Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Registration Open for 12th Annual Lake George Hike-A-Thon

A group of hikers at the 2023 Lake George Hike-A-Thon

Bolton Landing, NY – The Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) has opened registration for its popular Lake George Hike-A-Thon. This free event is open to the public, and all who register in the month of March can receive a free event t-shirt. The Hike-A-Thon is a free, watershed-wide event that is expected to include more than 700 hikers, paddlers, boaters, and volunteers in an organized morning of outdoor recreation. This year’s event includes more than 20 land and water sites all around Lake George. The variety of hiking sites include options ranging from very challenging to short, beginner hikes.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Day Four: A rescuer’s account of a hiker’s baffling survival

The route of the Upper Valley Wilderness Response Team

By James Mason, UVWRT Safety Officer

On a chilly night in early May 2009, the pager sounded. New Hampshire Fish and Game (NHFG) summoned our Upper Valley Wilderness Response Team (UVWRT) to assist with a search. A man in his 60s was missing on or around Franconia Ridge in the White Mountains. NHFG officers and two other rescue teams had already searched the steep area without finding him or identifying any clues that might lead to refining their search strategy.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2024

45th Anniversary of Wooden Canoe Heritage Association in July

WCHA 2024 poster

 

Save the Date: On July 16-21, 2024 at Paul Smith’s College, the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association presents its 45th Anniversary Assembly. Open to the public and family friendly, this event will feature over 300 new, vintage and historic canoes on display, along with several workshops, programs for children and events on the water. There will be an auction and raffle, as well as a marketplace with canoes, paddles, gear and accessories and building supplies available for purchase. On-site accommodations are available, as well as camping accommodations.

Registration opens April 29, 2024.

For more information, visit woodencanoe.org, or call (603) 323-8992.

Provided photo.

 


Tuesday, March 5, 2024

DEC Region 6 Closes Seasonal Access Roads/Gates Due to Spring Thaw

nys dec logo

Closures effective in Herkimer, Jefferson, Oneida, Lewis, and St. Lawrence Counties

Effective immediately, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Region 6 is closing all mud gates to snowmobile trails and seasonal access roads on Forest Preserve, State Forest, and Conservation Easement lands due to spring thaw and muddy conditions. Gate closures are expected to be completed by Friday, March 8.

Motor vehicle use during the spring mud season damages roads, resulting in road opening delays. DEC will reopen the roads once they are dry enough to safely handle motor vehicle traffic and necessary maintenance is completed.

Photo at top: NYS DEC website photo.


Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Frontier-era delay at campground

Top photo: Frontier Town campground gate.

Legislature

Following up on last week’s newsletter about the state’s progress toward protecting 30-percent of its lands and waters by 2030, we have more to share on an odd conservation easement issue playing out in North Hudson.

During the Feb. 7 environmental conservation budget hearing before the state Legislature, Kathy Moser of the Open Space Institute, mentioned how title insurance would be a beneficial tool for the state to use. She pointed to North Hudson’s Frontier Town campground as an example, where an 1850s bankruptcy case was holding up a conservation easement.

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Monday, March 4, 2024

Willett Randall and the Music of the Adirondacks

When most people think of Adirondack Music, they usually think of a lively fiddle at a square dance or a guitar strumming an old folksong around a campfire, but to Willett Randall the true music of the Adirondacks was the sound of a pack of beagles. To him the sharp throaty yelps of an America Patch Beagle on the scent, nose to the ground, running the trail was a joyful symphony.  To him, it was the music of the mountains themselves. 

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Monday, March 4, 2024

Saranac Lake Farm to School Program Continues to Grow

 Saranac Lake's Farm to School program - students planting
SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Central School District will continue to enhance and expand its Farm to School program through upgrades to its greenhouses and gardens.

