Monday, January 22, 2024

Warren and Herkimer counties offer tree and shrub sales

warren county tree and shrub saleWarren County

Each spring, the District offers a tree and shrub seedling sale in April to interested landowners throughout Warren County. We coordinate this program so landowners can take advantage of bulk buying to improve the landscape around their property.

Buying young bare root seedlings is a small investment that can:

  • Provide beneficial habitat for wildlife
  • Encourage pollinators such as hummingbirds, butterflies, bees and more!
  • Help stabilize and reduce soil erosion
  • Improve water quality in Warren County
  • Beautify areas in the community and much more!

Beyond the tree and shrub seedlings; you can also order fruit trees, conservation packs, tree shelters, bluebird, bat and wood duck houses, wildflower seed mixes, deer plot seed mix and upland game bird seed mixes.

If you have any questions related to this program, species selection, or planting ideas, please feel free to contact the office at any time.

Email: Jake Dunkley at jaked@warrenswcd.org

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Sunday, January 21, 2024

Playmakers

high school football team photo

Playmakers

As NFL football moves into playoffs on its way toward the Super Bowl, I thought Id share this high school football memory story. Sometimes a young student-athletes most important life lessons arent learned in a classroom. This high school football moment was one of them.

Leadership isnt always defined by the score.

To read the full story, click the link & read on.

Photo: Fall 1979, Saranac Lake Varsity Football Team, 1980 Canaras Yearbook photo. Photo provided by Dick Monroe.


Sunday, January 21, 2024

State plan includes water quality grants, civic engagement

algal bloom on Rollins pond

Gov. Kathy Hochul will double the state’s grants to local governments that build new or renovate existing water and wastewater treatment systems, her State of the State message noted, vastly widening the pool of Adirondack communities that can now take advantage of state funding.

The Governor also outlined plans to curb harmful algal blooms and to engage more students in civic service that includes working to limit – and cope with — the impacts of climate change, the Adirondack Council noted today.

“Doubling the available clean water money will have an immediate positive impact on water quality across the Adirondacks,” said Raul J. Aguirre, Executive Director of the Adirondack Council. “For many small Adirondack communities, a state matching grant of 25% was not enough to make a multi-million-dollar wastewater project affordable for local taxpayers. Doubling those grants to 50% of the project cost changes the whole landscape for the better. Many more Adirondack hamlets and villages will be able to act to protect their residents, their lakes and the water that flows to the rest of the state through rivers that begin here.”

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Sunday, January 21, 2024

Weekly news round up

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Saturday, January 20, 2024

Army troop of turkeys in yard, 130 mallard ducks in Inlet channel

Tufted titmouse

Winter has arrived a couple of months late, and the snowmobilers and skiers finally have enough snow to play on. This last three inches of snow that came yesterday morning [Jan. 14] was the best snow we have had all winter (and [we had] no rain following it when it stopped.) I saw a few people skiing down the trail behind the house and heard many snowmobiles going up the road out front. Sitting in my chair upstairs, I can see their lights coming down Limekiln Road from near the top of the hill to the ski trail parking lot. I know when it snows, as I can see the lights of the town crew plowing the road in the dark and I can also see them as they are plowing out the parking lot right from my bedroom window.

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Saturday, January 20, 2024

Synchrony. Serendipity. Shimmer. Sahara.

Photo in memory of Shimmer the cat

Same day, thirteen years ago,

we brought them home together from the

ASPCA shelter on 92nd, our two marvelous

cats. Shimmer, age 2, pulled his

twenty pound frame and twisted

rear leg from a tiny cage and charmed and

cajoled himself onto my wife’s lap,

the master survivalist.

Sahara,

barely a year, a black and white tuxedo

with a black stocking on each

leg, “coco (chanel) bunny” for short,

did the same, jumped into my lap as I

squatted next to her and into my heart.

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Saturday, January 20, 2024

2024 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival set for Feb. 2-11

2024 creepy carnival Saranac Lake Wiinter Festival buttonSaranac Lake, NY– Visitors from around the world will travel to New York’s Adirondack Mountains from Feb. 2-11, 2024 to celebrate the annual Saranac Lake Winter Carnival with a ‘Creepy Carnival’ theme. They join in the revelry alongside local residents who have made it their family tradition for generations.

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival is the longest-running event of its kind in the eastern U.S. dating to 1897. The Carnival began as a one-day event to break the monotony of the long Adirondack winter and has grown into a 10-day festival that includes an Ice Palace, sports, performances, two parades and three sets of spectacular fireworks.

Over the years, the Winter Carnival has retained the warmth, charm and camaraderie of a community celebration. The Carnival is organized by an all-volunteer group called the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee, or more formally, the Society for the preservation of Winter Carnival, Saranac Lake, Inc. It is a community-driven festival made possible by the efforts of many volunteers and sponsors.

