Sunday, January 6, 2019

Viewpoint: Kudos to Governor Cuomo

bikers on the Virginia Creeper Rail Trail in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western Virginia by Richard SmithThanks to Governor Cuomo and his environmental agencies (APA and DEC), the long-awaited Adirondack Rail Trail has overcome legal roadblocks and is back on track.

This means that Tri-Lakes residents and visitors should soon reap multiple benefits from the scenic travel corridor (the publicly owned rail bed) connecting Lake Placid, Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake. » Continue Reading.


Friday, January 4, 2019

Featured Hike: Snowy Mountain Fire Tower, Indian Lake

Snowy mountain trailSnowy Mountain Trail, part of the Jessup River Wild Forest, ascends 2,000 feet and 3.8 miles from the Snowy Mountain Trail Parking Area to the fire tower at the summit, which often has deep snow in winter. Snowshoes and/or micro spikes are recommended on this hike during the winter months. Check current conditions here.

The Fire Tower is a 47-foot tall, restored Aermotor LS-40 tower at 3,897 feet elevation. The trail crosses the West Canada Lake Wilderness and the Township 33 CE. Respect posted signs. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, January 3, 2019

Hikers Rescued After 30, 45-Foot Falls

DEC Forest RangerNew 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.


Thursday, January 3, 2019

International Children’s Games Set for Lake Placid

Lake Placid is preparing to host the 8th International Children’s Games (ICG) in its Adirondack village, January 6-11, 2019.

Welcoming athletes from over 40 cities and 15 countries to the Olympic region, participants will compete in nordic and alpine skiing, snowboarding, speed skating, ice hockey and figure skating. » Continue Reading.


Monday, December 31, 2018

DEC: Hunters Killed More Deer in 2018

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that New York State white-tailed deer hunters have been reporting more success in 2018 than last year through the end of the regular big game season.

Through December 16, hunters reported taking approximately 14 percent more deer in the Northern Zone and 11 percent more deer in the Southern Zone, compared to the same period in 2017. Reports from the Southern Zone and Northern Zone are up more than 26 percent and 33 percent from 2016 numbers, respectively, indicating an increase in harvest over the past three hunting seasons. » Continue Reading.


Monday, December 31, 2018

Free Waterfront Lifeguard Course in Amsterdam

DEC logoThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that the agency is offering a free waterfront lifeguard course February 19 through 22, at the Lynch Literacy Academy in Amsterdam, NY (class times to be determined).

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Sunday, December 30, 2018

Dave Gibson: Rail Trail Controversy Shows Master Plan Has Teeth

Headlined at this month’s meeting of the Adirondack Park Agency was a vote by the APA members to amend the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan (SLMP) to allow Rail Trails to be added to the definition of a Travel Corridor, and to support a rail trail in the SLMP’s Travel Corridor management guidance.

Prior to the APA decision, which like all Master Plan amendments must be ratified by the Governor, rail trails were not defined or authorized under the SLMP’s Travel Corridor overlay classification. Travel Corridors  applied only to the strip of land constituting the roadbed and right of way of state and interstate highways and the Remsen to Lake Placid railroad right of way, as well those state lands immediately adjacent to these facilities.  Such facilities had to be transportation related- not just recreational. » Continue Reading.


Friday, December 28, 2018

Featured Hike: Prospect Mountain, Lake George

prospect mountain trailThis 1.5-mile hike climbs 1,630 feet from the trailhead on Smith Street to the 2,030-foot summit of Prospect Mountain. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, December 27, 2018

Adirondack Hikers Rescued From Colden, Prospect

DEC Forest RangerNew 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.


Thursday, December 27, 2018

Ski Jumpers Vie for U.S. Cup Fri-Sat

lake placid ski jumping Several of the United States’ top up-and-coming ski jumpers are set to return to the Olympic Jumping Complex in Lake Placid to vie for U.S. Cup titles and for a spot on the U.S. Junior World Championship Team on Friday and Saturday, December 28th and 29th.

Spectators can watch the high-flying action as ski jumpers launch themselves from the top of the 90-meter ski jump and soar the length of a football. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Empire State Winter Games to Begin Jan 31

empire state winter gamesThe 39th running of the Empire State Winter Games is being run from January 31 through February 3, 2019 with over 2,300 athletes of all ages expected to participate in more than 30 sports. » Continue Reading.


Monday, December 24, 2018

DEC: Put Safety First When Ice Fishing

ice fishingThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is encouraging anglers to put safety first when ice fishing. Four inches of solid ice is usually safe for anglers accessing ice on foot. However, ice thickness can vary on waterbodies and even within the same waterbody.

Anglers should be particularly wary of areas of moving water and around boat docks and houses where bubblers may be installed to reduce ice buildup. The presence of snowmobile tracks or footprints on the ice should not be taken as evidence of safe ice conditions. DEC strongly encourages individuals to check ice conditions and avoid situations that appear to present even a remote risk. Testing the thickness of ice can easily be done with an auger or ice spud at various spots as you cross. » Continue Reading.


Friday, December 21, 2018

Featured Hike: Crane Mountain, Johnsburg

crane mountain trailCrane Mountain is part of the Wilcox Lake Wild Forest and is considered a jewel of the southern Adirondacks. It is the highest peak in the region, offering expansive views and a spectacular open ridgeline.

The 1.75-mile Crane Mountain Trail begins at the parking lot at the end of Ski Hi Road. It travels nearly due north up a very steep section of the mountain and includes two ladders, one of which is 30 feet against a steep rock wall. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, December 20, 2018

Comments Sought On Backcounty Ski Trail Development

Cross Country Ski Trails in the Adirondack ParkThe Adirondack Park Agency (APA) and the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) have announced they are holding a joint public comment period to solicit comments regarding proposed guidance for ski touring trails in the “forever wild” Adirondack Forest Preserve and their conformance to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan.

The proposal adds to existing standards and guidelines for cross-country ski trails as currently defined in the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan and the Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Preserve Policy Manual. The joint public comment period will conclude on February 1, 2019.

The Backcountry Ski Trail plans can be found here. What follows is an unedited APA press release describing the proposed changes: » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Recent Adirondack Forest Ranger 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.