Friday, September 22, 2023

Outdoor Conditions (9/22): Hikers should prepare for wet trails, dress in layers

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.

A green shuttle bus that has been converted to a mobile interactive education station.

DEC Launches Pilot Mobile Education Station Sept. 22

Fridays through Sundays from Sept. 22 – Oct. 15, a DEC environmental educator will be stationed at a converted shuttle bus at the corner of Route 73 and Airport Road at Marcy Field. Stop by and come on in!

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Friday, September 22, 2023

Latest news headlines

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

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Thursday, September 21, 2023

How Much Wood

wood pile

It’s that time of year again! Right about now my shoulders feel like I’ve spent three lifetimes splittin’ and stackin’ & chuckin’ in search of an answer to this age-old wood chuckin’ question. For the results of that research, click the link and read on: https://adirondackoutlaw.com/how-much-wood/


Thursday, September 21, 2023

Inside The Green Lobby with Bernard Melewski and Brad Edmondson set for Oct. 18

 

Whiteface Mt view

The Kelly Adirondack Center will host an upcoming program called “Inside The Green Lobby with Bernard Melewski and Brad Edmondson” on Wednesday, October 18, 2023 at 5:30 p.m. at Karp 105, Union College Campus. The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be available beginning at 5 p.m. Retired lobbyist Bernard Melewski, author of Inside The Green Lobby, and journalist Brad Edmondson, author of A Wild Idea, will team up to tell a story about how politics made strange bedfellows in the Adirondack Park.

Between 1990 and 1994, a state commission’s spectacular failure forced a new coalition of activists, brokers, and elected officials to come together.  They would protect a million acres of the Park over the next decade.

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Thursday, September 21, 2023

Remsen Falls Motorized Access Route for Persons with Disabilities Closed Temporarily

dec logoClosure to Support Upgrade of ADA-Picnic Area and Increase Accessibility

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced a temporary closure of the Remsen Falls Motorized Access Route for Persons with Disabilities (MARPWD) in the hamlet of McKeever, town of Ohio, Herkimer County, as this popular destination in the Black River Wild Forest undergoes construction.  The 0.6-mile route will be resurfaced and hardened with gravel and the accessible features at the picnic area will be upgraded to bring them into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Wolf Lake Landing Road, which provides entrance to the Remsen Falls access route will remain open, however, the public can expect to encounter construction vehicle traffic during weekdays. Construction is anticipated to be complete later this year. DEC will issue an announcement when the access road is reopened.

Questions regarding this project can be directed to Supervising Forester Scott Healy by phone at (315) 866-6330, or by email to scott.healy@dec.ny.gov.

 

Photo at top courtesy of the NYS DEC.


Thursday, September 21, 2023

8th Annual Road Salt Summit Addresses Recently Released Report from NY State

 

State DOT Commissioner Dominguez scheduled to give remarks

Lake George, NY — The 2023 Adirondack Champlain Regional Salt Summit will convene on October 3, with registration at 7:30 a.m. and the program concluding at 3 p.m., at the Fort William Henry Hotel Conference Center as well as online. It is open to everyone interested in maintaining safe winter roads while also protecting the environment and saving money through road salt reduction and best management practices. Past participants include highway crews, elected officials, building and grounds managers, business owners, winter maintenance contractors, and freshwater protection organizations. Registration and attendance are free. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Fall foliage report: Adirondacks nearing midpoint

fall foliage graphic

This is the second 2023 I LOVE NY Fall Foliage Report for New York State. Reports are obtained from volunteer field observers and reflect expected color conditions for the coming weekend. Reports are issued every Wednesday afternoon.

New York State’s gradual transition from the greens of summer to the multi-colored kaleidoscope of fall continues this weekend, with a few locations in the Adirondacks approaching midpoint of leaf transition, and areas from Long Island to Western New York beginning to see their first significant color changes. This is according to the field reports from volunteer observers for the Empire State Development Division of Tourism’s I LOVE NY program.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Antique Outboard Motor Club Inc. Annual Swap Meet in Schroon Lake

Scotia, NY – Current President Michael Glenn announces that the 19th Annual Swap and Wet Meet of the Chapter will be held again this year; the event is planned for September 24, 2023 and will be held at the town boat launch in Schroon Lake, New York.
Attendees come from throughout the Northeast as well as local members and the general public is welcome to attend at no cost. There is no admission fee and no fee to display/buy/sell/trade.
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Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Bad fall on Hamlin Mountain results in broken nose, other injuries

forest ranger reportRecent NYS DEC Forest Ranger actions:

Town of Keene
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue:
 On Sept. 12 at 1:26 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch received a call about a hiker who fell on the Cascade Trail and was unresponsive. Forest Ranger Lewis called the subject who explained he has a history of seizures. Ranger Lewis reached the 32-year-old from New Jersey by 2 p.m. and helped them to the trailhead. Resources were clear by 2:30 p.m.

