Friday, April 19, 2024

Maple in April Festival comes to Hadley on April 27

23rd annual Maple in April Festival flyer.

Hadley, NY – All are invited to join for a day of sweet adventure at the 23rd annual Maple in April Festival set for Saturday, April 27. Nestled along Rockwell Street in Hadley, this free, family-friendly extravaganza will take place rain or shine. From sap to syrup, experience live maple demonstrations, savor the taste of everything maple, and don’t miss out on Hadley Business Association’s famous Scholarship French Toast breakfast.

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Thursday, April 18, 2024

Dinosaur Pike

Aerial shot of a lake

Adirondack lore is replete with legends, stories & tales of wilderness encounters. A shadowed array of wild creatures, monsters, and beasts time has long since forgotten. Some lurk High Peaks forests. Some prowl the night.  Still others lurk the hidden depths of mountain lake waters.

Some legendary creatures are oft regaled as campfire stories. Some are etched for posterity on cedar log lean-to walls. Others are whispered tales held close to the vest by greybeard backwoods old-timers. Some tales carry with them out of focus photography of debate topic provenance. A select few gain widespread notoriety via news media coverage.

Most Adirondack folks who’ve lived life in the mountains have a monster creature encounter tale or two of their own.

For one of mine, click the link & read on.


Thursday, April 18, 2024

To the bank

wastewater treatment plant operator

Money update, auditor’s take

Lawmakers in Albany appear close to finalizing the state’s $237 billion budget. Gov. Kathy Hochul announced an agreement last night (April 15) — even as some lawmakers said they were surprised by the news. Policy reporter Gwen Craig in her newsletter noted the agreement included reinstating annual water infrastructure spending to $500 million, after Hochul had proposed slashing the annual investment in drinking water and wastewater funding to $250 million.

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Thursday, April 18, 2024

Volunteer firefighters receive wildland fire training at Paul Smith’s College VIC

forest ranger reports graphicTown of Brighton
Franklin County
Training: On April 13 and 14, Forest Ranger Lieutenant Dicintio and Rangers O’Connor and Praczkajlo taught wildland fire courses to 17 volunteer firefighters at the Paul Smith’s College Visitor Interpretive Center. The volunteer firefighters often work side-by-side with Forest Rangers during wildland fires.

Be sure to properly prepare and plan before entering the backcountry. Visit DEC’s Hike Smart NYAdirondack Backcountry Information, and Catskill Backcountry Information webpages for more information.

If a person needs a Forest Ranger, whether it’s for a search and rescue, to report a wildfire, or to report illegal activity on state lands and easements, they should call 833-NYS-RANGERS. If a person needs urgent assistance, they can call 911. To contact a Forest Ranger for information about a specific location, the DEC website has phone numbers for every Ranger listed by region.

Wildland fire course

Wildland fire course. NYS DEC photo.


Wednesday, April 17, 2024

What’s Happening With The 2013 NYCO Amendment?

In November 2013, New York State voters narrowly approved an amendment to the Forever Wild clause of the New York State Constitution granting a private company, NYCO Minerals, Inc. (NYCO), permission to conduct mineral exploration in a 200-acre portion of the Jay Mountain Wilderness Area in the Adirondack Forest Preserve.

The NYCO amendment was opposed by Protect the Adirondacks and many others because it granted, for the first time, a private company the ability to exploit public Forest Preserve lands for profit and because the amendment completely undermined the classification of the affected lands as Wilderness, which is the most protective Forest Preserve classification established in the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan. PROTECT also opposed the amendment because it had no sunset provision, meaning that the mineral exploration authorization was granted to NYCO in perpetuity.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Author Glenn Pearsall to lead April 18 discussion at Union College

Union College Academy for Lifelong Learning (UCALL) and the Kelly Adirondack Center are pleased to present a presentation featuring author Glenn Pearsall who will lead a discussion on his book, When Men and Mountains Meet: Stories of Hope and Despair in the Adirondack Wilderness after the American Revolution. The event will take place at the Old Chapel on Thursday, April 18, 2024 at 5:30 p.m., with refreshments available beginning at 5 p.m. This presentation is free and open to the public.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Dedication ceremony held for fallen ECO Stephen Lawrence Raymond in Warren County

ECOs and family attend a dedication ceremony

Remembering ECO Raymond – Warren County
On March 14, family, friends, and colleagues remembered ECO Stephen Lawrence Raymond with the dedication of a shadow box displayed in the lobby of the DEC sub-office in Warrensburg.

