Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Recent Forest Ranger Search and Rescue Missions

forest ranger logoNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the Adirondack backcountry.

What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.


Monday, August 19, 2019

NYS, Protect Both Appealing Forest Preserve Decision

A typical view on a class II community connector trail where 1000 trees a mile are destroyed by state agencies provided by ProtectAdirondack Forest Preserve advocates Protect the Adirondacks announced Monday that they plan to appeal one of the July 3rd rulings by the Appellate Division, Third Department, in its lawsuit challenging the tree cutting and terrain alterations for snowmobile trails on the Forest Preserve by state agencies. The State announced last week that it also planned to appeal part of the ruling.

The court issued a mixed decision in July. It ruled that the cutting of over 25,000 trees on the Forest Preserve for wide class II community connector snowmobile trails violated Article 14, Section 1, of the NYS Constitution. At the same time however, the court ruled that the construction practices used to clear, bulldoze and grade these trails did not violate the famous forever wild provision of Article 14.

The New York State Constitution’s Article 14 protects the Adirondack Forest Preserve as “forever wild.” Adirondack Forest Preserve lands form the basis of the Adirondack Park. » Continue Reading.


Friday, August 16, 2019

Featured Trip: Big Pond, Schroon Lake

big pond trailBig Pond is located a mile from the Big Pond Trailhead Parking Area in the Hoffman Notch Wilderness. Big Pond is great for fishing and is dominated by northern pike, but also contains brown bullhead.

Hikers can choose to hike one mile to the pond or continue down the Big Pond Trail another 4.7 miles to intersect with the Hoffman Notch Trail. » Continue Reading.


Friday, August 16, 2019

Wilmington Notch Campground Closing Early

DEC logoThe Wilmington Notch Campground and Day Use Area will close early, on September 4th, to install a new well and water system and provide time for repairs and maintenance work before the onset of winter. The nearby Meadowbrook Campground and Day Use Area will remain open until Columbus Day. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, August 15, 2019

Following Firewood Regulations Helps Protect Forests

campfire courtesy DECNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation is reminding the public that they can help protect New York State’s forests from invasive pests and diseases by following the New York State Firewood Regulation.

  • Untreated, NY-grown firewood must stay within a 50-mile radius of its source or origin.
  • Untreated firewood may not be brought into NY from any other state.
  • Heat-treated firewood can be transported anywhere in NY, but it must have a receipt or label that says, “New York Approved Heat-Treated Firewood/Pest-Free”. » Continue Reading.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Elizabethtown Expanding Local Recreation, Trail Connections

Elizabethtown Blueberry Trails Connector The Town of Elizabethtown, NY was awarded a $250,000 infrastructure grant from the Northern Border Regional Commission.

NBRC received 152 applications this year for the State Economic & Infrastructure Development grant, requesting more than $43,000,000 in funding. NBRC chose 45 applications, funding only 28% of all applications. A total of just under $14M was awarded for federal fiscal year 2019 in this program. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Warren County CCE 10th Annual Golf Tournament

cornell golf tournamentThe 10th Annual Cornell Cooperative Extension Golf Tournament and Silent Auction at Cronin’s Golf Resort in Warrensburg has been set for Saturday, August 24.

A Hole-in-One contest gives each participant four chances to win. Prizes include $5,000 cash, Cobra King F8 Smart Set golf clubs, Travis Mathew signature head to toe outfit plus $500 shopping spree, a year supply of Bridgestone golf balls. Price Chopper will sponsor another Hole-in-One contest for a $500 grocery spree. The tournament will begin with registration at 9 am, followed by a shotgun start at 10 am. The tournament format is a four-person scramble. Individual players are welcome and will be placed within a team. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Forest Ranger Missions Help The Lost, Unprepared

forest ranger logoNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the Adirondack backcountry.

What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.


Monday, August 12, 2019

Route 73 Top Priorities: Planning, Money, Permits

In recent years, public lands throughout the Adirondack Park and across the country are seeing dramatic increases in the number of people coming to recreate.

Increasing numbers of people has led to an increase in human impacts to our public lands, including damage to trails related to increased use during sensitive times such as mud season, more trash on trails, including human waste and toilet paper, damage to sensitive mountain plants, animals such as bears becoming habituated to human food, and a loss of a wilderness experience. » Continue Reading.


Friday, August 9, 2019

Featured Hike: Camp Sagamore Trail System, Raquette Lake

great camp sagamore trailsCamp Sagamore is one of several historic Great Camps located in the Adirondack Park. Part of the Historic Great Camps Special Management Area, it includes nearly seven miles of scenic trails along the shores of Sagamore Lake and the South Inlet of Raquette Lake in the 47,177-acre Blue Ridge Wilderness.

» Continue Reading.


Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Adirondack Forest Rangers Have Busy Week of Rescues

forest ranger logoNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the Adirondack backcountry.

What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, August 6, 2019

137 Acres Protected at Huletts Landing on Lake George

Beaver dam and pond on 25 acre Huletts property courtesy LGLCThe Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) has announced the recent protection of two properties at Huletts Landing, in Dresden, NY, a total of 137 acres. The properties both contain significant lengths of tributaries that flow into Lake George, and other water-protecting features.

The two properties consist of a 112-acre forested parcel off of County Road 6, and the other a 25-acre upland parcel adjacent to Elephant Mountain. Combined, the properties include more than 7,800 feet of stream corridors that lead to Lake George. The 112-acre parcel also contains two acres of wetlands and beaver ponds, which are the headwaters of one of these now protected tributaries. » Continue Reading.


Monday, August 5, 2019

Police: Woman Harassed At Lake George Campgrounds

According to a press release issued by DEC, between July 20 and 22, New York State Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) responded to several complaints of an intoxicated subject causing a disturbance at the Hearthstone Point State Campsite in Lake George. » Continue Reading.


Monday, August 5, 2019

Ferns and Mosses Hike Planned Near Split Rock

Naturalist Audrey HysonChamplain Area Trails (CATS) is set to host a hike led by Audrey Hyson, Saturday, August 17, on the Flying Squirrel Trail, between Westport and Essex.

Hyson writes the “Everyday Naturalist” column for Adirondac magazine and is an experienced naturalist. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, August 4, 2019

Wildlife Management Areas Opening for 16-Day Window

DEC logoThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that they are opening several otherwise restricted Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) to the public in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties from Saturday, Aug. 10, through Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019.

Portions of these WMAs are marked as “refuge” or “wetlands restricted areas” to allow waterfowl and other listed species to breed and raise young without interference from people. » Continue Reading.