Migratory Bird Ecosystem Disruption Research Published

Black and white Warbler Using data on 77 North American migratory bird species from the eBird citizen-science program, scientists at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology say that, in as little as four decades, it may be very difficult to predict how climate change will affect migratory bird populations and the ecosystems they inhabit.

Their conclusions are presented in a paper published in the journal Ecography. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Free Seedlings; Warren Co Tree and Shrub Sale Last Call

SWCD District Manager is interviewed by News Channel 13Typically the Warren County Soil & Water Conservation District’s annual seedling sale has a few trees and shrubs leftover. In order to preserve these specimens the District had started a small arboretum and garden on the grounds to grow the specimens for use on one of the many erosion control projects we work on each year or they are donated for community plantings.

In 2018, after staff hand tilled a 400 sq. ft. field plot and planted these homeless bare root specimens, employees came into work on the following Monday with the intent of watering the plants. Instead they found nearly fifteen one-foot-diameter soil craters with broken and torn sapling roots, revealing they had been stripped from the ground. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Local Broadband Symposium Planned for North Creek

DSL service in Adirondack Park The Town of Johnsburg is set to host a Broadband Symposium on March 15th at 6:30 pm in The Tannery Pond Community Center, to review the results since February 2018 of the new NY Broadband Program in Warren County.

The presentations will focus on customers connected, new customer connections being made, and future plans by Frontier Communications, Slic Network Solutions, and HughesNet. » Continue Reading.


Monday, March 11, 2019

Hammond Pond Wild Forest Changes Highlight APA Agenda

APA Building in Ray Brook NYThe Adirondack Park Agency will hold its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Ray Brook on Thursday, March 14th and Friday March 15th, 2019. Thursday’s meeting will begin at 1 pm and Friday’s session will commence at 9:30 am.

The meeting will feature a presentation on final draft of the Hammond Pond Wild Forest Unit Management Plan and consideration of a public comment period regarding conformance of the plan to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan. Also a presentation on road salt reduction initiatives around Lake George is on the agenda, and more.

What follows is the agenda issued by the APA: » Continue Reading.


Monday, March 11, 2019

Adirondack Backcountry Ski Festival This Weekend

backcountry ski festivalThe Mountaineer in Keene Valley, is set to host the 17th Annual Adirondack Backcountry Ski Festival the weekend of March 15-17, 2019.

Backcountry skiing combines all of the elements of touring, climbing and downhill skiing into one winter mountaineering experience. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, March 10, 2019

91% of Hamilton Co Lakes Studied Affected by Road Salt

Preparing to collect water quality data from Fawn Lake Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute and the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District have collaborated on a study detailing long term trends of the water quality in 21 Hamilton County lakes.

“The State of Hamilton County Lakes: A 25 Year Perspective 1993 – 2017” was developed to deliver a countywide assessment of the current and historical water quality status and in hopes of guiding future watershed management decisions. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, March 10, 2019

‘Free Solo’ Showing With Intro By Don Mellor

champlain valley film seriesThe Champlain Valley Film Series is set to present the documentary Free Solo, with special guest renowned climber, author and Adirondack guide Don Mellor in Whallonsburg, March 16th.

Mellor, author of four Adirondack rock and ice climbing guides, and other books. He has climbed El Capitan and other Yosemite walls and will answer questions after the film » Continue Reading.


Sunday, March 10, 2019

St. Regis Falls Dam A Renewable Energy Option

Azure Mountain Power in St Regis Falls Saranac Lake based Northern Power & Light, Inc. has gained approval to operate under a new program created by New York State that allows electric customers to purchase a share of the electricity from a small renewable generator.

The company operates a a 700 kW hydroelectric plant, Azure Mountain Power, in St Regis Falls. » Continue Reading.


Friday, March 8, 2019

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week