Friday, April 24, 2020

Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (4/23): Recreate responsibly

This weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks sent out from the NYS DEC.

For the safety of all visitors and to reduce the community spread of COVID-19, DEC and State Parks are undertaking steps to reduce public density:

  • Closing all playgrounds;
  • Limiting access to athletic courts and sporting fields
  • Canceling all public programs and events at state parks, lands, forests and facilities until further notice;
  • Closing all indoor visitor facilities, such as nature centers, environmental education centers, visitor centers, and historic houses to the public until further notice;
  • State Parks has closed all State Parks golf courses;
  • DEC is closing access to DEC-controlled fire towers to the public. Trails and the summits to the towers remain open, but the towers themselves present a potential risk with multiple people climbing the stairs, in close quarters, unable to appropriately socially distance, and using the same handrails; and
  • Limiting parking. If the parking lot is full, visit a different location to recreate responsibly. For visitor safety and the safety of others, do not park on roadsides and only park in designated parking areas.
  • New Yorkers are required to wear masks in public when appropriate social distancing cannot be maintained.

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Friday, April 24, 2020

This Week’s Big Adirondack News Stories


Thursday, April 23, 2020

Reading in Place

Good Books from Wild Places to Help Us Through Bad Times

Entodon cladorrhizans. ©Northern Forest Atlas Foundation

If you must “shelter in place”, the North Country is a good place to do so.  Those of us fortunate to live in New York’s great Adirondack Park are already accustomed to “social distancing”, and generally have ample space to get fresh air and exercise – thanks to the good work of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and regional land trusts in protecting millions of acres of wild lands and waters. We are also fortunate to have thousands of brave neighbors continuing to go to work to provide us essentials, like groceries, heating fuel, and health care.

Still, even we lucky Adirondackers – nearly as much as our fellow New Yorkers down-state wishing they could be up here – likely have more time alone now than we usually have.  Quiet time affords us chances to read. Here is a quick list of books of regional interest and/or environmental bent that I’d suggest to neighbors sheltered at home through this upsetting pandemic.

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Indian Lake Offers Free Face Masks

Now that face masks are deemed “essential,” (and required in public to help stop the spread of COVID-19), a group of volunteers in Indian Lake have been making cloth masks and distributing them free of charge. As of Friday, April 17,  they are available for pick up at Pines Country Store in Indian Lake and in the vestibule of the Adirondack Lakes Center for The Arts in Blue Mountain Lake. The contributors ask people to only take one per person. Those willing to help out with the effort by donating masks can drop them off at the Pines Country Store.

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

DEC installs docks at state boat launches; Lake Flower remains closed

The DEC and State Park’s staff work every spring to install docks at all sites before the opening day of fishing season.
Docks are being installed at boat launches statewide, and schedules for installations are dependent on water levels, weather, and ice conditions. Sites are still available for public use regardless of dock installations, but boaters are encouraged to call their regional fisheries office or the state park to check the status of a boat launch.

Restrooms will remain closed at these facilities to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and boat launches at DEC campgrounds will remain closed as well.

Saranac Lake’s Lake Flower boat launch will remain closed due to ongoing construction.

This season the DEC wants to make sure that when boating or fishing, you follow the COVID-19 public health crises recommendations. Please avoid busy waters, congested parking lots and fishing spots, avoid contact and maintain 6 feet of social distance.


Thursday, April 23, 2020

Quarantine reads: Suggestions from Almanack readers

Anne LaBastille, author of the “Woodswoman” series.

Looking for new ways to pass the time indoors?

Here are some suggestions for Adirondack and/or environmental themed books offered up by Almanack readers, who responded to a post on our Facebook page.

A mix of fiction and non-fiction, old and new (in no particular order), feel free to share your favorites in the comments!

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Online activities for Earth Day

Makeboro Trailhead courtesy The Nature Conservancy Erika BaileyThe Nature Conservancy’s Adirondack Chapter has shared the following activities for joining in the online festivities on this 50th anniversary of Earth Day:

Learn About Nature: some parents are finding it stressful to take on the roles of their teachers while the schools are closed, but the NCAC has created a Nature Lab to help children and parents alike to take part in nature related activities, in turn learning the science behind nature and what we can do to preserve it. View the Nature Lab’s resources for K-12 students here.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Battling COVID-19 boredom? Make your own puppets!

During the quarantine, Pendragon Theatre is hosting a “Germ-Free Season” series of virtual events, productions, and alternative performance formats. First up is an encore presentation of Pendragon’s 2015 production of “The Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Andersen. Streaming 24/7 at www.pendragontheatre.org.

