Friday, April 20, 2018

Make A Simple Leopold Bench

One of the most memorable occasions I have had with my children is an afternoon workshop at the Adirondack Interpretive Center (AIC) in Newcomb.

The day was spent skiing the free AIC trails, sipping hot chocolate while counting birds at the window feeder, and building a Leopold bench. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, April 19, 2018

Featured Hike: Chase Lake Trails

chase lake trailsThe Chase Lake Trails are located in the Shaker Mountain Wild Forest in the Southern Adirondacks.

Chase Lake Lean-to Trail has red trail markers and extends 2.6 miles from the trailhead to a lean-to on the north shore of the lake. The trail gently ascends 45 feet over the first 0.4 mile and then gently descends 170 feet over the next 0.75 mile. The remainder of the trail is mostly flat. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, April 19, 2018

State Expanding First-Time Camper Program

first time camper programThe state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) have announced that New York will again provide free First-Time Camper weekends this summer.

Families that have never camped before will have the opportunity to see if they enjoy sleeping under the stars before investing in their own gear by registering for a fully stocked campsite at select state campgrounds one weekend from July 13 through August 17. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Recent Forest Ranger Search, Rescues: Injured Snowboarder, Lost Hikers

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, April 16, 2018

Indian Lake Poker Paddle Planned

indian lake poker paddleThe Annual Indian Lake Poker Paddle has been set for Saturday, July 21st, 2018. Participants will explore the shores and bays of the scenic Adirondack Lake, anything that floats and is propelled by a paddle qualifies.

The Poker Paddle is open to all ages and skill levels. Cash and other prizes are awarded for best poker hands. » Continue Reading.


Friday, April 13, 2018

Featured Trail: Death Brook Falls

death brook falls trail Death Brook Falls, also known as Hidden Falls, is in the Blue Ridge Wilderness at the southeast end of Raquette Lake. There is a small pull off along NY 28 and a DEC sign marks the start of a 0.3 mile hike.

The trail is marked with blue NY DEC markers, and is well worn and easy to follow and reaches the base of the falls.  » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

2017 Deer Hunting Estimates Reported

Photo by Art Kirsch, DEC Wildlife BiologistHunters in New York State killed an estimated 203,427 deer during the 2017-18 hunting seasons according to the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

According to DEC’s report the 2017 estimated deer take included 95,623 antlerless deer and 107,804 antlered bucks, an estimated five percent fewer deer than the previous year. Statewide, this represents a 10-percent decline in antlerless harvest and a buck harvest nearly identical to 2016. Hunters in the Northern Zone took 25,351 deer, including 18,074 adult bucks. In the Southern Zone, hunters took 178,076 deer, including 89,730 adult bucks. » Continue Reading.


Monday, April 9, 2018

DEC Lifeguard Job Opportunities for Summer 2018

Lifeguard in WinterApplications are now being accepted for seasonal lifeguard employment with the New State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

Seasonal lifeguard positions are available at DEC campgrounds throughout the Adirondack and Catskill parks this summer. The current hourly rate for DEC lifeguards is $13.27. Additionally, most facilities offer free housing. » Continue Reading.


Friday, March 30, 2018

Featured Trail: Moxham Mountain

Moxham Mountain is located in the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest. Moxham Mountain Trail (2,361 feet) extends 2.3 miles and ascends 1,000 feet from the trailhead to the summit of the mountain. The open summit provides views of the Hudson River Valley, Gore Mountain and the Central Adirondack.

The trail immediately begins to climb while diverging slowly away from Fourteenth Road. It is well marked after the first 50 feet by yellow DEC foot trail markers. It proceeds to climb to the top of a small ridge and after about 0.5 miles affords views across a valley to another local hill. It then follows the ridge south east and descends into the valley in order to skirt around the south-east end of the local hill just viewed. It crosses the outlet stream of a wetland, contours around the hill, crosses the inlet stream and ascends to the col between that hill and the extended ridge of Moxham Mountain. In the col, the trail bends left and ascends onto the lower portions of the Moxham ridge where at 1.3 miles there are a couple of open views of Gore Mountain to the south. » Continue Reading.


Friday, March 30, 2018

Saranac Lake Area Map and Compass Training

becoming and outdoors womanBecoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) instructors, and licensed outdoor guides Sheila and Sonny Young are set to hold a “Become Skilled with Map and Compass” workshop on April 6, 2018 in the Saranac Lake area.

This one-day class is open to women and men. The cost is $85. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, March 29, 2018

2018 Trout Fishing Season Opens Sunday

Fly Fishing on the Ausable River - photo by John WarrenNew York’s 2018 trout fishing season kicks off Sunday, April 1st.

This year DEC is expected to stock 2.26 million catchable-size trout in 315 lakes and ponds and roughly 2,845 miles of streams across the state.

It’s estimated about 647,000 anglers fish for trout in New York State. Fishing conditions are currently less than optimal in the Adirondacks, though ice and deep snow is beginning to melt and conditions will improve as the weather warms. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, March 29, 2018

DEC Offers Free Waterfront Lifeguard Course

Lifeguard in WinterA free waterfront lifeguard course has been set for April 3rd to 6th, from 9 am to 5 pm at the Lynch Literacy Academy in Amsterdam, hosted by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

Individuals 16 and older interested in lifeguarding positions at DEC facilities this summer may register. Candidates who complete the course will be considered for employment. The course includes certification in all required waterfront lifeguard skills, Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for the professional rescuer, and first aid.

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Moonrise Hike Planned For New CATS Trails

Cadence’s Crest Trails with views of Lake Champlain, Champlain Area Trails (CATS) has announced the inaugural hike on its first trail in Chesterfield, at Trembleau Mountain near Keeseville, on Saturday, March 31, from 6:30 to about 8:30 pm.

The Cadence’s Crest Trail — called so for landowners’ Kathy and Andy Prescott’s grandson Cadence — is a fairly easy, family-friendly hike that offers views looking out over Lake Champlain in the east and at the sunset over the Adirondacks in the west.

This evening hike coincides with the second blue moon in 2018. A blue moon is the second full moon in a calendar month. This year is unusual in having two blue moons; the first was in late January when CATS held another moonlight hike. » Continue Reading.


Friday, March 23, 2018

Featured Trails: Flume Trails in Wilmington

flume trail systemWilmington Flume Trail Network located in the Wilmington Wild Forest provides 11.5 miles of trails for snowshoeing and hiking. Those accessing these hiking trails from the Flume Trailhead West will pass a wildlife viewing area overlooking a beaver dam and pond and enjoy scenic views of the West Branch Ausable River.

Flume Knob can be reached on trails traversing at least 2.5 miles, depending on the route taken, and ascending 1,300 feet from the Flume West Trailhead. The peak can also be reached from the Bear Den Trailhead, from which the trail traverses a total of 1.5 miles and ascends approximately 1,025 feet. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, March 22, 2018

Scott van Laer On Budget, Forest Ranger Staffing

arthur perrymanThe April 1st New York State budget deadline is quickly approaching, debate and negotiations will be in high gear for the next week over the approximately $160 billion spending plan.

While the budget and staffing levels within the Department of Environmental Conservation have been on life support for a decade now, the Police Benevolent Association of New York State (PBA of NYS) – the union that represents forest rangers – is advocating for moderate staffing increases based on dramatic increases in the amount of state land, recreational users and search and rescue operations that have occurred in the same time period. » Continue Reading.


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