Thursday, March 28, 2024

National Youth Service Leader Comes to Cranberry Lake

Rodney Smith Jr. with landmower

By Susan Sweeney Smith

The Cranberry Lake North Shore HUB is pleased to announce the visit of Rodney Smith Jr. of Mowing for A Cause, founder of Raising Men and Women Lawn Care Service. Rodney will meet us at the HUB later in April (target date is April 22) to mow our lawn and help spread the word about his outreach program. He and his board encourage young people across the country to become volunteers through free lawn mowing for senior citizens, veterans, the disabled, single moms, and anyone in need. The Cranberry Lake North Shore HUB, located on Route 3 in Cranberry Lake, is a local not-for-profit that purchased and restored an 1898 Presbyterian Church.  

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Thursday, March 28, 2024

Paddling group urges safety, environmental responsibility during eclipse

 NFCT Board Chair Warren Whitney

By Northern Forest Canoe Trail Board Chair Warren Whitney

The April 8 total solar eclipse is a once-in-a-lifetime event that will be viewed by millions, many of whom will flock to remote wilderness and rural areas, including much of the Northeast — an exciting moment, to be sure, but also one that warrants responsible use of our wild spaces, and some advance planning.

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) spans 740 miles of waterways and trails from Old Forge, NY, to Fort Kent, Maine; the entire trail aligns with the path of the solar eclipse. As the nonprofit responsible for stewardship of this trail, and an organization that promotes paddling to people of all backgrounds, we’re excited about the eclipse. We also strongly urge people to take extra heed of Leave No Trace principles, as unusually high traffic can have a negative impact on the environment.

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Thursday, March 28, 2024

Go fishing (on April 1)!

A man presents at a meeting before a group of people

Fishing season begins

As the annual trout fishing season begins on April 1, state fisheries managers are seeking public input into a plan that could shape the trout seasons of the future. After a pair of well-attended information sessions on the Department of Environmental Conservation’s emerging new ponded brook trout plan, the agency scheduled a third one to be held virtually on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Register here.

I went to the one in Warrensburg, where a team of fisheries managers and biologists outlined the plan and answered questions from a crowd full of anglers. They covered a lot of interesting topics – including plans to stock heritage strains more broadly – and detailed a planned increase of waters where baitfish will be restricted.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Boot prints lead 15 rangers to lost Mt. Marcy hiker whose clothes froze to his body

forest ranger reports graphicTown of North Elba
Essex County 
Wilderness Rescue: On March 22 at 9:45 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a woman reporting her 33-year-old son from New York City was overdue from hiking Mount Marcy and Gray and Skylight mountains. At 10:28 p.m., Forest Ranger Mecus located the subject’s vehicle at Adirondak Loj. Rangers Adams and Duchene attempted to retrace the subject’s itinerary, going up and over Mount Marcy and down to Four Corners. At 4:25 a.m., Ranger Mecus completed searching the trail and campsites to Lake Colden Outpost, before heading up to climb to Four Corners with Colden Caretaker Raudonis.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Hochul approves 2023-24 Adirondack Park State Land classification package

APA logo.

Action Includes the Classification and Reclassification of 6,050 Acres of State Land in New York State’s Adirondack Park

Ray Brook, NY – Governor Kathy Hochul approved the 2023-24 Adirondack Park State Land classification package. The action includes 25 state land classifications totaling approximately 5,800 acres and 11 state land reclassifications totaling an estimated 250 acres. The Adirondack Park Agency, in consultation with the Department of Environmental Conservation, advanced recommendations to the Governor after completion of a rigorous review process with extensive public comment opportunities in accordance with the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan. The lands involved in this classification action are in the counties of Clinton, Essex, Fulton, Franklin, Hamilton, Herkimer, St. Lawrence, and Warren.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Adirondack Land Trust’s National Accreditation Renewal Approved

Two men shake hands by a tree

Keene, NY – The Adirondack Land Trust has achieved accreditation renewal from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, a distinction shared this year by 47 accredited land trusts committed to conservation excellence across the United States.

“We welcomed the review of our standards and practices required for accreditation renewal to ensure that we are worthy of the trust of our donors and partners,” said Adirondack Land Trust Executive Mike Carr. “We are honored the Commission has recognized the diligent work of our dedicated staff and board.”