One of the longest-running traditions at the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival is the Winter Carnival button.The buttons are collected by residents and visitors every year, especially since “Doonesbury” creator and Saranac Lake native Garry Trudeau began designing the buttons in 1981. They can be purchased at various locations around Saranac Lake or by mail order. In 2012, Trudeau also began designing collectible posters as a fundraiser for the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, January 20, 2024

Rowan Arquette advocates for college, career readiness training

When Rowan Arquette chats up Beekmantown Central School students about college, he sees younger versions of himself.

“I gravitate toward kids who are teetering on the edge,” said Rowan, a College and Career Readiness Fellow for CFES GEAR UP. “I like to see them thrive and soar.”

As part of a seven-year grant awarded to CFES in 2018, the GEAR UP (“Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs”) program has teamed up with seven school districts – AuSable Valley, Beekmantown, Crown Point, Malone, Moriah, Ticonderoga, and Willsboro – in New York’s rural North Country to prepare low-income students for college.

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Friday, January 19, 2024

It’s Debatable: Milfoil herbicide

Invasive Eurasian watermilfoil.

Editor’s note: This “It’s Debatable” column ran in the Jan/Feb 2024 issue of Adirondack Explorer magazine.  In this regular column, we invite organizations and/or individuals to address a particular issue. Click here to subscribe to the magazine, available in both print and digital formats: www.adirondackexplorer.org/subscribe.

The Question: Should ProcellaCOR be used to kill park milfoil?

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Friday, January 19, 2024

Hickory Ski Center to reopen Jan. 20

Hickory Ski Center in Warrensburg

Warrensburg, NY – Hickory Ski Center’s lifts will run again. Hickory will reopen to the public for skiing and snowboarding on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2024. Following several years of renovation, infrastructure investment, and fundraising, the beloved Adirondack ski area will feature its iconic steep vertical terrain (with breathtaking views from the top of the Three Sisters Mountains), a
beginner area for new skiers, and comfort food from Three Sisters Café.


Friday, January 19, 2024

Outdoor Conditions (1/19): Knowing the signs of frostbite

outdoor conditions graphicThe following are only the most recent notices pertaining to public lands in the Adirondacks. Please check the Adirondack Backcountry webpages for a full list of notices, including seasonal road statuses, rock climbing closures, specific trail conditions, and other pertinent information.

NEW THIS WEEK

  • Snow Report (1/18): The following report describes conditions as of Thursday, 1/18. Changing weather may affect conditions. There is 89 cm (35in) of snow at the Colden Caretaker Cabin. Snow levels vary at higher elevations. Conditions now require snowshoes to be worn where snow depths exceed 8 inches, which as of 1/17 was beyond Marcy Dam. Microspikes/crampons are needed. The lakes are in.
  • Open Snowmobile Trails: As of 1/18, most snowmobile trails are now open; but visitors are advised to plan ahead and check local club, county, and state webpages and resources, including the NYSSA Snowmobile web map, for up-to-date snowmobile trail information.

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Friday, January 19, 2024

Latest news headlines

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

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Thursday, January 18, 2024

Salt solutions from outside New York

A highway truck heads along Route 9N in Upper Jay near the East Branch of the Ausable River.

Seeking solutions:

New York uses more road salt than any state in the country. But that doesn’t mean it’s the only state grappling with the perennial challenge of keeping roads safe while minimizing damage to critical water resources.

For our current issue of Adirondack Explorer magazine, I scoured midwestern states for lessons that could inform debates in the Adirondack Park about how best to control road salt pollution.

Here’s an overview of what I found:

  • Regulate: Despite a longstanding federal recommendation, New York has never adopted a chloride standard for aquatic environments. While many of the standards I found in other state were well above levels considered healthy for lake systems, those rules were driving more formalized adoption of best practices than we have seen in New York. State officials have suggested a chloride standards is in the works in New York.

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Thursday, January 18, 2024

Saranac Lake 3P Race registration now open

Saranac Lake 3P map

Registration is open for the Saranac Lake 3P (A frontcountry adventure race featuring a variety of outdoor activities). Happening March 2 in Saranac Lake. Register as a team or individual (limited spots remaining). A mini option is available for kids to participate.

See the Sponsors page for a complete list (so far) of 2024 3P sponsors. Human Power Planet Earth in Saranac Lake has donated a Reid mountain bike to the 3P to raffle off as a fundraiser.  All proceeds this year go toward youth skiing programs at Mt. Pisgah.  Tickets can be bought online at RunReg page, at Coakley’s Hardware on Jan. 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and at Ampersound Music.

Image at top: Course map of the 2023 3P event.  Image courtesy of Saranac Lake 3P event organizers.


Thursday, January 18, 2024

NFCT hiring for 2024 stewardship season

Northern Forest Canoe trail team at Gorham Dam in NH

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) is now hiring to fill out its 2024 stewardship crew. A total of seven positions are available: six paid internships and one crew leader for the Allagash field team. The stewardship crew works with the NFCT‘s year-round staff and volunteers across New York, Vermont, Quebec, New Hampshire, and Maine to complete projects that enhance access and protect against environmental degradation along the 740-mile waterway trail that begins in Old Forge, NY, and ends in Fort Kent, Maine.

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