Friday, September 7, 2018

Lake George Bear Activity Prompts DEC Enforcement Warning

black bearWhat follows is a notice from the NYSDEC:

Due to number of residents still feeding birds and failing to secure their garbage, and the amount of nuisance bear activity in the Town of Lake George, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is shifting from an educational mode to an enforcement mode.

Residences with bird feeders and other bear attractants will be given a written warning. If they fail to heed the warning they will be issued a ticket that could result in a maximum penalty of $250 fine and 15 days in jail. » Continue Reading.


Friday, September 7, 2018

This Week’s Big Adirondack News Stories


Thursday, September 6, 2018

A Little Humor: Odd Accidents from the Past

Safety — on the job, in the home, on the highways — is serious business with the National Safety Council, but they’re not without a sense of humor. For decades at the end of each year, the organization published a collection of unusual accidents, once called Freak Squeakers, that could have been catastrophic, but by odd circumstance ended with relatively minor injuries, or none at all. From my collection of odds and ends, here are a few from the Adirondack region that fit the category, followed by a few more that the NSC shared more than 60 years ago. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, September 6, 2018

Current Adirondack Outdoor Recreation Conditions (Sept 6)

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

BE PREPARED! Start slow, gain experience. Always carry proper safety equipment – including plenty of food, water, extra clothing, a flashlight, and a map and compass – inform someone of your itinerary, and be prepared to spend an unplanned night in the woods. Just before entering the backcountry or launching a boat check the National Weather Service watches, warnings, and advisories here. Follow Adirondack weather forecasts at Burlington and Albany and consult the High Elevation, Recreation, or Lake Champlain forecasts.

SEPTEMBER 6, 2018 – SPECIAL NOTICES » Continue Reading.


Thursday, September 6, 2018

12th Annual Lake George Restaurant Week

Lake George Restaurant Week is ready for its summer finale with a range of restaurants offering three course meals for just $20.18 (tax and gratuity is not included). Lake George Restaurant Week is offered semi-annually in June and September and is a great bookend to the summer season. Chefs create their menus and find opportunities for everyone to enjoy the perfect Adirondack meal. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, September 6, 2018

Ranger Reports: High Peaks Searches, Rescues, Dog Bite, Enforcements

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.


Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Bauer: Poorly Designed Subdivision Proposed in Southern Adirondacks

Woodward Lake DevelopmentA new major subdivision project is under review by the Adirondack Park Agency (APA). It’s the first to use the new application process developed by the APA earlier this year for large-scale subdivisions.

The project is shaping up as an important test drive of both the new review process and to see if the APA can convince a major developer that has undertaken a series of conventional checkerboard subdivision projects across New York to do business in the Adirondacks differently by utilizing land use development practices that protect open space and natural resources. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Great Adirondack Moose Festival Sept 22-23

Moose cow and calfThe 9th Annual Great Adirondack Moose Festival has been set for September 22nd and 23rd, 2018 in Indian Lake. Moose-themed family activities will be held throughout town, and visitors are encouraged to explore the region’s peaks and valleys, rivers and lakes.

Attendees can participate programs, games, contests, exhibitions – many in the name of the elusive and majestic moose. The half-ton mammal has made a come-back in the Adirondacks. The Annual Great Adirondack Moose Festival is sponsored by the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce and a host of regional and local business sponsors. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Sacandaga Lake: Man Rescued From Sinking Boat

small capsizing on Sacandaga LakeNYS Environmental Conservation Officer (ECO) Scott Pierce reported that on August 20th he was patrolling the Sacandaga Lake when he noticed a small boat along the shoreline. ECO Pierce said he approached the vessel, a 14-foot-long pram powered by an electric motor operated by an older gentleman who said he was looking for Moffit’s Beach State Campsite, about a mile across the lake.

