Monday, June 17, 2019

NYS Tree Nursery Honors Forest Preserve Advocate

Tree Planting on Streets and Roads by William FoxThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced they have renamed the State Tree Nursery in Saratoga Springs the “Colonel William F. Fox Memorial Saratoga Tree Nursery.”

Born William Freeman Fox on January 11, 1840, in Ballston Spa, just miles from the tree nursery on Route 50, he studied engineering at Union College for three years. In 1862, at 22, Fox joined the Army of the Potomac as a Captain commanding Company C of the 107th New York Volunteer Infantry. Shortly afterward, he saw his first combat in at the Battle of Antietam, considered among the bloodiest days in U.S. history. Fox was wounded in this battle, as well as at the Battle of Chancellorsville, where he served as a Major, and the Battle of Resaca, where he served as a Lieutenant Colonel. He was discharged from the U.S. Army on July 8, 1864.

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Conservation Minute: Conservation in a Changing Climate

lplc conservation minuteConservation efforts at the national and global scale are increasingly considering climate change, and with good reason. Extreme weather events – increased incidence or prolonged periods of drought, cold, heat, or heavy rainfall – are impacting traditional ways of life around the world with greater regularity.

While we often think of the Adirondacks as being a protected haven in the Northeast, those who’ve lived here or visited for years know that we are not immune to a changing climate. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, June 13, 2019

51,000 Acres, Rights Acquired in Raquette Boreal Forest Area

Three Rivers ForestThe Conservation Fund, a national nonprofit, has announced it has acquired ownership and rights on roughly 51,300 total acres in the Northwestern Adirondack Park.

The Three Rivers Forest properties include exceptional northern hardwood timberland near the headwaters of three major rivers flowing north to the St. Lawrence River – the Raquette, Oswegatchie and Grasse. The lands were purchased from investor-owners who had previously purchased former paper company lands, including former tracts of the Champion and International paper companies. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Whiteface Field Station Summer Lecture Series Set

View from Whiteface (Courtesy ASRC Whiteface Mountain)The Atmospheric Sciences Research Center, located at 110 Marble Mountain Lane in Wilmington, has announced it’s 2019 Ray Falconer Science/Natural History Lecture Series. Lectures have been set for July 9th, July 23rd, August 6th, and August 20th at 7 pm. All lectures are free and open to the public. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Adirondack Council’s APA Meeting Comments

Adirondack Council logoThe Adirondack Council has reviewed the agenda for the upcoming June 13-14 Adirondack Park Agency Board meeting. Conservation Director Rocci Aguirre has offered the following comments and suggestions in a letter to the APA: » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, June 11, 2019

APA Meeting Agenda Includes Primitive Tent Sites

APA Building in Ray Brook NYThe Adirondack Park Agency will hold its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Ray Brook on Thursday, June 13th, 2019, beginning at 9 am.

The meeting will feature consideration of a proposed two-lot subdivision involving wetlands and construction of a 150-foot-tall water tower in the Town of Mayfield; consideration of a public comment period on the Agency’s General Permit for the Replacement of Utility Poles; a presentation on the potential for the next generation to serve as catalysts for Community Climate Action; and consideration of a public comment period for proposed State Land Master Plan guidance for Primitive Tent Sites. » Continue Reading.


Monday, June 10, 2019

Did Her Independence Sink APA Acting Chair Feldman?

Having been nominated and confirmed to the NYS Adirondack Park Agency five years earlier, Karen Feldman was named by Governor Cuomo as APA’s acting chair following the resignation of Sherman Craig in summer 2018. In Ms. Feldman the Governor had an experienced board member chairing APA and one interested in continuing on as permanent chair of the eleven-member board. Ms. Feldman appeared energetic, communicative with board, staff and the public, engaged in APA matters, politically astute and well connected.

She seemed prepared and ready to lead. One would think she would be a shoe-in to be named APA chair at any time. Instead, she resigned last month and the consequences of that decision are serious ones for the APA and for the Adirondack Park. » Continue Reading.


