Thursday, December 13, 2018

Canadian Hiker Rescued From Algonquin

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.


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

DEC Lifeguard Qualifying Begins Jan 19

DEC logoThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) have announced that annual lifeguard qualifying procedures begin on January 19, 2019. New Yorkers looking for summer employment as a DEC lifeguard are encouraged to register for these free sessions.

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


Tuesday, December 11, 2018

DEC Summer Camp Registrations Opens January 23

campers explore a stream during a lesson group New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that online registration for DEC’s 2019 Summer Camps program will open Wednesday, January 23, 2019, at 10 am. Applications should be submitted through the online registration program available through the Summer Camps website. Parents and guardians are encouraged to register early since some of the weeks fill up quickly. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, December 9, 2018

Poaching Case In Schroon Lake

ECOs Nicols Lacroix and K9 Diesel with illegally taken button buckDEC Environmental Conservation Officer (ECO) Maxwell Nocols has reported that on November 21st he received a report of hunters trespassing, firing two shots and killing an antlerless deer on private property in the town of Schroon.

ECO Nicols said he arrived to find numerous footprints entering the woods off Letsonville Road and crossing two separate posted properties. ECO Matt Lacroix with K-9 Diesel were contacted to assist with the investigation. » Continue Reading.


Friday, December 7, 2018

Featured Trail: Peavine Swamp Ski Trail, Cranberry Lake

Peavine Swamp Ski TrailPeavine Swamp Ski Trail is an 8.5-mile ski trail located in the Western parcel of the Cranberry Lake Wild Forest.

This trail begins on the south side of Route 3 east of Peavine Swamp. It presently contains three loops. The last half of the trail passes through lands that have never been significantly harvested. Large specimens of hardwoods, red spruce, and eastern hemlock are common. » Continue Reading.


Friday, December 7, 2018

Santas Ski for Free at Whiteface Sunday

Santas at Whiteface This Sunday, December 9, is the third annual Santas Ski for Free Day, at Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington. Guests, who dress as Mr. or Mrs. Claus, participate in a group photo and arrive by 10 am, receive a free lift ticket to ski or ride the Olympic mountain. Hundreds of skiers and snowboarders are expected to participate. » Continue Reading.


Friday, December 7, 2018

Upcoming Lake Placid Winter Sports Events

ECAC Men's Hockey ChampionshipsNew York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) has announced the 2018-19 Autumn/Winter Event Season Schedule for Whiteface and Lake Placid.

Scheduled events as followed: » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

2019 Campground Ambassador Program Planned

DEC Campground AmbassadorThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced the opening of the 2019 application period for the Campground Ambassador program as part of the state’s Adventure NY initiative to connect more New Yorkers with the outdoors.

Volunteer Campground Ambassadors support DEC campground staff in welcoming and assisting the millions of visitors that vacation in the Adirondack and Catskill parks each year. The program was introduced last year, and the first group of ambassadors were working in the field during Summer 2018. » Continue Reading.


Monday, December 3, 2018

Man Dies On Owl’s Head; Woman Rescued From Whiteface

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.


Friday, November 30, 2018

Featured Hike: Clements Pond, Keene

clements pond trailClements Pond, part of the Wilmington Wild Forest, can be reached on a 1.5-mile lightly trafficked trail which ascends about 650 feet before dropping down to this scenic pond with nearby Clement Mountain rising 900 feet above it. The pond is stocked with brook trout and has a surface area of 2.6 acres. » Continue Reading.


Friday, November 30, 2018

2 Dead Deer Raise Poaching Suspicions

ECOs Pasciak and Manns with seized 6 point buck

DEC Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) Paul Pasciak and Shane Manns have reported that on November 17 they received a tip of two untagged bucks hanging behind a house in the village of Northville.

ECOs Pasciak and Manns reported that they arrived at the residence to find the two untagged bucks being butchered by two men. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, November 29, 2018

A November Climb Up Gothics North Face

Saddleback MountainGothics North Face is like an old friend — engaging, fun, familiar, and even a bit moody. I look forward to visiting it annually, usually during mid-winter. Early-season climbing conditions involving thin ice and expanses of bare anorthosite generally set up in December or January, so a trip during November is a novelty.

I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the Thanksgiving weekend than by involving another old friend in my visit, Adirondack Forest Ranger Scott van Laer. Together we’ve explored several of the Adirondacks’ most dramatic backcountry slides: Marcy’s East Face, Saddleback’s Chicken Coop Slide, and Big Slide Mountain. While he’s certainly in it for the adventure, he also views each trip through the lens of a rescue professional. The more he knows about the approach and exit, features of the slide, types of available climbing protection, etc., the easier he can assess it if a rescue is needed. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Rangers Find Camp In West Canada Lake Wilderness

Forest Rangers Gregory Hoag and Robert Coscomb reported that on November 11, they apprehended four subjects at an illegal camp in the West Canada Lake Wilderness.

The Rangers’ reports said that four subjects found at Camp Get A Way were in violation of several parts of the Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) and of New York Codes, Rules and Regulations.

The Rangers issued 20 tickets for violations, including having an illegal snowmobile and chainsaw in a wilderness area, damaging state land and cutting trees, storage of personal property, depositing litter, as well as several violations for illegal camping.

The men have been ordered to remove the camp from the wilderness area by December 1, and are set to appear in court for these charges on January 15.


Tuesday, November 27, 2018

ATVs On The Forest Preserve: A Constitutional Amendment?

A utility vehicle traverses a Whiteface road in August In mid-June, Whiteface Mountain advertised a summer activity — rides aboard big all-terrain vehicles on the ski slopes of the High Peaks landmark. Called the “4×4 Alpine Expedition,” marketing videos showed children and adults enjoying the guided tours.

Callers to the resort’s customer service line were told they could book 60-minute or 90-minute excursions through the fall.

But by July, the rides were abruptly canceled. That came after environmental watchdogs raised concerns to state officials, and after the Adirondack Explorer inquired about the propriety of the rides. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Injured Hiker, Lost Hunter: Adirondack Ranger Reports

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.