ECO Pierce reported that he asked the man if he had a life vest on board and he did not, so he gave the man a spare life vest from his patrol boat. With the winds picking up, the man put it on and headed for the campground, saying he would return the life vest to the campground office when he was done with it, according to ECO Pierce. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, September 4, 2018

NYS Wildfire Response Speaks To Ranger Staffing Crisis

Rangers next to their Engines in 1934 The last few years have brought a dramatic shift in fire behavior in the Western United States. Fires are more intense, more common in the wildland-urban interface, and the burning seasons are longer. Most fire professionals no longer even recognize “fire seasons” in parts of the country, but rather “fire years.” All of this is occurring while there is shrinking pool of human resources to fight fires.

The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), is the country’s support center for wildland firefighting. Its policy states that “Wildland fire recognizes no ownership or jurisdictional boundaries on the landscape; nor do the complex issues of fire management. As a result, perhaps nowhere is the practice of interagency and interdepartmental cooperation more prevalent and effective as in the nation’s wildland fire community.” » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Improvements In The Works At Eagle Point Campground, Schroon Lake

Eagle Point Campground The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has issued a draft Eagle Point Campground Unit Management Plan (UMP) to guide management action for the public campground over the next five years. The campground is located two miles north of Pottersville on US Highway 9 in the town of Chester, Warren County.

DEC is hosting a public availability session to receive input on the draft plan and answer questions about campground management on Sep. 12, 2018, from 5 to 7 pm at the Schroon Lake Town Hall, 15 Leland Ave, Schroon Lake. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Ironman 70.3 Road Closure Information

lake placid ironmanThe 2nd IRONMAN 70.3 Lake Placid triathlon will take place from 6:30 am to 5 pm Sunday, Sept 9. The triathlon route includes a 1.2-mile swim in Mirror Lake, a 56-mile bike ride through Lake Placid, Keene, Upper Jay, Jay, Black Brook, and Wilmington, and a 13.1 mile run in and around the Lake Placid village.

Temporary road closures will begin at 5 am. The following are all estimated times based on New York State Police traffic control. Use caution and expect delays. » Continue Reading.


Monday, September 3, 2018

Leeches: They Don’t All Suck Blood

leech Most folks who’ve enjoyed a dip in the local swimming hole – whether at a pond, lake, or river – have probably found, on occasion, a leech or two stuck to their skin while toweling off afterwards. Although some might think these slimy little suckers are gross, they mean – and do – no harm. They’re just hungry.

“With some 600 species, there’s a surprising amount of diversity,” said Adam Weaver, a biology professor at Vermont’s Saint Michael’s College. And the majority of leeches aren’t even bloodsuckers.

Weaver said scientists estimate about 10 percent of leech species – which are found from the tropics to desert watering holes to Antarctica – are parasitic, and only a couple of the 70 or so freshwater species found in North America are bloodsuckers. The rest get their nourishment primarily from eating larvae, invertebrates, and decaying matter. » Continue Reading.


Monday, September 3, 2018

Victorian Ghost Photos at Ticonderoga’s Hancock House

J Randall BrownThe Ticonderoga Historical Society is set to host a free program entitled “Victorian Spirit Photography: Beyond the Veil” on Friday, September 21 at 7 pm at the Hancock House, 6 Moses Circle, Ticonderoga.

People living in the Victorian era (1837-1901) showed interest in psychic phenomena, seances, spiritualism, ghost photography and other forms of communications beyond the living world. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert took part in seances and well-known author Arthur Conan Doyle was also a believer, as was English poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning. This program will look at the history and help attendees understand why that took place and how it continues in the modern world. » Continue Reading.


Monday, September 3, 2018

Adk Journal of Environmental Studies Seeks Submissions

Adirondack Journal of Environmental StudiesThe Adirondack Journal of Environmental Studies (AJES) has announced it is now accepting submissions for Volume 23, which will be published in the spring of 2019.

The featured section of the journal is dedicated to “Communicating Science and Policy.” While special consideration will be given to academic articles relating to this topic, articles of a broad disciplinary scope will be accepted for review. » Continue Reading.