Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Sixty Essex County arts organizations receive $40,000 in Cultural Assistance Program funds

essex county arts councilThe Essex County Arts Council (ECAC) is pleased to announce the 2024 Cultural Assistance Program (CAP) Grant recipients.  Grants totaling $40,000 to support specific projects have been awarded to 60 organizations providing cultural arts experiences for Essex County residents. The CAP Grant is funded by Essex County, Cloudsplitter Foundation, Stewarts Shops, and private donors. 

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Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Lost 70-year-old spends night in Moose Pond lean-to, escorted to trailhead following day

forest ranger reports graphicVillage of Saranac Lake
Franklin County
Training: From May 6 to 10, Forest Rangers Adams, Bowler, and O’Connor participated in a Police Bike Patrol and Safety Course hosted by the Saranac Lake Police Department. This course is a requirement for Forest Rangers who patrol the rail trail on bicycles.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Legislature Passes New York Wildlife Crossings Bill

A woman in a bike helmet takes a photo of roadkill

Legislation directs the NYS Department of Transportation (DOT) to identify sites along highways, thruways and parkways in the state where wildlife crossings are most needed to increase public safety and improve habitat connectivity.

Albany, NY- The State Assembly and State Senate have both acted to pass the New York Wildlife Crossings Act, which was sponsored by Senator Leroy Comrie and Assembly Member Robert Carroll. The bill requires the NYS Department of Transportation (DOT) to assess roadways “in the state for potential wildlife crossings to improve wildlife habitat connectivity, reduce wildlife vehicle collisions, and increase public safety for New York motorists.”

The DOT will use its assessment of roadways to create a list of the top ten priority wildlife crossings sites in the state according to an established set of criteria. Additionally, for the top five project sites, DOT will also identify federal grant funds that are available for those projects.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2024

APA Should Hold Hearing on Marina Expansion; Issues Demand More Study

Boater drives by marina

Ray Brook, NY – Five organizations concerned about the size, scope, and regional impacts of the proposed USL Marina on a small pond near Fish Creek Pond Campground are calling on the New York State Adirondack Park Agency (APA) to hold an adjudicatory public hearing on the application. The marina’s application is set to come before the APA Board at its May 16 monthly meeting in Ray Brook. The decision of whether to hold a public hearing is up to the Agency’s eleven voting decision-makers, or Board members.

The proposed commercial marina is a radical departure from the small boat livery that was formerly at the site of the proposed project.  The new proposal covers a vast area of water and shoreland devoted to commercial use by large watercraft. As proposed, the marina is likely to have significant adverse impacts on Lower Fish Creek Pond and on nearby, narrow channels connecting the Pond to Fish Creek, Upper Saranac Lake, and Follensby Clear Pond.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Electric wheelchairs could roll to Santanoni

Santanoni Great Camp Newcomb lake Historic Preservation farm ADKs

Great Camp Santanoni

The state Department of Environmental Conservation convened a closed meeting last week to discuss access for people with disabilities to Great Camp Santanoni in Newcomb. Current zoning of the road that leads to the Great Camp does not allow for motorized access, except for state employees. A horse and wagon operator who would normally be starting his season providing rides there has not yet received a permit to do so. But members of the state’s accessibility advisory committee said DEC has come up with some potential short-term solutions, including an electric wheelchair rental program.

Read more here.

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Monday, May 13, 2024

How entrepreneur Tovi Gareau Bliss helps shape Cranberry Lake’s future

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 fifth submission, a profile on Tovi Gareau Bliss below.

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Monday, May 13, 2024

DEC Advises Boaters of Construction-Related Delays Affecting Access to Saranac Chain of Lakes

construction being done on an Adirondack lake

Boaters Should Expect Delays and Limited Launching Access at Second Pond Boat Launch and Upper Locks

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced an ongoing construction project at the Upper Locks on the Saranac Chain of Lakes in the Adirondacks is causing launch delays at the construction loading zone at the Second Pond boat launch. Rehabilitation of the Upper Locks began in 2023 and is expected to conclude this summer.

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Monday, May 13, 2024

Fishing Tournaments Land Economic Boost For The Lake Champlain Region

fisherman on a boat

Ticonderoga, NY – The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST), in coordination with the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC), has released the results of the 2023 Lake Champlain Region bass tournament survey, developed to assess the economic impact of the region’s fishing tournaments.

