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.


Sunday, September 2, 2018

Newcomb Exhibits Marking Camp Santanoni’s 125th Year

robery pruynA new exhibit at the Newcomb Historical Museum, The Pruyns of Camp Santanoni, focuses on the nearly 13,000 acres of the Santanoni Preserve and the family that founded Great Camp Santanoni on Newcomb Lake.

Begun in 1892 by Albany banker Robert C. Pruyn, and his artistic and wilderness-loving wife Anna Williams Pruyn, the main camp was sufficiently completed for its first official party of family and friends in 1893. In the years that followed, R.C. and Anna hosted many more events, raised a family of four, taught their 10 grandchildren to love the Adirondacks, and relished famous spring fishing parties with 16 guests who often stayed for two weeks. For years the closure of each summer season was marked by an October hunting trip reserved for nine Albany gentlemen who celebrated Robert Pruyn’s birthday. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, September 2, 2018

Archaeology of the Adirondacks: New Book, Lecture

David StarbuckThe Hadley-Lake Luzerne Historical Society has announced “Understanding the Archaeology of the Adirondacks,” a lecture by archaeologist and author David Starbuck of Chestertown on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 8 pm, at the Hadley-Luzerne Public Library 19 Main Street, Lake Luzerne.

David Starbuck is a noted authority on the archaeology of the Adirondacks. He will share excerpts from his latest book Archaeology of the Adirondacks and discuss findings from his most recent Adirondack excavations. The book focuses on the varied material culture brought to the Adirondacks, and now found underground. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, September 1, 2018

An 18-Year-Old Essex County Missing Person Case

Hakan KaracayState Police continue to investigate an 18-year-old missing person case from Essex County.

On September 21, 1999, the Clifton Police Department in New Jersey received a report of a missing person.

Family members reported that Hakan Karacay, a 28-year-old immigrant from Turkey, left his residence on September 20, 1999, at approximately 5 pm, operating a silver 1989 Mazda 626. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, September 1, 2018

Poetry: Mourning Warbler

Mourning Warbler

Like medieval
madrigals, the dying
melody of the Mourning
Warbler is more
alive in former realms.
Glittering in the azure
shade of Striped Maple,
somehow they know that
heaven is only a
way to pass through.


Friday, August 31, 2018

Featured Trail: Silver Lake Mountain, Westville

Silver lake mountain trailSilver Lake Mountain, part of the Taylor Pond Complex with a total elevation of 2365’, is a great “Bang for your Buck” destination. This short trail is perfect for the entire family and offers some outstanding views out over Taylor Pond and the Silver Lake Region.

This is a 0.9 mile hike, one way, over moderate to steep terrain. From the trailhead parking area you will start hiking along the remains of an old woods road to an open area at 0.3 mi. The footing is a bit tough with loose rocks. After the open area, the terrain starts to get steeper and comes to a slight lookout through the trees at 0.5 mi. » Continue Reading.


Friday, August 31, 2018

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Friday, August 31, 2018

Adirondack High Peaks: Hiker Search, Recovery, Wildfires

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.


Friday, August 31, 2018

This Week’s Big Adirondack News Stories


Thursday, August 30, 2018

Will DEC Rubber Stamp New Bridge Over the Cedar River?

State agencies in the Adirondack Park are full of dedicated, hardworking employees who want to do their level best under their relevant laws and jurisdictions. However, in a situation where the same agency acts both as the applicant and the decider of an application, the public has good reason to be skeptical that there will be sufficient independence to raise difficult questions, much less objections.

This situation is apparent in the August 22, 2018 edition of the Environmental Notice Bulletin (ENB) issued weekly by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, or DEC. This edition of the ENB gives the public notice that a “Cedar River Bridge and Recreational Trail” is the subject of a permit application by the DEC’s Division of Lands and Forests. The decider of that permit application is the Permits Division of the same DEC. » Continue Reading.