Saturday, May 20, 2023

LGLC Awarded $68,300 from the New York State Conservation Partnership Program

LGLC’s Peggy’s Point in Hague.

Bolton Landing, NY – The Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) has been awarded two grants, totaling $68,300, from the 2023 New York State Conservation Partnership Program (NYSCPP), which is funded through New York State’s (NYS) Environmental Protection Fund. The Land Trust Alliance administers the Conservation Partnership Program in coordination with NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

A $44,500 grant will fund improvements at Peggy’s Point, the LGLC’s beloved waterfront park in the Town of Hague. The work will redevelop the trail and add amenities to make the park and waterfront more accessible. Educational signage will enhance the visitor experience, and native plantings will strengthen the shoreline against erosion from storm events.

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Saturday, May 20, 2023

Herkimer County Soil & Water Conservation District Hosts 2023 Envirothon

Winning Team 1 of Herkimer County's 2023 Envirothon.

Those with the Herkimer County Soil & Water Conservation District were pleased to report that the 28th annual Herkimer County Envirothon was a huge success. The event took place on Wednesday, May 10 at Herkimer College. Event organizers expressed gratitude to all generous donors and volunteers for contributing to the 2023 event.  This year, Central Valley Academy, Mount Markham, Poland, and Herkimer County BOCES Conservation all sent teams.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2023

ADK Park: Environmental Conservation Police News

Routine Patrol Results in Multi-Agency Arrest – Washington County
On April 12, while patrolling a public parking area commonly used by anglers to access the Champlain Canal, ECO Thibodeau observed two individuals acting suspiciously in a vehicle. He began a preliminary investigation and then contacted the Washington County Sherriff’s Department for assistance.

Officers later arrested the subjects for outstanding warrants and searched the vehicle where they found drugs and drug paraphernalia.

A lock box inside the car also contained more controlled substances. Both subjects are facing drug possession charges and one of the individuals, wanted on a federal warrant, was turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation after being processed on the state charges.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2023

APIPP Adds Tip Sheet to Its Free Outreach Materials

Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program logo.

The Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP) has added a new tip sheet to its library of free outreach materials just in time for the start of the summer construction season. “Best Management Practices for Moving Topsoil and Fill” was developed with highway department crews and construction contractors in mind, but it can be referenced by anyone doing a project that involves moving excavated materials.

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Sunday, May 14, 2023

Heirloom Vegetables – Planting the Seed 

Brandywine, Yellow Brandywine, and Black Brandywine tomatoes

What are Heirloom Vegetables?

The definition of heirloom vegetables varies, depending on who you ask. Some gardeners will tell you that heirloom vegetables are those they’ve grown successfully for many years. Others identify heirloom vegetables as those that are a traditional part of their family heritage or ethnicity. But most of the gardeners I know define heirloom vegetables as older, time-honored varieties whose seeds have been passed down from generation to generation, preserving all of the qualities of the original plant for decades or, in some cases, centuries.

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Sunday, May 14, 2023

Recreation Highlight: Protect the Peregrines, Rock Climbing Closures in the ADKs

Climber scales a rock

The elusive and endangered Peregrine Falcon calls the craggy cliffs and mountainsides of the Adirondacks its home. Peregrines dive at incredible speeds and can be seen sailing along the sides of high rock faces throughout the early summer. The fascinating birds are monogamous, have long lifespans, and often return to the same nests year after year with their chosen partner.

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Thursday, May 11, 2023

It’s Water Week!

milfoil in a hand, on a boat dock

Eurasian watermilfoil, the pervasive invasive aquatic weed at the center of a debate over using herbicide in Adirondack waters. Photo by Gwendolyn Craig

For four decades, New York has celebrated its abundant water resources for a week in May. This is that week!

State officials Monday announced a five-year contract with the Adirondack Watershed Institute worth $13.2 million to continue the annual boat steward program that aims to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.

This is also a big week in the fight over using a chemical herbicide to combat invasive plants in Adirondack lakes. The Adirondack Park Agency on Thursday is set to consider a permit that would allow the Town of Lake Luzerne to use the herbicide ProcellaCOR on 30+ acres of the town’s namesake lake in the southeastern corner of the park.

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Thursday, May 11, 2023

Adirondack Architectural Heritage announces Adirondack Rural Revitalization Program Launch

Adirondack Architectural Heritage logo.

Keeseville, NY– The Adirondack Rural Revitalization Program (ARRP) guidelines and application form are now available on AARCH’s website. The Adirondack Rural Revitalization Program (ARRP) is supported in part by a Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grant from the Historic Preservation Fund administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior. This program will fund capital rehabilitation projects that foster community vibrancy and enhance sense of place within our region’s community and agricultural centers, with a focus on historic main street and agricultural buildings.

