Monday, August 28, 2023

Captured Canoes

90 miler 

2023 marks the 40th anniversary of The Adirondack Canoe Classic. Scheduled for September 8-10th, this year’s “90-Miler” is coming up fast! For a unique photo lookback chronology of last year’s race, click the link:

Monday, August 28, 2023

Registration is Open for Lake George adventure race

Participants in the 2022 Amy’s Race from the Glens Falls Runners Club.

Bolton Landing, NY – Registration is open for the Lake George Land Conservancy’s (LGLC) 7th annual Amy’s Adventure Race for the Lake, taking place Saturday, September 30, 2023. The race is a 4.5-mile trail run at Amy’s Park in Bolton, NY. Registration is available online at

Amy’s Park offers challenging and rugged terrain amidst ponds, marshes, and forests. A virtual option is also available, so athletes can run the race at Amy’s Park or from wherever they choose on September 30th, as long as it’s 4.5 miles.

An after-party will be held at the Bolton Landing Brewing Company’s Oktoberfest. Open to all race participants and members of the community, the after-party will have refreshments and a basket raffle. All proceeds from the race and the raffle will go to the LGLC’s Indian Brook & Northwest Bay Conservation Initiative, an ongoing effort by the LGLC to conserve lands in a highly sensitive region of the Lake George watershed.

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Monday, August 28, 2023

Commentary on APA’s proposed headquarters move

apa headquarters

By James Connolly

The Adirondack Park Agency was established to be a regional land-use agency for the 6-million acres within the Adirondack Park. Just as important were environmental protections for wetlands and administration of the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan. From the very beginning of the Park Agency, it was appropriate for the headquarters to be located in Ray Brook next to its sister agency, the Department of Environmental Conservation. The two agencies, working together, administer many overlapping and complimentary regulations. Areas where the two agencies overlap and require consultation and coordination include APA classification of newly acquired State land, mining and mine land reclamation projects, wetlands regulations, shoreline stabilization projects, pesticide use & control of aquatic vegetation and regulation of Wild, Scenic & Recreational River corridors within the Park.

It has therefore always been assumed that APA & DEC were ideally located in Ray Brook. That is, until now. The Agency’s current Executive Director, Barbara Rice, has promoted the concept of a Village location as being “transformational”. At best, the amount of State money involved would provide limited benefit to the Village and a great deal of funding for the contractors and other construction-related activities. Her past role as a Village Trustee and local business owner may have led her to believe in overstating the case for a Village location, however, it also raises potential conflict of interest concerns given the lack of transparency in limiting analysis to only two locations. Isn’t it about time that the State Ethics Committee weighed-in with an opinion?

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Sunday, August 27, 2023

It’s debatable: Offensive place names

a stream on a cloudy day

This brook near Bloomingdale was recently renamed to John Thomas Brook, for a 19th century Black settler. Photo by Mike Lynch

Editor’s note: This commentary is in the July/August 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:

The question: Should place names that offend disappear?

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Sunday, August 27, 2023

Grant funding brings All Kids Bike program to Malone

Malone Central School students take part in a learn to bike program thanks for grant funding.

Malone, NY — A national movement to bring learn-to-bike programming to kindergarten physical education has arrived in Malone, thanks to grants from the Cloudsplitter Foundation and the Heart Network’s Creating Healthy School & Communities (CHSC) program.

The equipment from All Kids Bike is specifically for kindergarten age students and the program includes training and certification for PE teachers. With the additional support from Cloudsplitter and CHSC, Malone Central School was also able to purchase 24 bikes and helmets for grades 2-12, so more students can participate in the bike program.

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Sunday, August 27, 2023

DEC Announces $3 Million in Grants Available for Invasive Species Projects

Grant Applications Now Being Accepted Through Nov.1, 2023


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced that $3 million is available in the third round of the State’s Invasive Species Grant Program (ISGP). This grant program, supported by the State Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), is designed to advance projects that target both aquatic and terrestrial invasive species across the state, with six funding categories that address invasive species spread prevention; early detection and rapid response; research; management planning; and education and outreach. DEC is accepting applications for these grants through Nov. 1, 2023.

