Thursday, July 11, 2019

Rangers Recover Body Amid Busy Holiday Weekend

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, July 8, 2019

Two New Maps of Blue Mountain Lake

Andy Coney holding Uncle Andy's Famous Waterproof Shoal MapDivers, amateur geologists, anglers and anyone with curiosity about what lies beneath the waves, will enjoy the new water depth map of Blue Mountain Lake. The printed contour map reveals dramatic underwater terrain. Sharp cliffs tumble into cavities, giant glacial erratics are scattered about, and unseen underwater ridges link some islands while deep holes separate others.

Blue Mountain Lake straddles the divide between the Saint Lawrence and Hudson watersheds and is ringed by mountains whose slopes continue below the surface. An enormous northeast to southwest glacial groove runs under West Bay and includes the lake’s deepest spot. That low point is 102.7 feet down where there is a huge erratic. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, July 7, 2019

Fishhook Waterflea Infests Lake Champlain

Thousands of fishhook and spiny waterfleas encrust a fishing line in June 2019 courtesy LCBPAnglers returning from the waters of Lake Champlain at Shelburne Bay have reported large quantities of invasive fishhook waterflea fouling their gear.

Boat launch stewards with the Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) noted this week that nearly all fishing boats returning to the Shelburne Bay and Converse Bay launches had downriggers infested with the tiny organisms. LCBP stewards removed, treated, and disposed of the fishhook waterfleas. The alarming news for anglers and lake ecology comes during the busy holiday period of Canada Day on July 1 and the July 4th holiday in the U.S. » Continue Reading.


Friday, July 5, 2019

Featured Hike: Independence River Area Trail Network

independence river wild forest trailsThis trail system, located in Independence River Wild Forest, consists of just over 11 miles of trails.

Beach Mill Trail extends 5.3 miles along the north bank of the Independence River from a trailhead at the end of Beach Mill Road.

Panther Pond Trail extends 1.1 miles to the Panther Pond Lean-to from a trailhead at the end of Smith Road, and extends another 3.2 miles to the Independence River where it meets up with the Beach Mill and Fish Trails.

Fish Trail extends 1.7 miles to the Independence River from a trailhead at the end of the Stony Lake Road. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Searches, Rescues, Hiker Dies At Shelving Rock Mountain

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.


Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Be Informed About Harmful Algal Blooms

keeping dogs safe from harmful algal bloomsNew York Sea Grant is reminding the public to be informed about harmful algal blooms (HABs), how to avoid exposure of oneself and pets, and where to report potential HABs.

In a statement to the press, Jesse Lepak, Ph.D., Great Lakes Fisheries and Ecosystem Health Specialist with New York Sea Grant said: “Not all algal blooms are harmful, but some dense populations of cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, can produce toxins that can have serious effects on liver, nervous system, and skin of humans and their pets.” » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Tupper Lake Woodsmen’s Days Event Grows

chainsaw sculpture demonstration provided by ROOSTTupper Lake Woodsmen’s Days is set to return to the village’s Municipal Park July 12-14 for a celebration of the region’s heritage of logging and lumberjacking.

This year the New York State Lumberjack Association (NYSLA) will be on hand for the first time. Members of the organization pay dues to compete in similar events around the state.

» Continue Reading.


Monday, July 1, 2019

Old Forge 4th of July Holiday Events

Old Forge fireworksThe annual Old Forge Fourth of July Celebration and Forge Festival of Arts & Crafts have been set for Thursday, July 4th.

This year the Forge Festival of Arts & Crafts will be held at the Adirondack Bank parking lot, across the street from Slickers and the Old Forge Visitor Center, from 9 am to 6 pm. The Festival hosts over 55 skilled vendors and features an extensive assortment of food and hand crafted items. Admission is $3. This event is sponsored by VIEW, Old Forge’s Art Center and Adirondack Bank. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, June 30, 2019

Adirondack Park Boat Wash Stations Open for Peak Season

boat inspectionFree boat inspections and decontaminations are being offered at more than 60 locations across the Adirondack region to help the public stop the spread of aquatic invasive species.

Decontamination stations and boat inspection locations are also located at popular boat launches throughout the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, June 30, 2019

Ausable Paddling Nature Trail Guided Tours Offered

AsRA River Tours courtesy Brendan WiltseThe Ausable River Association (AsRA) is set to offer guided community paddling and hiking programs in the Ausable watershed this summer.

Paddling trips will utilize the Ausable Paddling Nature Trail on Lake Everest that AsRA helped establish in 2010. The full length of the trail is about two miles long and includes seven stops along the way, with each stop discussing some aspect of the natural history of Lake Everest. An accompanying booklet includes hand-drawn illustrations of birds, plants, and other wildlife commonly found on Lake Everest. AsRA staff will accompany paddlers providing information on the various stops in greater detail. » Continue Reading.


Friday, June 28, 2019

Featured Trail: Pharaoh Lake Trail, Schroon Lake

pharaoh lake trailsThe Pharaoh Lake Trail, part of the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area, extends 3.3 miles from the Pharaoh Lake Road Trailhead to the intersection of trails at the outlet of Pharaoh Lake. The trail ascends 235 feet from Mill Brook for 1.1 miles but gently rises and falls at either end. » Continue Reading.


Friday, June 28, 2019

ADK Free Summer Naturalist Series

adk mountain club logoADK (the Adirondack Mountain Club) has announced their free Summer Naturalist Series, hosted by their Naturalist Interns each summer will run through August. All programs are free and open to the public. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, June 27, 2019

Trailblazer Ruth Kuhfahl: Years of Trail Work, Community Service

Ruth Kuhfahl is known by many in the environmental community in the Adirondacks for her trail work and more.

During an afternoon lunch at the Adirondack Mountain Coffee Café in Upper Jay with Ruth Kuhfahl, there is hardly a face in the place she doesn’t recognize, though, she tells me, at 95 she often has to say to some, “Now, help me remember where our paths have crossed.” » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Recent Adirondack Wilderness 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.


Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Battenkill Swiftwater Rescue Involves Nine Paddlers

ECOs engaging in swiftwater training in 2017The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation reported that on June 22 at 4:02 pm, DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a call saying that nine kayakers were stranded on the Battenkill River in Washington County, just outside the Adirondack Park. » Continue Reading.