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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Friday, April 19, 2024

Parking reservations required May 1 to Oct. 31 for Route 73 corridor trails

Gates to the Adirondack Mountain Reserve.

On April 16, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Adirondack Mountain Reserve (AMR) announced the parking reservation system to promote safe access to trails in the Route 73 corridor will resume May 1, following a successful season in 2023. Since the launch of the parking reservation system in 2021, more than 52,500 users have registered at AMR’s website to make parking reservations.

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Friday, April 19, 2024

Outdoor Conditions (4/19): Recreationists can help limit spread of invasive species

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 (4/17): The following report describes conditions as of Wednesday, 4/17. Changing weather may affect conditions. There is less than 10cm (4in) of snow at the Lake Colden Stake. Conditions are wildly variable ranging from mud, ice, and multiple feet of rotten snow in the area around the lake. Avi Pass can be accessed without snowshoes. Snow levels vary at higher elevations and snowshoes are required where snow depths exceed 8 inches. Like last week, there will be a possibly dangerous increase in stream levels with the rainfall/snow melt combo.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Cobble Hill Trail in Lake Placid temporarily closed weekdays through May 3

Trail Work Sign on Cobble Hill Trail in Lake Placid

Lake Placid, NY — Professional trail work at Cobble Hill in Lake Placid resumed April 15, 2024, and is expected to continue for three weeks while Tahawus Trails focuses on making major improvements to the steepest section of trail, including the rock slab. The work will entail moving large boulders.

The trail will be temporarily closed weekdays from Monday, April 15, through Friday, May 3, to give the trail crew the space and time they need to work safely and efficiently. The trail will be open on weekends during this time. Current information will be posted on AllTrails, a mobile trail app.

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Friday, April 12, 2024

Outdoor Conditions (4/12): Heavy rainfall, warm temps may cause flooding, use caution at stream crossings

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

  • Potential for Flooding: Heavy rainfall and warm temperatures are forecast for the second half of the week. Rain combined with snowmelt will result in challenging and possibly dangerous stream crossings.
  • Snow Report (4/10): The following report describes conditions as of Wednesday, 4/10. Changing weather may affect conditions. There is 45cm (18in) of snow at the Colden Caretaker Cabin. Snow levels vary at higher elevations and snowshoes are required where snow depths exceed 8 inches.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Outdoor Conditions (4/3): Heavy snow, strong winds to impact much of ADKs, April 3-5

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

  • Winter Storm Warning 4/3-4/5: Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 15 inches, locally 18 to 24 inches. Winds gusting as high as 50 mph prior to heavy snow Wednesday evening. It is strongly recommended to refrain from entering the backcountry throughout the duration of the storm and stay at low elevations to view the eclipse. Please see “Conditions” in “Know Before You Go” below for more details.
  • Snow Report (4/3): The following report describes conditions as of Wednesday, 4/3. Changing weather may affect conditions. There is 34cm (13in) of snow at the Colden Caretaker Cabin. Snow levels vary at higher elevations and snowshoes are required where snow depths exceed 8 inches. The conditions are muddy, and drainages are open.

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Saturday, March 30, 2024

“Sustainable Futures” Earth Day event set for April 20 in Glens Falls

A young boy stands by a table set up for Earth Day celebration

Glens Falls, NY – The Glens Falls Earth Day Planning Committee (Crandall Library, Sustainable PR, and the City of Glens Falls), is excited to announce the centerpiece of this year’s Earth Day Celebration – An exclusive presentation by Tony Buettner, the national spokesperson for the Blue Zones movement. This year’s Earth Day Celebration will take place on Saturday, April 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Glens Falls City Park, embracing the theme “Sustainable Futures.”

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Friday, March 29, 2024

Outdoor Conditions (3/29): Region 5 DEC Campgrounds Remain Closed for Camping

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 (3/27): The following report describes conditions as of Wednesday, 3/27. Changing weather may affect conditions. There is 55cm (22in) of snow at the Colden Caretaker Cabin. Snow levels vary at higher elevations. The lakes are still in as of Tuesday the 26. Snowshoes are required at Avalanche Camps, and wherever else snow depths exceed 8 inches.
  • Campgrounds Remain Closed for Camping: Region 5 DEC Campgrounds are currently closed for all camping and overnight use. This means there are no restrooms, potable water, or other facilities at this time, including on April 8. Additionally, there is tree cutting and other hazardous work going on at many of the campgrounds, so Fish Creek and others are likely to be gated for the safety of the public.

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