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Greg Dower

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Friday, June 28, 2019

ADK Free Summer Naturalist Series

adk mountain club logoADK (the Adirondack Mountain Club) has announced their free Summer Naturalist Series, hosted by their Naturalist Interns each summer will run through August. All programs are free and open to the public. » Continue Reading.


Friday, June 28, 2019

This Week’s Big Adirondack News Stories


Thursday, June 27, 2019

Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (June 27)

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 adklmanack@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 and lights, and a map. When on the trail, stay together, monitor 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 cold temperatures. Always carry food, a space blanket, emergency whistle, first aid kit, fire making tools, extra clothing layers and socks, a map and compass, and the knowledge to use them. Inform someone of your itinerary and 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.

June 27th, 2019 – SPECIAL NOTICES » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Westport Library Annual Book Sale, Preview Party

westport book saleThe Westport Library’s annual book sale has been set for July 6, 7, 8 from 9 am to 4 pm. There are choices for children, young adults, gardeners, cooks, historians and collectors as well as novels and reference books.

Books will be upstairs and downstairs as well as under a tent on the lawn. Among this year’s specials are quality art books; a large selection of vintage children’s books; vintage cookbooks; books by local authors and about the region; collectible first editions. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Judith Enck to Speak About Plastic Pollution in Placid

bird caught in plastic bagThe Adirondack Garden Club and Garden Club of Lake Placid is set to host Judith Enck, Senior Fellow and Visiting Faculty Member at Bennington College, who will give a presentation and strategy session focused on eliminating single-use plastics in the Adirondacks, at Lake Placid’s Olympic Conference Center on Tuesday, July 16, from 3 to 5:30 pm. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Recent Adirondack Wilderness Rescue Missions

forest ranger logoNew 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.


Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Battenkill Swiftwater Rescue Involves Nine Paddlers

ECOs engaging in swiftwater training in 2017The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation reported that on June 22 at 4:02 pm, DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a call saying that nine kayakers were stranded on the Battenkill River in Washington County, just outside the Adirondack Park. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, June 25, 2019

North Country REDC To Discuss Regional Economic Identity

NCREDCThe North Country Regional Economic Development Council (NCREDC) is set to hold a meeting Wednesday, June 26, at the Conference Center at Lake Placid Lussi Ballroom, 2nd Floor 2608 Main Street, Lake Placid, at 10 am.

There will be a presentation and discussion on creating a consistent economic identity for New York’s North Country, which includes seven upstate New York counties. The goal is to use this cohesive message to position the region in the economic marketplace to attract new business and residents. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, June 25, 2019

37th Tupper Lake Tinman Triathlon Set for Saturday

tupper TINMANThe 37th Tupper Lake Tinman Triathlon has been set for Saturday, June 29th. Over 650 competitors have signed up for this year’s race, which makes it the biggest field of competitors to date. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, June 25, 2019

ADK’s Annual Cycling Event Offers New Off Road Course

ididaride short ride participants by Chuck HelferAdirondack Mountain Club (ADK) is set to host its 14th annual cycling event, ididaride!, on Saturday, July 27. ADK’s largest one-day fundraiser raises money for educational outreach, recreational opportunities, and stewardship and advocacy programs. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Changes For Saranac Lakes Area Include 35 Miles of MTB Trails

saranac lakes wild forestNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced the final Saranac Lakes Wild Forest Management Plan.

The Saranac Lakes Wild Forest is comprised of 75,000 acres of Forest Preserve lands and 19,600 acres of lakes, rivers, streams, and ponds located in the towns of Santa Clara, Brighton, Tupper Lake, Harrietstown, and Franklin in Franklin County and the towns of St. Armand and North Elba in Essex County. Three of the largest population centers in the Adirondack Park-the villages of Tupper Lake, Saranac Lake, and Lake Placid-are within the general boundaries of the unit. » Continue Reading.


Monday, June 24, 2019

Adirondack Park Agency Nominations Delayed

APA Building in Ray Brook NYAdvocates for the Adirondack Park say they are disappointed at the close of the 2019 legislative session, because the Governor failed to nominate a diverse slate of six or seven nominees for the Adirondack Park Agency board that environmental and other advocates could support, and that the Senate would approve.

The APA board has no chairman. Of the eight citizen members of the APA board, nominations are needed to fill seven: three vacant seats, three expired terms and one seat whose term expires Sunday. » Continue Reading.


Monday, June 24, 2019

Independence Day Weekend at Fort Ticonderoga

fort ticonderogaFort Ticonderoga is set to celebrate Independence Day with special events and programming during an extended holiday weekend, July 4-7, 2019. Fort Ticonderoga is the very ground on which the American Revolution occurred.

Over the Fourth of July Weekend museum staff and costumed interpreters will recreate and explore the events of the year 1777. » Continue Reading.


Monday, June 24, 2019

Chilson Fire Dept Annual Chicken BBQ July 13th

Chilson Volunteer Fire Departments new TA135This year’s Annual Chilson Volunteer Fire Department Chicken Barbecue has been set for Saturday, July 13th from noon until 5 pm at the fire department’s Chilson Community House, 60 Putts Pond Road.

The Chilson BBQ Chicken dinner with all the fixins will be served from 2 to 4 pm, at a cost of $12. There will be entertainment all day by local musicians, and of course raffles for prizes. » Continue Reading.


Monday, June 24, 2019

AsRA Gets $175k Grant For Road Salt Pollution

Mirror Lake Scientist provided by AsRAThis month, the Ausable River Association (AsRA) was awarded a $175,000 grant by the Lake Champlain Basin Program to advance effective, science-based approaches to reducing road salt impacts to Mirror Lake. » Continue Reading.