On July 31, 2017 final papers were submitted in the trial in state Supreme Court in Albany over management of the Forest Preserve. The trial ended in early April. The trial focused on management of the public “forever wild” Forest Preserve by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and Adirondack Park Agency.
These agencies are currently building a network of 9-12 foot wide class II community connector snowmobile trails (Class II trails) on the Adirondack Forest Preserve that require cutting thousands of trees, extensive grading.
The lawsuit was filed by Protect the Adirondacks (PROTECT) against the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and Adirondack Park Agency in 2013, and alleges that these trails violate Article XIV, Section 1, the forever wild provision of the NYS Constitution. » Continue Reading.
Cornell University Press has released a new Critical Edition of Cadwallader Colden’s The History of the Five Indian Nations Depending on the Province of New-York in America. The Critical Edition includes several essays that consider Colden’s original text across social, cultural, and political contexts.
The History of the Five Indian Nations wasoriginally published in 1727 and revised in 1747. In the book, Colden discusses the religion, manners, customs, laws, and forms of government of the confederacy of tribes composed of the Mohawks, Oneidas, Onondagas, Cayugas, and Senecas (and, later, Tuscaroras), and gives accounts of battles, treaties, and trade up to 1697. » Continue Reading.
When the Steering Committee for the Sunday Rock Legacy Project (SRLP) was planning its annual summer musical for 2017, they were faced with an unexpected difficulty. What do you do when you want to put on a musical for the community and the regular venue is not available?
This past fall, the SRLP learned that its regular venue, the auditorium at Colton-Pierrepont Central School, would be undergoing renovations. So stage director Elaine Kuracina and Mary Jane Watson of South Colton went in search of another venue in town. Watson suggested the Old Colton Fire Station on Riverside Drive across the street from the new one. » Continue Reading.
TAUNY (Traditional Arts in Upstate New York) has announced the next Personal Collection Series display, “Guideboat Paddles and More from the Personal Collection of Ted Comstock, Saranac Lake,” opening Saturday, July 8, 2017. The display will be on view at The TAUNY Center through August 19, 2017.
Ted Comstock has been interested in the Adirondack region for most of his life. He was a curator at the former Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake in the 1970s. Comstock is a lifelong student of the region’s history, artifacts, and publications. He established and operated Wildwood Enterprises in Old Forge, NY from 1979 to 1991, a shop where he specialized in regional books, prints, paintings, early photographs, vintage wooden boats, and antiques. » Continue Reading.
The draft Cedarlands Conservation Easement Recreation Management Plan (RMP) has been released for public review and comment by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).
The 4,865-acre Cedarlands Easement is located in the town of Long Lake, Hamilton County in the central Adirondacks. The conservation easement divides the property into four areas, each of which has different restrictions. The conservation easement provides for some public recreation rights on the 3,309-acre McRorie Lake Area for 10 months (between August 24 and June 23), and year-round on the 592-acre Mud Pond Area. The 674-acre Long Lake Area and the 289-acre Base Camp Area are not available for public use.
The Sembrich summer film series will begin on Monday, June 26th at 7:30 pm at the Bolton Free Library with the North Country premiere of Afterimage, the final film by Polish director Andrzej Wajda, who passed away in 2016 at age 90. The screening is free and open to the public.
Afterimage will be introduced by Radka Franczak, a film-maker in her own right who studied at the Wadja School in Poland under the mentorship of Wajda.
In addition to introducing the Wajda film, Franczak will present a brief preview of her own work-in-progress, a film documentary on the life of Marcella Sembrich entitled Lost Voice. » Continue Reading.
White Pine Camp will host a series of walking tours of the historic camp, on Wednesdays from June 21st through September 27th, and on Saturdays, June 24th through September 2nd.
White Pine Camp is one of the Great Camps of the Adirondack Mountains and served as Calvin Coolidge’s summer White House. The camp also offers a year-round retreat with thirteen cabins and cottages, along with a vintage bowling alley originally used by the President. » Continue Reading.
The Adirondack Research Consortium has announced the third of its Women in Leadership Series Workshops: “Women in the Arts and Humanities.”
The workshop is scheduled for 10 am to 2:30 pm, on Wednesday, June 21st at the VIEW in Old Forge, NY.
The purpose of this workshop is to discuss challenges and opportunities for women in the arts and humanities by looking at trends in a broad and regional scale. The goal is to develop recommendations for future actions and research needs through facilitated discussions. The program includes a morning panel discussion with invited professionals working in the arts and humanities, lunch, and a facilitated afternoon discussion with all attendees. » Continue Reading.
The Adirondack Lake Assessment Program (ALAP) celebrates its 20th season this year of monitoring the water quality of dozens of lakes and ponds across the Adirondacks. ALAP is a partnership between Protect the Adirondacks and the Adirondack Watershed Institute at Paul Smith’s College.
Believing good public policy is dependent on accurate data and science, ALAP started in 1998 with three objectives: 1) to organize long-term water quality data on individual lakes and ponds in the Adirondack Park; 2) to provide long-term trend data on individual lakes and ponds for local residents, lake associations, property owners and local governments to help organize water quality protection efforts; and, 3) to assemble a profile of water quality conditions across the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.
The Wild Center has announced Pollinator Week from Monday, June 19th until Sunday, June 25th.
The slow, steady work of pollination does more than provide beautiful floral scenery — the work being done by these pollinators contributes to our food security and survival.
The Wild Center is inviting visitors to delve deeper into the story of these creatures with special programming and a packet of pollinator friendly wildflowers customized for the Adirondack region. » Continue Reading.
The nineteenth-century writings of George W. Sears – best known as Nessmuk – have inspired countless Adirondack paddlers, including his great-great-great-grandson Will Madison.
In September 2015, then 22-year-old St. Lawrence University graduate retraced much of Nessmuk’s 1883 canoe trip from the Old Forge area to Paul Smiths and back.
At 7 pm on Thursday, Madison will talk about that trip and his ties to Nessmuk during a slideshow presentation at the Saranac Laboratory Museum in Saranac Lake. The presentation is sponsored by Historic Saranac Lake and the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. It is part of Celebrate Paddling month in Saranac Lake. The event is free and open to the public. » Continue Reading.
AdkAction is organizing a new arts festival in Keeseville. The first Keeseville Plein Air Festival is scheduled to take place from Thursday, July 13th to Sunday, July 16th.
The arts festival will showcase Keeseville’s natural landscape and historic architecture. AdkAction hopes to attract a wide range of artists to the festival, which in turn will assist the community’s revitalization.
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