Monday, August 7, 2023

NNYADP Brings International Maple Grading School to Lowville

maple grading

Lowville, NY – The Northern New York Agricultural Development Program (NNYADP) is collaborating with the International Maple Grading School and Quality Control Program to offer a full day of hands-on maple education for beginning and advanced maple producers. The program will be offered on September 7, 2023 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at the Lewis County Education Center, 7395 East Road, Lowville, New York. The highly-requested training combines science-based instruction with intensive hands-on activities on how to accurately grade maple syrup and maple products and other quality control measures.

The day-long program includes sessions on accurately grading maple syrup, the chemistry of the different maple grade colors, standard flavors, the cause of off flavors and how to detect them, density and equipment, clarity and filtering, and food safety.

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Saturday, August 5, 2023

Three nights of loon banding, reminder to give loon families space

Loon banding on Sixth Lake

The temperature here this morning [August 1] was forty [degrees]…much cooler than the folks to the south and west of us are feeling. It rained two and a half inches here on Saturday, [July 29.] [This] got a few wet who thought the rain was coming later and they got caught out in a downpour…which soaked many to the skin. It rained so hard, it washed a little gully going down the road to the pond. [I’m] happy to report the male Loon which had the fishing plug in his tongue is back with his family this week on Limekiln Lake doing chick care as the female worked hard catching fish for their chick.


If you’re out and about on our local lakes, there are Loon families out there with you. If you are fishing (using live bait or plug and lures that look like live bait) don’t fish near one of these families as Loons can swim very fast underwater and take a bite at one of your baits or lures. Then you have a problem, and the Loon has a problem…your hook in its tongue. So be careful out there, and don’t fish near a Loon or a Loon family.

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Friday, August 4, 2023

Outdoor Conditions (8/4) – Marcy Brook Lean-to being repaired

outdoor conditions logo

High Peaks Wilderness – Starting Thursday, July 27, Marcy Brook Lean-to will be unavailable for use. The lean-to is being repaired over several weekends by the Adirondack 46ers Volunteers. Campers can utilize existing tent sites across the hiking trail from the lean-to or camp at nearby lean-tos.

A high-water and muddy trails advisory is in effect until further notice: Recent heavy rains have washed out numerous roads, bridges, and trails. The extent of damage is still being assessed. More thunderstorms bringing potential heavy rain are forecast throughout the remainder of the week. Users are advised to:

  • avoid recreating near and in streams and rivers due to fast-moving currents and floating debris.
  • avoid high-elevation trails to protect the thin soils and fragile habitats until things dry out and harden.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Rangers Rescue Injured Hiker off of Phelps Mountain

forest ranger report

Recent NYS DEC Forest Ranger actions:

Town of North Elba
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue:
 On July 24 at 5:37 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch received a call about a hiker with an unstable ankle injury on the Van Hovenberg trail just below the junction with Phelps Mountain. Forest Ranger Lewis served as incident commander, leading a team of seven Rangers on a carry-out mission. Rangers reached the 60-year-old from Auburn by 7 p.m., stabilized her ankle, and packaged her into a backpack carrier. Rangers carried the subject approximately one mile to Marcy Dam and then drove a UTV three miles to the intersection of South Meadows and Adirondack Loj roads where she was met by her husband, who drove her to the hospital. Resources were clear by 9:30 p.m.

Rescue on Phelps Mountain

Village of Tupper Lake
Franklin County
Law Enforcement:
 On July 30, Forest Ranger Corey issued 10 tickets to an individual who had two illegal encampments on State land at Underwood Bridge and Big Tupper Lake. Rangers Bronson and Russell assisted Ranger Corey in evicting the subject. The tickets included camping for four or more nights without a permit, storing personal property on State land, cutting down trees, leaving rubbish, and leaving a fire unattended. Each ticket carries a maximum fine of $250.

Illegal camp at Tupper Lake

Illegal camp at Tupper Lake

Illegal camp at Tupper Lake

Be sure to properly prepare and plan before entering the backcountry. Visit DEC’s Hike Smart NYAdirondack Backcountry Information, and Catskill Backcountry Information webpages for more information.

If a person needs a Forest Ranger, whether it’s for a search and rescue, to report a wildfire, or to report illegal activity on state lands and easements, they should call 833-NYS-RANGERS. If a person needs urgent assistance, they can call 911. To contact a Forest Ranger for information about a specific location, the DEC website has phone numbers for every Ranger listed by region.

