Almanack Contributor Tyler Merriam

Tyler Merriam is the Donor Outreach Manager for the Ausable River Association, the mission of whom is to help communities protect our streams and lakes. He holds credentials as a Licensed New York State Guide, Certified Park and Recreation Professional, Leave No Trace Master Educator, Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician, and Paddlesport and Wilderness Medicine Instructor. In his free time, Tyler can be found paddling, skiing, biking, hiking, and camping throughout the Adirondacks and beyond. Learn more about the Ausable River Association and their programs at

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Volunteers needed for 2nd annual Ausable River cleanup

ausable river cleanupThe Ausable River Association (AsRA) and three regional Rotary Clubs are partnering to host an Ausable River cleanup on Saturday, April 23. This year, The Rotary Club of the Au Sable Valley and Lake Placid Rotary Club will focus on roadways and riverbanks in the Lake Placid, Wilmington, Jay, Upper Jay, and Keene Communities. The Plattsburgh Rotary Club is hosting a simultaneous cleanup event in and around Ausable Point near Peru, NY.

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Monday, April 11, 2022

Adirondack Lake Survey Corp Explores Merger with Ausable River Association

adirondack lake survey merger with Ausable River Association

The governing boards of the Adirondack Lake Survey Corporation and the Ausable River Association have announced plans for a merger. The merger would advance their shared goal of deploying critical field and laboratory science in the Adirondack Park to inform the protection of waterways, lands, and air for the benefit of all stakeholders.

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Saturday, October 23, 2021

AsRA Brings Wild & Scenic Film Festival to Home Screens

Join the Ausable River Association (AsRA) for an evening of visual storytelling through inspirational films as they host the virtual on tour Wild and Scenic Film Festival on Friday, October 29, from 7-9 p.m. This event celebrates the beauty and significance of wild places throughout the world, and the important work being done to protect them.

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Sunday, September 26, 2021

Hiking with a headlamp: Why it’s essential


In case you didn’t know, you should always carry a headlamp with you on your day trips. Why? Well, there are many reasons, most of which involve unexpected trip changes or happenings that you may not have considered.

For starters, consider these quotes extracted from DEC Ranger Reports regarding calls and accidents they responded to in the last year: “At 11:05 p.m., the group arrived back at Marcy Dam as [the forest ranger] started in to escort the hikers out of the woods since they did not have any flashlights with them;” “The hiker did not have a headlamp or flashlight and reported that his four friends hiked out ahead of him;” “The caller stated that the pair did not have flashlights or headlamps and that his girlfriend had rolled both of her ankles but was able to walk.” These are only a few of the multitude of examples available.

In a recent blog post to our website, I break down why this lightweight, inexpensive item is a must-have for your next outdoor adventure.

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