Almanack Contributor NYS DEC

Information attributed to NYSDEC is taken from press releases and news announcements from New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation.


Friday, May 17, 2024

Outdoor Conditions (5/17): Many Region 5 DEC campgrounds open today; tips for stopping spread of invasive pests

outdoor conditions logoThe following are only the most recent notices pertaining to public lands in the Adirondacks. Please check the Adirondack Backcountry webpages for a full list of notices, including seasonal road statuses, rock climbing closures, specific trail conditions, and other pertinent information.

NEW THIS WEEK

  • Grass River Wild Forest Trail Opening: The St. Lawrence County Multi-Use Trail, which crosses the Grass River, Long Pond, and Tooley Pond Conservation Easements, is open.
  • William C. Whitney Wilderness & Round Lake Wilderness Road Opening: Lake Lila Road is open.

LAST WEEK

  • Lost Lake Trail Damage: The Lost Lake Trail bridge over the Middle Branch Lake outlet in Ha-De-Ron-Dah Wilderness has several deck boards that are damaged – please exercise caution.
  • Pine Lake Trail Flooding: The bridge on Pine Lake Trail at the Pine Lake inlet in Independence River Wild Forest is currently flooded.

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Friday, May 17, 2024

DEC Urges New Yorkers to Respect Wildlife by Leaving Young Animals Alone

Fawns

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Interim Commissioner Sean Mahar today reminded New Yorkers to appreciate wildlife from a safe distance and resist the urge to touch or move young wildlife.

“Spring’s warmer weather brings with it more sightings and encounters with New York wildlife, especially young birds and other animals,” Interim Commissioner Mahar said.“While some might think these baby animals need assistance, human interactions with wildlife typically do more harm than good. Please remember: if you care, leave it there.”

Avoid Interactions with Young Wildlife

Human interaction with young wildlife can be problematic. When young wildlife venture into the world, for a brief time they may have limited ability to fly or walk on their own. While one or both parents teach survival skills to their offspring, some young wildlife receive little or no care.

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Thursday, May 16, 2024

New York Hunters Harvested Nearly 210,000 Deer, More Older Bucks Than Ever Before

buck

On May 6, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Interim Commissioner Sean Mahar announced that during the 2023-24 hunting seasons hunters in New York harvested an estimated 209,781 deer. The 2023-24 deer harvest included more than twice as many older bucks, bucks two-and-a-half years old or older, than were harvested in the early 1990s, and nearly five times as many than were harvested in 1969 when DEC first began monitoring the age structure of New York’s deer herd.

“Nearly 70 percent of the bucks harvested by hunters during the 2023-24 deer hunting seasons were two years or older,” Interim Commissioner Mahar said. “This demonstrates the continued effectiveness of DEC’s Let Young Bucks Go and Watch Them Grow campaign, and the willingness of hunters to voluntarily pass up opportunities at young bucks to improve their future opportunities to harvest older bucks.”

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Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Lost 70-year-old spends night in Moose Pond lean-to, escorted to trailhead following day

forest ranger reports graphicVillage of Saranac Lake
Franklin County
Training: From May 6 to 10, Forest Rangers Adams, Bowler, and O’Connor participated in a Police Bike Patrol and Safety Course hosted by the Saranac Lake Police Department. This course is a requirement for Forest Rangers who patrol the rail trail on bicycles.

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Monday, May 13, 2024

DEC Advises Boaters of Construction-Related Delays Affecting Access to Saranac Chain of Lakes

construction being done on an Adirondack lake

Boaters Should Expect Delays and Limited Launching Access at Second Pond Boat Launch and Upper Locks

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced an ongoing construction project at the Upper Locks on the Saranac Chain of Lakes in the Adirondacks is causing launch delays at the construction loading zone at the Second Pond boat launch. Rehabilitation of the Upper Locks began in 2023 and is expected to conclude this summer.

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Sunday, May 12, 2024

Solid waste illegally dumped on Franklin County property, ECOs take part in Earth Week events

solid waste

Dumping Bust – Franklin County
On April 10, ECO Okonuk received a complaint about a large amount of garbage dumped on a landowner’s property off Kibbie Road in the town of Bombay. Officer Okonuk conducted an investigation into an individual who allegedly dumped the trash on the property. ECO Okonuk and a New York State Trooper met with the subject and the ECO ticketed him for the unlawful disposal of solid waste. The subject had an active warrant for unrelated charges and was taken into custody by State Police.

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Friday, May 10, 2024

Outdoor Conditions (5/10): Ways to prevent black fly bites

outdoor conditions logoThe following are only the most recent notices pertaining to public lands in the Adirondacks. Please check the Adirondack Backcountry webpages for a full list of notices, including seasonal road statuses, rock climbing closures, specific trail conditions, and other pertinent information.

NEW THIS WEEK

  • Lost Lake Trail Damage: The Lost Lake Trail bridge over the Middle Branch Lake outlet in Ha-De-Ron-Dah Wilderness has several deck boards that are damaged – please exercise caution.
  • Pine Lake Trail Flooding: The bridge on Pine Lake Trail at the Pine Lake inlet in Independence River Wild Forest is currently flooded.
  • Essex Chain Lakes Complex Re-Opening: All access to the Essex Chain (Chain Lakes Road North and Cornell Road) are now open following the closures due to washouts last week. The Deer Pond CP3 route is passable; high clearance vehicles recommended.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Multiple agencies conduct night rescue for Pitchoff Mt. hiker with broken ankle

forest ranger reports graphicTown of Russia
Herkimer County
Wilderness Rescue: While on patrol April 29, at 4:01 p.m., Forest Ranger Waligory encountered an injured subject in the grass just north of a public forest access road. The 54-year-old from Boonville had hit a rut while riding a dual sport motorcycle. The subject was thrown from the motorcycle, resulting in a separated shoulder. Ranger Waligory assessed the subject’s injuries, stabilized his head, and called for an ambulance. At 4:25 p.m., the Poland Fire Department and Kuyahoora Valley Ambulance arrived and transported the subject to the hospital.