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Monday, May 8, 2023

Ray Brook: APA to hold monthly meeting on May 11

APA logo.

Ray Brook, NY – The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, May 11, 2023. The meeting will be held at the Agency’s headquarters in Ray Brook, NY. The public is welcome to attend in person or remotely.

Public comment will be available to members of the public who attend the Agency meeting in person as well as those who participate remotely. If you would like the opportunity to make a public comment remotely, please email your name and the phone number used to call into the Board Meeting to AgencyMeeting.PublicComment@apa.ny.gov. Those who sign up for public comment will be limited to three minutes each. Public comment will not be accepted on any agenda items that are before the Board.

On Thursday at 9:30 a.m., the Full Agency will convene for Executive Director Barbara Rice’s monthly report, public comment, and other procedural actions.

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Monday, May 8, 2023

Paul Smith’s VIC to host May 11 discussion on how climate change, carbon sequestration impact forests

Paul Smiths, NY – The Paul Smith’s College Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC) will be hosting a free panel discussion on the impact of climate change and carbon sequestration in forests. The event will be on Thursday, May 11. The event is free and open to the public. The Adirondack Council’s Rewilding Advocate, John Davis, will lead a world-renowned panel of scientists on how the climate change crisis will impact carbon sequestration in forests, as well as the discussion between “young” and “old” forests and how each sequesters carbon.

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Saturday, May 6, 2023

ADK Park: Environmental Conservation Police News

Moose Recovery – Adirondacks
On April 6, ECOs Favreau and Fadden assisted DEC Wildlife employees with the extraction of a dead yearling moose from a heavily forested area in the Adirondacks. DEC had fitted the moose with a GPS collar in 2022. The collar recently gave off a signal indicating the animal was no longer alive. The Officers and Wildlife employees managed to get within 500 yards of the moose carcass by snowmobile and UTV before hiking the remaining distance through two to three feet of snow. Once they reached the moose, the group loaded the animal onto a sled and pulled it back to the snowmobiles. The recovered animal was sent to DEC‘s wildlife pathology laboratory in Delmar for a full necropsy.

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Saturday, May 6, 2023

Launching a North Country Clean Energy Hub; and bringing back a Clean Energy Conference

group wearing red shirts

By Craig Basford, ANCA Clean Energy Communications Coordinator

Earth Day is a time for new beginnings, a chance to start fresh and make positive changes in our relationship with the planet. 

New beginnings can feel risky or uncertain as we venture into new habits, technologies and experiences, but they also offer new and exciting opportunities to learn and grow.

Can you remember the feeling of moving into your first new home or apartment? Of starting a new job? You tried to play it cool, but inside, you were buzzing with excitement.

That’s how our team feels right now — because ANCA is embarking on our own new beginnings. This Earth Week, ANCA and our clean energy partners are celebrating the launch of the new North Country Clean Energy Hub. And we are so excited to share it with you!

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Thursday, May 4, 2023

I Love My Park Day event set for May 6

A previous I Love My Park Day event.

All are welcome to participate in the 12th annual I Love My Park Day event on Saturday, May 6, 2023. Parks & Trails New York (PTNY), in partnership with the NYS DEC and State Parks, hosts the annual event and invites volunteers from across the state in cleanup, improvement, and beautification events at New York State parks, historic sites, and public lands.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Volunteers needed for East Branch Ausable River Tree Planting, May 5 and 12

Volunteers at an AsRa tree planting event.

Upper Jay, NY – The Ausable River Association (AsRA) and Adirondack Riverwalking will host two tree planting events this spring – May 5th and 12th. Volunteers will work alongside experienced teams planting native trees and shrubs to create a robust buffer at AsRA’s most recent stream restoration project in Upper Jay.The two groups invite the community to join them in restoring the streamside buffer on the East Branch Ausable River. “So many of our community members value the Ausable River and want to be involved in its protection,” said Carrianne Pershyn, Biodiversity Research Manager at AsRA. “Hosting events like tree plantings are a great way to get people involved and show them a tangible way to help in the community and at home.”


Tuesday, May 2, 2023

27th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks set for May 18 and 19

Adirondack Research Consortium logo

Adirondack Research Consortium (ARC) will host the 27th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks on May 18 and 19 at the Conference Center at Lake Placid in Lake Placid, NY. This year’s conference will focus on “Climate Change in the Adirondack/North Country Region Mitigation, Adaption, and Implications.”

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