Town of Wilmington
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue:
 On Sept. 12 at 7:56 p.m., Forest Rangers Duchene, Lewis, and Praczkajlo responded to a call for two lost subjects on Hamlin Mountain. One of the hikers reported facial injuries from a significant fall. At 10:49 p.m., Rangers reached the two hikers and treated the 70-year-old from Olivebridge for a broken nose and arm and hand injuries. The hikers lost the trail on their way down from the summit and ended up in hazardous terrain. Due to the darkness, the hiker fell and slid 30 feet down a rock slab and hit his face on a rock. His hiking partner found him bleeding and called for help. After treating the hiker’s injuries, Rangers provided head lamps and helped the pair out of the woods. The hikers drove themselves to the hospital. Resources were clear by 1 a.m. Ranger DuChene and the two hikers explain their experience (video, 148 MB).

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Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Our Forest Preserve: A Wildland System

Adirondack Explorer’s reporter and writer Gwendolyn Craig has authored a fine article this month titled “The Long Wait for Forest Preserve Plans,” referring to the lack of  unit management plans (herein, “UMP”) for some significant Forest Preserve Wilderness areas, like West Canada Lake and  William C. Whitney, and for a group of Wild Forest areas, such as Lake George, Ferris Lake, Wilcox Lake in the southern half of the Park, and Debar Mountain and Chazy Highlands in the northern half.

The APA Act of 1973 “directs DEC, in consultation with APA, to develop individual unit management plans for each unit of land…classified in the master plan…All plans will confirm to the guidelines and criteria set forth in the master plan and cannot amend the master plan itself.”

Craig’s article accurately points out many staffing and budgetary shortfalls, policy hurdles and other challenges in completing UMPs in order to comply with the master plan (and updating them). DEC Lands and Forests has suffered from serious personnel and other cuts since the late 1990s. There were a few, but far too few, young DEC professionals appointed around 1999 to respond to then Governor Pataki’s announcement to complete all UMPs within five years. They worked diligently and drafted UMPs but as the new century began discovered that their superiors were unable to provide them with clear, enforceable policy with respect to controversial matters such as the expansion of roads, all-terrain vehicles, and snowmobiles in classified Wild Forest areas.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2023

How much salt?

road salt truck

An interesting nugget gleaned from the state’s recently released Adirondack Road Salt Reduction Task Force report is the role that rock salt plays in the state economy.

“New York State ranks third in rock salt production, providing approximately 16% (~7.7 million tons) of the total national output,” the report states. “Today, rock salt is New York State’s third leading valued mineral product, behind crushed stone and cement respectively, contributing approximately $560 million to the state’s economy annually.”

Which is to say that for every green lobbyist in Albany on the salt issue, there is likely to be someone on the other side of the ball.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Award-Winning Author Lorraine Duvall turns to her Styles Brook home in her latest book

styles brook book cover

Keene, NY—From its wilderness source to its meeting with the Ausable River, Styles Brook is scarcely five miles long, yet within its scenic, rugged watershed, award-winning author Lorraine Duvall has discovered a lifetime of stories that characterize the Adirondack condition.

In Where the Styles Brook Waters Flow: The Place I Call Home, Duvall writes of coming to know and love the Styles Brook Valley, and describes the delicate balance of privacy and interconnectivity that is the way of life in rural areas. In this book, her latest contribution to Adirondack lore, she continues to illustrate the area’s vibrant and fascinating life.

Styles Brook is a small but consequential valley where both people and nature have found a sense of place. It is home to The Glen, a collection of sweeping, mountain-encircled plains where farmers worked the soil, and also to a gateway of the wildlife corridor known as the Split Rock Wildway in the eastern Adirondack Mountains, a safe haven for migrating creatures.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Adirondack Route 73 Shuttle Season Starts Sept. 23

keene shuttleFree Shuttle for Popular Fall Weekends

On September 14, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Essex County, town of Keene, and Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) announced the Route 73 shuttle system launched in 2021 will return on Saturday, Sept. 23. The shuttle system helps manage safe, sustainable visitation along the busy Route 73 corridor in the Adirondack High Peaks region. The free shuttle system will operate on Saturdays and Sundays from Sept. 23 through Oct. 8, and will also run Monday, Oct. 9.

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Monday, September 18, 2023

Tree cutting policy 2.0 and more Adirondack policy news

Peter Bauer

In 2021, the state’s highest court ruled some snowmobile trails planned for Adirondack Park forest preserve violated the state constitution. While there were several facets to the decision, one of its cruxes was around the abstract question of what is a tree. Protect the Adirondacks, the group to bring the lawsuit, argued the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s definition of a tree was too small. The DEC was using 3 inches in diameter at breast height in its counts. Protect wanted the state to count trees 1 inch in diameter at breast height.

Last week, the DEC released a new forest preserve work plan policy that includes accounting for smaller trees. This policy will shape all projects on forest preserve—in the Adirondacks and Catskills—going forward. Read more on the policy here.

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Monday, September 18, 2023

Long Lake Boat Regatta Set for Sept. 23

LONG LAKE, NY— The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) will close out its 2023 Adirondack Race Series with the Long Lake Long Boat Regatta on Saturday, Sept. 23.

Hosted in partnership with Long Lake Recreation and Tourism, the Regatta features the North American Voyageur Canoe Championships, the Adirondack Kayak Championship and the Northeastern College Cup race for co-ed (two male and two female) C-4 Stock teams along with the “Everything Goes” race. The race is a 10-mile figure eight course beginning and ending at the Long Lake Public Beach. » Continue Reading.



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