Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Hamilton Healthy Food Connections Grow

farmers market signThe Hamilton Healthy Food Connections program, offering financial assistance for fresh foods at local farmers markets, is returning in 2021.

“We see this as an extension of that neighbor who sneaks onto your porch and leaves you a couple of whatever they’re growing,” says Ben Strader, Director of the Blue Mountain Center. “It’s local food and local people, sharing.”

In 2020, Hamilton Healthy Food Connections program began with funding from the Adirondack Foundation’s Sudden and Urgent Needs Fund – a Covid-19 relief fund dedicated to meeting immediate, pandemic-related needs here in the Adirondacks. The program, organized by Blue Mountain Center’s Hamilton Helps Project and the Indian Lake Community Development Corporation (ILCDC), was intended to help Hamilton County residents access fresh and healthy food at nearby farmers markets. It offered $20 “farmers market certificates” redeemable for any fresh produce or meat at Hamilton County farmers markets.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Rent a Bear Canister, Save a Life

bear cubThe black bear’s sleek black coat and seven-foot frame used to symbolize Adirondack wilderness. The black bear could be found munching on berries or grabbing fish from a stream. Today, black bears in the High Peaks scavenge for food left out by backpackers and hikers. Black bears are opportunist hunters and will eat whatever is the easiest to find. Why bother hunting when a human has a feast prepared?

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Adirondack Interpretive Center’s summer events

painting by Christopher RosierA look at some of the events coming up at the Adirondack Interpretive Center in Newcomb. All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Wildlife Wednesdays

July 21st – Owls of the Adirondacks
Did you know that the Adirondack Park is home to seven different species of owl? Explore their natural history and habitats as we walk along the AIC trail system.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

[email protected] Symposium

wild idea [email protected] Symposium took place on on June 22 and the organizations were happy to host so many lively conversations on the legacy and future of the Adirondack Park Agency. We thank all who attended the live event for your thoughtful questions and input.

All three sessions of the symposium are now available for viewing on our Vimeo page. Links to each session as well as a link to the special preview of the upcoming Mountain Lake PBS documentary on the early years of the APA (based on Brad Edmondson’s new book, A Wild Idea) are below.

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Monday, July 19, 2021

Pollution is a rural problem, too

wellWater pollution is a big concern for us here in the Adirondack Park, and we’re not just talking about the kind that wafts in from out-of-state smokestacks and deposits acid in our lakes.

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Monday, July 19, 2021

Report Moose Sightings to DEC

mooseDEC asks the public to report moose sightings online as part of ongoing efforts to monitor moose across New York. While the Adirondacks are home to most New York moose, some live in the eastern part of the state along the Vermont and Massachusetts borders. Moose can also occasionally be found in southeastern New York and the Catskills, but these are usually individuals that have dispersed from other areas. In 2020, the public submitted over 250 moose observations to DEC, and approximately 50 have been reported so far this year.

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Monday, July 19, 2021

Traffic impact information for IRONMAN triathlon on July 25

imlp bike female athlete

Lake Placid, NY – The 21st annual IRONMAN Lake Placid triathlon will take place from 6:25 a.m. to midnight Sunday, July 25. The triathlon route includes a 2.4-mile swim in Mirror Lake, a 112-mile bike ride through Lake Placid, Keene, Upper Jay, Jay, Black Brook, and Wilmington, and a 26.2-mile run in and around the Lake Placid village.

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Sunday, July 18, 2021

It’s Berry Picking Season!

picking berriesSummertime is the perfect time to go berry picking! Plenty of berries are just coming into season, and many more will soon. Here are a couple posts from our archive covering all things berry-related:

From 2012: A delicious blueberry sorbet recipe!

From 2014: An informational article on wild blackberry season in the Adirondacks.

From 2016: On the color of cranberries

From 2016: Juneberries ripening in July

From 2019: Facts about growing berries in the North Country

From 2020: Northern New York runs grower trials for 3 fruits in an effort to establish new commercial fruit crops

Click here to explore all articles tagged under berries in our archive.

Photo: Blueberry harvest at Wild Work Farm in Keene Valley, NY. Netting over berry bushes protects the crop from birds. Most small-scale diversified farms and orchards pick their harvests by hand. Photo provided by Adirondack Harvest

 


Sunday, July 18, 2021

Free “Trees in Trouble” Talk on July 21 via Zoom

trees in trouble graphic

Invasive forest insects and diseases are one of the most severe and urgent threats to the health of Adirondack forests. The first occurrence of emerald ash borer in the Adirondack Park was identified in July 2020. Just a few weeks later the first major infestation of hemlock woolly adelgid in the region was discovered. These two forest pests have the potential to significantly alter the forested landscape of the Adirondacks. In addition, several other damaging pests and diseases are present in other regions of the state and could migrate to the Adirondacks.

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Sunday, July 18, 2021

Keeseville Community Arts Festival: July 23-25

plein air artist

AdkAction is hosting a three-day celebration of arts and artists from July 23-25. The festival will fan out across Keeseville, with several local organizations and businesses holding visual and performing arts events.

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Sunday, July 18, 2021

Weekly news round up

A collection of interesting reads:

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Saturday, July 17, 2021

Celebrating the Spirit of Generosity

giveAcross the Adirondack region, life is returning to something resembling normal. Communities are beginning to host events, businesses are welcoming customers, and neighbors are opening their doors to each other — in short, we’re all coming back together. It’s for this reason that Adirondack Foundation is celebrating the Spirit of Generosity all summer long by sharing stories about the people and places that make our home so special.

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Saturday, July 17, 2021

MAKE IT: Tomato/Tomato Paste Salsa

salsaThis USDA tested and approved recipe is from the University of Georgia Extension. It yields 7-8 pints, and produces a lovely, vinegar-free salsa. This recipe provides a perfect method to use – and preserve – the abundant ripe tomatoes currently (or almost) available at farmers’ markets or even your own gardens! Make sure to use caution when handling chilis and jalapeños, so that you do not inadvertently get the capsaicin oil in your eyes (don’t ask me why I am including that information here!).

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Saturday, July 17, 2021

Plan Next Year’s Perennial Wildflower Garden Now

rudbecka hirta black eyed susan

Look at the wild flowers. See how they grow. – Luke 12:27; International Children’s Bible

You belong among the wildflowers. – Tom Petty

Love is like wildflowers; it’s often found in the most unlikely places. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

As I walk along the fields, meadows, and roads or hike through the forests of northern New York, I often come across wildflowers and think, “those would look great in my yard.” Native wildflowers are hardy, low maintenance, and attractive to pollinators, which makes them very desirable for cultivated landscapes. And, because they’re adapted to the climate and soils of the region, when grown under similar conditions they’re generally well-suited for use in home gardens and landscapes.

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Friday, July 16, 2021

DEC And APA Have A Big Task To Get Back On The Right Side Of Forever Wild

tree cutting lawsuit

The May 4, 2021, decision by the New York Court of Appeals ruled that Class II Community Connector Snowmobile Trails violated Article 14, Section 1, of the New York Constitution. This ruling capped an 8-year legal challenge by Protect the Adirondacks against the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Adirondack Park Agency (APA). In the end, eight of the twelve judges who looked at the evidence found that Class II trails were unconstitutional.

For two decades, Protect the Adirondacks, its predecessor organizations, and many others, took the position that Class II trails, or anything like them, violated Article 14, Section 1, the forever wild clause of the State Constitution. Few at these state agencies heeded our concerns.

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