Saturday, January 6, 2024

Discounted tickets for Bluegrass in Heaven available until Feb. 29

 

 Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper perform in Silver Bay's Auditorium during the 2023 Bluegrass in Heaven.

Silver Bay, NY – Silver Bay YMCA is pleased to announce the return of its premier family-friendly musical festival, Bluegrass in Heaven, which is slated to take place from September 13 – 15, 2024.

The first Bluegrass in Heaven music festival, which occurred in September 2023 on Silver Bay YMCA’s 700-acre campus, passed expectations with over 300 tickets sold. Until February 29, individuals buying Bluegrass in Heaven Tickets will be able to use the promo code BGIHEarlyBird to receive a 10-percent discount off their ticket purchase. (The promo code will work on all ticket types.)

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Friday, January 5, 2024

Forest Rangers’ Wives – A Story of Dedication

NYS forest rangers and their wives

By Louis Curth

Retired forest ranger Gary Lee’s recollections about the life that he and Karen shared at the West Canada Lakes Ranger Station tell an important story about the vital role of forest ranger wives back in the 1960s. In those days, [female] forest rangers were scarce to non-existent. It was no secret that the Conservation Department favored hiring married men for ranger positions. Married men were viewed as more reliable and better able to fit into the rural community lifestyle of most of the assigned ranger districts. On top of that, the department obtained the many additional services performed by the ranger’s wife for free! 

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Friday, January 5, 2024

Adirondack Foundation to host Generous Acts program webinar Jan. 8

The Adirondack Foundation logo

Lake Placid, NY — Community organizations can now apply to Adirondack Foundation’s Generous Acts program, which supports activities that address basic needs, educational pathways, and economic vitality in the Adirondack region.

Applications will be accepted online through Tuesday, Feb. 13. The Foundation will host an instructional webinar at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8, for a demonstration on how to use the application portal and to answer questions from potential applicants.

To register for the webinar, visit bit.ly/GenerousActs24.

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Friday, January 5, 2024

Outdoor Conditions (1/5): Interior gate to AuSable Point campsites locked due to flooding

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

  • Seasonal Road Closures: Additional seasonal closures are now posted. See DEC’s Adirondack Backcountry Information page for specific road conditions and information.
  • AuSable Point Gate Closure: As of 1/2/24, the interior gate to the campsites at AuSable Point is locked. Flooding has covered the loops and vehicle traffic has been restricted to prevent further road damage. Use of the Day Use beach area parking lot has not been restricted and foot traffic is welcome beyond the closed vehicle gate.

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Friday, January 5, 2024

Latest news headlines

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

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Thursday, January 4, 2024

Reflecting on Two Years: Building Business Resilience

by Mahala Nyberg

After two years, ANCA’s Center for Pandemic Response (ANCA CPR) program has reached its close. As 2023 also comes to an end, we wanted to take some time to reflect on the project, what we learned and our intentions moving forward.

Having joined the ANCA CPR team as a program navigator just over halfway through the project’s duration, I enjoyed getting to know our local entrepreneurs and learning about the breadth of work being achieved by our North Country businesses. Throughout my time as an ANCA CPR Program Navigator, I have been amazed at the creativity, drive and entrepreneurial spirit of our clients. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, January 4, 2024

DEC Seeks Public Comment on Big Moose Tract RMP

nys dec logo

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is seeking public comment on the draft Recreation Management Plan (RMP) for the Big Moose Tract Conservation Easement in the town of Webb, Herkimer County. The RMP outlines public recreation opportunities and facilities that are proposed on the conservation easement and is available for public comment until Feb. 2, 2024.

The Big Moose Tract is approximately 23,850 acres and contains commercially managed forestland, several small ponds, portions of Birch, Fourth, Sunday, and Twitchell creeks, the Independence River, and the West Branch of the Beaver River. Under the terms of an interim RMP, a trail to the Stillwater Mountain fire tower and 12.4 miles of public snowmobile trails are open to the public.

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Thursday, January 4, 2024

Water Line goes West

The Sandy River at Oxbow Regional Park

Coalition of the undammed

Drop by a riverside hike on a holiday vacation to the Pacific Northwest and get an unexpected lesson on dam removal.

The Sandy River near Portland, Oregon, has flown freely since 2007. That summer Portland General Electric blew to pieces its Marmot Dam and the electricity it generated for around 16,500 homes.

A few months later, as planned, a massive deluge washed away a temporary earthen cofferdam used for removal and much of the gargantuan load of sediment that had built up behind the dam since it was installed in 1913.