“The Snow Queen” is directed by Matt Sorensen and features his own puppet creations. In fact, he credits that show as launching his interest in puppet making. In that vein, Sorensen has produced and posted two stay-at-home puppet camp sessions, sponsored by Adirondack Health. Children can learn how to build and perform with shadow puppets, rod puppets, sock puppets and toy theater, using common household supplies.

To find the puppet lessons you can visit the following links: Hand Puppets, and Toy Theatre Puppets.

Join Sorensen for a unique “Sock and Sip” online event on Friday May 1, from 6-8 p.m. Sorensen will walk step by step through making a sock puppet, using basic supplies (which can be found here). It costs $25 to sign up via zoom, and all proceeds go to support Pendragon’s free virtual workshops. Click here to sign up.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Earth Day Virtual Action Event

From Protect the Adirondacks:

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, everyone is invited to take part in a national virtual action event. Today through Thursday, activists, performers, thought leaders, and artists will all be collaborating on a 3-day live stream. Organized by the US Climate Strike Coalition and Stop The Money Pipeline Coalition, who together are made up of over 500 organizations, have come together to organize Earth Day Live.

Click here to more information.

Photo: Students from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay march on the first Earth Day in 1970.

 

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Rangers issue tickets to climbers; search and rescue on Hadley Mt.

forest ranger logoRecent Forest Ranger Actions

Town of Keeseville
Essex County
Protecting Peregrines:
 On April 11, Forest Ranger Sarah Bode cited two rock climbers for Failure to Obey a DEC sign. The tickets were written to a 31-year-old man from Bernardsville, New Jersey, and a 32-year-old woman from New York City for climbing closed routes on Poke O Moonshine. DEC wildlife staff closes certain cliffs and climbing routes to allow peregrine falcons to breed, select a nesting site, and encourage the birds to return to their nesting sites. Once nesting has begun, DEC wildlife staff work with Forest Rangers and other DEC programs in notifying the climbing community and public of these closures and may open climbing routes that can be used without disturbing the nesting falcons and their young. After the young falcons have fledged, climbing routes are opened. The rock climbing community has been cooperative with DEC’s efforts and climbers have volunteered to be observers, monitoring falcons and nesting activity. DEC last issued tickets to climbers for climbing on the closed routes in the early 2000s, and Forest Rangers continue to patrol and enforce these routes.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Adirondack Earth Day at 50 

NY invests in environment, public health infrastructure, bond act;

Trump’s Federal Government tearing down 50 years of progress

loonAs we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in the Adirondacks today, we see a state and a nation going in opposite directions in terms of environmental and public health protections. 

In New York, we are seeing unprecedented support for environmental progress from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s team, lawmakers and citizens.  Not only does New York have the most aggressive climate change law in the nation – the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act – but it is backing up its greenhouse gas reduction commitment with funding from a $300-million Environmental Protection Fund and a proposed $3-billion Restore Mother Nature Bond Act. 

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Every Day is Earth Day

View from the Siamese Ponds Wilderness

Every day is Earth Day. That’s what folks knew and said to each other on April 23, 1970 – and ever since. Fifty years on, April 22, 2020, it’s obvious as well as vital to act accordingly since life support systems on our fragile earth have been torn and rendered by human activity and population growth since 4/22/70. This Coronavirus COVID-19 is novel to human beings. Today’s atmospheric carbon concentrations are novel for all life on earth – and only existed some 3.5 million years ago.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Business loan program aims to help Lake Champlain/Lake George region

The Lake Champlain – Lake George Regional Planning Board is helping the region’s small businesses by offering working capital micro-loans for enterprises within Clinton, Essex, Hamilton, Warren, and Washington Counties. The loans will be available for businesses that have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. The funds are not to be used to pay off existing debt, refinancing other loans, acquire a position in business, purchase of equipment, investments, expansion, or personal expenses. Other restrictions also apply and more information can be found here.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

COVID-19 related Closings and Delays in the Adirondacks

Updated on 8/11

We are keeping a close look on popular Adirondack area attractions and putting together this list of closures/delays. This is where we’ll add openings, too as they happen (scroll to the bottom of the list).

Feel free to contribute in the comments section and/or send notices to [email protected]

Accommodations

Elk Lake Lodge (North Hudson) — closed for 2020 season

Great Camp Sagamore (Raquette Lake) — closed for 2020 season

 

Attractions

Adirondack Carousel (Saranac Lake) — closed until further notice

Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (Blue Mountain Lake) — online offerings only through the summer season

Adirondack Experience museum (Blue Mountain Lake) — offering digital programming only for this summer season

The Clinton County Historical Association Museum (Plattsburgh) will remain closed to the public indefinitely. In addition, the opening of the Bluff Point Lighthouse is also on hold.