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Tuesday, March 26, 2024

State Agencies Have Clear Authority To Act On WhistlePig Whiskey Fungus Pollution


In March, Protect the Adirondacks called upon the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) and Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to launch enforcement investigations into an invasive “whiskey fungus” in the Mineville area in the Town of Moriah, Essex County. The Adirondack Explorer reported that DEC has demanded that WhistlePig Whiskey submit plans for mitigating “the effects of its operations on neighboring properties” by April 20th. WhistlePig Whiskey owns and operates a warehouse facility in Mineville that is the apparent source of vapors that create what’s come to be known as the whiskey fungus that has coated homes in the area with a slimy black mold-like fungus.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2024

CCE Essex Awarded Grants to Expand Local Food and Agriculture Educational Programs

Ausable Forks Elementary School students on a field trip

Now hiring for two new local food youth educator positions

Lewis, NY – Cornell Cooperative Extension of Essex County (CCE Essex) was recently awarded over $550,000 in grant funds to grow educational programs for its Adirondack HarvestFarm to School and 4-H programs.

In the fall of 2023, CCE Essex was awarded a three-year grant through the USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program for its Adirondack Harvest, Agriculture, and Farm to School programs. The funds will expand successful projects that enrich public understanding of local agriculture and food systems, build economic opportunities for small farms, increase local food access, attract new consumers to regional farmers’ markets, provide opportunities for youth to learn about local food and farming, and champion farms who utilize climate-resilient and wildlife-friendly practices.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Tests: Whiskey fungus is more widespread

The WhistlePig Whiskey facility in Moriah

Whiskey fungus

Results from November fungus samples taken from homes near WhistlePig Whiskey in the town of Moriah were released last week. The state Department of Environmental Conservation said “the samples matched the morphology of the whiskey fungus from the WhistlePig facility.”

Read our update here.

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Monday, March 25, 2024

Soil Health and Why It Matters

People learn about soil on a farm

By John Culpepper, co-founder of Compost for Good

There are exciting technologies now available to grow a substantial amount of food in aquaponic and aeroponic systems. There are even giant warehouses where tens of thousands of pounds of lettuce and other greens are grown and harvested under highly efficient LED lighting, using robots. However, as productive as these facilities can be, the vast majority of the world’s plants and animals grown for human consumption still rely on soil.

What is soil? I spent years in college, studying the properties of soil, earning degrees along the way from prestigious universities. My studies of soil science were enormously valuable. However, something critical was missing from my education.

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Monday, March 25, 2024

Depot Theatre announces academy performance opportunity, summer youth program

The exterior of The Depot Theatre in Westport, NY.

Westport, NY – The Depot Theatre is pleased to announce a new main stage performance opportunity for experienced student artists.
The Depot Theatre Academy outreach and education program will open the theatre’s main stage season with a production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, with three performances on the Depot Theatre stage during the weekend of June 7-9, 2024.The Depot Theatre Academy is a robust educational experience for area youth and a pathway for those interested in pursuing a profession in theatre—whether that’s backstage or on stage. This special opportunity is for young artists ages 13 and older enrolled in school, inclusive of home school and college. The program will feature the same process that professional artists experience on the main stage, with competitive auditions and demanding rehearsals, culminating in performances on the Depot Theatre’s main stage.


Monday, March 25, 2024

Recent Coming and Goings in the ADKs

Several nonprofit organizations and other establishments around the Adirondack region have recently announced an array of new appointments and retirements. Some of these announcements include, key staff welcomed at The Hyde, a new Cloudsplitter Foundation Executive Director, a new Director of School for North Country School, and a retirement at NCPR.

See below roundup for additional details about these coming and goings.

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Monday, March 25, 2024

Signs of Spring

An American robin.

This week marks the first calendar-official days of spring. Some ground around the Adirondacks is covered in white while other parts are bare and evolving into the next season.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation in early March advised hikers to avoid elevations higher than 2,500 feet, an announcement made earlier than usual. The park saw the warmest winter on record, producing spring-like weather during the last weeks of the season.

But it’s still unknown how the conditions will impact the arrival of the traditional “signs of spring.”  We do know it’s been an early maple season. 

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Sunday, March 24, 2024

All

Hand on a tree.

Wise enough to know, that I do not know,
The mysteries, reasons, answers, solutions.
I know I am a vessel, only.

But, in the being of that one thing,
I receive warmth of sun and the prisms of rain,
I hear melodies of sea and wind and laughter of children,

Sunday, March 24, 2024

Saranac Lake’s ‘Round the Mountain Weekend set for May 10-12

paddlers on a lake

Saranac Lake, NY – The annual ‘Round the Mountain Canoe & Kayak Race is set for Saturday, May 11, part of a full weekend of paddling activities in Saranac Lake.

Hosted by the Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) with support from over a dozen partners, ‘Round the Mountain Weekend features the traditional Saturday race as well as the Freshet Film Festival, a paddler mixer and a community paddle.

“Saranac Lake is one of the busiest NFCT trail towns, hosting several of our marquee events and serving as a hub for paddlesports in upstate New York,” said Karrie Thomas, executive director of the NFCT. “The ‘Round the Mountain race is a mainstay of spring in the Adirondacks and this year we’re excited to team with our local partners to add more activities to round out the weekend.”

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