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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Saturday, January 13, 2024

Under a spreading chestnut tree

A man plants a chestnut tree

Starting today [January 11], Climate Matters will reach your inbox on Thursdays instead of Fridays. Happy reading!

This week I have a story on forest restoration using genetically-modified trees. The American chestnut tree, found in many pieces of art and literature, used to be abundant in Eastern forests. A fungus introduced in the 1900s, now known as chestnut blight, wiped out much of the population.

Although the Adirondacks were never home to a high population of the tree, climate change may have altered its range as the park’s environment has become warmer, a researcher told me.

At this link: A high-stakes restoration process that could take generations to accomplish, with some bumps along the way.

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Friday, January 12, 2024

Outdoor Conditions (1/12): Warning signs of hypothermia

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

  • Seasonal Road Closures: Additional seasonal closures are now posted. See DEC’s Adirondack Backcountry Information page for specific road conditions and information.
  • The bridge across Little Woodhull Creek on the Stone Dam Trail is out. (1/9)
  • Big Otter Lake Road has washed out and is impassable ¼ mile from the Partridgeville Road. The road is temporarily blocked at this location. (1/10)

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Saturday, January 6, 2024

Where’s winter?

Pond hockey and skating on Holcomb Pond in the Sentinel Wilderness area of the Adirondacks, near Lake Placid.

Last winter in the Adirondacks saw relatively mild temperatures and unstable ice. By February 2023, one skater said he would have traversed 200 miles of ice by then. But conditions caused Dan Spada, a retired supervisor in the natural resources department at the state Adirondack Park Agency, to lose about a fourth of that mileage.

Lake Champlain, a favorite wild ice skating spot of Spada’s, has yet to fully freeze this winter, he said. Human-caused climate change is spiking temperatures across the globe, leading to thin ice and rainy winters in climes like the Adirondacks.

The park, along with the entire Northeast, is already feeling the effects of climate change.

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Friday, January 5, 2024

Outdoor Conditions (1/5): Interior gate to AuSable Point campsites locked due to flooding

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

  • Seasonal Road Closures: Additional seasonal closures are now posted. See DEC’s Adirondack Backcountry Information page for specific road conditions and information.
  • AuSable Point Gate Closure: As of 1/2/24, the interior gate to the campsites at AuSable Point is locked. Flooding has covered the loops and vehicle traffic has been restricted to prevent further road damage. Use of the Day Use beach area parking lot has not been restricted and foot traffic is welcome beyond the closed vehicle gate.

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Friday, December 29, 2023

Outdoor Conditions (12/29): Stay Dry with Shell Layers

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

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Friday, December 22, 2023

Outdoor Conditions (12/22): Extensive trail washouts, high water throughout ADKs

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 (12/21/23): The following report describes conditions as of Thursday, 12/21. Changing weather may affect conditions. There is 28cm (11in) 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. Microspikes and crampons are needed. Due to heavy rains, there is no ice coverage on the lakes.
  • Wet and Dangerous Conditions Advisory: The Adirondacks are experiencing extensive trail washouts and dangerous high water. Washouts occurred even in front country areas; all recreationists should plan ahead, avoid water crossings, and anticipate dynamic trail conditions including washouts and icy trails. See DEC’s Wet and Dangerous Conditions Advisory for more info.
  • Seasonal Road Closures: Additional seasonal closures are now posted. See DEC’s Adirondack Backcountry Information page for specific road conditions and information.
  • Snowmobile Trails Remain Closed: With recent heavy rains and the lack of snowpack in most areas, snowmobile trails remain closed.

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Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Floods strike again

 

A truck pushes through a section of Route 9 closed from flooding.

Floods cut off access

Floods throughout the Adirondack Park closed roads, cut off access and inundated large areas on Monday amid long-lasting rain storms in warmer-than-usual December weather.

Rivers swelled overnight and throughout Monday, with many reaching flood stage on Monday. Key sections of state Routes 30, 73, 9 and 9N were closed, as were numerous secondary roads throughout the region.

Local governments and counties declared states of emergency, and school was disrupted in some school districts.

The Ausable and Boquet, New York’s steepest rivers, rose quickly during the downpour. Water on the Ausable rose to the bottom of the bridge crossing it near the Olympic ski jumps in Lake Placid, and the Boquet swamped nearby roads.

Some rivers rose even higher than in July, when heavy rainstorms led to flooding and elevated water levels throughout much of the season. Summer or winter… flooding is a central challenge to Adirondack communities.