Enchanted Forest Water Safari (Old Forge) — closed for the 2020 season

Fulton County Historical Society & Museum (Gloversville) — closed for the 2020 season

Island Chapel (Upper Saranac Lake) — closed for 2020

Lake Luzerne Music Center (Lake Luzerne) — summer camp and concert season are cancelled

Meadowmount School of Music (Westport) — closed for the summer

National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) — Adirondack programs delayed until July 

Olympic Regional Development Authority — attractions include the Olympic Center, Whiteface Mountain, the Olympic Jumping Complex and the Olympic Sports Complex at Mount Van Hoevenberg — remain closed.

Pendragon Theatre (Saranac Lake) — digital only season planned 

Raquette Lake Navigation (Raquette Lake) — closed for the 2020 season

Schroon North Hudson Historical Museum — closed for the summer

Seagle Music Colony (Schroon Lake) — canceled summer season

The Sembrich (Bolton Landing) — summer music festival cancelled; museum currently closed

Six Flags Great Escape Resort (Lake George) — Theme park and lodge are temporarily closed

 

Events

Speculator Craft Fair (Speculator) — Hamilton County Twigs will not hold its annual August craft fair this year.

Adirondack Food and Wine Festival — 2020 event canceled; 2021 dates set for June 26-27.

Adirondack Nationals Car Show (Lake George) — Originally set for Sept, canceled for 2020.

Adirondack Balloon Festival (Queensbury) — Canceled in 2020

90 Miler Canoe Race, aka the Adirondack Canoe Classic (Old Forge to Saranac Lake) — Canceled in 2020.

Adirondack Folk Music Festival (Schroon Lake) — Canceled, along with summer concert series in Schroon Lake.
The next festival is scheduled for Aug. 15, 2021.

Depot Theatre (Westport) — 2020 season canceled/postponed until 2021; alternative programming planned.

Clinton County Fair (Morrisonville) — canceled for 2020

Essex County Fair (Westport) — canceled for 2020

First Night Saranac Lake — 2020 event canceled

Franklin County Fair (Malone) – canceled for 2020

Elvis Festival (Lake George) — canceled

Fishing tournaments (Massena) — The Town of Massena and Fishing League Worldwide are canceling two major FLW tournaments that were to have been held in Massena this summer. The Toyota Series 2020 Tournament (July 9 to 13) and Pro Circuit Championship (Aug. 24 to 29) are both canceled.

Ironman (Lake Placid) — Both the full triathlon and half triathlon canceled for 2020. Next full tri takes place July 25, 2021; half tri canceled for 2021 as well.

Otis Mountain Get Down  (Elizabethtown) — Annual music festival canceled

Lake George Music Festival (Lake George) — Season postponed to 2021; virtual events planned

Lake Placid Sinfonietta (Lake Placid) — Summer season canceled

Lake Placid Horse Shows (Lake Placid) — canceled their events/summer season

Adirondack Theatre Festival (Glens Falls) — Summer program/events canceled

Saranac Lake weekly concerts on the green — canceled

Ausable Two-Fly Challenge (Wilmington) – rescheduled for September 17-19, 2020

Black Fly Challenge (Inlet/Indian Lake) – postponed until June 12, 2021

Hoss’s Country Corner (Long Lake) — canceled this year’s Authors Night

Summer Naturalist Programs at Heart Lake (Lake Placid) – canceled for 2020

Ticonderoga Triathlon Festival (Ticonderoga) – Postponed until June 19, 2021.

Tupper Arts Summer Sunset music series (Tupper Lake) — canceled/postponed until 2021, along with Little Loggers kids shows.

Tupper Lake Tinman (Tupper Lake) – Will be held as a virtual event open from June 27 to July 27.

Tupper Lake Warrior Run (Tupper Lake) – postponed until Fall 2020

Wilmington Uphill Bike Race (Wilmington) – postponed until 2021

Wilmington-Whiteface 100K (Wilmington) – postponed until fall 2020

 

RECREATION:

Trails/recreation closed

Pilot Knob (Lake George)

The Pinnacle (Bolton)

Cobble Hill (Lake Placid)

Rattlesnake Mountain (Willsboro)

Lake Flower Boat Launch is closed due to construction (not COVID-related) (Saranac Lake)

Whiteface Mountain Ski Area is closed to public access. This blocks public access to Bear Den Mountain Trailhead and Trail.

The shuttle in the town of Keene between the Marcy Field Parking Lot and the Garden Trailhead remains closed.