When salmon were federally listed as threatened in 1998, their runs on the Sandy, which originates from glaciers on Mount Hood, were down to as little as 10% of historic levels. That status required new protective measures when the dam went up for license renewal.

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Wednesday, January 3, 2024

Beavers Changed His Life Forever

Paul Schaefer presents the beaver gavel to Governor Mario M. Cuomo

Paul Schaefer once told me that his mentor, “Forever Wild” advocate and organizer John Apperson, would occasionally dress in fur to be more noticeable when, during lobbying of the state legislature, Apperson opposed threats to Lake George, the Forest Preserve and its constitutional protection. Schaefer learned from Apperson how and when to be most noticed and effective.

 

For example, as an elder in the wilderness movement Schaefer once stood up (or down) Governor Mario Cuomo. The governor had just signed the Environmental Protection Fund legislation in the summer of 1993. The setting was Split Rock Farm above Lake Champlain. The dignitaries had all spoken and Cuomo was the last to speak. Completing his speech, Cuomo ( like the rest of us in attendance) was completely taken aback when Paul Schaefer rose and moved to the podium. Cuomo was forced to sit in Schaefer’s now unoccupied chair to listen to what Paul had to say. However congratulatory (of the governor) his remarks, Schaefer had the last word.

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Wednesday, January 3, 2024

APA to hold Jan. 11 meeting, draft agenda released

APA logo.

Ray Brook, NY – The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, January 11, 2024. The meeting will be held at the Agency’s headquarters in Ray Brook, NY. The public is welcome to attend in person or remotely.

Public comment will be available to members of the public who attend the Agency meeting in person as well as those who participate remotely. If you would like the opportunity to make a public comment remotely, please email your name and the phone number used to call into the Board Meeting to AgencyMeeting.PublicComment@apa.ny.gov. Those who sign up for public comment will be limited to three minutes each. Public comment will not be accepted on any agenda items that are before the Board.

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Wednesday, January 3, 2024

South Dix Mt. hiker endures fall, grabs tree to prevent going off cliff

Forest Ranger Report graphic

Town of Keene
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue: On Dec. 22 at 3:45 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch received a call about a hiker with knee and upper leg injuries after a fall on Knob Lock Mountain. Forest Rangers Black, Foutch, Mecus, O’Connor, and Praczkajlo reached the 71-year-old from Westport and carried him out using a backpack carrier system. The Rangers and subject reached the roadside by 6:40 p.m. The hiker decided to seek further medical attention on his own. View a video of part of the rescue here.

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Wednesday, January 3, 2024

DEC: Tips for spotting bald eagles

A pair of bald eagles

Winter is a great time to view bald eagles in New York State. Viewing from a safe distance and at planned observation sites can offer an exhilarating and memorable experience. Wintering eagles begin arriving in December and concentrations peak in January and February. Most are heading to their nests by mid-March.

The Hudson River, the Upper Delaware River watershed, and sections of the St. Lawrence River are great places to view bald eagles in the winter. DEC maintains two well-marked viewing areas in the Mongaup Valley on the Rio and Mongaup Falls reservoirs.

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Tuesday, January 2, 2024

It’s Debatable: Homes free of fossil fuel

natural gas boiler

Editor’s note: This commentary is in the November/December 2023 issue of Adirondack Explorer magazine, as part of our “It’s Debatable” feature. 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: Do you share NY’s all-electric home goal?

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Tuesday, January 2, 2024

Happy New Year!

total solar eclipse

Happy New Year!

I’m celebrating my fourth year at the Adirondack Explorer. Thank you for following along, reading and contributing. I have appreciated your story ideas, thoughtful comments and corrections. You don’t always know what news is around the corner. It’s one of the reasons I enjoy this job so much. But we also have plenty of stories we continue to follow for you.

Editor Jim Odato previews some of them we know will be on our dockets this year. Check it out by clicking here.

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Tuesday, January 2, 2024

DEC Campground Ambassador applications due Feb. 1

Lewey Lake Campgrounds and Day Use Area.

On December 29, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced the start of the 2024 application period for the Campground Ambassador program, which helps connect New Yorkers and visitors with the outdoors. Like other campground host programs, volunteer Campground Ambassadors assist DEC staff in welcoming and assisting the millions of visitors to State campgrounds in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks each year. DEC encourages New Yorkers who are passionate about camping and the outdoors to help introduce new campers to DEC facilities and outdoor recreation.

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