Thursday, April 4, 2024

Lake Carrying Capacity – DEC Can Do This

Round Pond, Long Lake

Earlier this century, a group from the State University College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) were asked by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, or DEC, to begin to tackle the problem of determining the carrying capacity of Adirondack lakes and ponds.

It had been four decades since the 1972 recommendation in the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan that DEC  “determine each water body’s capacity to withstand various uses, particularly motorized uses, to maintain and enhance its biological, natural, and aesthetic qualities.” The SLMP urged DEC to undertake this by prioritizing those lakes surrounded by public Forest Preserve and which were, even then, subject to intensive recreation pressures.

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Thursday, April 4, 2024

Depot Theatre announces 2024 main stage season, season passes available April 15

The exterior of The Depot Theatre in Westport, NY.

Westport, NY — Complete with a little bit of country, a little rock and roll, and a lot of fun and inspiration, the Depot Theatre in Westport, New York, is pleased to announce its 2024 professional main stage season lineup.

Lights go up on the main stage with ANALOG & VINYL, a musical rom-com romp featuring a memorable score infused with the influences of Elvis Costello, the Beatles, and Brian Wilson. The musical is a delicious, devilish tale of Harrison, a young record shop owner in danger of losing his family’s store, Rodeo Girl, the seemingly spacey—yet weirdly-wise—hipster obsessed with him, and a mysterious stranger who rocks their world with an offer they might not be able to refuse—and it’s not for vintage vinyl. Performances will be June 27-July 14.

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Sue for the study

Saranac Lakes Chain

Environmental groups and unhappy neighbors in recent years have challenged a pair of proposed marina expansion projects in the Saranac Lakes Chain by accusing the state of failing to uphold a decades-old requirement to study how much use forest preserve lakes can withstand.

The requirement (mandate? obligation? suggestion?) resides in the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan, which controls how the 6-million acre park is managed. The master plan has called on the Department of Environmental Conservation to complete a “comprehensive study of Adirondack lakes and ponds” aimed at determining “each water body’s capacity to withstand various uses, particularly motorized uses, and to maintain and enhance its biological, natural and aesthetic qualities.”

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Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Outdoor Conditions (4/3): Heavy snow, strong winds to impact much of ADKs, April 3-5

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.

NEW THIS WEEK

  • Winter Storm Warning 4/3-4/5: Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 15 inches, locally 18 to 24 inches. Winds gusting as high as 50 mph prior to heavy snow Wednesday evening. It is strongly recommended to refrain from entering the backcountry throughout the duration of the storm and stay at low elevations to view the eclipse. Please see “Conditions” in “Know Before You Go” below for more details.
  • Snow Report (4/3): The following report describes conditions as of Wednesday, 4/3. Changing weather may affect conditions. There is 34cm (13in) of snow at the Colden Caretaker Cabin. Snow levels vary at higher elevations and snowshoes are required where snow depths exceed 8 inches. The conditions are muddy, and drainages are open.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Poached Trout

Drawing for trout season

Folks have sometimes asked me, regarding my writing persona, “What’s with the whole Adirondack Outlaw thing?”

I always smile & chuckle to myself when I hear that. Governmental agencies, rich people & grown-ups fool themselves into thinking they have the power to make all the rules and control everything. Young boys schooled in the ways of the mountains learn differently.  That’s not their fault. That’s the grown-ups’ fault. Grown-ups’ primary motivation and focus manifests itself in an unending series of laws of denial and posted signs.

All an Adirondack boy wants to do is go fishing.

“Show me an Adirondack kid with a bike & a rod, and I’ll show you an outlaw.”

Another trout season is upon us.  Time to go fishing.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Local artists, photographers invited to capture eclipse as part of Adirondack Artists Guild exhibit

Image for Adirondack Artists Guild's Plein Air Eclipse Exhibit.

Plein Air Eclipse Exhibit runs from Monday, April 8 through Wednesday, April 17
Reception set for Monday, April 8 from 6 – 8 p.m.

UPDATE: With warnings of potential traffic jams due to high numbers of visitors, plein air pieces may be delivered to the gallery on April 8 or any following days. Call ahead to be sure the gallery is open: (518) 891-2615.

Local plein air painters, and photographers, are invited to submit paintings and photos to the Adirondack Artists Guild’s Plein Air Eclipse Exhibit. Plein air paintings (done outdoors, on location) may be started prior to the eclipse on April 8, but are expected to be worked on during the event, in order to capture some of the unexpected results. Will there be sunset colors? How dark will it really get?

