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Greg Dower

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Monday, June 18, 2018

DEC Adds Third Public Meeting On High Peaks Changes

2018 Draft Amendment to the High Peaks Wilderness ComplexThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced a third public meeting seeking public comment on the High Peaks Wilderness Complex and the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest Draft Unit Management Plan Amendments has been scheduled.

The meeting is scheduled for June 21, at 6 pm in the Lussi Ballroom of the Olympic Conference Center, 2364 Main Street, Lake Placid. The meeting will provide the public another opportunity to learn more about the proposed management actions in the Draft UMP Amendments and comment on the proposals. The meeting facilities are wheelchair accessible. Provide any requests for specific accommodations to (518) 897-1361 at least one week in advance of the meetings. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, June 17, 2018

APA Approves Three Unit Management Plans

cranberry lake wild forest The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) Board approved amendments to the Black River Wild Forest, the Cranberry Lake Boat Launch and the Lake George Beach and Battlefield Unit Management Plans at its June 2018 Board meeting.

What follows is part of APA’s press release describing the changes.  The Unit Management Plans can be found on the Department of Environmental Conservation’s UMP webpage.

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Pig Waste Dumped on Banks of West Canada Creek

pig disposal site from the bankEnvironmental Conservation Officer Katie Jakaub reported that on May 29, during an off-duty kayak trip, she came across animal waste mixed with sawdust along the bank of the West Canada Creek, a protected trout stream, in the town of Russia.

ECO Jakaub noted the location and visited the property the following day. The landowner informed the ECO that pigs were on the property and that what the officer had found was the manure and straw bedding that had been dumped during the winter. The landowner admitted to depositing the waste and was issued summonses for the offense, returnable in Town of Russia Court.

Photo of pig disposal site from the bank courtesy DEC.


Saturday, June 16, 2018

Featured Trail: Mt. Severance, Schroon Lake

mount severance trailMt. Severance is part of the Hoffman Notch Wilderness and is located in the Town of Schroon Lake.

The Trail extends 1.2 miles one way and ascends 790 feet from the trailhead to the summit of the mountain. The summit provides a scenic view of Schroon Lake and Pharaoh Lake Wilderness. The trail travels under the Northway (I-87) via a large culvert before ascending the mountain. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, June 16, 2018

Spots Remain For Kids Paddling Trips

northern forest explorersThere are still a few spots open in the Northern Forest Explorers program, which sends children aged 10-14 years old on five-day paddling trips in the Adirondacks.

The trips are organized by Raquette River Outfitters in Tupper Lake, in collaboration with the nonprofit Northern Forest Canoe Trail. Participating children are provided all of the essential camping and paddling gear. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, June 16, 2018

Adirondack Literary Award Winners Announced

2018 adk literary awardsThe winners of the 2018 Adirondack Literary Awards were recently announced at an event at Heaven Hill Farm in Lake Placid.

Writers, readers, publishers, and friends joined for the celebration of all regional books published in 2017, as well as the announcement of the category winners. Following a welcome by Adirondack Center for Writing Executive Director Nathalie Thill, judges in each genre provided descriptions of each title submitted before announcing the year’s winners.

This years winners include: » Continue Reading.


Friday, June 15, 2018

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


Friday, June 15, 2018

Old in Art School: Historian Nell Painter Book Event Sunday

old in art schoolNell Painter, author, artist and Professor of American History, Emerita, at Princeton, is set to host a signing and discussing of her new book, Old in Art School, on Sunday, June 17th, at 4 pm.

The event will be held at Lake Flower Landing, 421 Flower Avenue in Saranac Lake. Painter will be joined in discussion by Keene Valley artist Frank Owen. » Continue Reading.


Friday, June 15, 2018

Lost, Injured Hikers: Adirondack Forest Ranger Highlights

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.


Friday, June 15, 2018

This Week’s Big Adirondack News Stories


Thursday, June 14, 2018

Adirondack Outdoor Conditions This Weekend (June 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 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, June 14, 2018

Public Access Planned For Three Sisters Preserve

Three Sisters Preserve 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.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Skip Baker Memorial Supports Horses-Vets Program

skip bakerThe 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.


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Advocates: State Responsible for Polluting Adirondack Wells

road saltLake 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.


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Blue Mountain Lake Stewards Get A New Boat

Stewards Tim Leach and Jake Collins with the new boatThe 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.