Almanack Contributor Melissa Hart

Melissa is a journalist with experience as a reporter and editor with the Burlington Free Press, Ithaca Journal and Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. She worked as a communications specialist for the Adirondack North Country Association and is currently digital editor for Adirondack Explorer, overseeing both the Explorer's website and its community forum the Adirondack Almanack. She enjoys hiking, camping and other outdoors activities, and spending time with her husband, their twin daughters, and rescue animals -- two dogs and two cats.


Saturday, February 24, 2024

Discussion time: Hiker permits

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The three year “pilot” program has wrapped up for the Adirondack Mountain Reserve and Department of Environmental Conservation’s hiker reservation system. This program installed at a popular High Peaks gateway requires users to register and reserve a parking spot in order to access the trails.

Have you tried it out? Should it keep going? Or what modifications could be made?


Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Discussion time: Follensby Pond

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After waiting since The Nature Conservancy (TNC) bought the. property in 2008, the state and TNC have announced an agreement for protecting Follensby Park.

New York state and The Nature Conservancy have reached a “novel” compromise for both protecting and providing public access to parts of Follensby Park, the 14,600-acre property near Tupper Lake where Ralph Waldo Emerson held his historic philosophers camp. The announcement was made during a virtual press conference on Tuesday.

The state is under contract for two conservation easements. One provides recreational access to lands on the western side of the Raquette River, including the Moose Creek watershed. The other protects the 970-acre Follensby Pond, with limited access permitted for “scientific, educational and cultural purposes.” The final terms of the easement are not currently available and the property remains closed for now.

Read the story here and weigh in with your thoughts. Should Follensby Pond be open to the general public?


Sunday, February 18, 2024

Discussion time: Rail trail speed limit

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As work on the Adirondack Rail Trail, a 34-mile trail connecting the communities of Tupper Lake, Saranac Lake and Lake Placid, nears completion, plenty of questions remain on how it will all function going forward.

For example, what should the speed limit be along the route, particularly during the winter months when the trail is shared by a range of users?

As Mike Lynch reports in this Adirondack Explorer article, the DEC is asking for the authority to adjust the speed limit along the trail. Currently it’s set at 55 mph and the agency already has “emergency rights” to lower it in certain sections that pass through communities.

Weigh in on your thoughts: Does there need to be speed limits set along the rail trail? What’s the “right’ speed?


Sunday, February 18, 2024

Weekly news round up

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Saturday, February 17, 2024

Discussion time: Winter pastimes

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As we’ve seen, this winter has been a letdown in the snow department. What favorite winter activities are you missing?

In happier news, Dick Monroe passed along this news that the toboggan chute in Lake Placid has reopened. He writes “We used to have a lot of fun there when I was a kid, lots of great memories of that toboggan run.”

So in that spirit, share your memories of winter fun from years past!


Friday, February 16, 2024

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

Discussion time: Parade controversy

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Were you at this year’s Winter Carnival parade in Saranac Lake? This annual tradition is much loved by people near and far from the community. The event made news recently due to some controversy, stemming from a monster truck with a Confederate flag painted on its hood. Also a group of marchers with signs speaking out about the conflict in Gaza raised concerns from some, who feel that politics shouldn’t have a place in a local parade.

Read more here and weigh in here: Do you think it’s OK to work political commentary into parades? Should the parade committee have paid closer attention and kept the truck out? What should be done going forward?


Sunday, February 11, 2024

Discussion time: Campground stays?

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To quote “The Sound of Music”: How to solve a problem like online campground reservations? As anyone who camps in DEC campgrounds knows, it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to nab a great site. You have to time it just right, and hope someone else doesn’t get it first at 9 a.m. on the day nine months from when you want to go.

We’ve been following DEC’s idea to test longer stays at Rollins Pond Campground. The plan was recently put on hold. What’s your take? Should the Reserve America system get scrapped? Should campsite “no-shows” forfeit their sites?

Weigh in here!


Sunday, February 11, 2024

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Friday, February 9, 2024

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Monday, February 5, 2024

Discussion time: Your favorite Adirondack community

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If you could live in any Adirondack community, which one would you choose and why?


Sunday, February 4, 2024

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Friday, February 2, 2024

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Monday, January 29, 2024

Discussion time: Road salt

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Discussion time: What’s the future of road salt use in the Adirondacks?

The Adirondack Road Salt Reduction Task Force in September released a detailed report outlining a path to lower salt use in the Adirondack Park and statewide.

The report called for strengthening water standards, spreading best practices, tracking salt use, improving responses to contamination and expanding public understanding of awareness. But the report did not include an implementation plan or accountability system to ensure state officials act on recommendations.

So what comes next? With a panel of task force members and other experts, the Adirondack Explorer will examine what’s in the report, how to carry out its recommendations and the latest in the long-running movement to combat road salt pollution in the park. Join us for the event (more info and RSVP here).

What would you want to ask the panel? What should the state be considering going forward? Leave a comment here or email zach@adirondackexplorer.org


Sunday, January 28, 2024

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