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.


Friday, March 4, 2022

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Friday, February 25, 2022

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Sunday, February 20, 2022

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Friday, February 18, 2022

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Sunday, February 13, 2022

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Friday, February 11, 2022

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Sunday, February 6, 2022

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Saturday, February 5, 2022

This month in Almanack history: February

Phil Brown paddles Shingle Shanty Brook in the Adirondack Park

Let’s take a trip down memory lane at some stories that were popular in February months of years past….

Don’t bill hikers for rescues: From 10 years ago, Phil Brown digs into the issue of whether backcountry users should be charged for rescues.

The Adirondack Rail Trail’s Benefits For Wilderness: Writing in 2016, Pete Nelson explains how the Adirondack Rail Trail can be seen as a win for wilderness advocates.

A Q&A with travel writer Carol Cain: Another from Pete Nelson from 2014, he asks travel writer Carol Cain about her Adirondack experiences and thoughts about diversity in the region.

(Momentary) Victory for paddlers: A recap from 2013 about former Explorer editor Phil Brown’s court battle to uphold paddlers’ rights. (Please note: the case was ultimately decided against Phil Brown and the DEC, who had joined the suit.  In 2019, after the case was litigated all the way through the New York Court of Appeals, a New York State Supreme Court ruling established that the Shingle Shanty Brook and Mud Pond Outlet are not “navigable-in-fact,” and the privately-owned waters are not open to the public.)

Trapping and pet safety: From 2019, an overview on keeping your pets safe during trapping season.

Photo: Phil Brown paddles Shingle Shanty Brook in the Adirondack Park. Almanack archive


Friday, February 4, 2022

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Sunday, January 30, 2022

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Saturday, January 29, 2022

Discussion time: The latest rail/trail debate

Tahawus Rail Line (Phil Brown Photo)As reporter Tim Rowland wrote this week on the Adirondack Explorer’s website, the 30 mile rail line that ends in Tahawus is on the auction block. Among the first bids to be made public are the Open Space Institute, which aims to turn the corridor into a recreational trail, and Revolution Rail, which currently runs rail bikes out of North Creek and other U.S. locations. The company is also working with another rail operation to make freight runs available on the line.

What’s your take on this decades-long debate? Does rail still have a chance on this line? Or is it time for another rail trail?

Photo by Phil Brown/Almanack archive


Friday, January 28, 2022

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Friday, January 21, 2022

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