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, February 23, 2024

Outdoor Conditions (2/23): Make your location known, sign into trail register before hiking

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

  • Snow Report (2/21): The following report describes conditions as of Wednesday, 2/21. Changing weather may affect conditions. There is 84cm (33in) of snow at the Colden Caretaker Cabin. There is 8in at Marcy Dam. Snow levels vary at higher elevations. The Avalanche Pass ski trail is in good shape.

LAST WEEK

  • Snow Report (2/14): The following report describes conditions as of Wednesday, 2/14. Changing weather may affect conditions. There is 67cm (26in) of snow at the Colden Caretaker Cabin. Snow levels vary at higher elevations. Conditions now require snowshoes to be worn at Avalanche Pass. The lakes are still in.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Snowmobiler, sled launched 73′ after hitting pressure crack on Indian Lake

forest ranger reports graphicTown of North Elba
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue: On Feb. 13 at 12:20 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch received a call regarding a hiker who slipped on the ice near the summit of Mount Jo and potentially dislocated his shoulder. At 1:20 p.m., Forest Rangers Duchene and O’Connor reached the 75-year-old from East Syracuse and determined the patient’s shoulder was dislocated.

Attempts to pop the shoulder back in were unsuccessful, but the shoulder was in a better position to be stabilized. Rangers put a sling around his shoulder and arm and at 2 p.m., Rangers Lewis and Praczkajlo also arrived to help walk the subject down the mountain. They reached the trailhead at 4:45 p.m.

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Friday, February 16, 2024

Outdoor Conditions (2/16): ADK Rail Trail gates closed between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake

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

  • Snow Report (2/14): The following report describes conditions as of Wednesday, 2/14. Changing weather may affect conditions. There is 67cm (26in) of snow at the Colden Caretaker Cabin. Snow levels vary at higher elevations. Conditions now require snowshoes to be worn at Avalanche Pass. The lakes are still in.
  • Adirondack Rail Trail Closure to Snowmobiles: The gates are closed between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake on the Adirondack Rail Trail which is currently closed to snowmobiling due to a lack of snowpack. Like many trails in the Forest Preserve, current trail conditions are variable, consisting of snow, ice, and bare pavement/stone dust. Be cautious of frozen ruts and uneven terrain along the trail.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Snowmobile and hiking bridge reset in Wells; car stuck on Powley Rd

forest ranger reports graphicTown of Wells
Hamilton County
Trail Maintenance: On Feb. 7, with approval and support from DEC’s Division of Lands and Forests, Forest Rangers Hamm, Nally, and Thompson joined members of the Algonquin Sno-Blazers snowmobile club to reset a snowmobile and hiking bridge displaced during early season rain and snow melt. Rangers and club members used old telephone poles and a high-strength come-along ratchet puller to slide the bridge back across the creek to allow a safe crossing for snowmobiles, snowshoers, and skiers. The Algonquin Sno-Blazers club was established in 1970. Members volunteer to maintain more than 55 miles of trails in Hamilton County.

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Monday, February 12, 2024

Six Free Fishing Days in 2024

Aria Furlong with her perch

Governor Kathy Hochul recently announced six designated Free Fishing Days in New York will take place on: February 17 to 18 (Presidents’ Day Weekend), June 29 to 30, September 28 (National Hunting and Fishing Day) and November 11 (Veterans Day). During these days, the fishing license requirement is waived for freshwater fishing on New York’s waters.

The Free Fishing Days program began in 1991 to give people who might not fish a chance to try the rewarding sport of freshwater fishing at no cost, to introduce people to a new hobby, and to encourage people to support conservation by purchasing a New York State fishing license.

DEC offers a host of resources for those interested in getting started in fishing. The I FISH NY Beginners’ Guide to Freshwater Fishing provides information on everything from rigging up a fishing rod, to identifying your catch, and understanding fishing regulations. There’s also a video series on DEC’s YouTube channel that complements the Beginners Guide. DEC’s Places to Fish webpages are a reliable source of information when planning your next fishing trip. In addition to Free Fishing Days, there are also “learn to fish” opportunities available through DEC-approved free fishing clinics. For a list of what’s currently scheduled visit the DEC website.

Editor’s Note: A reminder that anglers are encouraged to check ice conditions as recent warm temps have created thin, unstable ice conditions, according to NYS DEC reports. Read more information about ice fishing safety at this link. 

Pictured above: Aria Furlong with a perch. Photo provided by the Long Lake Fish & Game Club.


Saturday, February 10, 2024

Help count birds Feb. 16-19

northern cardinal in a tree

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a fun event for bird watchers of all ages and abilities, from beginners to experts. The annual GBBC will be held Friday, Feb. 16, through Monday, Feb. 19. Participants are needed! To help, you will need to count birds for at least 15 minutes (or longer if you wish) for one or more days of the four-day event. You can participate from your backyard, or anywhere in the world.

Each checklist submitted during the GBBC helps researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society learn more about how birds are doing and how to protect them.

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Photo at top: Northern cardinal. Photo by Frank Beres. Photo provided by the NYS DEC.


