Friday, September 13, 2019

Key Speakers Announced for ANCA Meeting

2019 anca meetingAdirondack North Country Association’s (ANCA) 2019 Annual Meeting has been set for Friday, September 20th, from 2 to 4 pm at Great Camp Sagamore in Raquette Lake. The meeting will focus on New York State’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) and opportunities it presents for the region. » Continue Reading.


Friday, September 13, 2019

This Week’s Big Adirondack News Stories


Thursday, September 12, 2019

A Living, Growing Memorial to Brother Yusuf

I recently went back to an area where the NYS DEC Forest Rangers and Foresters had recruited us to help plant young potted and bare root trees from the DEC’s Saratoga Tree Nursery on an eroding section of Adirondack Forest Preserve. The planting took place seven growing seasons ago. How were they doing today?

Among the tree planters were Brother Yusuf Abdul-Wasi (Joseph Burgess) and his team of youth and adult counselors and teachers from the Green Tech Charter School in Albany and Youth Ed-Venture and Nature Network or YENN, and several volunteers from Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, September 12, 2019

Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (Sept 12)

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

Contribute Your Knowledge: Add a comment below, or send your observations, corrections, updates, and suggestions to adklmanack@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. Carry proper safety equipment and weather protection and bring plenty of water and lights, and a map. When on the trail, stay together, monitor the time, and be prepared to turn back. Accidents happen to the most experienced people. Be prepared to spend an unplanned night in the woods in cold temperatures. Always carry food, a space blanket, emergency whistle, first aid kit, fire making tools, extra clothing layers and socks, a map and compass, and the knowledge to use them. Inform someone of your itinerary and 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.

September 12th, 2019 – SPECIAL NOTICES » Continue Reading.


Thursday, September 12, 2019

Warren Co Master Gardener Training to Start

Peter Benoit and Kevin Donovan Master Gardeners working at East Side CenterThe Warren County Master Gardener Training Program has announced they are now accepting applications for 2020 training. The program is open to anyone who has an interest in expanding their gardening experience and knowledge.

The Master Gardener Training Program provides attendees the opportunity to learn how to improve their gardens and landscapes by sharing information with fellow-Master Gardeners during the training, and following the training, by participating in community-based horticultural programs, educational projects and helping people in the community with their gardening questions. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, September 12, 2019

The Adirondack Balloon Festival Celebrating 47 Years

The Adirondack Balloon Festival, considered the oldest and largest hot air balloon event on the East Coast, is once again taking place in Lake George on September 19-22. The event adds to the fall color of the Adirondack landscape. Watching the balloons fill the sky is a breathtaking experience.

The schedule kicks-off on Thursday, September 19,  at Glen Falls’ Crandall Park. Live music, vendors, and children’s activities help set the tone for the weekend. Weather permitting, a flight of 20 balloons will fill the sky. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Myths About Adirondack Military Roads

cannon abandoned in 1776 by Sir John JohnsonDuring a recent discussion concerning pre-Civil War roads in the Adirondacks I mentioned to a friend that I am amazed by the number of people who insist on calling certain roads “Old Military Roads” even though they never had a military purpose.

My friend told me he heard that a hunter once found the remains of an old cannon somewhere near Terror Lake deep in the Pigeon Lake Wilderness. His point, I think, was that the cannon must have been abandoned in the course of some American military expedition along a long-vanished woods road. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, September 11, 2019

90-Miler Adirondack Canoe Classic Results for 2019

90 miler Adirondack Canoe Classic

The three-day 90-Miler Adirondack Canoe Classic starts in Old Forge and ends in Blue Mountain Lake on day one; starts in Long Lake and ends near Tupper Lake day two; and starts at the NYSDEC Fish Creek Campground Day 3 and finishes on Lake Flower in Saranac Lake.

This year, of the 250 boats that started the event on Friday, 235 finished on Sunday. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Nicks Lake Campground In Old Forge Gets Upgrades

Nicks Lake Day Use Area provided by DECNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation has recently completed of upgrades to Nicks Lake Campground on Bisby Road in Old Forge, Herkimer County.

The campground is known for it’s wildlife friendly surroundings and abuts a 205-acre shallow lake closed to motor boats for quiet water canoeing, kayaking, or swimming. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Several 70-Year-Olds Rescued in the Adirondacks

forest ranger logoNew 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, September 10, 2019

Annual Arbor Day Poster and Artwork Contests

2019 arbor day poster by Paul BergwallThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s annual State Arbor Day poster contests have begun.

Each year, DEC’s Urban and Community Forestry program offers two artwork contests for New Yorkers – one for all members of the public, and one for fifth-grade students. Both contests aim to promote the value of trees in the environment and New Yorkers’ lives. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Cole Porter Musical Revue in North Creek

The Seagle Music Colony’s revue HOT!, the Music of Cole Porter will appear in the Lyle Dye Auditorium at Tannery Pond Community Center. » Continue Reading.


Monday, September 9, 2019

Joe Mahay, An Adirondack Park Activist, 1946-2019

Longtime grassroots Adirondack Park environmental activist Joe Mahay died in early August at home with his family.  Joe and his wife Naomi Tannen had been living in Florence, Massachusetts, where for the past year and a half Joe had dealt with metastatic cancer and chemotherapy.

Joe was one of the founders of the Residents’ Committee to Protect the Adirondacks and twice served as its Chair, tactfully leading the organization through its formative years and a raucous debate over the future of the Adirondack Park in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Joe had a long career as an administrator at a non-profit agency working with people with developmental disabilities in Essex County and poured his volunteer time for many years into the protection of the Forest Preserve and Adirondack Park.

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Monday, September 9, 2019

Glens Falls ‘Bicyclists Bring Business’ Event

Bicyclists Bring BusinessBicyclists Bring Business, a roundtable discussion and community bike-a-round has been set for September 10th and 11th, in Glens Falls.

Tourism professionals, business owners, municipal officials, and cyclists are invited for a discussion on ways to attract cyclists to communities and help ensure sure that businesses are ready to capitalize on bicycle tourism. » Continue Reading.


Monday, September 9, 2019

Local Summit Hopes To Build School Readiness

bridge to schoolThe Adirondack Birth to Three Alliance, a program of Adirondack Foundation, has announced a summit for school administrators, child care providers, parents, teachers, pediatricians and others involved in the lives of young children.

Featuring keynote speaker Rachel Wagner, Bridge to School: Building School Readiness in our Youngest Learners focuses on ways to build resilience and school readiness for kids advancing from preschool to kindergarten. » Continue Reading.