Monday, March 4, 2024

Saranac Lake Farm to School Program Continues to Grow

 Saranac Lake's Farm to School program - students planting
SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Central School District will continue to enhance and expand its Farm to School program through upgrades to its greenhouses and gardens.

This spring, the Farm to School program will work with teachers, students and community volunteers to complete maintenance on the greenhouse serving elementary and middle school classrooms. Also, the program will rebuild outdoor raised garden beds and fencing surrounding the school garden and finish maintenance of the high school greenhouse. » Continue Reading.

Monday, March 4, 2024

Quieter forests, silent spring?

A song sparrow and a white-throated sparrow

A couple of weeks ago, I spoke with Jason Hill, an ecologist with the Vermont Center For Ecostudies. He recently published a report with data going back to 2010 showing a steep decline in many mountain birds. Some of the data came from the Adirondacks.

Climate change is a root cause, he said.

“The processes driving these long-term trends that are reported in the State of the Mountain Birds report aren’t ephemeral,” he said “They are choices that we make as a society.”

But there are some ways to help local birds. Click here to learn more.

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Sunday, March 3, 2024



“When life’s struggle with death leaves a blood trail.” 

I penned this story as a hunting tale metaphor on life’s sometimes cruel reality and the fight for survival.

To all the survivors out there,

“Live in The Day You Are In”

Stay Strong!

For the full story, click the link & read on:

Photo at top: White-tailed buck. Wikimedia Commons photo.

Sunday, March 3, 2024

Essex Farm Institute Grants Available

ELIZABETHTOWN, N.Y. — The Adirondack Council’s Micro-Grants program will offer up to $25,000 this year to support sustainable and innovative projects on working lands within the Adirondack Park. This is the ninth consecutive year that the Council’s Essex Farm Institute has offered micro-grants to support local farms, local food production and a sustainable local economy. 

The grant application was updated two years ago to provide resources for larger operations (including farms transitioning to sustainable management) as well as those projects involving collaborations between or among farmers and value-added producers who are using 50% or more of their inputs from the region. The 2024 guidelines have also been updated to provide clarity with respect to eligibility criteria and awards preference for historically underserved or socially disadvantaged applicants. » Continue Reading.

Sunday, March 3, 2024

Just Right

sun peeking through trees in winter

A Winter Morning as they’re meant to be.
A cold and sharp and crisp one. Thoroughly
exhilarating, after sunless days.
A pick-me-up. I hope this bright snap stays.

Photo at top: Wikimedia Commons photo.

Sunday, March 3, 2024

Interesting reads from around the region

Saturday, March 2, 2024

Inlet’s Frozen Fire & Lights, ice fishing with Grandson Jake

Kites flying before the big Outhouse race

Another “January” thaw is upon us, with temperatures in the forties and maybe up in the sixties before weeks’ end. It is pretty hard to have winter events without snow and ice. Luckily, it held up through this weekend, so Inlet’s Frozen Fire and Lights got through all the events without a hitch. The cardboard sled races at Fern Park were fast for those who kept their cardboard crafts headed straight down the icy hill. Some went across the finish line in a little over six seconds and into the crowd watching at the tail end of the race. Some flipped before crossing the finish line, but dragged their sleds across the line for time.

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Saturday, March 2, 2024

Compost for Good is Reimagining North Country Waste

A rotating drum composter being installed at Ben Wever Farm, Willsboro

Each year, Americans discard 120 billion pounds of food scraps. That’s 325 pounds per person, or about 40% of the total waste stream. Packed into landfills, these food scraps generate greenhouse gasses as they slowly decompose. The same food scraps, when processed through a composting facility, regenerate as materials that improve soil health, reduce erosion, reduce the amount of pesticides and chemical fertilizers required and improve water quality. This is the power of composting. » Continue Reading.

Saturday, March 2, 2024

Public info sessions set for managing pond-dwelling Adirondack brook trout

Trout Power volunteer holds a brook trout.

On Friday, March 1, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced that the NYS DEC will hold two public information sessions in March to discuss a new draft Adirondack Brook Trout Pond Management Plan currently under development by DEC. The plan, once adopted following public review and input, will guide the State’s actions for the next 15 years for managing pond-dwelling Adirondack brook trout.

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Saturday, March 2, 2024

Your contributions wanted!

Call for writers

Hi all! Just a friendly reminder that the Almanack is open to all who wish to contribute!

The Adirondack Almanack is a public forum dedicated to promoting and discussing current events, history, arts, nature and outdoor recreation and other topics of interest to the Adirondacks and its communities

Contributors include local writers, historians, naturalists, and outdoor enthusiasts from inside and outside the Adirondack region.

If you are looking to share your expertise with our readers, we welcome you to get in touch!

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Friday, March 1, 2024

Naughty Girls Snowshoeing/Hiking Weekend

Four women in snowshoes by Indian Lake

Every year, a subgroup of the Mohawk Valley Alpiners hiking club, the Naughty Girls, spend a weekend at Troost Lodge [at] Camp Fowler, for a snowshoe adventure. This year’s trip fell on Feb. 9-11. I had heard stories [about this trip], but was invited for the first time this year so [I] was not sure what to expect. My mother and I skied at Oak [Mountain], then wandered around the former Zeiser’s Hotel, now Tracy’s Rustic Relics, to use up time until we could check in to Camp.

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Friday, March 1, 2024

Outdoor Conditions (3/1): It’s Still Winter at High Elevations

outdoor conditions logoThe following are only the most recent notices pertaining to public lands in the Adirondacks. Please check the Adirondack Backcountry webpages for a full list of notices, including seasonal road statuses, rock climbing closures, specific trail conditions, and other pertinent information.


  • Snow Report (2/28): The following report describes conditions as of Wednesday, 2/28. Changing weather may affect conditions. There is 65cm (26in) of snow at the Colden Caretaker Cabin. Snow levels vary at higher elevations. Snowshoes are now required at Avalanche Camp. The lakes are in, but slushy.
  • Corey’s Road Gate Closure: The Corey’s Road gate to access the Seward Range is now closed and will likely remain closed for the foreseeable future until the road dries out.

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Friday, March 1, 2024

Discussion time: Whiteface conditions

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I’m not a downhill skier but I’ve long been familiar with the “Iceface” moniker many use to refer to our beloved Whiteface Mountain.

We ran a story on the Explorer’s website this week about complaints that have been piling up from Whiteface skiers and former ski patrol members, about poor conditions at the mountain. Run by the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA), it appears that managers are paying attention. ORDA CEO Ashley Walden has brought in outside help to oversee operations.

Let’s hear from you: Do you see a decline in trail conditions or just a rough few years for snowmaking?


Friday, March 1, 2024

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Thursday, February 29, 2024

Rev. Robert Howard Wallace Jr., Fulton Chain Missionary

On August 24, 2023, I presented a program about Inlet’s 1901 Church of the Lakes at the church. Its video is on the Inlet Historical Society’s Facebook page. I included a photograph of its steeple bell inscribed with the motto “Come Let Us Worship” and the name of its first pastor, “Rev. R. Howard Wallace, Jr. “

During my research, I learned that Rev. Wallace directed the founding of other churches in the region, including the precursor to the present Niccolls Memorial Church in Old Forge. Contemporary newspapers reported his efforts and his impact on the communities he served during almost nine years in the area. I now wanted to learn about this little-known former pastor from a small parish in Orange County who came to the Fulton Chain at age 68 and founded religious organizations for two population centers in their infancy.

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