Thursday, August 16, 2018

Space Force History and the Plattsburgh Air Base

Whether you see a stable genius or a bumbling buffoon in the White House (there seems to be no middle ground), no one should credit him as a visionary for the idea of adding the Space Force as our nation’s fourth military branch. Security and defense officials discussed the idea openly in the 1950s, 60s, 70s, and 80s. In fact, if a special committee and a certain famous senator had their way, the Space Force might well have had a base right here in the North Country.

After a February 1958 interview with author and scientist Willey Ley, the Canton (Ohio) Repository wrote: “He mentioned the separate service, or ‘U.S. Space Force’ idea proposed by Mr. [Werner] Von Braun, who feels that such a service could better obtain the cooperation required from the present army, navy, and air force.” Von Braun was referring to the intense competition among the branches to develop long-range missiles and take the technological lead in a future of rocket launches and space missions. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, August 16, 2018

Current Adirondack Outdoor Recreation Conditions (Aug 16)

CompassThis weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is compiled each Thursday afternoon and fully updated by Friday afternoon.

Contribute Your Knowledge: Add a comment below, or send your observations, corrections, updates, and suggestions to adkalmanack@gmail.com.

Learn and practice the seven Leave No Trace principles. Carry out what you have carried in. Do not leave gear, food, or other items at lean-tos and campsites. Do not litter. Take the free online Leave No Trace course here.

BE PREPARED! Start slow, gain experience. Always carry proper safety equipment – including plenty of food, water, extra clothing, a flashlight, and a map and compass – inform someone of your itinerary, and be prepared to spend an unplanned night in the woods. Just before entering the backcountry or launching a boat check the National Weather Service watches, warnings, and advisories here. Follow Adirondack weather forecasts at Burlington and Albany and consult the High Elevation, Recreation, or Lake Champlain forecasts.

AUGUST 16, 2018 – SPECIAL NOTICES » Continue Reading.


Thursday, August 16, 2018

High Usage At Bald Mountain’s Rondaxe Fire Tower Trail

rondaxe fire towerThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is reminding people to practice Leave No Trace Principles when visiting Bald Mountain’s Rondaxe Fire Tower in near Old Forge.

Leave No Trace Principles include: planning and being prepared for hiking; disposing of waste properly (pack it in, pack it out); leaving rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them; and respecting wildlife, flora and fauna. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, August 16, 2018

Local. Logging. Live! Along The Hudson

local logging liveThe Tannery Pond Center (TPC) in North Creek is set to present “Local Logging Live! Along the Hudson,” celebrating the logging industry in local communities, both past and present, with activities taking place at both the Tannery Pond Community Center and Riverfront Park in North Creek on August 24th and 25th.

This event will showcase the cultural aspects of the industry and the major role played by the Hudson River. Planned are a variety of activities including musical concerts, historical displays and Gallery exhibit, multi-media lecture, mini woodsmen field day demonstrations, workshops on musical instruments of logging camps, buff mittens, blacksmithing and more. All daytime events are free. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Sheehan: Kavanaugh Nomination Bad News for Park

West face of the United States Supreme Court building in Washington DCAt the conclusion of his visit to Bear Pond in the St. Regis Canoe Area on August 10, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer answered questions from press and local residents who were worried about Federal Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. Senator Schumer confirmed that Kavanaugh would be bad news for clean air, clean water and public health in the Adirondack Park.

The Senator had come to celebrate Bear Pond’s recovery from acid rain and to warn federal officials not to backslide on clean air rules. The Senate Minority Leader said he was opposed to Kavanaugh’s confirmation. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Mohawk & Abenaki Art Market at Adirondack Experience

art by Carrie HillAdirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake, (ADKX) has announced the first Mohawk and Abenaki Art Market, set for August 25-26, from 10 am to 5 pm.

The Art Market is the joint effort of the museum in collaboration with the Akwesasne Cultural Center and the Abenaki Cultural Preservation Corporation. The 2018 Mohawk and Abenaki Art Market features master and emerging indigenous artists from the Mohawk communities of Akwesasne (located where Ontario, Quebec, and New York State intersect on the map) and Kahnawake (located adjacent to the city of Montreal). » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

CycleADK Free Community Concerts Kicking Off

cycle adirondacksCycle Adirondacks, in partnership with Speculator, Inlet and North Creek, have announced six consecutive nights of free community entertainment scheduled for August 18-23 during the Ultimate Cycling Vacation, the bicycle touring company’s annual flagship event.

