Friday, June 15, 2018

Old in Art School: Historian Nell Painter Book Event Sunday

old in art schoolNell Painter, author, artist and Professor of American History, Emerita, at Princeton, is set to host a signing and discussing of her new book, Old in Art School, on Sunday, June 17th, at 4 pm.

The event will be held at Lake Flower Landing, 421 Flower Avenue in Saranac Lake. Painter will be joined in discussion by Keene Valley artist Frank Owen. » Continue Reading.


Friday, June 15, 2018

Lost, Injured Hikers: Adirondack Forest Ranger Highlights

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.


Friday, June 15, 2018

This Week’s Big Adirondack News Stories


Thursday, June 14, 2018

More Adirondack Lake Trout Monitoring Needed

spawning lake trout Lake Trout are designated species of Greatest Conservation Need in NY, based on the reduction of cold, well oxygenated waters in lakes due to climate change.

Lake Trout, Salvelinus namaycush are one of two native salmonines to the interior Adirondacks, Brook Trout, S. fontinalis being the other.

However, unlike Brook Trout, which can be found from small headwater streams to deeper lakes, Lake Trout reside in the hypolimnion (bottom) of lakes during the majority of the year, where water temperatures are most suitable. The depth of the hypolimnion depends on many factors, including latitude, size of the lake, and the height of surrounding land that offers protection from the wind.  » Continue Reading.


Thursday, June 14, 2018

Adirondack Outdoor Conditions This Weekend (June 14)

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 unwanted or unneeded items at lean-tos and campsites. Do not litter. Take the free online Leave No Trace course here.

SPECIAL NOTICES FOR THIS WEEKEND
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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Public Access Planned For Three Sisters Preserve

Three Sisters Preserve The Lake Placid Land Conservancy (LPLC) has received a $26,000 grant to complete a management plan and develop public access improvements at their recently acquired Three Sisters Preserve in the Town of Wilmington.

After closing, the Barkeater Trails Alliance (BETA) constructed a 1.5-mile trail on the Preserve to connect the hamlet area of Wilmington to Hardy Road. This trail provides an off-road connection between the Flume Trails, the hamlet and the popular mountain bike trails in the DEC Wilmington Wild Forest Beaver Brook Tract along Hardy Road.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Skip Baker Memorial Supports Horses-Vets Program

skip bakerThe inaugural Skip Baker Memorial Fundraising Hike, benefiting the Equicenter Heroes and Horses Veterans Program, has been set for Saturday, August 11th.

In the summer of 2017, Ralph ‘Skip’ Baker lost his life while hiking in the High Peaks. Baker was a 26-year Air Force veteran who spent his retirement volunteering at the Equicenter in Honeoye NY, a non-profit organization.

The Equicenter mission is to “foster the personal growth and individual achievement of people with disabilities, at-risk youth, veterans, and their families using a wide range of therapeutic equestrian and related programs.” While volunteering at the Equicenter, Skip helped develop the Heroes for Horses program for veterans. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Advocates: State Responsible for Polluting Adirondack Wells

road saltLake George Waterkeeper Chris Navitsky has called road salt “the acid rain of our time.”

Now, a newly-completed study of Adirondack wells claims that most wells that receive runoff from state roads are contaminated with salt.

The study conducted by the Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute comes on the heels of an earlier study that argued that 84% of the contamination of surface waters by road salting could be attributed to state practices. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Blue Mountain Lake Stewards Get A New Boat

Stewards Tim Leach and Jake Collins with the new boatThe Blue Mountain Lake Island Stewards will have a new boat for the 2018 season thanks to the Blue Mountain Lake Fund. The old boat was notably leaky.

The stewards monitor the state-owned islands and Castle Rock, educating the public in proper, legal and environmentally-sensitive practices. The stewards also monitor the lakes of the Eckford Chain for invasive species as well as educate the public in ways to reduce the spread of invasives. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Gore Mountain Opens July 7 With New Activities

Northwoods Gondola in summerGore Mountain opens for the summer on Saturday, July 7, with a variety of new activities and events.

The more extensive warm-weather schedule invites guests to explore the mountain 10 am to 5 pm Thursday-Sunday through September 2, and fall weekends through October 7. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

New Findings On Relocated Adirondack Loons

loonBiodiversity Research Institute (BRI) has announced results of its five-year loon study Restore the Call. Among the findings was that a male loon chick relocated from the Adirondack Park to the Assawompsett Pond Complex (APC) in southeastern Massachusetts in 2015 returned to the APC lake from which it fledged.

The identification of this loon (through color bands) marks the first confirmed account of an adult loon returning to the lake to which it was translocated, captive-reared, and then fledged. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Native Foods: Chugging Chaga at Tea-Time

Chaga Mushroom Ingredients for healthy beverages are free for the taking outdoors if you can get past the introduction stage.

Hemlock tea, one of my favorites, is a good example. This is not the recipe poor Socrates used, which was made with the toxic perennial herb, poison-hemlock. The kind I serve is a vitamin-C-rich infusion of needles and young shoots from the stately eastern hemlock tree, Tsuga canadensis. This hemlock tea is great with a touch of honey, and the good part is that you can drink it more than once. Plus it’s fun to see the reaction when I offer it to guests. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Adirondack High Peaks Trail Crew Is Hiring

Adirondack Mountain Club maintains trailsDEC is looking to hire a Trail Crew Labor Supervisor and four Trail Crew Laborers to work on projects in the High Peaks Wilderness from June to October 2018.

The work is expected to focus on primitive campsite construction and restoration, trail work including drainage and blowdown removal and some bridge and ladder construction in Avalanche Pass.

What follows are the job descriptions from DEC: » Continue Reading.


Monday, June 11, 2018

AWA: Snowmobile Decision Calls Into Question Other Road Claims

black river wild forestA local wilderness advocacy organization is expressing concerns about road definitions in a pending management plan that could have implications around the Adirondack Park.

Adirondack Wilderness Advocates (AWA) says that DEC’s plan for new trails and parking facilities the Black River Wild Forest likely does not conform with State Land Master Plan guidance, and part of the reason is a recent snowmobile decision that went against Protect the Adirondacks in 2017. » Continue Reading.


Monday, June 11, 2018

Local Writers: Latest E-book and Print Trends

As an author of many books and publisher (with my partner) of many others, it behooves me to keep up on the latest trends in the world of books.

This includes the ongoing question considered by many of my Adirondack friends and acquaintances who are authors: should I sell printed copies, or is it better to go digital with e-books? Or maybe a combination of the two? It’s an issue I’ve addressed here in years past, particularly in 2013 and 2014 when the e-book explosion rocked the industry, leading many experts and non-experts alike to conclude that the end for printed books was clearly in sight. » Continue Reading.