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Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Wet, Dangerous Conditions in the Adirondacks and Catskills

Winter hiking

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today advised recreationists in the Adirondacks and Catskills of wet and dangerous conditions following recent mild temperatures and heavy rain.

The warmer weather and extensive rain melted much of the existing snowpack, swelling waterways and making water crossings dangerous with fast and strong currents. DEC advises visitors not to attempt stream crossings where bridges are not available. Water temperatures will be extremely cold and full or partial submersion can quickly lead to hypothermia. Waterways are not yet frozen and crossing of ponds or lakes should not be attempted. Avoid getting too close to stream and riverbanks as they may be icy.

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Saturday, December 16, 2023

Lake Placid Housing Co-op to Host Informational Meeting, Jan. 7

Lake Placid, NY — A housing cooperative, or “co-op,” is forming in North Elba, N.Y. on 100 acres of undeveloped land. The co-op seeks interested individuals to join the conversation about establishing a community at a free information session on Sunday, January 7 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Lake Placid Beach House, 31 Parkside Drive.

The co-op’s mission is to build and maintain a sustainable community on Averyville Road in Lake Placid, North Elba, N.Y. Its purpose is to provide safe, decent and attainable housing for residents of an estimated 20-40 households.

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Saturday, December 16, 2023

Four NY counties designated as primary natural disaster areas

rainstorm in the distance

On December 8, Governor Kathy Hochul announced that four counties in New York State have been designated as a primary natural disaster area by the United States Department of Agriculture due to damage caused by a tornado and excessive rain in July. This designation means that impacted farmers in Clinton, Franklin, Lewis, and Onondaga County may be eligible for assistance, including emergency loans, from the United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency.

“As climate change continues to drive more frequent and extreme weather events in our state, New Yorkers faced unprecedented levels of rain in July that flooded our communities and devastated crop land,” Governor Hochul said. “This designation will help ensure New York farmers significantly impacted by this summer’s severe weather have access to the resources they need to help rebuild and recover.”

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Friday, December 15, 2023

Outdoor Conditions (12/15): Moose River Plains gates open for snowmobile season

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

Bridge Closure: The bridge over Herbert Brook on the Calamity Brook Trail is out and will be out all winter. Please use caution; always assess conditions before considering a crossing.

Moose River Plains: Now that there is adequate snowpack, the Moose River Plains gates are open for snowmobile season. Beware of a couple of wet spots and some low hanging trees due to the last storm.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Aaron Mair Brings Adirondack Climate Message To Dubai Summit

Adirondack Council logo.

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Highlighting the global impacts of climate change on large iconic park landscapes, the Adirondack Council’s Aaron Mair is participating in the United Nations Climate Change Council of Parties gathering in Dubai. Mair, the Forever Adirondacks Campaign Director, is there advocating for global investments in the protection of large-scale ecosystems such as the Adirondack Park in New York State and federal climate impact mitigation strategies.

“Both here and around the globe, we need new investments in wilderness protection and we need to scale-up the science of climate protection,” said Mair.  “We have the potential to create an entirely new segment of the economy based on stabilizing and protecting the natural systems that support all life on earth. The Adirondacks are also living proof that careful protection can re-create wilderness where it had been lost to industrial impacts. That is a strong message of hope.”

Mair is at COP28 to represent the Adirondack Council, with assistance from The Wild Center, in Tupper Lake.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Lake Placid housing co-op aims to play role in housing solutions

cooperative housing flier

Dear Editor:

A housing cooperative (“co-op”) is forming in North Elba, NY on 100 acres of undeveloped land. The co-op seeks interested individuals to join the conversation about establishing a community. A free information session is being held Sunday, January 7 from 330-5 at the Lake Placid Beach House, 31 Parkside Drive. The co-op’s mission is to build and maintain a sustainable community on Averyville Road in Lake Placid, North Elba, New York. The purpose is to provide safe, decent and affordable housing for residents of an estimated 20-40 households.

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Friday, December 8, 2023

Outdoor Conditions (12/8): Scarface Mountain Trail closed at bridge and beyond

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

Seasonal Road Closures – Additional seasonal closures are now posted. See DEC’s Adirondack Backcountry Information page for specific road conditions and information.

Scarface Mountain Trail Closure – The bridge crossing Ray Brook on the Scarface Mountain Trail is currently closed over concerns of structural integrity. The bridge is located about 0.5 miles from the trailhead. The trail is closed at the bridge and beyond. The bridge will remain closed until it can be replaced.

Cascade Day Use Parking Closed – Motor vehicle access to the Cascade Day Use area is gated and closed for the winter. Parking remains available at any of the DOT pull offs along Rt 73 east or west of this location.

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