Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Recent Adirondack Forest Ranger Missions

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.


Sunday, June 3, 2018

Adirondack Wild: Stop the Rush to Accommodate Overuse

Hikers on Cascade Mountain, eastern High Peaks Wilderness What follows is a press release issued by Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve:

At public meetings held in Albany and Newcomb this week, the non-profit advocate Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve told the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and NYS Adirondack Park Agency (APA) that the agencies are rushing to approve complex amendments to management plans for the High Peaks Wilderness and nearby Forest Preserve units. Such haste risks exposing these wilderness landscapes to more overuse and degradation of their natural resources and wild character.

The agencies are on course to approve the amendments in just over 45 days, or half the time that the agencies previously agreed should be taken to consider complex unit management plans for “forever wild” state lands. » Continue Reading.


Friday, June 1, 2018

Featured Hikes: The Crows, Soda Range In Keene

the crows trailThe Crows Trail in Hurricane Mountain Wilderness ascends 845 feet and 0.9 mile from the Crows Trailhead on Hurricane Road to the summit (2,535 ft.). The trail contains moderate climbs with a few steep sections with a number of scenic views from ledges along the way.

Climb another 280 feet and another 0.6 mile to reach the summit of Big Crow Mountain. Many scenic views of the surrounding peaks can be found along the way and on the summit. » Continue Reading.


Friday, June 1, 2018

Recent Adirondack Forest Ranger Missions

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, May 31, 2018

Grand Opening of CATS’ Flying Squirrel Trail Saturday

Flying Squirrel TrailChamplain Area Trails (CATS) is set to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Flying Squirrel Trail in Westport, on Saturday, June 2, at 2 pm.

The hike will last an hour and a half to three hours, depending on the route hikers select. The new trail connects New York State’s Split Rock Wild Forest to the CATS Wildway Passage property next to Coon Mountain. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Land Trust Purchase To Expand Wilmington, Jay Mountain Biking

view from Rattlesnake Knob at Four Peaks, recently purchased by the Adirondack Land TrustThe Adirondack Land Trust has announced the purchase of Four Peaks, a 600-acre tract in the towns of Jay and Wilmington adjacent to Wilmington Wild Forest’s Beaver Brook Tract (the Hardy Road trails), which is popular for mountain biking.

In Wilmington, mountain biking is powering a revival of small businesses catering to cyclists. In 2017, Wilmington was named one of “America’s 20 Best Mountain Bike Towns” by National Geographic. The community hosts a variety of trail systems built primarily by Barkeater Trails Alliance (BETA) in partnership with the Adirondack Mountain Club and Student Conservation Association. BETA is a volunteer-driven organization that maintains over 100 miles of ski and bike trails across six Adirondack towns. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Stealthy Approach Results In Trout Poaching Charges

Illegally caught trout seized by ECO GatesEnvironmental Conservation Police Officer (ECO) John Gates reported he was patrolling Hinckley Reservoir in Remsen on May 13th when he was informed by an angler that nearby anglers were keeping well over the limit of trout at the base of the reservoir’s dam.

According to ECO Gates, he used a canoe he had in the back of his patrol vehicle to approach the two unsuspecting anglers by water. Gates said the the pair were in possession of 12 trout in an area with a limit of three trout over 12 inches in length, per person, per day. Only one of the trout was of legal length, Gates reported. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, May 26, 2018

Lake George Hike-A-Thon Registration Deadline Near

LG hike-a-thonThe 6th annual Lake George Hike-A-Thon has been set for Thursday, July 5th, 2018. The public is welcome to participate in the free, family-friendly event, but registrations must be made by June 15.

The 2018 Hike-A-Thon features 19 simultaneous hikes and paddles all around Lake George, culminating with aerial photography of each group by Carl Heilman, II, who will once again be flying in a helicopter donated and piloted by Bruce Mowery of North Country HeliFlite. » Continue Reading.


Friday, May 25, 2018

Peaks To Avoid This Weekend; Some Access Roads Closed

Adirondack Mud SeasonThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has urged hikers to postpone hikes on trails above 2,500 feet until high elevation trails have dried and hardened. Snow and ice are currently melting on high elevation trails and steep trails with thin soils are dangerous for hiking and susceptible to erosion, and sensitive alpine vegetation is easily damaged. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

New State Records for Walleye, Black Crappie

record walleyeTwo new state fishing records were set over the course of one weekend in New York recently.

Brian Hartman of Alexandria Bay eclipsed the 2009 state record walleye by more than 1.5 pounds when he caught an 18-pound-2-ounce walleye from the St. Lawrence River on May 5 using a swimbait.

On May 6, William Wightman of South Dayton used a black marabou jig to reel in a 4-pound-1-ounce crappie from Lake Flavia in Cattaraugus County, exceeding the 1998 state record by five ounces. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

2nd Wilmington Mountain Bike Festival Slated

wilmington bike festThe 2nd Annual Wilmington Mountain Bike Festival has been set for Labor Day Weekend, August 31st to September 2nd, 2018, and registration is now open.

All events takes place on 25+ miles of Adirondack Single Track, rideable directly from the festival base camp at the Wilmington Town Park, which also features dirt jump and skateboard parks.

» Continue Reading.


Monday, May 21, 2018

Comments Sought On Mt. Van Hoevenberg Plans

proposed Mt Van Hoevenberg additions The New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) is accepting comments on plans for new ski trails, snowmaking system enhancements, upgrades to the parking lots, and various other improvements at Mount Van Hoevenberg. Comments are due by June 9th. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, May 19, 2018

DEC Issues Mud Season Advisory for Adirondacks

Adirondack Mud SeasonSpring conditions are present throughout the lower elevations of the Adirondacks but trails in the highest elevations are still covered in slowly melting ice and snow.

Steep trails with thin soils can become a mix of ice and mud as the ice melts and frost leaves the ground, making the trails slippery and vulnerable to erosion by hikers. » Continue Reading.


Friday, May 18, 2018

Featured Trail: Coon Mountain, Westport

coon mountain trailThe Adirondack Land Trust’s Coon Mountain Preserve  offers an easy mile long hike to a summit. One short section gets steep as it passes through a rocky area, where footing is a bit more difficult, but it is an easy climb to big views of Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, May 17, 2018

On-Water Paddling Demos In Inlet, Old Forge Fri-Sat

Finally the ice is out and waters are open. Now is the perfect time to trade, upgrade, or purchase a new kayak, canoe, or stand-up paddleboard.

Old Forge’s Adirondack Paddlefest is the largest in-water show in the Adirondacks, with paddling presentations, test paddles, on-water canoe and kayak sales, demos, clinics, food and entertainment Friday through Sunday, May 18-20 in Old Forge. » Continue Reading.


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