Monday, June 10, 2019

2019 Lake Champlain Cyanobacteria Monitoring, Trainings

lake champlain committeeThe Lake Champlain Committee’s (LCC) 2019 cyanobacteria monitoring season gets underway the week of June 16.  Everyone who uses, enters, or goes near the Lake Champlain should have a general awareness of cyanobacteria, often referred to as blue-green algae.

These are a wide group of organisms, including species that are native, common and natural, but under certain conditions can create extensive blooms that can be a potential health hazard. Cyanobacteria warnings are posted each summer in Lake Champlain and other local lakes. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, June 4, 2019

40 Years of Poverty Rate Trends in Rural America

The third major economic indicator that was examined in The Adirondack Park and Rural America: Economic and Population Trends 1970-2010 was changes in the poverty rate. In 2010, a family of four with an annual income of $22,050 or less was considered to be living in poverty. The poverty rate of a region is a key indicator of overall economic health.

From 1970 to 2010, the overall poverty rate rose significantly in New York State from 8.0% to 14.9%. Across the U.S., the poverty rate rose from 10.4% to 14.9%. All Americans should be alarmed about the increase in poverty rates across the country in 2010 and about the state of a country where almost one out of every six people lives in poverty.

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Sunday, June 2, 2019

40 Years of Per Capita Income Trends in Rural America

The second major economic indicator that was examined in The Adirondack Park and Rural America: Economic and Population Trends 1970-2010 was per capita income.

An analysis of per capita income trends was useful for evaluating differences between regions, especially when analyzed with a range of other economic indicators. Per capita income is the average income earned of a person within a specific geographic area, such as a city, town or state.

When adjusted for inflation, per capita income is an important measurement, though not as good as median household income, because it can be skewed by a few individuals with extremely high incomes in low population areas.

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Sunday, June 2, 2019

Protect Adirondack Forests: Use Local Firewood

With the start of camping season underway, Department of Environmental Conservation is reminding campers that the New York State firewood transportation regulation is still in effect.

Untreated firewood may contain invasive pests that kill trees, and to protect New York’s forests, untreated firewood should not be moved more than 50 miles from its source of origin. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Adirondack Wild Calls For Conservation Leadership at APA

adirondack wildAdirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve is calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Senate to substantially strengthen the NYS Adirondack Park Agency’s board, after the abrupt resignation of acting APA board chair Karen Feldman.

“The Governor needs to seize this moment and nominate individuals with strong environmental credentials and demonstrated commitments to protecting the Adirondack Park ,” said Adirondack Wild’s managing partner David Gibson in a statement sent to the press. “Serious gaps in leadership and qualifications presently exist on the eleven-person APA board,” the press release said. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, May 26, 2019

Preserving our Adirondack Lakes Talk in Luzerne

hadley luzerne historical societyThe Hadley-Lake Luzerne Historical Society has announced “Preserving Our Adirondack Lives,” a program set for Thursday, June 13th, at 7 pm, at the Hadley-Luzerne Public Library, 19 Main Street, Lake Luzerne.

Jim Lieberum, Director of the Warren County Soil & Water Conservation District, will be guest speaker. Preserving Adirondack lakes has become more challenging over the past decade. Development, pollution, invasive species and overuse has led to both challenges and discoveries. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, May 26, 2019

Stewards to Greet Lake Champlain Boaters

boat launch steward2019 will be the fourteenth summer that the Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) has operated its boat launch steward program. Stewards greet boaters on Lake Champlain in New York, Vermont and Québec from Memorial Day to late September. They inspect their boats for invasive organisms, and share information about the threats they pose. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Buildings Sought for Energy Efficiency Program

anca logoBuilding owners and managers in the Saranac Lake area have been invited to participate in a new program designed to reduce energy costs.

The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) is coordinating a project called the Aggregation for Community Energy Security (ACES), which allows businesses, municipalities and nonprofits who own or manage private or public-purpose buildings in and near the Village of Saranac Lake to receive reduced cost energy assessments and examine potential energy efficiency upgrades. » Continue Reading.