This spring, the Farm to School program will work with teachers, students and community volunteers to complete maintenance on the greenhouse serving elementary and middle school classrooms. Also, the program will rebuild outdoor raised garden beds and fencing surrounding the school garden and finish maintenance of the high school greenhouse. » Continue Reading.


Monday, March 4, 2024

Quieter forests, silent spring?

A song sparrow and a white-throated sparrow

A couple of weeks ago, I spoke with Jason Hill, an ecologist with the Vermont Center For Ecostudies. He recently published a report with data going back to 2010 showing a steep decline in many mountain birds. Some of the data came from the Adirondacks.

Climate change is a root cause, he said.

“The processes driving these long-term trends that are reported in the State of the Mountain Birds report aren’t ephemeral,” he said “They are choices that we make as a society.”

But there are some ways to help local birds. Click here to learn more.

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Sunday, March 3, 2024

Gutshot

buck

“When life’s struggle with death leaves a blood trail.” 

I penned this story as a hunting tale metaphor on life’s sometimes cruel reality and the fight for survival.

To all the survivors out there,

“Live in The Day You Are In”

Stay Strong!

For the full story, click the link & read on: https://adirondackoutlaw.com/gutshot/

Photo at top: White-tailed buck. Wikimedia Commons photo.


Sunday, March 3, 2024

Essex Farm Institute Grants Available

ELIZABETHTOWN, N.Y. — The Adirondack Council’s Micro-Grants program will offer up to $25,000 this year to support sustainable and innovative projects on working lands within the Adirondack Park. This is the ninth consecutive year that the Council’s Essex Farm Institute has offered micro-grants to support local farms, local food production and a sustainable local economy. 

The grant application was updated two years ago to provide resources for larger operations (including farms transitioning to sustainable management) as well as those projects involving collaborations between or among farmers and value-added producers who are using 50% or more of their inputs from the region. The 2024 guidelines have also been updated to provide clarity with respect to eligibility criteria and awards preference for historically underserved or socially disadvantaged applicants. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, March 3, 2024

Just Right

sun peeking through trees in winter

A Winter Morning as they’re meant to be.
A cold and sharp and crisp one. Thoroughly
exhilarating, after sunless days.
A pick-me-up. I hope this bright snap stays.

Photo at top: Wikimedia Commons photo.


Sunday, March 3, 2024

Interesting reads from around the region


Saturday, March 2, 2024

Inlet’s Frozen Fire & Lights, ice fishing with Grandson Jake

Kites flying before the big Outhouse race

Another “January” thaw is upon us, with temperatures in the forties and maybe up in the sixties before weeks’ end. It is pretty hard to have winter events without snow and ice. Luckily, it held up through this weekend, so Inlet’s Frozen Fire and Lights got through all the events without a hitch. The cardboard sled races at Fern Park were fast for those who kept their cardboard crafts headed straight down the icy hill. Some went across the finish line in a little over six seconds and into the crowd watching at the tail end of the race. Some flipped before crossing the finish line, but dragged their sleds across the line for time.

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Saturday, March 2, 2024

Compost for Good is Reimagining North Country Waste

A rotating drum composter being installed at Ben Wever Farm, Willsboro

Each year, Americans discard 120 billion pounds of food scraps. That’s 325 pounds per person, or about 40% of the total waste stream. Packed into landfills, these food scraps generate greenhouse gasses as they slowly decompose. The same food scraps, when processed through a composting facility, regenerate as materials that improve soil health, reduce erosion, reduce the amount of pesticides and chemical fertilizers required and improve water quality. This is the power of composting. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, March 2, 2024

Public info sessions set for managing pond-dwelling Adirondack brook trout

Trout Power volunteer holds a brook trout.

On Friday, March 1, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced that the NYS DEC will hold two public information sessions in March to discuss a new draft Adirondack Brook Trout Pond Management Plan currently under development by DEC. The plan, once adopted following public review and input, will guide the State’s actions for the next 15 years for managing pond-dwelling Adirondack brook trout.

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