Monday, February 26, 2024

Weekly news round up

Sunday, February 25, 2024

Johnsburg comprehensive plan workshop set for Feb. 28

Lake Champlain-Lake George Regional Planning logo.

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

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.

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Sunday, February 25, 2024

Protect: Search for next DEC head should be national

From left, Justin Driscoll, acting president and CEO of the New York Power Authority; Doreen Harris, president and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority; and Basil Seggos, commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, testify before lawmakers during a joint budget hearing on Feb. 14 in the New York State Capitol in Albany.

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.

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Sunday, February 25, 2024

Clean Energy Funding Webinar set for Feb. 29

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Regional organizations aim to increase communities’ access to $25 million in State funds

Saranac Lake, NY-  Municipal leaders, staff and community members are invited to a free webinar designed to help communities benefit from $25 million in new funding now available through the New York Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Clean Energy Communities (CEC) Program. The CEC Program recognizes local clean energy leadership, provides match-free grants, helps reduce municipal energy use, lowers costs, and offers additional support for projects located in disadvantaged communities.

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Saturday, February 24, 2024

Great Backyard Bird Count: Turkeys, chickadees, blue jays & more

Blue Jay in the Potter Trap. Photo by Gary Lee.

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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Saturday, February 24, 2024

John Sasso publishes first ‘History and Legends’ book

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“These mountains have seen things’”

Ever since he began hiking the mountains of the  Adirondacks, John Sasso has been intrigued with the artifacts he would stumble upon, such as iron bolts from  old land surveys, remnants of long-gone logging camps,  mysterious woods roads, and stone foundations.  

The questions those finds provoked: “What was here?” “What was their purpose?” and “Where did the name come from?” led him to research and write about the often-surprising and always entertaining answers he’s found over the years. 

The first volume in a planned series, this book shares the fascinating stories behind the mountains of the Northern Adirondacks and, it is hoped, will lead to a deeper appreciation of this unique and remarkable area. 

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Saturday, February 24, 2024

Discussion time: Hiker permits

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The three year “pilot” program has wrapped up for the Adirondack Mountain Reserve and Department of Environmental Conservation’s hiker reservation system. This program installed at a popular High Peaks gateway requires users to register and reserve a parking spot in order to access the trails.

Have you tried it out? Should it keep going? Or what modifications could be made?

Saturday, February 24, 2024

New York State Outdoor Guides Association sets rendezvous

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The New York State Outdoor Guides Association (NYSOGA) has scheduled its 41st annual Winter Rendezvous this year for April 4-7 at the White Eagle Conference Center in Hamilton, NY.

The annual conference is a formal gathering of licensed guides and aspiring guides, held each year in early spring.  For currently licensed guides, Winter Rendezvous offers industry-specific educational seminars, first aid and CPR renewals, a business meeting of the Board of Directors, an annual banquet, a merchandise store, as well as plenty of networking opportunities.

For aspiring guides, NYSOGA provides all the training needed to qualify to take the exam to be a NYS Licensed Guide. This training includes water safety, first aid and CPR.  It also offers a guide exam review and the opportunity to take the licensing exam at the same location.  As a bonus, aspiring guides can network with currently licensed guides from around the state.

In recent years, Winter Rendezvous’ have adopted the theme of “Voices from the Past” where a prominent guide from the past is highlighted. This year, at the Saturday luncheon, NYSOGA will have a guest speaker giving a presentation honoring the legacy of past guide and conservationist, Anne LaBastille.

If you are a licensed or an aspiring guide in New York State and would like to learn more, visit : Programs : Winter Rendezvous 2024.

Caption: Photograph of a group of guides and sports posing with deer heads. Back row: 2. Henry Smith, 5. George Lyon, 7. John or Ed Roark; Seated: 2. Ben Muncil. Photograph by Charles Derby.
Photo credit: Paul Smith’s College Joan Weill Adirondack Library Archives

Friday, February 23, 2024

Got Biogas?

Small-scale methane digeste

Even if its precise definition isn’t at the tip of your tongue, most everyone gets the drift of what’s meant by the term ‘biogas.’ There is biology involved, and the result is gas. One example might be the funk in the air on the bus carrying the sauerkraut-eating team home after a weekend competition. Another type of biogas is cow belches, and the rotten-egg stink-bubbles that swarm to the surface when your boot disappears into swamp mud.

Those are all kinds of biogas, which is composed primarily of methane, CH4, at concentrations ranging from 50% to 60%. Methane is highly combustible, and can be used in place of natural gas for heat, or to run internal-combustion engines for the generation of electricity and other applications. 

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Friday, February 23, 2024

Outdoor Conditions (2/23): Make your location known, sign into trail register before hiking

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 (2/21): The following report describes conditions as of Wednesday, 2/21. Changing weather may affect conditions. There is 84cm (33in) of snow at the Colden Caretaker Cabin. There is 8in at Marcy Dam. Snow levels vary at higher elevations. The Avalanche Pass ski trail is in good shape.


  • Snow Report (2/14): The following report describes conditions as of Wednesday, 2/14. Changing weather may affect conditions. There is 67cm (26in) of snow at the Colden Caretaker Cabin. Snow levels vary at higher elevations. Conditions now require snowshoes to be worn at Avalanche Pass. The lakes are still in.

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Thursday, February 22, 2024

The Nuclear Snowball


An Adirondack Outlaw “winter fun” memory story.

Adirondack Outlaws are daunting snowball fight opponents. They’ve had years to hone their arms & their aim, are always prepared for a fight,  and show up locked, loaded & armed with all types of ammo.

 Sometimes even including lethal, TOP SECRET, game changing weapons like nuclear snowballs.    

To read the full story, click the link and read on:

Thursday, February 22, 2024

APIPP Releases 2023 Annual Report

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Keene Valley, NY—The Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP), hosted by The Nature Conservancy, recently released its 2023 Annual Report. The report celebrates the accomplishments of APIPP staff, volunteers and partners while also providing updates on the status of invasive species in the Adirondack region, special initiatives, ongoing research and more.

The report also underscores the importance of the 35 partner organizations and more than 100 volunteers that contributed to advancing APIPP’s mission to work in partnership to minimize the impact of invasive species on the Adirondack region’s communities, lands and waters.

“We are so fortunate to live and work in the Adirondacks, where the community comes together to help prevent and manage invasive species like Eurasian watermilfoil, hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) and Japanese knotweed,” said APIPP Director Tammara Van Ryn. » Continue Reading.

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Adirondack towns score state water $$$

The Lake George Land Trust received over $4 million in state grants this month to protect land in the Lake George watershed. Photo by Zachary Matson

Grant money to preserve land, upgrade treatment plants, extend trout habitat

From removing culverts and reducing roadside erosion to covering salt piles and improving wastewater treatment plants, the latest round of state water quality grants will fund projects across the Adirondack Park.

State officials last week announced over $166 million statewide to fund 187 projects, including more than $6.3 million in Adirondack communities.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Sideyard trees

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Locust, maple, mulberry limbs

stand strong against the sky,

stand sturdily against the whims

of weather whistling by.

This morning, dark against the blue,

they welcome dawn’s advance:

stark and steadfast, tall and true,

in stately sylvan stance.

They stretch and reach, and higher grow.

They dance up in the breeze.

They awe the people here below,

these simple, noble trees.

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