Youth summer camps are closed to overnight stays. Day camps are still permitted.

 

Openings/updates

Akwesasne Mohawk Casino (Hogansburg): Opening Aug. 31 (updated from original Aug. 3 date)

Hyde Collection (Glens Falls) — Reopened Aug. 1

Tucker Farm (Gabriels) — Annual corn maze opens Aug 14

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival to go forward with planning 2021 event

Gore Mountain (Northville): Open for disc golf, biking, hiking and gondola rides

Silver Lake Bog Trail (Clinton County) — Reopened

Historic Saranac Lake — Saranac Laboratory Museum open Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

DEC fire towers: open

Otter Creek Horse Trails: Campground reopened (Lewis County)

Ausable Chasm (Port Kent) — While adventurous activities, like tubing and rock climbing, aren’t yet available, the park’s five miles of scenic trails have been opened for hiking and exploring since June 15.

The Almanzo Wilder Homestead in Burke, NY is now open for private tours by appointment Thursday through Monday. The Visitor Center is open to the public.

ORDA-run Olympics properties reopen: A new zipline at the Olympic Jumping Complex opened on July 17. The new gondola at the complex is also now open.

Mountain biking on the cross-country trails of Mt. Van Hoevenberg is now available.

The Veterans Memorial Highway at Whiteface is open.

The Wild Center — Reopened July 15

Saranac Lake Chamber’s Welcome Center — opened July 2

Lake George Steamboat Co. (Lake George) — Opened on June 13

Hotel Saranac (Saranac Lake) — Reopened June 15

The Hedges (Blue Mountain Lake) — Opened June 17

Adirondack Plein Air Festival (throughout the Park) — taking place July 30-Aug. 19, with online exhibition and art sale starting Aug. 23 at www.saranaclakeartworks.org.

TAUNY Center and Folk Store (Canton) — Reopened on June 8.

Adirondack Artists Guild (Saranac Lake) —  Begins gradual reopening on June 19. For the remainder of June, the Gallery will be open Fridays and Saturdays, from 11 – 3 pm, which could expand in July.

Lake Placid Center for the Arts (Lake Placid) — Gallery 46 on Main Street is open to the public: https://www.gallery46.org/

View Arts Center (Old Forge) has a target reopening to the public on June 29.

Fort Ticonderoga (Ticonderoga) — Opening for the season on June 30

Adirondack Animal Land (Gloversville) — Opening July 1 as a drive-through attraction

Adirondack Folk School (Lake Luzerne) is open and classes have resumed.

Tupper Arts Center (Tupper Lake) has a target reopening of July 15.

Fishing tournaments: The 2020 SiteOne Bassmaster Elite tournament on the St. Lawrence is slated to take place July 23-26. The following week, from July 30-Aug. 2, Bassmaster Elite tournament takes place on Lake Champlain.

NYS Campgrounds: New York State Park campsites, cabins and cottages are currently open. Click here to make a reservation for all available sites – including tents, trailers, RVs, cabins, yurts and cottages. Reservations are expected to fill quickly. No walk-up camping stays will be accepted. DEC campgrounds: DEC-managed campgrounds in the Adirondacks and Catskills are now open as well.

Whiteface Club and Resort (Lake Placid) is in the process of reopening.

The Lake Champlain Ferry between Essex, NY and Charlotte, VT is scheduled to reopen on May 1.

Spirit Airlines to resume service to/from Plattsburgh airport starting May 2

NYS-run beaches opened Friday, May 22.

Adirondack Mountain Club’s High Peaks Information Center reopened May 22. Parking at Adirondak Loj Trailhead remains open to the public for a fee, but vehicles should be more than six feet apart. The restrooms on the back porch of the High Peaks Information Center are also open.

For a complete update of ADK-owned and managed properties and programs, go here: https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2020/05/adirondack-mountain-club-extends-property-closures.html

 

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Lake Champlain Basin Program Offers Emergency Grants

Archaeological Tour of Lake ChamplainThe Lake Champlain Basin Program is providing watershed organizations located within the Basin with emergency funding of up to $5,000. The grants are intended to provide relief for those adversely affected by COVID-19, so they may continue to operate throughout this turbulent time. The grants are a one-time award and will be made available for immediate relief. Projects must begin within a week of notification of award and be completed within 90 days.

The LCBP has awarded over $10 million to more than 1,300 projects since 1992 within New York and Vermont, and all applications will be reviewed by independent volunteers.

The deadline of the grant proposals are due April 24 and should be sent to  [email protected].

More information about the grants can be found at www.lcbp.org/grants.



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