The three communities will serve as overnight hosts for the event, which is expected to draw over 230 cyclists from across the United States and Canada. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

20 Years After Canoe-In for Wilderness at Little Tupper Lake

Motorless lakes protest courtesy Nancie BattagliaWednesday marks the 20th anniversary of the Canoe-In for Wilderness on Little Tupper Lake. On August 15, 1998, over 300 people in over 200 canoes, kayaks, guide-boats, rowboats, and one small sailboat, rallied on the sloping lawns of the Whitney Headquarters on the shore of Little Tupper Lake and then paddled out onto the lake in a massive flotilla in the Canoe-In for Wilderness at Little Tupper Lake.

This event was the biggest environmental rally in a very challenging and divisive time in Adirondack Park history. Those who gathered that day were unabashed in their support for a Wilderness classification for the newly purchased Little Tupper Lake. A number of important motorless waters were created in the years after the Canoe-In for Wilderness. In 1998, there had not been a major piece of land classified as Wilderness since the late 1980s when the Blue Ridge and West Canada Lake Wilderness Areas were expanded around Cedar River Flow. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Forest Rangers Last Week: Rescues, Search, Fires

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.


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Invasives: POOL Owner Citizen Science Program

Asian longhorned beetle The State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has encouraged New York pool owners to participate in DEC’s annual Asian Longhorned Beetle Swimming Pool Survey during the month of August.

This is the time of year when Asian longhorned beetles (ALB) emerge as adults and are most active outside of their host tree. The goal of the survey is to look for and find these exotic, invasive beetles before these pests cause serious damage to our forests and street trees. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

DEC Completes Jamestown Falls Redevlopment

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced the completion of improvements at the Jamestown Falls river access site, located off State Route 56, north of Sevey Corners in the town of Colton, St. Lawrence County.

Located within the Raquette River Wild Forest, the completed project includes an accessible parking space and a hand-carry/car-top launch at the Raquette River. » Continue Reading.


Monday, August 13, 2018

Tim Rowland On Adirondack Acronyms

Paul Smiths College VICI was chatting a couple of weeks ago with a town supervisor about a project he was working on, and he told me it had been paid for with a DANSY grant.

“That’s great,” I said, “What’s a DANSY grant?”

“You know, DANSY. D-A-N-S-Y.”

“I get that, but what does DANSY stand for?”

I might as well have asked him his granddaughter’s opinion of rhizomes. It totally threw him off track, and it was pretty clear that in the 30-some years he had been supervisor, no one had ever asked him that question before. He stumbled around a bit before, with a self-satisfied look on his face he pronounced, “It came out of (Sen.) Betty Little’s office.” As if that should settle things. » Continue Reading.


Monday, August 13, 2018

Center For Business Transitions Gets Funding

center for business in transitionThe Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) is set to recieve $248,364 from the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) to fund its new Adirondack North Country Center for Businesses in Transition.

The new center is expected to assist retiring business owners as well as aspiring entrepreneurs in successfully sustaining local businesses for the benefit of their communities and future generations. The Center will be based out of ANCA’s Saranac Lake office and use the organization’s “circuit rider” model to reach business owners throughout the Adirondack North Country region. » Continue Reading.


Monday, August 13, 2018

Organic Farming Field Day in Keeseville

Northeast Organic Farming Association of New YorkThe Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY) is set to hold an on-farm field day at Fledging Crow Farm in Keeseville on Wednesday, August 15, from 1:30 to 4:30 pm.

Farmer Ian Ater and NOFA-NY Vegetable Coordinator Maryellen Sheehan will lead a farm tour and field walk, with a focus on implementation of food safety practices. Ater will demonstrate the steps of a root harvest day – including pulling, topping, washing, and packing – with an eye towards increased efficiency. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, August 12, 2018

Adirondack Snowmobiler Study Results Published

indian lake snowmobilingA study has been conducted by ROOST and the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce to asses the economic impact of snowmobilers in the Adirondacks.

Of the 306 snowmobilers who completed the survey, more than one-third of them stayed overnight, booking an average of 2.85 nights with an average party size of 4.2 people. The average stay reported by 2017 Adirondack visitors, as tracked by the annual Leisure Travel Study, was 3 nights.

The snowmobiling study reports an average of $450 per day in spending on lodging, meals, shopping, entertainment, attractions and transportation. The respondents who stayed with family or friends, or at their second home, reported an average expenditure of $321 per day, and day-trippers average $190 per day. The average daily traveler party spending in the 2017 Leisure Travel Study was estimated at $326 per day. » Continue Reading.