Sunday, November 28, 2021

Adirondack officers join NYS PBA board

NYS PBA logoPromoting Diversity, Retaining Experienced Officers and Preserving the New York State Park Police Top Agenda for the Union Representing 1,200 State Law Enforcement Officers

The PBA of New York State today announced the members of its Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the next three years. The union represents nearly 1,200 state law enforcement officers from four member units including the New York State Park Police, New York State University Police, Department of Environmental Conservation Officers and New York State Forest Rangers.

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Sunday, November 28, 2021

Weekly news round up

A collection of interesting reads:

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Saturday, November 27, 2021

The Mutant (crayfish) Have Landed

marbled crayfish

Sometime in the 1990s, a mutant crayfish able to conquer and degrade aquatic systems emerged as a result of secret German experiments gone awry.  The marmorkreb, a.k.a. marbled crayfish (Procambarus virginalis), is a destructive new species that first appeared aquariums in Germany. However, it’s more likely the result of too much inbreeding in captivity, rather than some mad-scientist scheme, that led to their mutation. They are now here, and your help scouting for them is invaluable.

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Saturday, November 27, 2021

New Fishing Access Site in Lewis County

accessible fishing access in lewis countyAnglers now have boating access on a 10-mile stretch of the Black River between Castorland and Carthage that did not previously exist. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant fishing access site is located in the Town of Denmark at the confluence of the Deer and Black rivers. It features a single-lane gravel launch, with an additional area for launching canoes and kayaks. Anglers also have improved access to Public Fishing Rights (PFR) on 0.35 miles along the Deer River and approximately 0.66 miles along the Black River. Anglers can find smallmouth bass, walleye, northern pike and chain pickerel in this section of the Black River. DEC Region 6 Operations constructed the site with Marks Farms Natural Resources Damages settlement funds.

For more information, visit the DEC’s website


Saturday, November 27, 2021

Lake George Land Conservancy updates trail markers

amy's park

The trails at Amy’s Park got a shiny new accessory – reflective trail markers – thanks to an amazing crew of volunteers from Novo Nordisk. On Monday, they divided and conquered, covering more than 5 miles of trails to remove old markers and replace them with our new markers that are more user friendly, especially to those who have a color vision deficiency.

trail markersDid you know that about 8% of all men and 0.5% of all women have some degree of color vision deficiency? These new markers SAY the color on them, so there’s no guessing if you’re on the right trail. We will eventually switch all of the LGLC trails to these new markers – if you get out and see the new markers, let us know what you think!

We also thank all of our many volunteers who help in so many ways, year-round! Hundreds of volunteers put in thousands of hours of their time to help with the Hike-A-Thon and Amy’s Race, fundraising events and database work, special committees, trail stewardship and invasive species management. Thank you!

 


Friday, November 26, 2021

Blown Up & Stuffed: Football memories

Varsity Football Memories & Lessons, taught by a true Adirondack coaching legend

saranac lake football

Saranac Lake High School. Varsity practice field – July, ’78:

“Hey MONK!  Get over here!”

I shot my best friend Chris a quizzical look. (Yes! THAT Chris, SLHS track star of Olympic Outlaws fame).

“Does Coach Raymond mean ME?!”  Chris shrugged and nodded.

“Looks that way.  Better hustle over find out.”  My first ever football practice. Already I was “Monk.”

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Friday, November 26, 2021

Observing Birds as Citizen/Community Science

bird feederYou may have heard about the songbird illness affecting fledgling birds in many Eastern states this spring and summer. Several of these Eastern states issued restrictions on bird baths and feeders in an attempt to curb the spread of illness. By early September, all states have lifted their do not feed recommendations due to decreasing reports of bird illness. Please note: DEC did not issue a special summer notice as the agency recommends removing feeders annually between April 1st and November 29th to prevent unwanted black bear activity. To view up to date information and recommendations, visit Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s All About Birds. 