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Friday, May 3, 2024

Outdoor Conditions (5/3): 13th annual “I Love My Park Day” set for May 4

outdoor conditions logoThe following are only the most recent notices pertaining to public lands in the Adirondacks. Please check the Adirondack Backcountry webpages for a full list of notices, including seasonal road statuses, rock climbing closures, specific trail conditions, and other pertinent information.

NEW THIS WEEK

  • Clear Pond Gate Opening: The gate at Clear Pond is now open for the season. The public is allowed to drive to the Elk Lake parking lot and trailhead to park for access to the Hunters Pass Trail (to the Dix Mtns) and the Elk Lake Marcy Trail. Parking is limited to the capacity of the parking lot. No parking is permitted along the Elk Lake Road or in any other pull-offs. If the parking lot is full, hikers must park at the Upper Elk Lake Road parking lot on the west side of the Elk Lake Road approximately 2.3 miles south of the Elk Lake parking lot and trailhead. Please respect the parking rules to help ensure this access is maintained and there are no impacts to fire and rescue access.
  • Saranac Lakes Wild Forest Work Zone: The second pond boat launch area is an active work zone still. Boaters looking to use locks should expect substantial delays Monday through Saturdays, and are able to launch only on the upstream “left” side of the dock.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Lost, injured hikers in Essex County, Washington County brush fire contained

forest ranger reports graphicTown of North Hudson
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue: On April 23 at 9 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from Essex County 911 about a hiker in distress on the Hunters Pass trail. The 32-year-old hiker had injured her knee, and her flashlight was dying. Forest Rangers reached the subject at 11 p.m. and walked her back to the trailhead.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Walleye, Northern pike, pickerel, and tiger muskellunge fishing season begins May 1

Northern Pike

On April 26, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Interim Commissioner Sean Mahar announced the fishing season for walleye, Northern pike, pickerel, and tiger muskellunge begins on May 1.

“New York is home to exceptional coolwater fishing opportunities, with many lakes and rivers renowned for abundant walleye and aggressive pike and pickerel,” said Interim Commissioner Mahar. “We hope that all anglers find the time to enjoy these fishing opportunities in 2024 and encourage those with more experience to share their enjoyment by introducing someone new to the sport.”

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Friday, April 26, 2024

Outdoor Conditions (4/26): Mud season gates in Independence River Wild Forest, other areas to open today

outdoor conditions logoThe following are only the most recent notices pertaining to public lands in the Adirondacks. Please check the Adirondack Backcountry webpages for a full list of notices, including seasonal road statuses, rock climbing closures, specific trail conditions, and other pertinent information.

NEW THIS WEEK

  • Several Mud Season Gates Opening: As of 4/25, DEC plans to open all mud season gates in Independence River Wild Forest by this Friday, April 26. Other mud season gates in the area are opening around this time as well. Check Adirondack Backcountry for weekly updates on other gates in the region.
  • Grass River Wild Forest Access: There are several updates for this area.
    • Public motorized access to Allen Pond via the Allen Pond Road on the Tooley Pond Conservation Easement is open.
    • Access to the Forest Preserve River Corridor along the South Branch of the Grass River via the Spruce Mountain Road on the Tooley Pond Conservation Easement and via the Windfall Road or Buckhorn Road on the Cranberry Forest Conservation Easement is open.
    • Due to hazardous road conditions, public motorized access to Pleasant Lake via the Pleasant Lake Access Road on the Grass River Conservation Easement remains closed until improved.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Rangers participate in wildland fire training in Keene, Brushton Youth Day in Moira

forest ranger reports graphicTown of Keene
Essex County
Training: On April 15, Forest Rangers Duchene, Foutch, and Lewis conducted wildland fire training for the Keene and Keene Valley Fire Departments. Rangers covered wildland firefighting tactics and included a program on ATV/UTV operations in the woods.

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Monday, April 22, 2024

Ideas for celebrating Arbor Day, April 26

Children play under a tree.

Arbor Day is coming up on Friday, April 26. Arbor Day is a national observance that celebrates the role of trees in our lives and promotes tree planting and care. First celebrated in 1872, it was established as a way to encourage farmers and homesteaders to plant trees that would provide shade, shelter, food, fuel and beauty to open areas. In New York, Arbor Day is traditionally celebrated the last Friday in April. However, communities around the state can celebrate Arbor Day any day of the year.

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Sunday, April 21, 2024

DEC reminds New Yorkers to be bear wise this spring

Black bear

On April 11, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos reminded New Yorkers to remove or secure outdoor food sources that may attract black bears. Throughout the spring and early summer months, black bears have depleted fat reserves and will search extensively for easily obtainable, calorie-dense foods, which can lead to an increase in the potential for human-bear conflicts near homes and residential areas, especially before the spring green-up when natural food sources for bears are scarce.

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