Thursday, February 15, 2024

Protecting land protects water

Aerial view of intact forests along the North Branch of the Boquet River on the Ben Wever Farm property

Land protecting water

Healthy and protected forests create healthy water resources. And now the Open Space Institute has data to back it up.

OSI, one of the Northeast’s leading conservation organizations, last week published a report outlining how land conservation can serve as a strategy to protect and clean water.

The report set out to “bridge the gap between the broad ecosystem benefits often measured by land trusts and the pollutant load measures that serve as the primary ‘currency’ of clean water programs.”

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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

The Incredible Shrinking Adirondack Park Agency Board

When the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) was created over 50 years ago, it was at the forefront of environmental protection and regional land use regulation and planning for the Adirondacks, New York State, and the United States. The APA was established to “insure optimum overall conservation, protection, preservation, development and use of the unique scenic, aesthetic, wildlife, recreational, open space, historic, ecological and natural resources of the Adirondack park.” No small task, for sure. The APA Board, made up of eight individuals nominated by the Governor and confirmed by the State Senate and three representatives from state agencies, has “responsibility for developing long-range park policy in a forum reflecting statewide concern.” The APA, led by its Board, is supposed to be the lead agency for planning in the Adirondack Park and is supposed to oversee the management of the Forest Preserve.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Long Lake and Raquette Lake Winter Wonderland Week


ice skating in Long Lake

There is plenty to do in Long Lake and Raquette Lake from February 16  – 25  . Winter Wonderland Week offers a slate of events for all ages.

The Long Lake Geiger Ice Skating Rink and Mt. Sabattis Sledding Hill will be open daily from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily, no matter the conditions. Special programming on Sunday, February 25  includes a visit from the Long Lake Fire Department as part of the Adirondack Local Culture Program Community Day at the Geiger Arena and is open to everyone.

Restaurant Week starts February 16  – 25 . Visit the ADK Trading Post, Adirondack Hotel, Brookside Hops and Hoagies, Long Lake Diner, Long View Lodge and the Paradise Cove Cafe. There are free dining cards at all locations, get your card stamped and submit for a prize at the end of the week. » Continue Reading.

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Snowmobile and hiking bridge reset in Wells; car stuck on Powley Rd

forest ranger reports graphicTown of Wells
Hamilton County
Trail Maintenance: On Feb. 7, with approval and support from DEC’s Division of Lands and Forests, Forest Rangers Hamm, Nally, and Thompson joined members of the Algonquin Sno-Blazers snowmobile club to reset a snowmobile and hiking bridge displaced during early season rain and snow melt. Rangers and club members used old telephone poles and a high-strength come-along ratchet puller to slide the bridge back across the creek to allow a safe crossing for snowmobiles, snowshoers, and skiers. The Algonquin Sno-Blazers club was established in 1970. Members volunteer to maintain more than 55 miles of trails in Hamilton County.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Mercy Care for the Adirondacks hosts multigenerational game day

People play Scrabble at a table

Lake Placid, NY— On Jan. 23 at First Presbyterian Church in Saranac Lake, Mercy Care for the Adirondacks hosted their Friendship Volunteers, Elder Friends, and St. Bernard’s 5th grade students for a multigenerational game day and refreshments. Guests played newly-reimagined multigenerational versions of the classic board games Trivial Pursuit and Scrabble.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

My Rifle For A Rose

a young couple with roses

A St. Valentine’s Day Story 

Thirty-four years ago, a hard charging young Adirondack Outlaw was stationed at Fort Drum.  Thirty-four years ago, a young nurse stole his heart. Thirty-four years ago, a young Army Captain fresh out of Ranger School fell on love’s battlefield.  Thirty-four years ago, Cupid’s arrow pierced a young soldier’s heart. Thirty-four years ago, a hard charging young Adirondack Outlaw traded his rifle for his rose.

Thirty-four years later, love’s rose still blossoms.

For the full story, click the link & read on:

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Stories we love

heart mugMaybe it was just coincidence that the coffee mug I reached for this morning bore a big red heart, or maybe it’s seasonal subliminal messages. 

However, these posts aren’t really focused on overpriced roses and Hallmark greeting cards. Digging through the Almanack archives, I thought it would be better to highlight more of the unconditional stuff that you can’t find at the grocery store.


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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Clifton-Fine hosts Whiteout Weekend, Feb. 16-18

Clifton-Fine Whiteout Weekend 2024


Annual winter festival traditionally held on President’s Day Weekend in Southern St. Lawrence County / Northwestern Adirondacks

Clifton-Fine, NY – WhiteOut Weekend events continue in 2024 with fun for the whole family. In its 10th season, 2024 WhiteOut Weekend will be held Friday, February 16, Saturday, February 17, and Sunday, February 18. The celebration includes outdoor recreation, music, arts, food and more! The Clifton-Fine area is surrounded by wilderness and takes pride in its friendly, small-town feel. Events are held in the hamlets of Cranberry Lake, Newton Falls, Oswegatchie, Star Lake and Wanakena. Whiteout Weekend T-shirts depicting this year’s logo – the Black-capped Chickadee – will be available for purchase throughout the weekend. » Continue Reading.

