Thursday, August 9, 2018

A Partnership For Wilderness, 1946-2018

In July 1946, Howard and Alice Zahniser drove with their children to the Adirondacks for the first time. Howard had started work as the first executive of The Wilderness Society in Washington D.C. the year prior. Howard would begin drafting the federal Wilderness Act of 1964 (66 drafts in all) from a cabin he acquired in the Adirondacks.

Howard kept a journal of his first trip to the Adirondack Park.  The rest of us know about it thanks to his son Ed Zahniser’s small book, Where Wilderness Preservation Began – Adirondack Writings of Howard Zahniser (Ed Zahniser, Editor., North Country Books, 1992). For 72 years the extended Zahniser family, now including the fourth generation, has returned to the same place in the Adirondacks. This August I held a cook-out to welcome them back. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, August 9, 2018

Current Adirondack Outdoor Recreation Conditions (Aug 9)

CompassThis weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is compiled each Thursday afternoon and fully updated by Friday afternoon.

Contribute Your Knowledge: Add a comment below, or send your observations, corrections, updates, and suggestions to adkalmanack@gmail.com.

Learn and practice the seven Leave No Trace principles. Carry out what you have carried in. Do not leave gear, food, or other items at lean-tos and campsites. Do not litter. Take the free online Leave No Trace course here.

BE PREPARED! Start slow, gain experience. Always carry proper safety equipment – including plenty of food, water, extra clothing, a flashlight, and a map and compass – inform someone of your itinerary, and be prepared to spend an unplanned night in the woods. Just before entering the backcountry or launching a boat check the National Weather Service watches, warnings, and advisories here. Follow Adirondack weather forecasts at Burlington and Albany and consult the High Elevation, Recreation, or Lake Champlain forecasts.

AUGUST 9, 2018 – SPECIAL NOTICES » Continue Reading.


Thursday, August 9, 2018

Warren County Youth Fair Saturday

warren county youth fairThe Warren County Youth Fair has been set for Saturday, August 11 from 9 am until 1 pm at the Warren County Fairgrounds on Schroon River Road. Admission and parking are free.

The day will include an opening Ceremony at 9 am, a Hula Hoop contest at 9:15 on the stage, a Bubble Gum blowing contest at 9:45 am, the annual youth pie eating contest at 10:30, and the Warren County Talent Show at 11 am. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, August 9, 2018

Placid Hosting Para-Bobsleigh World Championships

IBSF World Cup Bobsled & Skeleton 2016The New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) and USA Bobsled & Skeleton (USABS) have announced that Lake Placid has formally been awarded the 2019 Para-Bobsleigh World Championships. Lake Placid’s Olympic Sports Complex bobsled/luge/skeleton track was selected to host the event during the recently concluded International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation’s (IBSF) annual Congress, held in Rome, Italy.

Last winter the sport of Para bobsleigh held its first-ever World Championship race, in Lillehammer, Norway, in which 19 athletes from 12 nations competed. The sport is expected to make its Paralympic debut in 2022, in Beijing, China. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Adirondack Observatory Showcasing AstroScience Center Plans

Proposed Astro Science Center PlansThe Adirondack Sky Center, formerly known as the Adirondack Public Observatory, is set to host an Open House on Friday, August 10th, from 3 to 5 pm at its property at 178 Big Wolf Road, to share its plans for the AstroScience Center museum and planetarium. The outlines of the new Center will be staked out on the grounds so that visitors can picture themselves in the Planetarium, Exhibit Hall, and other spaces planned for the museum.

Following the Open House, Jeffrey Miller of St. Lawrence University is set to give a lecture at Tupper Lake High School, at 7 pm, and free stargazing at the Observatory, beginning 30 minutes or so after sundown (around 9 pm), with a guided discussion and telescope viewing of unique Adirondack night sky. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Wildlife Refuges Opening To Public Visits

Western Adirondacks Upper Mohawk Valley Eastern Lake Ontario WMAs - Region 6 Several typically restricted Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties will be open to the public from Saturday, August 11, through Sunday, August 26, 2018.

Portions of these WMAs are marked as “Refuge” or “Wetlands Restricted Area” to allow waterfowl and other listed species to breed and raise young without interference from people. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, August 8, 2018

2018 CycleADK Community Projects Announced

Sacandaga Pathway in Speculator Cycle Adirondacks, in partnership with Adirondack Foundation and the Cloudsplitter Foundation, have announced they are seeding and raising funds for community generated projects in Speculator, Inlet and North Creek as part of its CycleADK Gives program.

