Thursday, June 28, 2018

Adirondack Wild Calls For Wilderness Permit Systems

adirondack wildAdirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve is calling on the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and NYS Adirondack Park Agency (APA) to institute wilderness permit systems for the Eastern High Peaks and the new Boreas Ponds gateway to the Wilderness “in order to reduce and prevent human recreational overuse of a highly vulnerable and limited Wilderness resource.”

A press release issued by Adirondack Wild follows: » Continue Reading.


Thursday, June 28, 2018

Horse Rescue Dedicating Arena At 15th Anniv Open House

horsesCrane Mountain Valley Horse Rescue in Westport is set to celebrate its 15th anniversary with an Open House and Building Dedication on Saturday, June 30, 2018 from 11 am to 2 pm.

There will be farm tours, an opportunity to meet equine residents, kids’ activities, tack and custom clothing for sale, and raffles organized by volunteers. » Continue Reading.


Friday, June 22, 2018

New York State Free Fishing Weekend June 23-24

Fly Fishing on the Ausable River - photo by John WarrenThis weekend, June 23-24, is Free Fishing Weekend in New York State. Each year, New York offers six free fishing days. During designated free fishing days, New York residents and non-residents are permitted to fish for free without a fishing license.

Additional Free Fishing Days include National Hunting and Fishing Day (Sept. 22, the fourth Saturday in September), Veterans Day (Nov. 11), and the weekend preceding Presidents Day (Feb. 16-17, 2019). » Continue Reading.


Friday, June 22, 2018

Boreas Ponds: Gulf Brook Road Closing For Repairs

gulf brook roadGulf Brook Road, which provides access to the Boreas Ponds, will be temporarily closed on weekdays for repairs and improvements beginning at sundown on June 24th.

DEC crews, assisted by crews from the Essex County Department of Public Works, will be completing repairs on the road between the Blue Ridge Road and the Fly Pond Gate. This is the section of road open to motor vehicle traffic under the Boreas Ponds Tract Interim Access Plan. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Adirondack Explorer Publishes Outings Guide

The Adirondack Explorer recently published a special edition of its Annual Outings Guide in commemoration of the magazine’s twentieth anniversary.

The 2018 guide is larger than previous outings guides, with a more durable cover to ensure that it will last as a resource for years to come.

One hundred pages long, the Annual Outings Guide reprints thirty-one stories about outdoor adventures that appeared in the Explorer over the past decade—hikes, paddles, ski tours, slide scrambles, rock climbs, biking, and whitewater rafting. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Recent Adirondack Forest Ranger Highlights

New 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 17, 2018

Pig Waste Dumped on Banks of West Canada Creek

pig disposal site from the bankEnvironmental Conservation Officer Katie Jakaub reported that on May 29, during an off-duty kayak trip, she came across animal waste mixed with sawdust along the bank of the West Canada Creek, a protected trout stream, in the town of Russia.

ECO Jakaub noted the location and visited the property the following day. The landowner informed the ECO that pigs were on the property and that what the officer had found was the manure and straw bedding that had been dumped during the winter. The landowner admitted to depositing the waste and was issued summonses for the offense, returnable in Town of Russia Court.

Photo of pig disposal site from the bank courtesy DEC.


Saturday, June 16, 2018

Featured Trail: Mt. Severance, Schroon Lake

mount severance trailMt. Severance is part of the Hoffman Notch Wilderness and is located in the Town of Schroon Lake.

The Trail extends 1.2 miles one way and ascends 790 feet from the trailhead to the summit of the mountain. The summit provides a scenic view of Schroon Lake and Pharaoh Lake Wilderness. The trail travels under the Northway (I-87) via a large culvert before ascending the mountain. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, June 16, 2018

Spots Remain For Kids Paddling Trips

northern forest explorersThere are still a few spots open in the Northern Forest Explorers program, which sends children aged 10-14 years old on five-day paddling trips in the Adirondacks.

The trips are organized by Raquette River Outfitters in Tupper Lake, in collaboration with the nonprofit Northern Forest Canoe Trail. Participating children are provided all of the essential camping and paddling gear. » Continue Reading.


Friday, June 15, 2018

Forty-Six Years of Frog Jumping Father’s Days

Calaveras County has nothing on Herkimer when it comes to frog jumping contests. For the past forty-six years, fathers and children have been catching and releasing frogs in Old Forge to find the one that will break all the records.

According to the Town of Webb Publicity Director Mike Farmer, the Old Forge Frog Jumping Contest has always been a well-monitored event with plenty of water for the frogs and an immediate release into the nearby Old Forge Pond. » Continue Reading.


Friday, June 15, 2018

Lost, Injured Hikers: Adirondack Forest Ranger Highlights

New 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, June 14, 2018

Public Access Planned For Three Sisters Preserve

Three Sisters Preserve The Lake Placid Land Conservancy (LPLC) has received a $26,000 grant to complete a management plan and develop public access improvements at their recently acquired Three Sisters Preserve in the Town of Wilmington.

After closing, the Barkeater Trails Alliance (BETA) constructed a 1.5-mile trail on the Preserve to connect the hamlet area of Wilmington to Hardy Road. This trail provides an off-road connection between the Flume Trails, the hamlet and the popular mountain bike trails in the DEC Wilmington Wild Forest Beaver Brook Tract along Hardy Road.

» Continue Reading.


Thursday, June 14, 2018

Skip Baker Memorial Supports Horses-Vets Program

skip bakerThe inaugural Skip Baker Memorial Fundraising Hike, benefiting the Equicenter Heroes and Horses Veterans Program, has been set for Saturday, August 11th.

In the summer of 2017, Ralph ‘Skip’ Baker lost his life while hiking in the High Peaks. Baker was a 26-year Air Force veteran who spent his retirement volunteering at the Equicenter in Honeoye NY, a non-profit organization.

The Equicenter mission is to “foster the personal growth and individual achievement of people with disabilities, at-risk youth, veterans, and their families using a wide range of therapeutic equestrian and related programs.” While volunteering at the Equicenter, Skip helped develop the Heroes for Horses program for veterans. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Gore Mountain Opens July 7 With New Activities

Northwoods Gondola in summerGore Mountain opens for the summer on Saturday, July 7, with a variety of new activities and events.

The more extensive warm-weather schedule invites guests to explore the mountain 10 am to 5 pm Thursday-Sunday through September 2, and fall weekends through October 7. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Adirondack High Peaks Trail Crew Is Hiring

Adirondack Mountain Club maintains trailsDEC is looking to hire a Trail Crew Labor Supervisor and four Trail Crew Laborers to work on projects in the High Peaks Wilderness from June to October 2018.

The work is expected to focus on primitive campsite construction and restoration, trail work including drainage and blowdown removal and some bridge and ladder construction in Avalanche Pass.

What follows are the job descriptions from DEC: » Continue Reading.



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