Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Hard Times For Bobcats In New York State

These are hard times to be a bobcat in New York State. The state’s annual bobcat hunting season just ended, which runs in the Adirondacks and Catskills for nearly four months from October 25 until February 15. Bobcats are an important species in Upstate New York ecosystems because they are predators of rodents, squirrels, snowshoe hare, rabbits, and deer. New York’s bobcat hunting season is one of the longest among states in the Northeast, and there are no limits on how many bobcats an individual hunter/trapper can kill in a season. Bobcat hunting in New York was historically largely focused on the Adirondacks and Catskills and upper Hudson Valley. In 2013, it was expanded into parts of central New York, the Southern Tier, and the lower Hudson Valley, with a shorter 3- to 4-week season.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Protect the Adirondacks applauds one house budgets for funding critical ADK programs

Cars parked on Adirondack Loj Road

Protect the Adirondacks, Inc. (PROTECT) applauds funding proposed for the FY2025 Budgets released by the State Senate and State Assembly. The proposed budgets provide significant funding for Adirondack programs that were reduced or eliminated from the Governor Kathy Hochul’s proposed budget.

The Legislature has restored the Clean Water Fund to $500 million. The Assembly’s budget proposal specifies $10 million from the Clean Water Fund for proper management of road salt.

“Protect the Adirondacks supports the Assembly’s budget allocation of $10 million to implement the road salt reduction strategies in the 2023 Adirondack Road Salt Reduction Task Force report documenting the significant adverse groundwater and surface water pollution effects of the use of road salt in the Adirondack Park. We urge the State Senate to support this budget line item too,” said Peter Bauer, Executive Director of Protect the Adirondacks.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Champlain Area Trails Invites Community to Join May 11 Grand Hike

People smiling while hiking

On May 11, 2024, Champlain Area Trails (CATS) will host its signature annual Grand Hike, a 14-mile walk from Essex to Westport along scenic trails and back roads in New York’s Champlain Valley. The Grand Hike promotes healthy communities and well-being by bringing together outdoor enthusiasts, nature lovers, and community members to experience the nearly 100 miles of trails CATS has created and maintains.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Adding Adirondacks back into budget

Students learn about history of Timbuctoo Institute

Legislature

Gov. Kathy Hochul’s proposed $233 billion budget included some program cuts relevant to the Adirondacks. The state Assembly and Senate released their one-house budgets last week, adding some of those funds back.

Here are some of the takeaways:

  • Reinstated Clean Water Infrastructure Act funding to $500 million for the fiscal year.
  • The Assembly proposed dedicating $10 million from the Clean Water Fund for road salt management.
  • Restored funding to the Timbuctoo Climate and Careers Institute at $2.1 million.
  • Restored funding to the Survey of Climate Change and Adirondack Lake Ecosystems at $2 million.

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Monday, March 18, 2024

Cranberry Lake: Giving is our nature

Aerial shot of Cranberry Lake.

By Susan Sweeney Smith

I live in a very small town in the northwestern Adirondacks – the hamlet of Cranberry Lake.  Year rounders are an increasingly small percentage of the population here — at last count 136 folks live here year round.  The population swells in the shoulder season of spring and grows again over summer… abating in the fall and dropping off dramatically back to our 136ish year rounders come winter.

We have an abundance of natural beauty from lakes to ponds to rivers to waterfalls to mountains to bogs to nature trails.  We all talk about the natural beauty as defining for this place.  And, of course, it is….

But there is something human happening here that is really amazing.  

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Monday, March 18, 2024

‘Black Woods’ Author Amy Godine to speak at April 25 event

Amy Godine Author Photo

The Kelly Adirondack Center at Union College will host a presentation featuring author, Amy Godine, on April 25, 2024 at 5:30 p.m. at the Old Chapel. Godine will speak about her book, The Black Woods: Pursuing Racial Justice on the Adirondack Frontier. Refreshments will be available beginning at 5 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, and books will be available for purchase.

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Monday, March 18, 2024

Literacy and solutions

Paul Smiths College students on a boat on a lake

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Bay Watershed Education and Training program awarded a grant to Paul Smith’s College recently. The $160,000 award boosts the college’s funding for climate programs and focuses on climate literacy and solutions. Under the terms of the grant, a new Youth for Climate and Water Action project will unite school districts in the Adirondacks and the Finger Lakes around studying the Great Lakes watershed.