The three communities will serve as overnight hosts for CycleADK’s 2018 Ultimate Cycling Vacation, which will draw over 230 cyclists from across United States and Canada to the Adirondacks from August 18-24 for a weeklong bicycle tour highlighted by free community entertainment each evening of the event. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Ruth Williams: A World War One Nurse Overseas

The word hero is often tossed around loosely, but when it comes to wounded soldiers, no one argues that it’s fitting — so what does it say about someone else when wounded soldiers call them heroes? Consider American women during World War I. Although many wanted to, they didn’t have to serve because of their sex, and could support the troops by important actions at home. But some chose to place themselves near the front lines, and with no weapons to defend themselves. Their only protection came from nebulous agreements by both sides not to bomb hospitals and care centers.

That’s what nurses did, risking their lives to comfort, save the lives of, or ease the deaths of, soldiers. Which explains why so many wounded men referred to nurses as the real heroes. A fine example of that circumstance, with an unusual twist or two, involved Ruth Williams of Ogdensburg. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

At APA Thursday: Caroga, Gore Mountain, LG RV Park and More

APA Building in Ray Brook NYThe Adirondack Park Agency (APA) will hold its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Ray Brook, NY on Thursday, August 9th, 2018.

The meeting will address Town of Caroga’s Approved Local Land Use Program’s zoning ordinance; expansion Lake George Riverview RV Park; State Land reclassifications involving the Gore Mountain Intensive Ski Area, and more. In the afternoon, the Board will tour Mt. Van Hoevenburg Olympic Sports Complex (the public is invited).

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


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Adirondack Ranger Report: Boating Death, Injured Hikers

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.


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Boquet River Theatre Festival Tickets On Sale

BRTF junior actors rehearsingTickets are now available for the Depot Theatre’s Boquet River Theatre Festival (BRTF) 2018 performances.

Created in 1993, the BRTF is an organization that was designed to provide young people with theatrical training and experience. The Depot Theatre in Westport took BRTF on as its signature education and outreach program beginning this year. Each summer, BRTF features both junior (ages 8-12) and senior (ages 12 and up) programs that culminate in theatrical performances held at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall. » Continue Reading.


Monday, August 6, 2018

180 Acres Protected At Wash Co Grasslands

Birder at Washington County Grasslands provided by DECNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that the State has purchased 180 acres of land to add to the Washington County Grasslands Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The $326,000 land acquisition, located along Plum Road and County Route 46 in the town of Fort Edward, will increase the amount of grassland habitat protected in the WMA to 466 acres.

The Washington County Grasslands WMA is home to more than 100 bird and animal species, including wintering snowy owls and state endangered short-eared owls. The area also provides critical habitat to 10 of the 11 grassland bird “species of greatest conservation need,” including Northern harriers, upland sandpipers, Eastern meadowlarks, horned larks, and American kestrels. » Continue Reading.


Monday, August 6, 2018

Adk History Museum’s Hiking Exhibit Features 46ers

Hiking the Adirondack High Peaks exhibitThe Adirondack History Museum celebrated the grand opening of its “Hiking the Adirondack High Peaks” exhibit on July 20 with over 130 people attending a ribbon cutting and reception.

Museum staff and volunteers spent over 1,000 hours developing the exhibit. The interactive permanent display explores High Peak’s hiking history dating back to the mid-19th century. The exhibit highlights the work of the Adirondack Forty-Sixers, hiking pioneers, old time guides, and other historic and contemporary figures, such as Adirondack 46ers historian and founding member Grace Hudowalski. » Continue Reading.


Monday, August 6, 2018

DEC Vol Fire Assistance Grants Available

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that they are now accepting applications for federally funded “Volunteer Fire Assistance” grants. The deadline for applications is August 10.

The Volunteer Fire Assistance grant program is funded by the U.S. Forest Service and administered by DEC Forest Rangers. If awarded, fire departments receive 50/50 matching funds up to $1,500. Last year, the program provided $1,500 grants to 319 fire departments. DEC received a federal appropriation of $514,215 for 2018. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, August 5, 2018

Canoe-In for Motorless Weller Pond Planned

weller ponds mapProtect the Adirondacks is hosting a Canoe-In for Motorless Waters on Weller Pond on Saturday, August 18, 2018. PROTECT is aiming to get 100 canoes and kayaks in a flotilla of protest calling for state action to make Weller Pond and Little Weller Pond motorless waters.

The protest is starting at 10 am. People who plan to attend should register online. Boat rentals are available in the area.

“Weller Pond and Little Weller Pond should be managed by the State of New York as a quiet waters area, made off-limits to motorized watercraft and only accessible by non-motorized vessels. These ponds should be managed by state agencies as a quiet and beautiful refuge and respite among the heavily motorized and extremely popular Saranac Lakes Chain,” Peter Bauer, executive director of Protect the Adirondacks, said in an announcement sent to the press.

PROTECT issued the following list of reasons why the Weller Ponds should be motorless: » Continue Reading.