ECO Raymond passed away on April 17, 2017, from illnesses related to his assignment at the World Trade Center following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Raymond became an ECO in 1981 and served 26 years prior to retiring in 2007. ECO Raymond, from Thurman, was the first Environmental Conservation Police Officer in New York to be diagnosed with illnesses related to his work at the World Trade Center site.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Hamilton County team works year-round to protect watershed resources

Woman shows a student a water critter

The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District’s small yet mighty team works year-round to protect watershed resources and strengthen resiliency throughout the third largest and least populated county in the state.  Four staff members implement diversified programs and projects that protect natural resources and help landowners.  Their work is detailed in the 2023 annual report that highlights accomplishments and metrics.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Cobble Hill Trail in Lake Placid temporarily closed weekdays through May 3

Trail Work Sign on Cobble Hill Trail in Lake Placid

Lake Placid, NY — Professional trail work at Cobble Hill in Lake Placid resumed April 15, 2024, and is expected to continue for three weeks while Tahawus Trails focuses on making major improvements to the steepest section of trail, including the rock slab. The work will entail moving large boulders.

The trail will be temporarily closed weekdays from Monday, April 15, through Friday, May 3, to give the trail crew the space and time they need to work safely and efficiently. The trail will be open on weekends during this time. Current information will be posted on AllTrails, a mobile trail app.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Parting DEC commissioner reflects on Adks

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos announces the release of a new Lake Champlain watershed plan at Ausable Point Campground on Monday.

Department of Environmental Conservation

Basil Seggos spent part of his last day as DEC commissioner speaking with the Explorer about his Adirondacks legacy, forest rangers, park protections and plans for more High Peaks hikes in the future.

Read our interview here.

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Monday, April 15, 2024

Who’s Who In Cranberry Lake: Mark LeRoux

Mark LeRoux

Adirondack Almanack contributor, Susan Sweeney Smith, who has written stories about Cranberry Lake, has shared a series of profiles highlighting Cranberry Lake community leaders who dedicate much of their time and energy to volunteer work. These profiles were originally published on the Cranberry Blog. Check out the Cranberry Blog here, and please enjoy Susan’s first submission, a profile on Mark LeRoux below.

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Monday, April 15, 2024

Paul Smiths: Inaugural Adirondack Youth Paddling Symposium set for July

kids in canoes

Symposium includes four days of beginner instruction for kids ages 8-15

Paul Smiths, NY — The inaugural Adirondack Youth Paddling Symposium is set for July 15-18 at the Paul Smith’s College Alumni Campground. Presented by the Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT), Matt Burnett Guiding, St. Regis Canoe Outfitters, Adirondack Lakes & Trails Outfitters and NRS, the Youth Paddling Symposium will provide four days of beginner instruction for kids ages 8-15.

“This is an opportunity for kids who’ve never paddled or camped before to learn the basics,” said Matt Burnett. “We shouldn’t take for granted that people who grow up in wild places intrinsically know the skills needed for overnight adventures in the woods. Our goal with this Symposium is to help newcomers get their feet wet — figuratively and literally — in a safe and supportive environment.”

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Monday, April 15, 2024

Carbon mapping

A map of New York showing tree cover and developed lands

Nearly five years ago, New York state passed an ambitious climate law intended to reduce and counteract fossil fuel emissions contributing to climate change. Storing carbon dioxide, a gas released from burning fuel, is key to achieving the goals outlined in the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. Much of that can be accomplished through protecting carbon-absorbing forests across the state.

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Sunday, April 14, 2024

Coyotes Howl Wild

coyote in winter

I know some sportsmen, outdoorsmen & hunters don’t hesitate to shoot on sight every bobcat, coyote, fox, fisher cat & predator they encounter. Some of them without regard to hunting regulations or whether that particular species is in season or out.  While in some ways I can understand & empathize with certain aspects of that sentiment, I’ve simply never been one of those guys. 

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Sunday, April 14, 2024

Outdoor recreation advocates seek input on waterway accessibility

90-Miler paddlers navigate their way through Raquette Lake.

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) and the Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance (RTCA) program of the National Parks Service are partnering on a survey to better understand accessibility along the waterways of the Northern Forest region.

The goal of the partnership between the NFCT and RTCA is to improve access for adaptive paddlers and anyone with a disability or mobility challenge interested in paddlesports. The Northern Forest Canoe Trail Accessibility Survey represents the first step in the planning process for this project.

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