“These grants are part of New York State’s significant investment to combat invasive species through control, removal, research, and prevention,” said Commissioner Seggos. “As an international center for trade and tourism, New York is extremely vulnerable to the threat of invasive species. Once established, species such as hydrilla, oak wilt, emerald ash borer, and Japanese knotweed spread rapidly, causing harm to our environment, agriculture systems and economy. With climate change fueling the spread of invasive species, these grants are an important tool to advance on-the-ground projects and educational initiatives to combat this urgent threat and we urge all eligible entities to take advantage of this opportunity.”

State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, “The Invasive Species Grant Program is a critical part of the State’s commitment to combating the spread of invasive species that can cause significant damage to our farms and agricultural crops, as well as our natural resources, wildlife, and ecosystems. Now in its third round of funding, the program funds projects that prevent the spread of these pests from all sides. We’re grateful for DEC’s partnership in our shared mission of keeping New York’s environment safe.”

Municipalities, academic institutions, and not-for-profits may submit applications for funding for eligible projects in up to two of the following categories:

  • Aquatic Invasive Species Watercraft Spread Prevention, Boat Steward Education and Outreach/Voluntary Inspection;
  • Aquatic Invasive Species Watercraft Spread Prevention – Stewards – Boat Decontamination Programs;
  • Invasive Species Early Detection/Rapid Response and Control;
  • Lake Management Planning and Implementation;
  • Invasive Species Research; and
  • Invasive Species Education and Outreach.

Grant awards range from a minimum of $11,000 to a maximum of $200,000, with a required 25 percent match. Project locations must be located wholly within New York State and priority will be given to projects that include opportunities for public participation, are on or close to public lands or waterbodies, and emphasize long-term success. For full details about the grant opportunity including eligible projects and scoring criteria, visit the Invasive Species Grant Program Page on DEC’s website.

Among the many environmental victories in the 2023-24 State Budget, Governor Hochul maintained EPF funding at $400 million, the highest level of funding in the program’s history.

The EPF included $18.55 million targeted specifically for invasive species related initiatives. The EPF also provides funding for critical environmental programs such as land acquisition, farmland protection, enhanced recreational access, water quality improvement, and an aggressive environmental justice agenda.

Applications are due by 3 p.m. on Nov. 1, 2023. All grant applicants must register in the NYS Grants Gateway System before applying. Not-for-profit applicants are required to prequalify in the Grants Gateway system, so DEC recommends that applicants start the process in advance of the grant application due date.

Sunday, August 27, 2023

Weekly news round up

A collection of interesting reads:

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Saturday, August 26, 2023

Offering visitors a unique experience while banding hummingbirds at Stillwater

Children watch a man band hummingbirds

With all the weather and fire events that are happening, it’s hard to keep track and report on all of them. Here we sit with water up to our eyeballs [in the Adirondacks.] A hurricane hit California and other western states will be getting the rain from it…all the way to the Canadian border. This looks like it will drown areas in California, Nevada, and Arizona. [However,] it may not be enough to help with the fires in Oregon and Washington, as it may go too far to the east. The Canadian provinces won’t be getting much of it there either, where it is needed. They evacuated 20,000 people from the town of Yellow Knife in the Northwest Territory, as fires were within two miles of the town. That’s got to be a scary situation to drive away, not knowing what you might come back to with fires that big.

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Saturday, August 26, 2023


Water and fire stalk the Earth. Four corners are burning, drowning.
The putrid breath of a chindi taints the air, withering the stalks of golden corn,
Separating them from their mother soil until the land beneath lies barren,
Seeded only with the cries of the suffering. » Continue Reading.

