Saturday, July 1, 2023

Season extended at Moffitt Beach and Lewey Lake Campgrounds, unsupervised swimming at ADK/Catskill campgrounds

Lewey Lake Campgrounds and Day Use Area.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced new updates at the agency’s Adirondack and Catskill campgrounds ahead of the Independence Day holiday, which kicks off the busy season at State campgrounds. Changes include updating swimming policies for the 2023 camping season to specify unsupervised swimming at DEC campground beaches and extending the seasons at the popular Moffitt and Lewey Lake campgrounds. Lifeguards will continue to supervise swimming at DEC’s Lake George “Million Dollar Beach” and Hinckley Reservoir Day Use Areas.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Love Our New York Lands volunteer stewardship events slated for July 8

Campgrounds Day Flyer, part of the Love Our New York Lands stewardship events.

On June 26, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced that registration is now open for a new stewardship day at State-owned campgrounds on Saturday, July 8, 2023. The event, a partnership between Parks & Trails New York, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and DEC, encourages New Yorkers and visitors to give back to the campgrounds they love by volunteering.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Adirondack Watershed Institute is Seeking Landowners to Help Improve Local Rivers, Streams

great blue heron

AWI is Participating in the Regional Stream Wise Program

Paul Smiths, NY – The Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute is recruiting landowners with streamside property to participate in Stream Wise, a new voluntary program that promotes and recognizes good stream stewardship.

AWI received funding from the Lake Champlain Basin Program to serve as a local Stream Wise host organization for the region. In this role AWI works closely with landowners in the Saranac River watershed providing free stream assessments, resources, and technical assistance for property owners to help protect and restore healthy waterways.

“Healthy rivers and streams provide habitat for fish and wildlife, support clean water, offer protection against floods, and are a source of relaxation and recreation,” said Tom Collins, AWI’s education and outreach manager and Stream Wise coordinator. “Landowners who participate in Stream Wise get access to a variety of useful practices related to stream health including planting native vegetation and pollinator species, recommendations for invasive species management, creating buffers, and more.”

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Saturday, June 24, 2023

ADK Park: Environmental Conservation Police News

Motorcycle Crash – Hamilton County

On May 29, ECO Newell and Trooper Nauroth responded to reports of a motorcycle accident south of Speculator. The Officers found the victim had incurred severe trauma to one of her legs, including lacerations and compound fractures. Officers Newell and Nauroth administered first aid while coordinating with Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch for EMS response and LifeNet Helicopter services.

 

Wells EMS and ambulance service, GAVAC, arrived on scene and transported the subject to Speculator. DEC Forest Ranger Snye, along with the Speculator Fire Department and Hamilton County Deputies, created a landing zone for the LifeNet helicopter while also assisting with a brush fire that began across the street from the landing zone. The coordination between agencies led to expedient medical care and transportation of the subject from Speculator to Albany Medical Center.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2023

It’s National Pollinator Week: Importance of butterflies, bees, and more

Bee on a flower

National Pollinator Week is June 19-23. Pollinator Week is all about spreading awareness for the importance of butterflies, bats, birds, bees, and beetles.

Check out some of the resources below to learn more about protecting pollinators this month and year-round:
Provide a place for pollinators: Watch a video for tips on how to “Green Your Backyard” and support New York’s native pollinators at home: https://youtu.be/HAkeO_8eK4c

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Monday, June 19, 2023

USDA is Surveying for Invasive Insects in New York

spotted lanternfly

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is surveying for three invasive plant pests in New York this year: the box tree moth (Cydalima perspectalis), spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) (pictured above), and the European cherry fruit fly (Rhagoletis cerasi L.)

European Cherry Fruit Fly

European Cherry Fruit Fly

Box Tree Moth

Box Tree Moth

APHIS asks residents and business owners to help limit the spread of invasive plant pests by following local quarantines. Please also allow agricultural survey teams onto your property for survey work and to hang insect traps. The insect traps help agricultural officials track invasive insect movement and are crucial to mounting an effective response against these damaging pests. We need your help to be successful. USDA and State surveyors working in the field will have official credentials identifying them as USDA or State employees. The surveys are underway and will continue through the fall.

For more information about the box tree moth, spotted lanternfly, and European cherry fruit fly, visit the APHIS website. To receive email updates, subscribe to the Plant Protection Act 7721 topic in the APHIS Stakeholder Registry.


Saturday, June 17, 2023

ADK to host BioBlitz event on June 24

Cascade Welcome Center sign.

