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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

ADK releases updated edition of best-selling High Peaks guidebook

ADK trail mapChanges reflect new zoning, recent additions to the High Peaks Wilderness

The brand-new 15th edition of High Peaks Trails, the flagship of ADK’s (Adirondack Mountain Club’s) comprehensive Forest Preserve Series of guidebooks, has just been released. The volume is edited by longtime Adirondack adventurer Tony Goodwin, who has been writing and updating guidebooks for over 30 years.

Since the 14th edition was published in 2012, 47,000 acres of Forest Preserve have been added to the High Peaks Wilderness Area. Its boundaries have been redrawn, and new regulations governing use of these areas are anticipated. The new 15th edition addresses the significant zone changes that have been implemented by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, as well as new acquisitions, new trails, reroutes, restored and altered trailheads, and parking regulations.

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Monday, March 1, 2021

Farm micro-grants available up to $1,500

Soil Health on Market Farms workshopThe Adirondack Council’s Essex Farm Institute (EFI) will offer grants of up to $1,500 per applicant for projects that are both environmentally beneficial and sustainable. They will be seeking applicants starting today for their 2021 micro-grant cycle until the end of the month. 

To date, the micro-grant program has awarded over $129,000 in the support of over 85 projects since the programs conception in 2016, with 13 farms being awarded grants during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. 

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Monday, March 1, 2021

The Lake Placid Land Conservatory Gains National Recognition

In a recent press release, the Lake Placid Land Conservancy (LPLC) has revealed that it has been awarded accredited status by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission- a significant achievement in the field of land conservation. The Land Trust Accrediation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, granted the accreditation after an in-depth review of the LPCA’s programs, activities and policies. The seal of accreditation represents a commitment to meeting national standards of quality for the permanent protection of important natural places throughout the Adirondacks.

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Monday, March 1, 2021

Adirondack Research Consortium presents spring series

Adirondack Research Consortium presents a Spring Webinar Series: Four one-hour virtual sessions at 10 AM on Fridays in March will address how environmental legacies influence the present and future of the Adirondacks.

Theme: “Landscape Legacies in the Adirondacks”

Fridays in March 10:00 am
3/5: Enduring footprints in the Adirondacks
Moderator: Ellen Percy-Kraly (Colgate University)3/12: Dams and Aquatic Connectivity: Eco-systems, Communities, Energy, and Infrastructure
Moderator: Stephen Bird (Clarkson)3/19: Recreation in the Adirondacks
Moderator: Julia Goren (Adirondack Council)3/26: Linking Past to Present: A look at Diverse Peoples within the Adirondacks
Moderator: Donathan Brown (RIT)CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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Sunday, February 28, 2021

Weekly news round up

A collection of interesting reads:

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Saturday, February 27, 2021

Adirondack stories project releases free teacher’s guide

Study of Nature, Dresden, Lake George David Johnson (1827-1908) 1870 Oil on canvasThe Keene Valley Library has added a guide for teachers to the “Adirondack Community: Capturing, Retaining, and Communicating the Stories of Who We Are” and “OurStoryBridge: Connecting the Past and Present” websites, available for free. 

The teacher’s guide is made up of a “how to” document, which spells out a lesson plan to use with the stories; a story selection chart to match the stories with specific high school courses; story summaries, which are quick synopses of the 180 stories available; and a sample school assignment.

This guide was created in part by Brad Hurlburt, Keene Central School teacher and liaison to Adirondack Community project. He says the following about the guide:

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Friday, February 26, 2021

Latest news headlines

Here’s a look at news from around the Adirondacks this week:

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Swift Rails, Black River Valley Natural and ResET Present to Angel Investors

Point Positive Coordinator Melinda Little, with assistance from Maura Maguire of the Shipley Center at Clarkson welcomed three entrepreneurial businesses on Zoom during their February meeting.

The businesses are: Swift Rails and Black River Valley Natural, and a preview of a company founded by two faculty members of Clarkson University called ResET.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Trudeau to accelerate research on COVID and tick-borne illness

TrudeauTrudeau Institute’s efforts to combat COVID-19 and tick-borne illnesses have received a $150,000 boost from the Cloudsplitter Foundation.

The gift from Cloudsplitter, which supports organizations dedicated to improving the environment, economies and lives of people in the Adirondacks, will support a new lab established by Trudeau in 2020.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Private land owners to speak on importance of conservation

The Adirondack Park is known for its Forever Wild Forest Preserve, but a good majority of conservation efforts are done by private landowners themselves.

At 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 2nd, three landowners who have put in the effort to conserve their land will talk about their motivations, the methods they used and the challenges that they face in doing so. They will also discuss some of the benefits of private conservation.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

AdkAction awarded funding for road salt reduction program

AdkAction was recently awarded $50,000 from the Lake Champlain Basin Program. The grant is for a newly formed “Clean Water, Safe Roads” partnership, which will work to reduce salt pollution along the 125-mile-long lake between New York and Vermont. Together with partners from Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute and Lake Champlain Sea Grant, the project partners intend to enact an in-depth and personalized outreach and education program to municipal highway departments in the Lake Champlain Basin Area.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Maple workshops planned at Paul Smiths

march maple tappingPaul Smith’s College presents “School of  Maple” —  Free hands-on workshops for aspiring  and expanding maple producers. 

The schedule is:

March 6: Introduction to Sugaring 

March 13: Advance Sap & Syrup Processing 

March 20: Marketing & Expanding Your  Maple Business  

Preregistration is required by emailing [email protected] 

All workshops run 9am to 4pm at Paul Smith’s College Sugar Bush, White Pine Road, Paul Smiths, NY 12970

Photo provided by Northern New York Agricultural Development Program/Almanack archive


Monday, February 22, 2021

Calling all entrepreneurs (and would-be ones)

Small Communities. Big Opportunities: Own a North Country Busine Virtual Conference

Are you or someone you know interested in owning a North Country business?

The Center for Businesses in Transition (CBIT) is hosting a FREE four-day virtual conference — designed to empower those who live here and those who want to live here to realize their dreams of business ownership.

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Sunday, February 21, 2021

Weekly news round up

A collection of interesting reads:

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Saturday, February 20, 2021

Free Film Series begins Feb. 24 online

The Lake Placid Film Festival will be hosting its free featured filmmaker series this winter.

Each Wednesday at 7 p.m. starting Feb. 24, an award-winning short film will be streamed online. After the film, there will be a moderated live discussion with the director and someone from LPFF.

Each program is free of charge, but they do require you pre-register. Donations are greatly appreciated.

Film details and tickets are available for purchase here.

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