Monday, March 19, 2018

2 Charged With Poaching Walleye At Great Sacandaga

ECO Pierce at the makeshift livewellAccording to a press release issued by the Department of Environmental Conservation, on February 24, Environmental Conservation Officers Scott Pierce and Jason Hilliard were on patrol at the annual Walleye Challenge Ice Fishing Tournament on the Great Sacandaga Lake in Fulton County when the officers came upon an ice shanty and two fishermen.

According to the ECOs, a small opening in the ice had been dug next to the shanty to form a live-well, and a number of walleye and perch were stored there. Some fish were alive and others were not. ECO Pierce reported that he counted 13 walleye in the pool of water, which put the two fishermen over the daily limit of walleye. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

NYS Hunting Accident Statistics Released

The 2017 hunting seasons in New York saw the second-lowest number of hunting-related shooting incidents (HRSIs) on record, 19. DEC also started tracking tree stand injuries for the first time in 2017 and recorded 12 incidents statewide.

Of the 19 HRSIs that occurred last year, 14 were two-party firearm incidents, five were self-inflicted, and one resulted in a fatality. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Forest Ranger Report: Skier Lost On Wright, Snowmobile Enforcement

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.


Monday, March 12, 2018

Cycle Adirondacks Adds Weekender at Paul Smith’s

cycle adirondacksCycle Adirondacks has added to its 2018 tour schedule The Weekender at The Paul Smith’s College, a new family-friendly bicycling event scheduled for June 29-July 1.

The new event will be hosted at the lakeside campus of Paul Smith’s College and complements Cycle Adirondacks nearly sold out annual weeklong tour set for August 18-24. Registration for The Weekender includes marked and supported cycling routes for all abilities levels, all meals, route snacks and entertainment. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, March 11, 2018

Tim Rowland: ATVs and Adirondack Wildlands

I know snowmobiles are controversial here, but I don’t know much about them. Back in the Mid Atlantic, I think one guy in our entire county had a snowmobile, and once every winter it might precipitate enough for him to pull it out and lap his house a few times before putting it away for another year. It worked for him.

But I do know a lot about all-terrain vehicles and their big brothers that seat multiple people and have enough cargo space to haul the entire Imelda Marcos Memorial Shoe Collection. (Imelda, if you’re not dead, my apologies; I didn’t have time to look it up.) » Continue Reading.


Saturday, March 10, 2018

DEC Announces 2017 Bear Hunting Results

black bearNew York State bear hunters killed 1,420 black bears during the 2017 hunting seasons according to statistics compiled by the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

Hunters took an estimated 1,037 black bears in New York’s Southern Zone, nearly the same number as in 2016, but slightly more than the recent five-year average. Bowhunters took 330 bears, on par with the recent average, but less than the 537 bears taken during the regular season. The early season, which DEC initiated in 2014 to reduce bear populations in a handful of management units in the Catskill region, resulted in 150 bears. » Continue Reading.


Friday, March 9, 2018

Featured Trails: Ensign Pond Road Trailhead, North Hudson

hammond pond wild forestThere is a small parking area off Ensign Pond Road (County Route 4) that is the trailhead for Hammond Pond, Bass Lake, Berrymill Flow and Moose Mountain Pond in the Hammond Pond Wild Forest. All four trails are great for hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. Moose Mountain pond has a lean-to which may be accessed from the Berry Mill Flow Trailhead via the Berry Mill Flow Trail and the Moose Mountain Pond Trail. Moose Mountain Pond and Bass Lake are stocked with brook trout for fishing as well. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Lake Placid Will Host 2023 World University Games

2023 World University Games lake placid bidThe International University Sports Federation has selected Lake Placid as the site for the 2023 Winter World University Games. Delegates from the Adirondack North Country Global Sports Committee and FISU signed a memorandum of understanding at the FISU headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland last week after nearly a year and a half of negotiations.

This will be the second time Lake Placid has hosted the Games (the first time was in 1972) and the third time New York State has hosted (Buffalo hosted in 1993). The Games have never been hosted by another state in the U.S. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Recent Adirondack Forest Ranger Searches, Rescues

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, March 1, 2018

‘Born to Rewild’ Movie Screening at Paul Smith’s Saturday

born to rewildAuthor John Davis is set to present a screening of his recent documentary Born to Rewild on Saturday, March 3rd from 2 to 4 pm, at the Paul Smith’s College VIC, 8023 NY-30, Paul Smiths.

Davis, who recently wrote the book Split Rock Wildway: Scouting the Adirondack Park’s Most Diverse Wildlife Corridor, has lengthy experience scouting wildlife corridors in the United States, and will be on hand to help to share in his experiences. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Recent Adirondack Search and Rescue Reports

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.


Friday, February 23, 2018

Featured Trail: Peaked Mountain, Thirteenth Lake

View from Peaked MountainPeaked Mountain, with an elevation of 2,919 feet, is a modest sized mountain located north-west of Thirteenth Lake in the Siamese Ponds Wilderness. Just before the creek (0.85 miles), the trail turns away from the lake and follows up the stream valley on a generally gentle grade. This part of the hike is a very nice walk in the woods. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, February 22, 2018

Another Push For Pre-Teen Big Game Hunting

Legislation to lower the minimum age of big game hunters to 12 has passed the New York State Senate and is now before the Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee.

The conservative leaning New York State Conservation Council has been leading a push to lower the big game hunting age. The New York State Department of Conservation’s current five-year deer management plan recommends the minimum age for big game hunting with a firearm be lowered to 12. These hunters would be required to be accompanied by a parent or permitted adult. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

High Peaks Safety Program Going Live Online

adirondack mountain rescue logoAdirondack Mountain Rescue will present a High Peaks Safety Program live online on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 7 pm.

The number of search and rescue incident in the Adirondacks is increasing, straining the limited resources of the NYS Forest Rangers and other responders. This program will address common challenges and safety concerns in the High Peaks Region.

» Continue Reading.


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

DEC Launches Campground Ambassador Program

Campground AmbassadorsThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has launched a new program to encourage volunteer Campground Ambassadors to assist state campground staff at six locations in the Adirondacks.

An announcement from DEC said they hope the Ambassadors will help introduce new campers to state facilities and outdoor activities such as hiking and fishing. It’s also hoped Ambassadors will help connect campers and day users to nature via environmentally themed activities and programming. » Continue Reading.