Thursday, September 13, 2018

Invasive Spotted Lanternfly In Albany County

Spotted lanternfly by Lawrence BarringerThe New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Agriculture and Markets (DAM) have confirmed that spotted lanternfly (SLF), an invasive pest from Asia, has been found in Albany and Yates counties.

A single adult insect was discovered in a vehicle in the Capital District. In addition, a single adult insect was reported on a private Keuka Lake property in Penn Yan, Yates County.

Following both reported cases, DEC and DAM began surveys in the area and report that at this time no additional insects have been found. DEC and DAM urge New Yorkers to report potential sightings to spottedlanternfly@dec.ny.gov. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Lorraine Duvall: Weller Pond Protests and Quiet Waters

Weller Pond canoe inAs an advocate for quiet waters, on August 18, 2018, I joined with 36 canoes and guide boats on a Canoe-In to Weller Pond and Little Weller Pond to lobby for no motors on these pristine bodies of water (cul-de-sacs of the Saranac Chain of Lakes.) As we paddled toward the channel to Weller Pond nine powerboats lined the shore of nearby Hungry Bay. We chanted “All we want is 2%: You have 98,” referencing the amount of the waters open to motors on these lakes. The entire 17.5- mile route from Lower Saranac to Upper Saranac Lake allows for the unlimited use of motorboats.

The motor-boaters held signs urging that Weller be kept open to them. After hearing about the Canoe-In, they had sponsored an advertisement in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise on August 11 encouraging “Motorboat owners and boat enthusiasts to come and show your support in preserving and protecting our rights on the water.” » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, September 12, 2018

South Bay Angler Lands State Record Gar

Michael Gatus with the 14 lb. 10 oz. longnose gar he caught from Lake Champlain, Washington County on August 18, 2018.New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced that a new state record fish – the third this year – was caught in August, breaking a longstanding record for longnose gar.

Michael Gatus, of Hoosick Falls, caught a 14 lb., 10 oz., longnose gar from the South bay of Lake Champlain in Washington County on Aug. 18 using chunk bait. The catch broke the 1999 New York State record by more than 1½ pounds.

Gatus was actually fishing for channel catfish when he bested the state record. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, September 12, 2018

APA’s Agenda for Thursday: Subdivision, Campgrounds, Energy

APA Building in Ray Brook NYThe Adirondack Park Agency (APA) will hold its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Ray Brook, NY on Thursday, September 13th, 2018.

The meeting will address a variance request to expand a single-family dwelling located within the shoreline setback of Fern Lake; consideration of a State Land Master Plan conformance public comment period for a proposal to amend the Department of Environmental Conservation’s generic campground unit management plan; a discussion on the Agency’s policy on Renewable Energy Production and Energy Supply; and more.

What follows is the agenda issued by the APA: » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The Boy Who Sued Santa — And Won!

That’s no trick headline you see above. After an incident in the Adirondacks 65 years ago, Santa’s business operations in the mountains were taken to court — by a five-year-old plaintiff.

As you might imagine, there were proxies involved: Santa’s interests were represented by Santa’s Workshop, North Pole, N.Y. (in Wilmington), and young Michael of Saratoga Springs was spoken for by his parents. Attorneys handled the court proceedings on behalf of both parties.
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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Recent High Peaks Searches, Rescues

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.
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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Mercy Care Seeking Friendship Volunteers in the Tri-Lakes

Mercy Care for the Adirondacks has announced they are now recruiting new volunteers and have scheduled a Friendship Volunteer Training Program in Saranac Lake on the mornings of October 2 and October 9, 2018. The training sessions will be held from 9:30 am to 1 pm (Both mornings are required to complete the training).

New Volunteers will join Mercy Care’s more than 100 Friendship Volunteers from Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, and Tupper Lake who are helping their elder neighbors stay connected to their communities and helping to make their lives a little easier. Mercy Care volunteers are currently serving more than 100 elders.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Nature Conservancy Adk Chapter: New Board Members

The Nature Conservancy’s Adirondack Chapter has added three members to its board of trustees: David and Hannah Darrin, a father and daughter with longstanding ties to conservation efforts in New York and elsewhere, and Takeyce Walter, a painter whose work has prominently featured the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.


Monday, September 10, 2018

Invasive Species And Their Consequences

Contact with the sap of giant hogweed It seemed like a good idea. Let’s start a silk industry in the United States. Silk is a valuable cloth in demand all over the world. And insects do the work. All we need to do is import some gypsy moths from France; then just sit back and wait for the money to roll in.

