Friday, May 4, 2018

An Arbor Day Experience On Thomas Mountain

Late last year, our NYS DEC removed a cabin atop Thomas Mountain in the Lake George Wild Forest. The cabin, dating to the mountain’s former private ownership, had been vandalized and had become a public hazard. Its presence was also a violation of Article XIV, Section 1 of our NYS Constitution. DEC did the right thing to remove it.

Restoration of the former cabin site was a logical next step, and Arbor Day the right occasion. Adirondack Wild was very pleased to be invited by DEC to collaborate. We reached out once again for volunteers to the Youth EdVenture and Nature Network (YENN). » Continue Reading.


Friday, May 4, 2018

This Week’s Big Adirondack News


Thursday, May 3, 2018

‘I Love My Park Day’ Events Across The Adirondacks

i love my park daysThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced ‘I Love My Park Day’ stewardship events have been set for Saturday, May 5 at five locations across the Adirondacks.

Locations include: » Continue Reading.


Thursday, May 3, 2018

Snow, Waters High, Cold: Current Adk Conditions (May 3)

CompassThis weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is compiled each Thursday afternoon.

Contribute Your Knowledge: Add a comment below, or send your observations, corrections, updates, and suggestions to adkalmanack@gmail.com.

Practice Leave No Trace Principles when visiting the Adirondack Park.

SPECIAL NOTICES FOR THIS WEEKEND
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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Water Temperatures Still A Concern This May

It’s difficult to believe that over the last three days my backyard has gone from six inches of new snow to flooding. With temperatures in the Adirondacks skyrocketing from near freezing to the mid-80s in some areas on Wednesday, flood warnings and rising water levels are prevalent.  All that snow has to go somewhere.

With this 40-degree temperature shift, streams and rivers will be more challenging, if not impossible to cross. What people may forget, though is that the water temperatures are colder than usual for the beginning of May. It may feel like summer, but the cold water is what we need be wary of. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, May 3, 2018

Work Begins On Nine Adirondack Northway Bridges

i87A two-year, $5.1 million project to rehabilitate nine bridges along the Interstate 87 (the Adirondack Northway) in Essex, Warren, and Saratoga counties has begun.

The project will replace bridge joints, approach slabs, and bearings, as well as repair concrete and steel. The nine bridges, which are on or over the Northway, include: » Continue Reading.


Thursday, May 3, 2018

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Theme ‘Prehistoric Park’

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Logo with DinosaurMembers of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee have chosen ‘Prehistoric Park’ as the theme for the 2019 Carnival.

The theme was chosen from ideas gathered from the community and Committee members. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Inaugural Quadrathlon Planned For Indian Lake

AQA logoAn inaugural World Quadrathlon Federation sanctioned event has been set for Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 9 am at Bryon Park, Route 28, in Indian Lake. “Do the Q” will include swimming a half mile; kayaking four miles; cycling a 30K (18.2 miles) and running a 5k (3.1 miles).

Registration is limited to 50 participants and racers must compete in all events (no relay teams). The routes for each leg have not been set yet, but they will be in the Indian Lake region. Quadrathlons are increasing in popularity in Europe, but this will be the first in the U.S. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Adirondack Foundation Welcomes New Staff

adk foundation staffAdirondack Foundation has announced the hiring of Connie Prickett, Stanzi Bliss, and Janine Scherline.

With the arrival of new staff, the Foundation is also marking the retirement of Vice President Melissa Eisinger and bidding farewell to Communications Officer Chris Morris, who is pursuing a nonprofit journalism venture. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, May 2, 2018

DEC Seeks River and Stream Monitor Volunteers

Ausable River Near AuSable Forks in AugustThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced they are recruiting participants for the 2018 summer sampling season to conduct water quality assessments in streams and rivers as part of the State’s Water Assessments by Volunteer Evaluators (WAVE) project. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Littering Season is Upon Us

For any movie buffs out there, here’s a trivia question: what single substance is mentioned during memorable conversations in the films It’s A Wonderful Life and The Graduate? Hints, if you need them: in It’s A Wonderful Life, the word is mentioned by Sam Wainwright during a famous and subtly steamy telephone conversation with George Bailey and Mary Hatch (Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed) together on the other end of the line. In The Graduate, the word is uttered at a graduation party, and is part of an often-repeated line that was offered as confidential advice by Mr. McGuire to the college graduate himself, Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman).

For me the word also comes to mind each spring, a season that seems to bring out the worst in some drivers. The winter cold apparently discourages littering — people who toss garbage out of their cars tend to do so much less from November through March. Apparently disposing of their trash in alternate fashion (maybe a garbage can or recycling container, god forbid) is more attractive than opening the car window during the cold season. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Hudson River Source to Sea Clean-Up May 5th

riverkeeper sweepIn a massive, one-day effort stretching from New York Harbor to the Adirondacks, some 2,000 volunteers will help clean-up the shorelines at more than 100 locations along the Hudson River and its tributaries during the 7th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep on Saturday, May 5.

With 112 projects scheduled, this effort is the largest in the event’s history. Teams of volunteers, organized by local schools, businesses, scout troops, paddling groups, park staff and others, will remove trash and plant trees and native grasses. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Warmwater Fishing Season Opens Saturday

16 lb. 9 oz. NYS record walleye caught by Thomas ReedMay 5th marks the opening of the fishing season for many of New York’s most popular sportfish, including walleye, northern pike, pickerel, and tiger muskellunge.

Fishing for these species, especially walleye and pike, can be especially good in cooler periods of early spring, and anglers are encouraged to take advantage of the exceptional fishing opportunities across the state. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Recent Forest Ranger Search, Rescues

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.


Monday, April 30, 2018

Historic Saranac Lake Plans Trudeau Acquisition, Expansion

The E. L. Trudeau home and office, 118 Main Street, c. 1900. The Board of Directors of Historic Saranac Lake (HSL) has announced a plan to pursue acquisition and redevelopment of the former Trudeau home and medical offices at 118 Main Street, Saranac Lake.

The initial conceptual design include restoration of the building’s exterior. The entry level is expected to host museum exhibits, collections storage, and a museum store that will expand upon HSL’s existing exhibits at the Saranac Laboratory Museum nearby. Additional possibilities for the first floor include public space for arts and cultural events, and office space. The second floor will host unique apartments to complement the historic location. » Continue Reading.


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