Lake Placid, NY — ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) is excited to announce that it will be hosting a free BioBlitz event on June 24 at Cascade Welcome Center. Surrounded by 200 acres of forest and wetland, Cascade Welcome Center is home to a variety of ecosystems that have yet to be explored by naturalists. ADK is looking for volunteers of all ages and skill levels to help identify and document the property’s flora and fauna as a part of the event.

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Thursday, June 15, 2023

Tales of the Adirondacks, Past & Present: My Amazing Career in Wildland and Alpine Stewardship by Kayla White

Stewardship photo for Kayla White's My Amazing Career in Wildland and Alpine Stewardship story share.

Our next OurStoryBridge Inc. story share features Kayla White from ADK Voices. In her story, My Amazing Career in Wildland and Alpine Stewardship, Kayla shares her story of how she was introduced to the Adirondack region and details her current status as Stewardship Manager. To listen to this story in its entirety, please visit this link: https://app.memria.org/stories/public-story-view/8d2f60985df94c6fbceb2dd828c06ff9/

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Sunday, June 11, 2023

Lake George Association’s inaugural Lake Protector Summit set for June 22

Lake GeorgeLake George, NY – Everyone who cares about Lake George is invited to learn how to participate in protecting the lake from worsening threats, including harmful algal blooms (HABs), at the
Lake George Association’s inaugural Lake Protector Summit on Thursday, June 22, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at the Fort William Henry Hotel and Conference Center in Lake George Village.
Registration for this free event is now open at lakegeorgeassociation.org/lp-summit.

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Saturday, June 10, 2023

Conservationist of the Year Award to be announced at Adirondack Council’s Forever Wild Day Celebration

Caucus Chair Assembly Member Michaelle Solage, D-Elmont, right, views rainfall/air pollution testing equipment at the Adirondack Survey Corp laboratory in Ray Brook, October 2022.

Crown Point, NY – The Adirondack Council will present its Conservationist of the Year Award to the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative (BPHA) Caucus for its support of Adirondack environmental science, education, jobs and wilderness protection.

The presentation will take place during the Adirondack Council’s annual Forever Wild Day Celebration on July 15 at the Crown Point State Historic Site on the shore of Lake Champlain.  The Council will hold a virtual annual meeting of its members on Wednesday, July 12.

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Thursday, June 8, 2023

Paul Smith’s College Launches 2023 Adirondack Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention Program

Paul Smith's College AWI  boat stewards

The Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute officially launched its 2023 Watercraft Inspection Program on Memorial Day weekend to help prevent the spread of invasive species in Adirondack waterways. The college was recently awarded a $13.2 million contract from New York State to continue implementing the goals of the Adirondack Region Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention Program. The 5-year contract allows AWI to continue its efforts to reduce the risk of introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species in regional waterways.

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Monday, June 5, 2023

Ausable River East Branch Restoration Program Continues

ausable river restoration

This summer, the Ausable River Association will undertake the second phase of construction in its East Branch Restoration Program with Project Area 2 in Upper Jay. This comprehensive program, developed in 2019 with funding from the Governor’s Office for Storm Recovery (now the Office of Resilient Homes and Communities), identifies 13 sites in the Town of Jay in need of restoration. Completing these river restoration projects will improve flood resilience, protect communities and infrastructure, and restore habitat for the food web that supports our native brook trout. If you would like to learn more, please join us at the Town of Jay Community Center in Au Sable Forks on June 7 from 4 to 7 PM to meet with our Stream Restoration Manager, Gary Henry. He will be available to answer questions about this project and future projects in the East Branch Restoration Program.

More information here: https://www.ausableriver.org/blog/east-branch-restoration-program-continues-project-area-2-upper-jay

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Sunday, June 4, 2023

New York’s 10th annual Invasive Species Awareness Week begins June 5

Close-up of Hydrilla. Photo: Chris Evans, River to River CWMA, Bugwood.org. Courtesy of the New York Invasive Species Information Clearinghouse

On June 2, the New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Agriculture and Markets (AGM) announced the State’s 10th annual Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW) begins Monday, June 5. Free events and invasive species challenges are offered from June 5 through 11 across the state and online, including daily webinars at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Students help save a stream

Students helped save a trout stream with the historic conservation practice of planting trees.  Warner Brook, Town of Arietta, has been negatively impacted by bank erosion for years, and the Halloween Storm of 2019 worsened the stream’s condition.  The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District teamed up with partners and students to get conservation on the ground and stabilize Warner Brook.

Warner Brook has been plagued by erosion for decades.  During the Halloween Storm, fast moving flood waters, rocks, and boulders scoured and undercut the banks.

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