Thursday, August 29, 2019

Lake Placid Ironman 70.3 Road Closures

Crowd at the Beach for lake placid ironmanThe 3rd Ironman 70.3 Lake Placid triathlon will take place from 6:30 am to 5 pm on Sunday, September 8th. The triathlon route includes a 1.2-mile swim in Mirror Lake, a 56-mile bike ride through Lake Placid, Keene, Upper Jay, Jay and Wilmington, and a 13.1 mile run in and around the Village of Lake Placid.

Temporary road closures will begin at 5 am. The following are all estimated times based on New York State Police traffic control. Use caution and expect delays. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Planning A Safe Backcountry Adventure

hiking essentials Always check weather and trail conditions, regulations, and advisories before heading out on an outdoor adventure.

Know before you go:

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Wilmington Mountain Bike Festival Call for Volunteers

wilmington mountain bike festBarkeater Trails Alliance (BETA) is seeking volunteers for the Wilmington Mountain Bike Festival, set for August 30th to September 1st. Festival volunteers will be a host for the event, a resource for activities in the region, and a critical part of making this a successful event.

If you plan to volunteer, organizers ask that you dedicate at least four hours to be “on-call” during the specific time slot that you agree to fill, in order to receive the benefits listed below. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, August 25, 2019

Canalway Challenge Racks Up Big Miles

canalway challenge logoPeople from 24 US states, Puerto Rico, and Canada have pledged to walk, run, cycle, and paddle 300,000 miles along New York’s canals and Canalway Trail this year as part of the Canalway Challenge. The new program invites people to trace history while tracking miles to discover all they can do along New York’s canals, including the nearby Champlain Canal. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, August 22, 2019

A 90-Miler Adirondack Canoe Classic Watcher’s Guide

90 miler Adirondack Canoe ClassicThe 37th Annual Adirondack Canoe Classic, the 3-day, 90-mile paddling event from Old Forge to Saranac Lake, will take place September 6 – 8, 2019. Here is what you need to know:

The 90-Miler attracts a full contingent of solo, tandem, 4 person and 8 person canoes, solo and tandem kayaks and one and two person guide boats. More than 600 people, from 22 different states, are expected to take part during the fall foliage season. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, August 22, 2019

Lake George Dinosaurs Add Interest to Magic Forest

No one is too old to visit a dinosaur park and the inaugural year of Dino Roar Valley is the proof of it.

An expansion of the historic Magic Forest amusement park (which has operated since 1963) just south of the Village of Lake George, Dino Roar Valley hosts 20 life-size animatronic dinosaurs along a nature trail.

General Manager John Collins says the dinosaurs are based on dinosaur skeletal remains – they may breathe, blink, roar, or move limbs. “There are also activities along the trails,” says Collins. “The walking trail is educational and entertaining. I think it appeals to a variety of ages.”  There is signage throughout the 0.5-mile trail offering information about each dinosaur. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

An Adirondack Guideboat Returns to Long Lake

Colleen rows the boat on Long Lake by Alexandra RoalsvigCharles Bryan, in  The Raquette, River of the Forest (1964), argued that Long Lake played a major role in the development of the Adirondack Guideboat.  That legacy got a local revival recently, when Long Lake resident Colleen Smith re-launched a guideboat on Long Lake built there by her grandfather George W. Smith in the early 1900s.

A neighbor, Gordon Fisher, spotted an advertisement for the boat and recognized it was made in Long Lake, but was unsure of the builder. Fisher contacted Long Lake boat builder Bunny Austin about brokering the vessel on behalf of the owner, who was living on Lake Champlain; it had been in the seller’s family since the 1950s. Austin turned the job over to his nephew Keith Austin, also a boat builder.  His wife Debbie Austin spotted the signature of Geo W. Smith on all three of the seats she was re-caning. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Recent Forest Ranger Search and Rescue 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.


Monday, August 19, 2019

NYS, Protect Both Appealing Forest Preserve Decision

A typical view on a class II community connector trail where 1000 trees a mile are destroyed by state agencies provided by ProtectAdirondack Forest Preserve advocates Protect the Adirondacks announced Monday that they plan to appeal one of the July 3rd rulings by the Appellate Division, Third Department, in its lawsuit challenging the tree cutting and terrain alterations for snowmobile trails on the Forest Preserve by state agencies. The State announced last week that it also planned to appeal part of the ruling.

The court issued a mixed decision in July. It ruled that the cutting of over 25,000 trees on the Forest Preserve for wide class II community connector snowmobile trails violated Article 14, Section 1, of the NYS Constitution. At the same time however, the court ruled that the construction practices used to clear, bulldoze and grade these trails did not violate the famous forever wild provision of Article 14.

The New York State Constitution’s Article 14 protects the Adirondack Forest Preserve as “forever wild.” Adirondack Forest Preserve lands form the basis of the Adirondack Park. » Continue Reading.


Friday, August 16, 2019

Featured Trip: Big Pond, Schroon Lake

big pond trailBig Pond is located a mile from the Big Pond Trailhead Parking Area in the Hoffman Notch Wilderness. Big Pond is great for fishing and is dominated by northern pike, but also contains brown bullhead.

Hikers can choose to hike one mile to the pond or continue down the Big Pond Trail another 4.7 miles to intersect with the Hoffman Notch Trail. » Continue Reading.


Friday, August 16, 2019

Wilmington Notch Campground Closing Early

DEC logoThe Wilmington Notch Campground and Day Use Area will close early, on September 4th, to install a new well and water system and provide time for repairs and maintenance work before the onset of winter. The nearby Meadowbrook Campground and Day Use Area will remain open until Columbus Day. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, August 15, 2019

Following Firewood Regulations Helps Protect Forests

campfire courtesy DECNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation is reminding the public that they can help protect New York State’s forests from invasive pests and diseases by following the New York State Firewood Regulation.

  • Untreated, NY-grown firewood must stay within a 50-mile radius of its source or origin.
  • Untreated firewood may not be brought into NY from any other state.
  • Heat-treated firewood can be transported anywhere in NY, but it must have a receipt or label that says, “New York Approved Heat-Treated Firewood/Pest-Free”. » Continue Reading.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Elizabethtown Expanding Local Recreation, Trail Connections

Elizabethtown Blueberry Trails Connector The Town of Elizabethtown, NY was awarded a $250,000 infrastructure grant from the Northern Border Regional Commission.

NBRC received 152 applications this year for the State Economic & Infrastructure Development grant, requesting more than $43,000,000 in funding. NBRC chose 45 applications, funding only 28% of all applications. A total of just under $14M was awarded for federal fiscal year 2019 in this program. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Warren County CCE 10th Annual Golf Tournament

cornell golf tournamentThe 10th Annual Cornell Cooperative Extension Golf Tournament and Silent Auction at Cronin’s Golf Resort in Warrensburg has been set for Saturday, August 24.

A Hole-in-One contest gives each participant four chances to win. Prizes include $5,000 cash, Cobra King F8 Smart Set golf clubs, Travis Mathew signature head to toe outfit plus $500 shopping spree, a year supply of Bridgestone golf balls. Price Chopper will sponsor another Hole-in-One contest for a $500 grocery spree. The tournament will begin with registration at 9 am, followed by a shotgun start at 10 am. The tournament format is a four-person scramble. Individual players are welcome and will be placed within a team. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Forest Ranger Missions Help The Lost, Unprepared

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.