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.


Sunday, March 17, 2024

Interesting reads from around the region

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Friday, March 15, 2024

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Sunday, March 10, 2024

Interesting reads from around the region

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Friday, March 8, 2024

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Sunday, March 3, 2024

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Saturday, March 2, 2024

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Friday, March 1, 2024

Discussion time: Whiteface conditions

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I’m not a downhill skier but I’ve long been familiar with the “Iceface” moniker many use to refer to our beloved Whiteface Mountain.

We ran a story on the Explorer’s website this week about complaints that have been piling up from Whiteface skiers and former ski patrol members, about poor conditions at the mountain. Run by the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA), it appears that managers are paying attention. ORDA CEO Ashley Walden has brought in outside help to oversee operations.

Let’s hear from you: Do you see a decline in trail conditions or just a rough few years for snowmaking?

 


Friday, March 1, 2024

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Monday, February 26, 2024

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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

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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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