So, the moths were imported. They escaped. And today, gypsy moths are a major threat to U.S. forests. Gypsy moths are just one example of an invasive species. » Continue Reading.


Monday, September 10, 2018

Comments Sought DEC Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced the release of a draft amendment to the 1990 Final Campground & Day-Use Area Generic Unit Management Plan for Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations.

DEC is inviting the public to comment on the draft amendment, which will guide siting, construction, and management of EV charging stations at DEC campgrounds and day-use areas. The comment period runs through September 30, 2018. » Continue Reading.


Monday, September 10, 2018

Lake George Jazz Weekend Sept 15-16

Paul McCandles and Charged ParticlesThe Lake George Jazz Weekend is set to celebrate its 35th year on September 15 and 16.

The festival is held at Shepard Park, in the heart of Lake George Village. Admission is free. Concert goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Several food vendors will be present in the park throughout the weekend.

The festival has been curated throughout its 35 years by Paul Pines. With Paul’s passing in June of this year, he will be honored with a memorial on Saturday evening prior to the Jason Miles concert. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, September 9, 2018

Invasives: A New Tick Species Is Spreading

longhorned tick courtesy wikimedia user CommonsourceYears ago I read an author interview, and although I don’t recall her name, one of the images she raised has stayed with me. It’s not an exact quote, but she said something to the effect that writing ought to feel to an author as if they were water skiing behind their work, not towing it like a barge. In general, I find this to be the case. The hours or days of research which go into an article are hardly exhilarating, but the wave-jumping that comes after shrinking those pages of facts into 800 words makes it worth the effort.

However, when I tried to water-ski behind a brand-new invasive tick that can reproduce without mating, drain the blood out of livestock, and potentially carry ten or more human diseases, including one similar to Ebola, something changed. A few topics whip across the water at high speed. Most at least pull me at a leisurely pace. This one made me drop the whole water skiing idea and swim for my life. Turns out there is a limit to how many miles you can get out of happy imagery. And to how long a writer should be allowed to spend alone in a room with the same metaphor. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, September 9, 2018

‘Fest to Fest’ Hike Showcases Viall’s Crossing

Katherine Preston leads the way on the Vialls Crossing TrailChamplain Area Trails (CATS) is set to host a ‘Fest to Fest’ hike to coincide with the Third Annual Adirondack Harvest Festival on Saturday, September 15. Hikers will begin and end at the Festival on the Essex County Fairgrounds in Westport, New York. The hike starts at 10 am; hikers should come early to check in at the registration desk near the main entrance.

The hike showcases the new Viall’s Crossing Trail where, to ensure permanent legal access to a critical railroad crossing for the trail connecting Westport and Essex, CATS “spent some serious money,” according to a CATS announcement.  All proceeds from this year’s hike will help pay for the Viall’s Crossing Conservation and Trail Project. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, September 9, 2018

Warren Co Historical Gala Makes Hawaiian Connections

Hawaiian gala logoThe Warren County Historical Society is set to hold its Annual Gala on Thursday, October 25th from 6 to 8 pm at The Culinary Arts Center of SUNY Adirondack, 14 Hudson Avenue, Glens Falls.

This year’s theme is “A Hawaiian Gala.” The Gala will honor Glens Falls’ native son Charles Reed Bishop, born in 1822 at the tollbooth on the bridge over the Hudson River. As a young man, Reed set sail with his friend William Little Lee of Sandy Hill (now Hudson Falls) to the Pacific Ocean, landing in the Hawaiian Islands (then the Sandwich Islands). Bishop married into the Kamehamea royal family and became a founder of modern-day Hawaii, founding Hawaii’s first bank, the Agricultural Society, and schools. Lee served as Hawaii’s Chief Justice and Chancellor.
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Saturday, September 8, 2018

Thank A (Native) Thistle

thistleThere will always be thistle, said the late U.S. Poet Laureate Maxine Kumin in one of her poems, because “Sheep will not eat it / nor horses nor cattle / unless they are starving.” She described it “choking the sweet grass / defeating the clover,” and pricking the hands with its spines.

Okay, I guess thistles are not everyone’s favorite wildflower, but I’ve always liked them. I’m not a farmer, so it’s easy for me to say. I like them because they’re pretty, they remind me of Scotland, and they’re like grocery stores for goldfinches. » Continue Reading.