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Mothers Weave Their Children’s Hearts

Mother and daughter weaving

A Valentine for All Moms… 

From tender filaments, 

Mothers weave the precious hearts of their children. 

Out of freshest, greenest blades of supple, new grass, 

They nurture them into living tapestries 

Of discovery and promise. 

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Lawmakers want clean water funds

State Senate


On Wednesday I attended part of the state Legislature’s joint environmental conservation budget hearing in Albany. State leaders and lawmakers cram the future of New York’s agriculture, parks, environment and energy into one day. You can watch the whole 13 hours and 20 minutes of it on YouTube.

I’m unclear why the state doesn’t separate energy, the environment or agriculture into their own days. The sheer number of topics legislators fly through, however, provides a fascinating snapshot of what’s happening across the state.

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Monday, February 12, 2024

Trekking through Rockwood State Forest

Rockwood State Forest sign.

Today, [Saturday, Jan. 27] I joined members of the Alpiners hiking club for a trek through part of the Rockwood State Forest in Fulton County. It was 35 degrees [with zero] precipitation as compared to last Saturday’s 4 degrees!  We were prepared with both snowshoes and microspikes.  Because it has been fairly warm and so rainy, we decided we only needed the spikes and hiking poles. Piper the Wonder Dog and Nikki also joined in the fun.

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Monday, February 12, 2024

Old Forge events pair sweets and eats

Desserts on a table

Two long-standing events are taking place in Old Forge this week, including the Old Forge Library’s annual Sweetheart Dessert Contest on Wednesday, Feb. 14 and View’s 17th annual Chili Bowl Luncheon on Saturday, Feb. 17. See below for additional details about these events. 

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Monday, February 12, 2024

Six Free Fishing Days in 2024

Aria Furlong with her perch

Governor Kathy Hochul recently announced six designated Free Fishing Days in New York will take place on: February 17 to 18 (Presidents’ Day Weekend), June 29 to 30, September 28 (National Hunting and Fishing Day) and November 11 (Veterans Day). During these days, the fishing license requirement is waived for freshwater fishing on New York’s waters.

The Free Fishing Days program began in 1991 to give people who might not fish a chance to try the rewarding sport of freshwater fishing at no cost, to introduce people to a new hobby, and to encourage people to support conservation by purchasing a New York State fishing license.

DEC offers a host of resources for those interested in getting started in fishing. The I FISH NY Beginners’ Guide to Freshwater Fishing provides information on everything from rigging up a fishing rod, to identifying your catch, and understanding fishing regulations. There’s also a video series on DEC’s YouTube channel that complements the Beginners Guide. DEC’s Places to Fish webpages are a reliable source of information when planning your next fishing trip. In addition to Free Fishing Days, there are also “learn to fish” opportunities available through DEC-approved free fishing clinics. For a list of what’s currently scheduled visit the DEC website.

Editor’s Note: A reminder that anglers are encouraged to check ice conditions as recent warm temps have created thin, unstable ice conditions, according to NYS DEC reports. Read more information about ice fishing safety at this link. 

Pictured above: Aria Furlong with a perch. Photo provided by the Long Lake Fish & Game Club.

Monday, February 12, 2024

How can the Adirondacks stay a four-seasons destination?

The Adirondack Rail Trail in early February./

A comprehensive study and analysis of climate change’s effects on New York detailed what many in the Adirondacks already believe: winters are warming.

To combat the loss of tourism to melting ice and fewer snow showers, the recreation industry is adapting.

The state’s climate report, which was released in full last week, highlighted the park’s cycling destinations as a potential solution to balance a loss of winter tourism.

“The Adirondacks have already experienced a long-term decrease in snowfall,” an analysis of the assessment reads.

The Adirondack Rail Trail was held up as a four-season example. Read the story here. 

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Sunday, February 11, 2024

Quoting King: The Time is Always Right to Do What is Right

MLK photo

By Melanie Reding, Adirondack Diversity Initiative Associate Director

On Monday, January 15, people across the United States celebrated Martin Luther King (MLK) Day. Our social media channels were full of feel-good MLK Jr. quotes about love and light and doing the right things. Few posts and shares contained words from his Letter from a Birmingham Jail.

In that letter, the lines written are uncomfortable for most. It takes us — specifically the White us and religious us — to task. He calls us out on our silence, slow progress, and our inability to acknowledge the genocide, slavery and White Supremacy our nation’s institutions and systems were built on. That’s not what we want to experience and feel on a “holiday.” It’s not what we want to feel in the face of a world that seems more chaotic than calm.

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