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Greg Dower

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (Nov 21)

adirondack conditions 11-21This weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is compiled each Thursday afternoon and updated on Friday.

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Learn and practice the seven Leave No Trace principles. Plan ahead and prepare. Carry out what you have carried in. Do not leave gear, food, or other items at lean-tos and campsites. 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. Be prepared to spend an unplanned night in the woods in cold temperatures. Accidents happen to the most experienced people. 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.

November 21st, 2019 – SPECIAL NOTICES » Continue Reading.


Thursday, November 21, 2019

Overdue Hunter, Hiker Spur Rescue Operations

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.


Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Adirondack Artists: Call For Submissions

Blue Mountain Lake Arts CenterThe Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (The Arts Center), located in Blue Mountain Lake, has announced they are seeking artists to submit samples of their works to be consider for an exhibition in 2020. Exhibits may last from four to six weeks (which may be subject to change). » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, November 20, 2019

31st Annual Christmas in Warrensburgh

31st christmas in warrensburghThe Town of Warrensburg has announced the 31st Annual Christmas in Warrensburgh is set for December 7th and 8th.

Visitors can enjoy Toyland with live reindeer and Santa; church bazaars, breakfasts and luncheons; open houses at local businesses; book signings and wine tastings; holiday and special museum exhibits, children’s craft workshops; decorating gingerbread houses; Adirondack artisan demonstrations; horse drawn carriage and pony rides; a Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Holiday Craft Fair; theater, concerts and more. Most events are free. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Clinton Co Historical’s Annual Holiday Open House

The Clinton County Historical Association (CCHA) is set to hold its annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 7th, and Sunday, December 8th, from 10 am to 3 pm each day.

The Open House, a holiday tradition, provides an opportunity to visit the Museum and find unique gifts for family and friends. The first 25 Open House visitors each day will receive free gifts, one per family. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, November 19, 2019

American Witch Hazel: A New York Native

American witch-hazel plant by Judy GallagherAs one of the only native plants that blooms in late fall and early winter, American witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) can be found stealing the forest spotlight right now.

While most of our native bloomers turn in for a long winter’s nap, the streamer-like flowers of this plant are just starting to appear, following the annual loss of the shrub’s leaves. These highly-fragrant yellow blooms typically last into December. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, November 19, 2019

DEC Summer Camp Registration Opens January 26th

dec summer campNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that online registration for the agency’s 2020 Summer Camps program will open Sunday, January 26, 2020, at 1 pm.

Applications should be submitted through the online registration program available through a link from the Summer Camps webpage. Parents and guardians are encouraged to register early since some of the weeks fill up quickly. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, November 19, 2019

$4M Available for Green, Clean Energy in Schools

nyserda logoFour million dollars is available under the P-12 Schools: Green and Clean Energy Solutions program to reduce energy use and assist with the conversion to carbon free energy solutions for schools serving Pre-kindergarten through Grade 12 students.

The program supports the State’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 85 percent by 2050 and the Green New Deal, considered by some to be the most aggressive climate and clean energy program in the nation. » Continue Reading.


Monday, November 18, 2019

Nature Conservancy Has New Philanthropy Associate

The Nature Conservancy’s Adirondack Chapter has announced it has hired Abby Blum as its new associate director of philanthropy.

Blum comes to The Nature Conservancy from Middlebury College’s Office of Advancement, where she served as senior development officer for nearly seven years. » Continue Reading.


Monday, November 18, 2019

Forever Snocade Call for Talent

Forever Snocade Variety Show providedDo you like to act? sing? write skits? Make people laugh? Or just need to break up the long winter? The Arts Center in Blue Mountain Lake is looking for you.

The Arts Center’s production of Forever Snocade, an offshoot of their popular Forever Wild production is gearing up with an hour-long meeting for those interested to learn more and to start developing skits on Thursday, December 5 or Sunday, December 15. » Continue Reading.


Monday, November 18, 2019

TAUNY’s Adirondack Balsam Wreaths Available

Jane Desotelle with her handmade, all-natural balsam wreathsTraditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY) is once again offering locally made Adirondack Balsam Wreaths for sale this holiday season.

There is an earlier deadline to order wreaths this year and all orders must be submitted by Friday, November 22nd for a December 7th pick-up date at The TAUNY Center in Canton or to be shipped to family and friends across the country. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, November 17, 2019

Fort Ticonderoga Launches New Season of Programs

living history eventFort Ticonderoga has announced a new schedule of programs during its Winter Quarters season. From now through April, visitors can enjoy exciting living history events, engaging seminars, specialty programs, behind-the-scenes VIP Tours, and hands-on workshops.

Guests can now explore Fort Ticonderoga during what was traditionally the “Winter Quarters” season for armies of the 18th century. Groups of 15 or more are welcome to schedule a visit to have the entire property to themselves and a dedicated historic interpreter for a group tour. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, November 17, 2019

Adirondack Health Cutting Ribbon On New Surgery Unit

Adirondack HealthAdirondack Health has invited the public to a celebration of its new Ambulatory Surgery Unit at Adirondack Medical Center.

The event runs from 5 to 6:30 pm, on Thursday, November 21st. Attendees should meet in the main lobby at Adirondack Medical Center, 2233 State Route 86 in Saranac Lake. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, November 16, 2019

Help Digitize A Trove of Bird Nesting Records

Blue Jay by David MagersSecrets hidden in more than 300,000 index cards with hand-written information about nesting birds are gradually being revealed. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is partnering with Zooniverse, an online people-powered research tool, to digitize this valuable collection and create the largest database of nesting bird information in the U.S. This new effort is called “Nest Quest Go!” » Continue Reading.


Friday, November 15, 2019

Featured Hike: Mount Arab, Tupper Lake

Mount Arab TrailLocated in the 17,123-acre Horseshoe Lake Wild Forest is the popular Mount Arab Fire Tower. The Wild Forest also provides easy access to Tupper Lake and Horseshoe Lake for fishing and boating.

The Mount Arab Trail ascends 700 feet to the Mount Arab fire tower and observer’s cabin on the summit of Mount Arab and is 1 mile long, with the first 0.7 miles located on the Conifer Emporium Conservation Easement and the rest on the Wild Forest. » Continue Reading.