Friday, February 9, 2024

Outdoor Conditions (2/9): Rising temps this weekend, signs of avalanche

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

  • Closed Snowmobile Trails: As of 2/8, snowmobile trails in certain areas of the Adirondacks have been CLOSED due to inadequate trail conditions. Visitors are advised to plan ahead and check local club, county, and state webpages and resources, including the NYSSA Snowmobile web map, for up-to-date snowmobile trail information. As always, snowmobile access is dependent on conditions and can change quickly.

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Thursday, February 8, 2024

Saratoga Tree Nursery annual sale going on now

seedlings

School Seedling Program Application Period Now Open

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Colonel William F. Fox Memorial Saratoga Tree Nursery officially kicked off the annual spring seedling sale, which is now open to the public and runs until May 10. Each year, the nursery offers low-cost, New York-grown tree and shrub species for sale to encourage plantings that help conserve New York’s natural resources and foster the next generation of forests.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Snowmobile crash in Indian Lake; Crane Mt. climber dies from heart attack

forest ranger reports graphicTown of Lake Pleasant
Hamilton County
Law Enforcement: On Jan. 30 at 4 p.m., Hamilton County’s Sheriff’s Dispatch called Forest Ranger Snye about a disabled vehicle on the Elm Lake Road snowmobile trail. The car’s operator was attempting to reach the Siamese Ponds Wilderness trailhead, which is only open for snowmobile use. Ranger Snye and a Sheriff’s Deputy responded and issued a ticket for illegal operation of a motor vehicle on posted easement roads/trails. A local tow company removed the vehicle.

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Saturday, February 3, 2024

DEC seeks input to improve Camp Santanoni access via horse and wagon service

horse drawn wagon

Input Sought on Preferences, Feasibility, and Possibilities for Non-Motorized Access for People with Disabilities into Camp Santanoni in Newcomb, Essex County

Deadline for Submissions Feb. 23, 2024

On Jan. 25, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced a call for submissions for input on providing horse and wagon operations to enable people with disabilities to enjoy the historic Camp Santanoni in Newcomb, Essex County. DEC is seeking feedback on a scope of work related to providing access to the site through horse-drawn wagon, including the site, location, and frequency of service as it pertains to the capacity, ability, and availability of vendors, as well as any adjustments that can be made to improve the service.

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Friday, February 2, 2024

Outdoor conditions (2/1): Beware of thin ice

outdoor conditions graphicThe 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

  • Snow Report (1/31): The following report describes conditions as of Wednesday, 1/31. Changing weather may affect conditions. There is 67cm (26in) of snow at the Colden Caretaker Cabin. Snow levels vary at higher elevations. Conditions now require snowshoes to be worn from Marcy Dam. The ski trail and passes remain in good condition. They now have a crust layer.

LAST WEEK

  • Snow Report (1/24): The following report describes conditions as of Wednesday, 1/24. Changing weather may affect conditions. There is 80cm (31in) of snow at the Colden Caretaker Cabin. Snow levels vary at higher elevations. Conditions now require snowshoes to be worn. The lakes are in, but the ice is thin near the bridge and outlets/inlets. The ski trail is in very good condition.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Five Whiteface Mt. hikers lose trail at night

Forest Ranger Report graphic

Town of Keene
Essex County
Training: On Jan. 22, Forest Rangers Mecus and Rooney worked on their climbing skills in the Trap Dike, a class four climb that should only be attempted by those with proper experience and equipment. Rangers Mecus and Rooney are expert climbers and used this opportunity to prepare for potential rescues.

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Friday, January 26, 2024

Outdoor Conditions (1/26): Proper trail etiquette on Rail Trail, other multi-use trails

outdoor conditions graphicThe 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

  • Snow Report (1/24): The following report describes conditions as of Wednesday, 1/24. Changing weather may affect conditions. There is 80cm (31in) of snow at the Colden Caretaker Cabin. Snow levels vary at higher elevations. Conditions now require snowshoes to be worn. The lakes are in, but the ice is thin near the bridge and outlets/inlets. The ski trail is in very good condition.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Teens get lost in Indian Lake woods, suffer mild hypothermia

forest ranger reports graphicTown of Indian Lake
Hamilton County
Wilderness Search: On Jan. 18 at 8 p.m., Forest Rangers Miller and Scott responded to a request from New York State Police (NYSP) in Indian Lake to help search for three teenagers. A resident alerted Rangers to footprints heading toward the lake. After checking the thickness of the ice, Rangers used snowmobiles to track the subjects and followed the tracks for approximately 1.5 miles until they left the ice and entered the woods of the Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area.

 

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Friday, January 19, 2024

Outdoor Conditions (1/19): Knowing the signs of frostbite

outdoor conditions graphicThe 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

  • Snow Report (1/18): The following report describes conditions as of Thursday, 1/18. Changing weather may affect conditions. There is 89 cm (35in) of snow at the Colden Caretaker Cabin. Snow levels vary at higher elevations. Conditions now require snowshoes to be worn where snow depths exceed 8 inches, which as of 1/17 was beyond Marcy Dam. Microspikes/crampons are needed. The lakes are in.
  • Open Snowmobile Trails: As of 1/18, most snowmobile trails are now open; but visitors are advised to plan ahead and check local club, county, and state webpages and resources, including the NYSSA Snowmobile web map, for up-to-date snowmobile trail information.

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