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Wednesday, April 3, 2024

New Bill Introduced to Protect Wolves in New York

gray wolf was one of the top 10 stories from 2022Senator Hoylman-Sigal and Assembly Member Carroll introduced legislation to require DEC to collect and analyze data about large canids in New York

New legislation (S.7927A/A.08295A), sponsored by Senator Brad Hoylman-Sigal and Assembly Member Robert Carroll, will direct the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to collect data about canids that have specified characteristics that are killed by hunters and trappers in New York. The data collected will help DEC to identify areas of the state where wolves, a protected endangered species, may be present and will direct DEC to collect important genetic information on coyote and wolf populations in the state. The legislation does not reduce the hunting season or decrease bag limits for hunters and trappers lawfully killing coyotes or other game animals in New York State.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Nuances Among North Country Voters In 2022

As we look ahead to Election Day 2024, it’s worth looking at the nuances of 2022 voting patterns across the Adirondack Park and North Country. 2022 saw a number of different candidates on the ballot and a close look at these races shows varying levels of enthusiasm for candidates of the same party and some apparent ticket splitting. Beyond the normal Republican-Democrat divide, the ballot question for the Clean Water, Clean Air and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act showed even more nuances among North Country voters. Far from a monolith or a one-party state, the North Country shows differences across its communities and the candidates they back.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Two fisherman fall through ice in Indian Lake

Ice Rescue Indian Lake – Hamilton County
On March 13, ECO Pierce observed a portable ice shanty near a marina on Indian Lake in Hamilton County. Officer Pierce walked down to the shoreline and noticed open water and melting ice in the distance due to the 55-degree temperatures in the area. The ECO called out to the shanty after confirming the poor ice quality and two subjects exited. ECO Pierce advised the pair there was no safe way for them to make it back to shore.

The anglers, confident they could simply retrace the route they took earlier in the day (when it was 20 degrees), attempted to demonstrate a way back to shore when one of them fell through. The fallen angler’s partner pulled him back up to more stable ice, uninjured, and ECO Pierce advised both subjects to return to the shanty for warmth and to gather their gear while he contacted DEC Ray Brook Dispatch requesting assistance from Forest Rangers and Indian Lake Fire and EMS.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Camp Santanoni access in question

Santanoni Great Camp Newcomb lake Historic Preservation farm ADKs

Great Camp Santanoni

There’s a difficult situation playing out in the town of Newcomb. Under a court settlement, the state Department of Environmental Conservation is required to provide access to Great Camp Santanoni for people with disabilities. But the horse and wagon operator it contracted with to provide those services, cannot provide them at the level required.

So now the operator’s contract has been terminated, though he may be able to operate under a different permit later this year. It still leaves the question of how the state will comply with its court settlement under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Read our update here.

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Monday, April 1, 2024

MAKE IT: Simple Chicken Parmesan

Chicken parm on a plate

This simple chicken parmesan recipe is very quick and easy to make. For a less garlicky flavor, you can omit the garlic powder or granules. Similarly, if you do not want additional seasoning in your breading, you can substitute unseasoned bread crumbs for the Italian seasoning bread crumbs. From start to finish, making this recipe should take you less than 45 minutes – just enough time to get your noodles, garlic bread, and salad ready for a complete meal. Enjoy!

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Monday, April 1, 2024

New York State Mesonet Launches Total Solar Eclipse Website

total solar eclipse

A new website launched by the New York State Mesonet at the University at Albany will offer real-time access to weather data statewide around the total solar eclipse on April 8. A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between Earth and the sun, completely blocking the sun’s face. In total, 55 NYS Mesonet sites will experience totality during the eclipse, and every site will be above 90 percent at the peak of the eclipse crossing the region. 

As the eclipse traverses New York, the Mesonet will be tracking weather data from each of its network sites, including environmental variables such as wind speed, solar radiation, temperature and relative humidity. 

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Monday, April 1, 2024

Connecting wild spaces

Elk in Alberta, Canada

The Adirondack Park is home to a universe of animals and plants. From fire-colored efts to shy black bears, abundant waters and forested lands support a dense network of Northeastern biodiversity.

So, you may be wondering why a photo of an animal that hasn’t existed in the park for centuries is featured at the top of this newsletter.

It’s possible that elk could slowly move back to the Adirondacks in the future. Scientists see evidence for animals and plants inching northward and to higher elevations as Earth warms from accelerated climate change. The park has an outsized role in ensuring their survival, scientists say.

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Sunday, March 31, 2024

An Early Spring Irving Pond Cross-Country Ski Trip

I decided to take advantage of Saturday’s (March 23) snow dump and go cross-country skiing today, March 26. Last year when I tried to ski, the sole fell off a pair of brand new boots that had been in my closet. Since 3 pin boots are no longer an option, a local shop put new bindings on my 80s skis (which I refuse to part with). Good thing I tried to put the new boots in the new bindings before I left the house! I could not figure them out–I finally had to watch a video because once one boot was in, I could not figure out how to release it.

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Sunday, March 31, 2024

ANCA’s SOIL Fund boosts two small North Country farms

A couple embrace

Saranac Lake, NY — The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) has announced two loans that were recently awarded through the regional nonprofit’s SOIL Loan Fund. Tangleroot Farm in Essex, N.Y. and Tucker’s Black Angus Ranch in Brushton, N.Y. received zero-interest loans to use toward projects that build long-term growth and stability for their operations.

ANCA has partnered with Foodshed Capital, a certified Community Development Financial Institution that centers mission-driven lending and customized business support for underserved farmers, to award a total of five loans for small farm projects since the SOIL Loan Fund launched in 2022. These two most recent awards include a $10,000 loan to partially fund the purchase of a tractor at Tangleroot Farm and an $8,000 loan to purchase three retail freezers for Tucker’s Black Angus Ranch.

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