Overall economic impact of the fishing tournaments in 2023 was substantial. Visitors contributed positively to the local economy, with an estimated total spend in Essex County amounting to more than $2 million. The Ticonderoga area and Lake Champlain Region typically host 30-40 tournaments between May and October each year, depending on each tournament’s rotation of contracted locations, with many of these tournaments attracting hundreds of participants.

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Monday, May 13, 2024

Adirondack Experience to open for the season on May 24

Blue Mountain Lake, NY — Adirondack Experience (ADKX) will open on May 24 for the 2024 season, inspiring visitors to learn and connect with all-things Adirondack, past and present. In addition to its expansive list of ongoing daily offerings, several new works of art – including, Cosmic Portal, a complex sculptural piece that measures 9’ by 6’ – will be on display in Artists & Inspiration in the Wild, which debuted in July 2023.

This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the completion of the Northville-Placid Trail (NPT), a 138-mile route that transverses Adirondack Park. To honor this milestone, the museum will launch its newest special exhibition, Trail Makers: 100 Years of the Northville-Placid Trail and offer daily programming and opportunities to connect hikers, history buffs, and those who simply treasure the region to come together to mark this anniversary in a personal way.

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Sunday, May 12, 2024

The importance of long-term monitoring

Man with dog

On this episode of Climate Voices of the Adirondacks, I talk with LJ Mills in Newcomb. He’s collecting vitals on the Huntington Wildlife Forest as part of a long-term monitoring program.

Studying the same ecosystem for years creates a baseline that scientists can use when analyzing climate change. The project in Newcomb, operated by the SUNY College of Environmental Forestry, dates back several decades.

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Sunday, May 12, 2024

State grant supports Follensby Clear Pond invasive species management 

a woman in a kayak on a pond

A grant from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) will support the Upper Saranac Foundation’s (USF) efforts to remove aquatic invasive species (AIS) from Follensby Clear Pond. A total of $3 million was awarded to municipalities and nonprofit organizations this year to combat aquatic and terrestrial invasive species statewide through the NYSDEC’s Invasive Species Grant program. The nearly $47,000 awarded to the USF will support two years of AIS prevention and mitigation at Follensby Clear Pond.

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Sunday, May 12, 2024

Solid waste illegally dumped on Franklin County property, ECOs take part in Earth Week events

solid waste

Dumping Bust – Franklin County
On April 10, ECO Okonuk received a complaint about a large amount of garbage dumped on a landowner’s property off Kibbie Road in the town of Bombay. Officer Okonuk conducted an investigation into an individual who allegedly dumped the trash on the property. ECO Okonuk and a New York State Trooper met with the subject and the ECO ticketed him for the unlawful disposal of solid waste. The subject had an active warrant for unrelated charges and was taken into custody by State Police.

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Saturday, May 11, 2024

Return of hummingbirds, and banding at Crown Point Banding Station

Tom turkey

April showers bring May flowers and the leaves greening on the trees. Yesterday, May 5, you could almost watch them grow and get greener by the minute. Karen kept watch for our Hummingbirds to return and they did on Friday, May 3, four days earlier than ever before. Paul Bozard out in Salamanca, who is a friend and Ranger School classmate from ’63, reported that Hummingbirds came to his feeders an hour after he put them up on April 27.

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Saturday, May 11, 2024

Climate Action Walk set for Glens Falls on May 18

Glens Falls Climate Action Walk graphic.

A Community Climate Action Walk is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. in downtown Glens Falls, NY. Interested parties should gather at Glens Falls City Park next to Crandall Public Library at 1 p.m. where they will be welcomed by Father Scott from St. Mary’s Church, St. Mary’s youth reciting excerpts from Laudate Deum, Claudia Braymer, Glens Falls Presbyterian Earth Care Team, and Molly Stewart, from the Glens Falls Unitarian Universalist Congregation.

At 1:30 p.m., led by a climate banner and drums, the group will walk down Glenn Street to Crandall Park where speakers will focus on climate action goals to mitigate the harsh consequences of global warming, and tables will be set up by local groups and organizations for taking actions. Working together adds power to our movement to protect our earth and living beings. In the event of rain or poor weather the event will take place in the Aviation Mall and announced on North Country Earth Action Facebook.

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