Sunday, July 30, 2023

The Fourth Annual Great Brant Lake Canoe Race

Horicon, NY
– The North Warren Chamber of Commerce is happy to announce the fourth annual Great Brant Lake Canoe Race. Paddlers will begin at the north end of the lake and
paddle 6 miles to the town beach on the Mill Pond in Horicon on Saturday, Aug. 12 with a 9:30 a.m. start time.

An award ceremony will take place at noon at the Horicon Community Center. There will be music, food, a kids’ scavenger hunt, The Gnarly Gerbil: A mountain bike scavenger hunt, and after-party at The Hub. In addition, several not-for profit and community organizations will join us to engage participants and spectators.

The original Brant Lake Canoe Race began in 1974, operated by dedicated local volunteers. We are excited to continue the tradition in 2023, taking this opportunity to showcase Brant Lake as a resource for community-based recreation.

Proceeds will benefit the North Warren Chamber of Commerce and the Bob and Gert Newton Campership Fund at Camp Read.
For more information and to register visit: or contact Matt Strickland at

Saturday, July 29, 2023

DEC Offers Tips to Prevent the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species

A boat is inspected and cleaned to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.

With boating season upon us, it’s important to remember to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) using the “clean, drain, dry” method for boats, as well as disinfecting fishing gear. Boat stewards are available at more than 200 launches across New York State to educate and assist boaters in practicing these techniques every time they come off the water and prior to launching.

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Saturday, July 22, 2023

Volunteers welcome to join the 8th Annual Invasive Species Mapping Challenge

8th Annual Invasive Species Mapping Challenge

Through the month of July, the NY Natural Heritage Program is hosting the 8th Annual Invasive Species Mapping Challenge. Volunteers and professionals are joining forces to gather data on invasive species, providing conservation managers with the information they need to protect our natural resources. This year, the target species are Beech Leaf Disease, tree-of-heaven, jumping worm, and three aquatic invasive plants – water chestnut, European frogbit, and watercress.

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Saturday, July 15, 2023

Reminder to respect, give space to wildlife & their young

Velvet Green Swallow

With the smoke from the fires in Canada being the big news, people were asking about the danger of fires here in the Adirondacks. Some forgot about all the water and where it runs when you get five to eight inches at a time. I don’t know how many floods I went through in the Moose River Area during my 33 years as a Forest Ranger there (and many times since I retired 24 years ago.) I know we lost the Governor Brook tube seven times…and still no bridge yet, they just fill in the hole.

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Saturday, July 15, 2023

Scott Cotten to swim for Silver Camp

Cotten hopes to raise $50,000 for Silver Camp Swim Lessons and waterfront safety  

Scott Cotten is a third generation Silver Bayer. Cotten and his family have been visiting Silver Bay since 1936 when his grandfather honeymooned at Silver Bay. In 1986, Cotten met his wife at Silver Bay during the first day of summer orientation for the summer employes. And in 1988 he said “I do” in the Helen Hughes Memorial Chapel at Silver Bay YMCA.

Scott Cotten Now Cotten is ready to give back to the place that he considers an integral part of who he is, and he decided that there is no better way to do that than by combining two of his passions: Silver Bay YMCA and Lake George.
In Mid-August, Cotten will take on the challenge of swimming the length of Lake George, 32.19 miles, to raise money for Silver Camp Swim Lessons and waterfront safety.  “I’m hoping to raise at least $50,000 towards a combination of Silver Camp swim lessons and overall swim and waterfront safety,” Cotten said.

Walt Lender, Vice President of Development & Government Relations added, “Safety in the water is an important part of Silver Bay’s youth training. Through our Silver Camp program, campers are taught essential swimming and water safety skills.  The funds that Scott’s swim will raise will support Silver Bay’s ability to give kids the skills they need to stay safe in the water.”


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Friday, July 14, 2023

Tales of the Adirondacks, Past & Present: The Ladies Climb by Jerilea Zempel

a group of women who duplicated the clothing women wore in the 1800s and recreated an expedition.

Our next OurStoryBridge Inc. story share is called The Ladies Climb by Jerilea Zempel. Her story is about a group of women who duplicated the clothing women wore in the 1800s and recreated an expedition. Jerilea put extensive research and planning into the trip in order to honor those women before her. To listen to this story in its entirety, please visit this link:

The Adirondack Almanack will share stories written by those who live, work, and play in the ADK, courtesy of OurStoryBridge Inc. These stories, which will be a combination of current and past events, people, outdoor activities and more, will be published on a weekly basis. The stories will focus on various locations situated in the Adirondack region, including the High Peaks, the town of Keene, and many other areas around the Park. Story topics include arts & culture, catastrophes, work, people, outdoor activities, daily life, community, and natural & man-made environments.

