Town of North Elba
Wilderness Rescue: On Feb. 20 at 1:20 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch received a call to assist an ice climber who fell while climbing Pitchoff Mountain, injuring his hip. The 73-year-old from Massachusetts was on the Jackrabbit Ski Trail off Old Mountain Road. Using a rope system, seven Forest Rangers lowered the patient and stabilized him in a rescue toboggan. Rangers attached the toboggan to a snowmobile and rode the patient to a Lake Placid ambulance waiting at the trailhead. Resources were clear at 4:10 p.m. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO AND PHOTOS
Town of North Elba
Two creatures that most people go out of their way to avoid are poisonous spiders and venomous snakes. While such spiders are uncommon in Warren County, there are snakes in our area with a lethal bite. Since before early settlers came to the area timber rattlesnakes have inhabited certain spots along the rocky slopes of Lake George. For generations, they were considered creatures that were best eliminated, and it was only forty years ago that rattlesnakes in New York were designated a threatened species and protected by law. For over one hundred years before this law was enacted a bounty hung over the head of every rattlesnake in Warren County, and for a few brave souls, seeking out this dangerous prey became a lucrative occupation.
In the midst of this unprecedented time, people are in need of daily practices to cope and to maintain their well-being. What would it look like if we used interest in birds to reduce stress and anxiety? Join Bird Diva Bridget Butler for a presentation and discussion exploring how birding can boost well-being and stave off stress and anxiety. All are welcome to join a “Birding and Wellness” Zoom webinar on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m.
Several nonprofit organizations and other establishments, including the Cloudsplitter Foundation, the Ausable River Association, the Depot Theatre, and Rockwell Falls Public Library have recently announced a slew of new staff and board appointments. See below roundup for details about these developments.
One of our takeaways from the state Legislature’s joint environmental conservation budget hearing earlier this month, was land trusts’ concern over the backlog of properties they are holding for state acquisition.
Kathy Moser, chief conservation officer of the Open Space Institute, told lawmakers that over 90 land trusts are currently holding 100,000 acres with a fair market value of $150 million for the state. In 2022, New York protected just over 5,000 acres. It has more than 3 million acres left to protect to meet its conservation goals of 30-percent by 2030.
Read more about the issue here.
Transparency is defined as the quality of allowing light to pass through so that objects can be distinctly seen. When considering the transparency of public agencies, take the Adirondack Park Agency for instance, it is not just about the APA making information publicly available, but making that publicly available information understandable, intelligible, discernable, truly seen. In recent years and months, APA has made information much more publicly available on its website. However, it has not done a good job in making that information intelligible, discernable, distinctly seen.
“Beneath Flowing Water Lies Firm Ground”
Lost deep in life’s swamp, facing cancer, fear, and a doctor’s deadly prognosis. Mired in muck, desperately seeking firm footing, how I found hope’s inspiration through boyhood comic book lessons, U.S. Army Ranger School Instructors, duck hunting trips with my father, and Swamp Things.
To read the full story, click the link and read on: https://adirondackoutlaw.com/swamp-things/
[On Feb. 22,] we launched the first installment of Climate Voices of the Adirondacks, a new series where I’ll explore climate solutions and the people working on them. I spoke with naturalist Charlie Reinertsen about peatlands and the ways he’s spreading the word on them.
Johnsburg, NY – The Town of Johnsburg Comprehensive Plan Committee will host a virtual public meeting for the ongoing comprehensive planning process on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024, at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend and participate. The virtual workshop will include an overview of the comprehensive planning process to date and moderated discussions with community members on issues such as housing, land use, economic development, and community facilities.
Those interested in attending can join using this link http://tinyurl.com/3yc677f7.
No registration is required.
For additional information on the plan or to follow its progress, visit the project website or follow along on Facebook @Johnsburgcompplan.
With the news that Basil Seggos, the current Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), is going to step down with the next two months, Protect the Adirondacks calls upon Governor Kathy Hochul to conduct a nationwide search for the next DEC Commissioner. With the many challenges facing New York’s environment and DEC’s serious environmental responsibilities, it’s critical that the next DEC Commissioner have a proven track record in successful management of an environmental agency, including assuring transparency and open engagement with the public, and a demonstrated commitment to upholding environmental laws and respecting court decisions.
Well, we finally had a whole week of winter at one time with [morning] temperatures in single digits (even below zero a couple of days) and snow four days in a row. That kept the snowmobilers riding through the weekend, but trails hit by the sun are bare again with all that traffic. There were a few accidents, four went in the open water of the Inlet channel and one snowmobiler hit a pressure crack on Indian Lake. A rescue vehicle going to that accident went through the ice, [they] self-rescued and got out. The injured snowmobiler was brought to shore and a waiting ambulance.
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