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Sunday, March 17, 2024

Un-defending Our Selves

this is Maria, photo provided by Adam WilsonGreetings Neighbors and Strangers,

This story began right out of college, when I moved to a farm and fell head over heels in love with the reckless generosity of soil, sunlight and rainfall, especially as made manifest in the sequence of cows to grass to humans.  Can you picture the way the shape and shadow of another human face or body can take up residence in your imagination, exerting a gravitational pull on your path through the world?  Now translate that sense of attraction to the landscape.  I couldn’t keep my eyes off the curvature of a fertile meadow, glimpsed from the road, in silhouette against woods and sky.  I fell for field after field, allowing my mind to fantasize about the way a small herd of Jersey cows would graze across each hill and hollow.  Every farm I saw looked more perfect than the last. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, March 17, 2024

The Hyde Collection: “Women and Art” After Hours Tour, March 21

Frieseke - Young Girl Before Mirror - The Hyde Women and Art Tour
Glen Falls, NY
– In celebration of Women’s History Month, The Hyde Collection presents “Women and Art” for its March Art After Hours programming. On the evening of March 21, join this special exploration of the collection with a focus on the various roles of women from the Renaissance into the 20th Century and how art has reinforced or challenged those roles. The tour is facilitated by a trained guide.

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Sunday, March 17, 2024

NFCT expands stewardship staff, offers new volunteer opportunities 

A work crew builds docks

 

New staff will support projects in four states; nine volunteer work trips planned

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) has announced its stewardship programming for the 2024 season, which will be supported by a growing professional staff and provide opportunities for as many as 50 volunteers to help steward the waterways along the trail.

The NFCT is a nonprofit organization that stewards a 740-mile water trail that weaves through New York, Vermont, Quebec, New Hampshire and Maine. Projects this year span from the Saranac Lakes in the Adirondacks to Maine’s Allagash Wilderness Waterway. With an ambitious slate of work scheduled, the NFCT has hired an assistant trail director and an Allagash crew leader to support its work.

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Sunday, March 17, 2024

Interesting reads from around the region

A collection of interesting reads:

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Saturday, March 16, 2024

Birds are heading north, indoor plants growing like gang busters

Blue birds at the feeder

Winter is making a late attempt to be winter white this week, but it is too late as my daffodils are about to bloom. This snow will insulate them from the cold for a few days, but with a few sunny days, they will be in bloom. The hiking on many trails has been very icy and now with that snow cover, it makes it even more dangerous and slippery.

A pair of spikes does help, and I have worn mine on a few hikes locally. They have not tripped me up too much, but I did take a dip on the lower side of a beaver dam I was crossing…which was quite chilling. That ended that day’s hike as I took on a little water in each boot, filled my left side pockets, and one mitten. No one was watching except for a couple of mallards who were laughing at me as they flew away.

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Saturday, March 16, 2024

ADKX Announces 2024 Harold K. Hochschild Award Recipients

Blue Mountain Lake, NY – The Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX), will celebrate its annual Benefit Gala & Harold K. Hochschild Award ceremony on Sat., July 27, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., under the stars at the museum in the heart of the Adirondacks. This yearly celebration and fundraiser highlight the organization’s service to the Adirondack community and honor the Harold K. Hochschild Award recipient. This award, given annually to a different recipient, is dedicated to the memory of the museum’s founder, whose passion for the Adirondacks, its people, and environment inspired him to create the museum and establish the Adirondack Park Agency (APA). The 2024 award recipients are Lee and Nancy Keet and the Cloudsplitter Foundation.  » Continue Reading.


Saturday, March 16, 2024

North Country GEAR UP Schools Earn CFES ‘School of Distinction’ Honors

Beekmantown students tour SUNY Potsdam

For their work in preparing students for post-secondary education, five North Country GEAR UP schools have been recognized as Schools of Distinction by CFES Brilliant Pathways, a nonprofit that helps underserved young people realize college and career opportunities.

“This is a challenging time for education, so it is especially significant that these schools went above and beyond to provide their students a boost toward college and career success,” said Rick Dalton, president and CEO of Essex-based CFES Brilliant Pathways.

The five CFES Schools of Distinction are: Ausable Valley High School, Beekmantown Middle School, Crown Point Central School, Moriah Central School and Ticonderoga Central School. To become a School of Distinction, a school, in partnership with CFES, must implement cutting-edge, school wide programs that advance college and career readiness. » Continue Reading.


Friday, March 15, 2024

MegDella’s Flock

Sheltie dogs

My initial plan upon leaving the service was to pursue my lifelong dream of becoming a writer.  For the better part of the first year as a young newlywed having just hung up his uniform, I spent long hours pounding the keys of my little Smith-Corona electronic typewriter.

I aspired to a career as a short fiction writer, following the path of all the great fiction writers whose tales I’d devoured as an Adirondack lad growing up.  However, as a young man with a new wife and shared visions of building a life, home, and family together, I quickly came face to face with “starving artist” reality, and left a writer’s life dream fiction tale behind me.

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