Thursday, June 13, 2024

Outdoor Conditions (6/13): Over half of NY’s black bears live in ADKs; tips for being bear aware

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

  • Perkins Clearing/Speculator Tree Farm Conservation Easement Tracts Road Openings: All public easement roads are open.
  • Debar Mountain Wild Forest Timber Harvest: A timber harvest is occurring on private property off Debar Meadows Road; the public should use caution and expect to encounter log trucks.
  • Debar Mountain Wild Forest Trailhead Closing: The Azure Mountain Trailhead will be closed starting on June 17 so that the parking area can be resurfaced. The work should be completed and the trailhead reopened by June 21.

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Friday, June 7, 2024

Outdoor Conditions (6/7): Get Outdoors & Get Together Day June 8 at Ausable Point Campground

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

  • Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest Route Opening: Roosevelt Truck Trail, a motorized access route for people with disabilities (by CP3 permit only), is cleared of blowdown and open for the season.
  • Boreas Ponds Tract Road Opening: Gulf Brook Road is open to the Four Corners Parking Lot. The motorized access route for people with disabilities (by CP3 permit only), is also open.

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Saturday, June 1, 2024

Over 60 events set for Invasive Species Awareness Week, June 3 – 9

Participants at a previous New York Invasive Species Awareness Week event.

Monday, June 3, marks the beginning of the 11th annual New York Invasive Species Awareness Week (NYISAW)! NYISAW is a week celebrated annually throughout the state to highlight the impacts of invasive species in New York and what folks can do to help.

Organizations across all of New York State are offering a variety of engaging events, such as interpretive hikes, volunteer days, webinars, movie screenings, and fun family activities. By participating in NYISAW, people can help protect their community’s natural spaces, learn about the emerging invasive species, meet neighbors, get outdoors, and even win prizes.

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Friday, May 31, 2024

Outdoor Conditions (5/31): Hikers reminded to leash dogs, protect them from black flies

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

  • High Peaks Wilderness Maintenance: DEC will be doing maintenance on the bridge over the Hudson River on the East River Trail, in the Town of Newcomb on Tuesday 6/4/24 thru Wednesday 6/5/24. This trail provides access to Mt. Adams, to Allen Mtn and Flowed Lands. The bridge will be closed to use by the public during this time, though hikers may wade through the river at the old ford, upstream of the bridge. Signage will be placed at the trailhead, at the old ford and the bridge. Thank you for respecting the safety concerns and avoiding the worksite during the day or after hours. If anything changes with the dates or times, DEC will share the information, in addition to announce the completion of the project. Please direct any questions to: tate.connor@dec.ny.gov.
  • Grass River Wild Forest Maintenance: The Rainbow Falls foot trail along the Tooley Pond Road will undergo maintenance during the weeks of June 3 to 7 and June 10 to 14, 2024. A foot bridge will be replaced, which may make Rainbow Falls temporarily inaccessible to hikers.

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Friday, May 31, 2024

DEC Encourages New Yorkers to Learn About Harmful Algal Blooms Reporting System

A harmful algal bloom.

DEC Encourages New Yorkers to “Know it, Avoid it, Report it”

On May 24, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Interim Commissioner Sean Mahar and State Department of Health (DOH) Commissioner Dr. James McDonald reminded New Yorkers to learn about and be aware of harmful algal blooms, or “HABs,” as the 2024 HABs notification season starts. DEC’s New York Harmful Algal Bloom System (NYHABS) is now active, providing New Yorkers, including trained citizens, to send reports of HABs to DEC electronically via a simple user- and mobile phone-friendly form.

“As New York experiences warming temperatures, DEC is working closely with the State Department of Health and our local partners to investigate harmful algal blooms and make significant investments to prevent excess nutrients and other contaminants from negatively affecting water quality,” DEC Interim Commissioner Mahar said. “DEC’s updated map and reporting system allows for more effective monitoring of potential threats to the health or recreational use of waterbodies, and we encourage New Yorkers to be on the lookout for HABs and report any sightings.”

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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Recreationists reminded to ‘Clean, Drain, Dry’ watercraft, equipment to protect against aquatic invasive species

Boat stewards serve on the frontlines to prevent the spread of invasive species in Adirondack waterways. Photo provided by Adirondack Watershed Institute.

New Mobile Boat Wash Equipment to be Deployed at Canal Launches

On May 24, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the New York State Canal Corporation joined together to remind those planning to visit New York’s waters to Clean, Drain, Dry their boats, trailers, fishing gear, and other equipment before recreating in New York’s waters to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS). Starting Friday, May 24, watercraft inspection stewards, also known as boat stewards, will be stationed at more than 220 boat launches and decontamination stations throughout the state to educate and assist the public in cleaning their equipment. Identified by their blue vests, boat stewards can provide a refresher on how to inspect boats and gear and offer information on AIS in New York.

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Friday, May 24, 2024

Outdoor Conditions (5/24): Beavers flood areas of Avalanche Pass Trail, French Louie Trail

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

  • Avalanche Pass Trail Damage: The Avalanche Pass Trail, near Marcy Dam, has a temporary route for Hiker Safety flagged with yellow. This route brings hikers around an area where beavers have flooded the trail and a bridge has been damaged. DEC is developing a Work Plan to reroute this section of trail to minimize impacts to the Natural Resources and Hiker Safety.
  • West Canada Lakes Wilderness Flooding: There is significant beaver flooding west of the Pillsbury Lake lean-to on the French Louie Trail.
  • Siamese Ponds Wilderness Washout: The bridge at Diamond Brook on the East Branch Trail is washed out.
  • Lake George Wild Forest Repair Closures: The 13 primitive tent sites in the Shelving Rock Special Management Area will be closed June 3-7, 2024, for hazard tree removal. Jabe Pond Road will also be closed to motor vehicles the week of June 3-7, 2024, for culvert replacements and road upgrades. Users will need to park at the parking lot before the gate on Battle Hill Road and walk the 1-mile road to access Jabe Pond.

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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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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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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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Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Lake George Association disagrees with Appellate Court decision concerning ProcellaCOR use

The Lake George Land Trust received over $4 million in state grants this month to protect land in the Lake George watershed. Photo by Zachary Matson

Lake George Association asks why state agencies are unwilling to subject their scientific evidence to rigorous, independent review 

Lake George, NY — The Lake George Association (LGA) respectfully disagrees with the decision the Appellate Division issued yesterday, May 2, and is disappointed that the judges simply deferred to the judgment of the New York State agencies that are advocating for the first-ever use of a pesticide in Lake George. The LGA will be requesting leave to appeal to the New York  Court of Appeals. 

Although this decision affects the 2022 permit applications, it does not affect the new applications that are pending before the agencies, and the LGA respectfully encourages the  agencies to review the important new information that has been brought to light before any  permits are issued to apply ProcellaCOR in Lake George. 

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Sunday, May 5, 2024

ANCA Convenes Stakeholders and Community Leaders for 2024 Clean Energy Conference

people stand by a bus

Two-day learning and networking event set for May 20-21 in Clayton, New York

Clayton, NY — As people around the world commemorate Earth Week, the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) invites North Country community members, stakeholders, educators and advocates to convene around current clean energy issues at the regional nonprofit’s annual Clean Energy Conference. The two-day event will feature tours, presentations and networking opportunities designed to advance clean energy initiatives that benefit New York communities, businesses and residents.
The conference will gather industry experts, service providers, contractors and community members at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel in Clayton, NY on May 20 and 21, 2024. Registration is open at www.adirondack.org/clean-energy-conference.

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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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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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