Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Oswegatchie Easement Rec Plan Comments Sought

DEC logoThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is seeking public comments on a revised Recreation Management Plan (RMP) for the Oswegatchie Conservation Easement.

The Oswegatchie Easement encompasses approximately 16,929 acres in the towns of Croghan and Diana in Lewis County, including more than 14-thousand acres located within the Adirondack Park.

The property includes 3.5 miles of the Middle Branch of the Oswegatchie River, shares 9.6 miles of boundary with forest preserve lands, and less than one mile of boundary with state forest land. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Injured Hiker, Lost Hunter: Adirondack Ranger Reports

DEC Forest RangerNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the Adirondack backcountry.

What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.


Monday, November 26, 2018

Gibson: Adirondack Land Use, Climate Change Linked

Satellite view of the Adirondacks with blue line superimposed courtesy Adirondack WildCongresswoman Elise Stefanik’s district has one of the great carbon banks in North America, its public and private forests. Governor Cuomo’s Department of Environmental Conservation and Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation have, on our behalf, custody of over an even larger carbon bank in the Catskills, Adirondacks, State Forests and Parks and Conservation Easements all across the State.

Yet, despite their vocal and demonstrable commitments to combat climate change, I’ve not heard either official tout the great importance of New York’s forest policies and stewardship to store and offset our carbon pollution. Goals and policies on use of solar, wind, hydro, transportation, batteries, and efficiency are routinely and passionately enunciated and in some cases enacted. Rarely is forest policy in that mix. It’s curious. » Continue Reading.


Monday, November 26, 2018

Huckleberry Charlie: Jefferson County’s Charles Sherman (Part 4)

In fall 1911, Sherman’s gardening skills, which had paved the way for decades of successful peddling, were credited with helping Woodville’s (near Lake Ontario) George Kring develop an especially prolific squash crop, including one vine that yielded 35 specimens. In a strong agrarian economy, such achievements were frequently touted in the press, a welcome bonus for a man with Charlie’s affinity for attention.

For someone who loved being the life of the party, 1913 proved to be a busy and pleasurable year for Charlie, who had entered his seventies. In early June, he joined the festivities as Carthage hosted the statewide convention of the Eagles, a fraternal organization. Said the Watertown Daily Times, “Huckleberry Charlie was much in evidence and was the center of attraction. Mounted on the bandstand and at the head of impromptu parades, he was everywhere to be seen.” » Continue Reading.


Monday, November 26, 2018

Glass Pipe Blowing Competition in Glens Falls, Dec 3-8

glass pipe by HickoryDowntown Glens Falls retailer 42 Degrees is set to host a glass pipe blowing competition, ADK Throwdown, from Monday to Friday, December 3 to 7, 2018.

Each day, two glass artists will be creating new work in the 42 Degrees studio at 23 Park Street. Visitors are invited to watch the artists in action during the day at no charge.

The tournament ends with an awards ceremony and presentation of the grand prize of $2,500 to the winner during 42 Degrees’ Annual Holiday Party on Saturday, December 8, from 7 pm to midnight. The Holiday Party will also feature live glass blowing, live music by Hasty Page, and refreshments. Admission is free. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, November 25, 2018

School Closures in the Adirondacks and Rural America

NYS education at a glance courtesy NYS Education DepartmentOne refrain I have heard from Adirondack leaders through the years is that declining school enrollments across the Adirondacks, with particular emphasis on the closures of the Piseco School and Lake Clear School, show the overall decline of the Adirondacks as a viable social and economic region. Blaming environmental policies immediately follows these statements. I have always argued back that there are many factors that affect school enrollment levels and that the changes afoot in the Adirondacks are far less severe than the changes that are transforming vast portions of Rural America. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, November 25, 2018

Frederick Douglass Biographer in Saranac Lake Dec 1st

prophet of freedomJohn Brown Lives! is set to host a conversation with Frederick Douglass biographer David Blight and historian Margaret Washington on Saturday, December 1st, 2018, at BluSeed Studios, 24 Cedar Street, Saranac Lake.

An opening reception will begin at 6:30 pm, with conversation begging at 7 pm. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, November 25, 2018

Ski, Skate, Stroll: Lake Placid As Holiday Village

Santas arrival by fire truck on Main StreetLake Placid’s 10th Holiday Village Stroll, complete with holiday shopping, family fun, arts and entertainment, will be held from Friday, December 7 through Sunday, December 9, 2018.

This December, the Holiday Village Stroll weekend is packed with activities for kids and families including a skating party, opportunities to visit with Santa, holiday movie screenings at the Palace Theatre, a tree-lighting ceremony, holiday crafts, story time and free sleigh rides around Mirror Lake. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, November 24, 2018

Organic? Grass Fed? Cage Free? What’s It All Mean?

Dairy Cows in Collins Center New York 1999In general, there is a lot of confusion about the terminology used when describing food. With everyone vying for your dollar and trying to find their market niche, it’s no wonder consumers find themselves confused about what it all means.

The following is a brief overview of what some commonly used words and terms mean. As always, one of the great benefits of buying local food products is you can always personally ask the farmer what they mean when using a word or term you aren’t familiar with. Never be afraid to ask questions. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, November 24, 2018

Poetry: Maundy Thursday

 

Maundy Thursday

In my canoe on the Raquette,
I saw smoky, hexagonal,
cream colored osprey eggs
appear out of the premature
slush on the lurched pillars.

On those yawning coppices
and Eastertide melt,

I felt the holy.

Like resplendent, lukewarm
air on my neck.

For the first time


Friday, November 23, 2018

Featured Trails: Centennial Recreational Ski Trails, Brantingham

Centennial Ski Trails Centennial Recreational Ski Trails (4.9 miles), part of the Independence River Wild Forest, are designated for cross country skiing and can be accessed from the South Trailhead on Steam Mill Road or the North Trailhead on Partridgeville Road. » Continue Reading.


Friday, November 23, 2018

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


Friday, November 23, 2018

Input Sought On Tug Hill East, East Branch Fish Creek Plans

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is asking the public for input on the development of the draft Tug Hill East Unit Management Plan (UMP) and the East Branch Fish Creek Easement Recreation Management Plan (RMP). DEC has encouraged the public to share comments on the plans at a session on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. » Continue Reading.


Friday, November 23, 2018

This Week’s Big Adirondack News Stories


Thursday, November 22, 2018

Comments Sought On Adirondack Park Energy Plans

APA Building in Ray Brook NYThe Adirondack Park Agency (APA) is accepting public comment on its draft policy for Renewable Energy Production and Energy Supply.

The purpose of the policy is to provide guidance for the review and approval of renewable energy projects inside the Adirondack Park with regards to the Adirondack Park Agency Act, the Freshwater Wetlands Act and the Wild, Scenic and Recreational Rivers Act. » Continue Reading.