New 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.
True story: Maybe eight or 10 years ago, we were acting as Trail Angels for an Alabama judge who was hiking the Appalachian Trail. When he reached our neck of the woods in Maryland, we picked him up, brought him into town for a shower and took him to lunch in Sharpsburg, Md., scene of the famed Battle of Antietam.
At that time, I was still young enough that I would, like guys do, reflexively choose the biggest slab of meat on the menu, saving me any intellectual deliberation. On this day, the restaurant had a burger they called the Howitzer, which fit the bill, so after ordering we went on chatting about the judge’s hike, and the state of affairs back in the South. » Continue Reading.
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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.
My family likes to take part in art walks and gallery openings in and out of the Adirondack Park. We enjoy the arts and with a beautiful backdrop like the Adirondacks, what better place is there to explore art and nature?
This weekend area artists open their doors for the monthly Saranac Lake Artworks Studio Tours. With live demonstrations, artists create and showcase their original work while visitors take part in self-guided tours. Each month the list of artists alters slightly. The upcoming studio tour days will be July 27-29, August 31-September 2, September 28-30, October 27-29, and November 30-December 2. » Continue Reading.
An Adirondack Riverfront Arts Festival will take place Friday, July 27 from 3 to 6 pm at the Warrensburgh Riverfront Farmers’ Market, down by the river on State Route 418.
There will be demonstrations and sales of “Made in the Adirondacks” hand-crafted work. Demonstrations will include blacksmithing, rustic furniture building, paper bead making, basketry, jewelry design, spinning, painting, and more. » Continue Reading.
The Adirondack Film Society (AFS) has announced a re-brand of their premier film event, the Lake Placid Film Forum (LPFF), and will celebrate its nearly 20-year history with a gala tribute to the AFS-LPFF’s co-founder on October 25th.
The Lake Placid Film Forum has been re-named the Lake Placid Film Festival, and the stated theme of the 2018 film festival is “Diversity.” » Continue Reading.
The Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) has announced a family-friendly party at Up Yonda Farm on Saturday, August 18, from 11 am to 1 pm to celebrate its 30th anniversary.
The free event will feature local food trucks, drink vendors, face painting and more as a way to engage and thank all of the organization’s friends, supporters and community partners. » Continue Reading.
An American Ascent, a documentary film about the first African-American expedition to tackle North America’s highest peak, Denali, is set to show at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake on Sunday, July 29 at 6:30 pm.
The film addresses often overlooked issues of race and the outdoors as it follows the team up the mountain, chronicling the many challenges of climbing one of the world’s most iconic peaks. » Continue Reading.
The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) is now accepting public comments for a proposed amendment to the Mount Van Hoevenberg Olympic Sports Complex Intensive Use Area Unit Management Plan.
The APA will accept public comments until July 27, 2018 regarding Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan conformance for the proposed management actions.
What follows is a press announcement from APA: » Continue Reading.
A free two-day boater safety course will be held at New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Region 5 headquarters in Ray Brook on July 28 and 29.
Anyone born after May 1, 1996, must pass an approved boater safety course to legally operate a motor boat. In addition, New York State Law requires a boating safety course for the operation of personal watercraft (PWC). » Continue Reading.
On Wednesday, August 1, this year’s second Essex County Arts & Crafts Festival will take place at the Essex County Fairgrounds in Westport from 10 am to 6 pm.
Nearly 40 local artists and crafters from 16 towns in Essex County and the neighboring region are expected to exhibit their hand-made creations of use and beauty.
Over 600 visitors attended the last Festival, according to organizers, who said they came from over 130 different zip codes across the country. » Continue Reading.
Recent news stories on both sides of Lake Champlain reported a huge, dark cloud of smoke rising above northern Clinton County. A section of the Altona Flat Rock was afire, and within a day, more than 300 acres were scorched.
Dry conditions across the North Country were cited as the reason it spread so quickly, but there were other factors I happen to be familiar with because the first book I wrote, back in 1980, was titled A History of the Altona Flat Rock. The area in question comprises fifteen square miles of uninhabited wildlands which, by nature, is a very dry environment. » Continue Reading.
Local outfitter The Mountaineer recently partnered with Patagonia to support educational and research efforts this summer atop the highest peaks through a grant to the Adirondack High Peaks Summit Stewardship Program.
According to an announcement sent to the press, the grant will enable the program to educate hikers about the fragile nature of the alpine vegetation and conduct research on the populations of rare, threatened and endangered plant species. » Continue Reading.