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Thursday, July 13, 2023

Update on North Creek Ski Bowl Development at Gore Mountain

North Creek ski bowl

Olympic Authority Board approves amendment to the agreement with Town of Johnsburg

Project to break ground in 2024 with completion in 2025 of new lodge, lift, and anchor attraction 

At New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (Olympic Authority) Board of Directors meeting, two resolutions related to the North Creek Ski Bowl were approved.  With these approvals, the projects will resume, and the Olympic Authority with Gore Mountain will break ground in the spring of 2024 for the North Creek Ski Bowl Lodge, a new Hudson chairlift, and a zip coaster. The lift is projected to be available for the ’24-25 ski season and the completion of the lodge is slated for 2025.
“The Ski Bowl project will provide a year-round boost to the business community of North Creek,” stated Mark Smith, Supervisor, Town of Johnsburg. “The Ski Bowl redevelopment is a significant project that strengthens the position of North Creek as a year-round destination.”

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Wednesday, July 12, 2023

DEC Adirondack Outdoor Recreation Bulletin

A high-water and muddy trails advisory is in effect until further notice: Recent heavy rains have washed out numerous roads, bridges, and trails. The extent of damage is still being assessed. More thunderstorms bringing potential heavy rain are forecast throughout the remainder of the week. Users are advised to avoid recreating near and in streams and rivers due to fast moving currents and floating debris. Users are advised to avoid high elevation trails to protect the thin soils and fragile habitats until things dry out and harden.

This bulletin provides only the most recent notices. Check the Adirondack Backcountry webpages for more detailed information on access, outdoor recreation infrastructure, and conditions.

Muddy flooded Whiteface trail

Emergency Situations: If you get lost or injured; keep calm and stay put. If you have cell service, call 911 or the DEC Forest Ranger Emergency Dispatch, 833-NYS-RANGERS.

Welcome to the Adirondacks. The Welcome to the Adirondacks webpage provides information about the Forest Preserve, conservation easement lands, outdoor recreation, and Leave No Trace™.

Love Our New York Lands: All New Yorkers and visitors should be able to access, enjoy, and feel welcome on state lands. While enjoying these shared spaces, be respectful of other visitors. Share trails, treat people with kindness, and leave things as you found them for others to enjoy. All of us have a responsibility to protect state lands for future generations. Learn more about how you can Love Our New York Lands.

Saturday, July 8, 2023

Wildlife sightings out west: Bears, bison, coyotes, mountain goats, moose, deer and elk



Arrived back in the Adirondacks today [Monday, July 3] after two days of being driven from West Yellowstone to Webster (and another four hours to get home from there today.) Made a stop at the Remsen bog on the way here and some of the showy lady’s slippers were still out. [I] also stopped to check on some of my Loons along the way. Some were still sitting, and others had hatched their chicks and were on the water with their young. So, if you are out and about on the water and see a family of Loons, give them some space and take pictures with a long lens.

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Saturday, July 1, 2023

Season extended at Moffitt Beach and Lewey Lake Campgrounds, unsupervised swimming at ADK/Catskill campgrounds

Lewey Lake Campgrounds and Day Use Area.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced new updates at the agency’s Adirondack and Catskill campgrounds ahead of the Independence Day holiday, which kicks off the busy season at State campgrounds. Changes include updating swimming policies for the 2023 camping season to specify unsupervised swimming at DEC campground beaches and extending the seasons at the popular Moffitt and Lewey Lake campgrounds. Lifeguards will continue to supervise swimming at DEC’s Lake George “Million Dollar Beach” and Hinckley Reservoir Day Use Areas.

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Saturday, June 24, 2023

June 16: Rare finds and odd happenings of past and present

Painted turtles

We got some badly-needed rain this week, mostly at night which was good for my Loon surveys. They don’t mind the rain, but I hate to get wet or wear so many clothes to keep dry [that] I get wet anyway. Some folks from Texas to Florida got much more [rain] than they needed with a foot to fifteen inches of rain in [one] day. Some got tornadoes along with these storms. One in the panhandle of Texas wiped out the town of Perryton with three people killed, one an eleven-year-old boy. Many of these storms had hail (from golf ball-size to baseball-size) as they swept across the south, leaving almost 600,000 [people] without power as winds were up to eighty miles per hour. Looking at the destruction of homes, it’s a wonder that more people weren’t killed.

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