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Friday, November 26, 2021

Latest news headlines

Here’s a look at news from around the Adirondacks this week:

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Thursday, November 25, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Shop local for the holidays

Show your love of local businesses

It has been nearly two years since the COVID-19 pandemic entered our communities, and small businesses are still coping with disruptions it has caused.

As we prepare for another unusual holiday season, it’s important to remember how much our support means to local businesses and the communities they serve.

Whether you do most of your shopping online or in brick-and-mortar stores, please remember to #clicklocal, #shoplocal and #eatlocal. Your support makes all the difference.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Raquette Lake to hold public meeting regarding lake management plan

Raquette Lake2nd and Final Public Meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 2, 2021 to be held via Zoom

RAQUETTE LAKE, NY – The Raquette Lake Preservation Foundation (RLPF) and Northeast Aquatic Research (NEAR) have been working with governmental, NGO, academic and community partners to develop a Lake Management Plan (LMP) for over two years.   The study has inventoried the current environmental conditions and aquatic plant life in the lake. NEAR is recommending management priorities for protecting the water quality of the lake, including aquatic invasive species prevention and management; the expansion of research partnerships; and increased public education and awareness of water science. 

RLPF would like to encourage anyone interested to come learn more about NEAR’s findings and recommendations from this in-depth process. Please come and join us from the comfort of your home or office as we discuss the Lake Management Plan that is being developed for Raquette Lake to combat Invasive Species.  Public input has been critical to the final plan which will be completed in December 2021.  Ask questions, and hear about the work completed so far.  Let your voice be heard!

Email [email protected] to receive a zoom link to the presentation.

Photo of Raquette Lake by Dave Gibson/Almanack file photo

 


Wednesday, November 24, 2021

New York Coyote Parasite Survey

coyoteGraduate students at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) are asking for public assistance in the collection of samples as part of a study for an emerging zoonotic parasite. Samples for this study consist of gastrointestinal tracts from coyotes harvested within DEC Regions 3-7, which can be shipped to SUNY ESF where they will be screened for the parasite Echinococcus spp.

The parasite is a tapeworm that typically infects wild canids (foxes, coyotes) but can infect domestic animals as well as humans. The goal of this study is to identify the distribution of the parasite throughout the sampling range, so that areas of high parasite levels and infection risk can be found.

More information on the project can be found at the NY Echinococcus Project webpage or by emailing Corinne Conlon.

Photo by Gregory VanSplunder.


Tuesday, November 23, 2021

An APA meeting with a chairman

APA signJohn Ernst chaired his first Adirondack Park Agency meeting last week. The agency met virtually again. It was not without technical hiccups. A state-run web system crash left some APA staff unable to control the Webex meeting for a time. This meant public commenters had to wait until the end of the meeting to speak, and some staff could not show their PowerPoint presentations. But the presentations were posted online so board members and the public could follow along. Patient members of the public waited nearly three hours later to speak.

Ernst fielded an agenda thick with information about solar projects and the agency’s role. In case you missed it, we had a short story about that last week you can read here.

We continue to follow the agency’s first public comment period over a subdivision in Jay. The APA is regularly updating its website with the latest comments submitted.

At the other end of the park in the town of Mayfield, we talked to an entrepreneur who wants to build an RV park on Great Sacandaga Lake. He has not yet submitted a permit application to the APA, but his plans are before the town’s planning board. Several folks in the neighborhood are against the proposal. You can read more about that here or by clicking the story below.

Have a healthy and happy Thanksgiving!

Editor’s note: This first appeared in Gwen’s weekly “Adirondack Report” email. Click here to sign up.


Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Stuff the Turkey, Not the Trash

adirondack tukey

Regardless of how you’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving this year, you can still keep wasted food out of the picture by reaching for your favorite tips and tricks to avoid throwing out good ingredients and your holiday meal favorites! Check out some of our tips below.
Ways to waste less food this Thanksgiving:

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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Ti Festival of Trees runs Nov. 26 to Dec. 31

festival of treesThe Ticonderoga Historical Society invites the public to visit the Annual Festival of Trees, taking place at the Hancock House through December 31.

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