Saturday, August 26, 2023

Paul Smith’s College Featured on “Never Say Never with Jeff Jenkins”

“Never Say Never with Jeff Jenkins”

College campus showcased in “Man of the Mountain” Episode 4 of the hit series streaming on Nat Geo TV, Disney+, Prime Video, ABC, and Hulu

Paul Smiths, NY – Those with a keen eye will notice something familiar when tuning in to National Geographic TV’s newest show, “Never Say Never with Jeff Jenkins.”  Filmed late last summer on the college’s beautiful 14,000-acre campus, the episode “Man of the Mountain” takes viewers through the titular adventure and travel blogger’s swift transformation into a real Adirondacker.  » Continue Reading.

Saturday, August 26, 2023

Great Camp Sagamore shines bright in fundraising bash

great camp sagamore gala

On August 5, 2023, the stars aligned as a spirited crowd of nearly 170 individuals rallied together to champion the preservation of the National Historic Landmark and nonprofit, Great Camp Sagamore. Deep in one of the most remote areas of the Adirondack Park, near the hamlet of Raquette Lake, NY, this annual gala was more than just a gathering, it was a union of history, nature, and community. 

The journey to Great Camp Sagamore took attendees 4.2 miles up a winding dirt road to a secluded 17-acre haven adorned with 27 historic buildings in the middle of the Historic Great Camps Special Management Area. Tucked away on the shore of Sagamore Lake, surrounded by the vast Adirondack Forest Preserve, Great Camp Sagamore became for the evening a retreat from the bustling world. 

Over the weekend, participants who lodged on-site immersed themselves in a range of experiences: savory meals in the historic dining hall, exploring the surrounding natural beauty through hikes and canoeing, and enlightening historic tours of the property. Each moment was an opportunity to connect with Great Camp Sagamore’s essence. 

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Friday, August 25, 2023

Tree Sign Language: Early Fall Color Spells Trouble

early fall color, by Melissa Hart

early fall color


Each fall deciduous trees, ice-cream stands, and marinas close for the same reason: as daylight dwindles and cold creeps in, they become less profitable. When income dips down to equal the cost of doing business, a wise proprietor will turn off the lights and lock the doors until spring.

Some enterprising holdouts stay solvent longer than others who are in the same business. Perhaps they have less competition or a better location. Conversely, a few businesses close
their shops at the first whiff of autumn. Those are the ones that just barely scrape by at the height of summer. » Continue Reading.

Friday, August 25, 2023

Outdoor conditions: Flooding on Croghan Tract

outdoor conditions logoThe 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.


  • Watson’s East Triangle Wild Forest – The Croghan Tract Conservation Easement Main Haul Road is temporarily closed to public motorized use due to washouts caused by a recent rain event. The closure also impacts access to portions of Pepperbox Wilderness Area accessed through the easement property. The property remains open for public use, but visitors will need to park prior to the gate.

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Friday, August 25, 2023

Rangers, wildland firefighters deployed to help contain wildfires in Idaho and Montana

DEC engineers returned to New York on July 26, after spending a week in Vermont performing expedited visual safety inspections on non-hydroelectric and non-federally licensed dams following historic flooding.

Latest DEC Out-of-State Staff Deployment as DEC Water Engineers Return From Dam Safety Inspections in Vermont Following Floods

On Aug. 7, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced that DEC Forest Rangers and expert wildland firefighters were being deployed to assist with efforts to contain the Ridge Creek Fire in the Idaho panhandle and the Niarada Fire in northwestern Montana. The latest Forest Ranger deployments come as a team of DEC engineers recently returned from performing dam safety inspections in Vermont after being directed by Governor Kathy Hochul to assist in the recovery from the devastating flooding that inundated the Northeast last month.

New York State often deploys highly trained wildland firefighters to help battle wildfires as part of interstate and international firefighting compacts. The DEC Forest Ranger assisting in Montana will serve as a Task Force Leader and help coordinate the response to a fire that is currently estimated at 10,400 acres and zero percent contained. The fire on Bureau of Indian Affairs lands 12 miles west of Elmo, Montana, is currently threatening several structures. A pair of Rangers are also deploying to Idaho to assist with efforts to contain the Ridge Creek Fire north of Coeur D’alene.

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Friday, August 25, 2023

Latest news headlines

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

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