Friday, March 29, 2019

This Week’s Big Adirondack News Stories


Thursday, March 28, 2019

Exploring the History of Maple Syrup

Mike Todriff firing the sugar boiler in 2018 (Shannon Houlihan photo)I don’t think there’s a more magnificent forest tree or more glorious shade tree than the sugar maple (Acer saccharum); a deciduous tree that matures in 30-50 years, generally growing to between 70 and 90 feet tall, with a crown that turns a brilliant, fiery yellow, orange, or red at summer’s end. The sugar maple is the official state tree of New York, Vermont, Wisconsin, and West Virginia. It’s also the national tree of Canada. And the maple leaf is the Canadian national emblem.

For sugarmakers, this is maple season. Having tapped thousands of maple trees, they now harvest their reward; collecting the sap that brings the region’s maples out of winter dormancy and boiling it down, with pride and care, to just the right consistency for pure maple syrup and the delicious cream, candies, and confections made from maple sugar. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, March 28, 2019

Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (Mar 28)

CompassThis weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is compiled each Thursday afternoon and fully updated by Friday afternoon.

Contribute Your Knowledge: Add a comment below, or send your observations, corrections, updates, and suggestions to adkalmanack@gmail.com.

Learn and practice the seven Leave No Trace principles. Carry out what you have carried in. Do not leave gear, food, or other items at lean-tos and campsites. Do not litter. Take the free online Leave No Trace course here.

BE PREPARED! Start slow, gain experience. Carry proper safety equipment and weather protection and bring plenty of water, lights and a map. When on the trail: keep the group together, watch the time, and be prepared to turn back. Accidents happen to the most experienced people. Be prepared to spend an unplanned night in the woods in freezing temperatures. Always carry food, a space blanket, emergency whistle, first aid kit, fire making tools, extra clothing layers and socks, and a map and compass. Inform someone of your itinerary and just before entering the backcountry or launching a boat check the National Weather Service watches, warnings, and advisories here. Follow Adirondack weather forecasts at Burlington and Albany and consult the High Elevation, Recreation, or Lake Champlain forecasts.

March 28th, 2019 – SPECIAL NOTICES » Continue Reading.


Thursday, March 28, 2019

Lecture: William Murray’s Impact on Adirondack Tourism

The final Cabin Fever Sunday Series program of the season at Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX) will be Fools Rushed In: W.H.H. Murray’s Adventures in the Wilderness, 150 Years Later with Ivy Gocker, is set for April 7th, at 1:30 pm. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, March 28, 2019

Summer Trail Crew Sought For Newcomb AIC

AIC Nature Trails MapSUNY-ESF has announced they are expanding the existing trail network at the Newcomb Campus, and are seeking Summer Trail Crew Members.

Work will include adding more than two miles of new trails at the Adirondack Interpretive Center (AIC), as well as rehabilitating the popular Goodnow Mountain trail. This trail expansion is the first since the AIC opened in 1990. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Notes From The Annual Adirondack Research Forum

Adirondack Council logoAlmost 50 scientists who work in the Adirondacks gathered March 6 and 7 in Old Forge to present results of research and monitoring activities in the region during the 16th Annual Adirondack Research Forum. Below is a quick summary of their reports and findings.

Readers will note that the names of a few  private waterbodies where specific research is being conducted were redacted. This was done for privacy purposes and to protect the fisheries. Each of the research and monitoring projects fits into the state’s plan to protect itself from acid rain and climate change by proving what damage has already occurred. Some of the projects also seek to find ways to accelerate the park’s recovery from all air pollution-related damage. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Remove Bird Feeders, Don’t Attract Bears

black bear The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has reminded New Yorkers to take steps to prevent bears from easily accessing food sources like bird feeders and garbage.

Due to poor natural food availability last fall, many black bears went into their dens with low fat reserves. As they begin to emerge from winter dens, they have already begun seeking out food sources around homes. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Forest Rangers Locate Runaway Student

forest ranger logoNew 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.


Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Garden Parking Lot in Keene Valley Closed for Summer 2019

Garden Parking Lot ClosureThe Garden Parking Lot at the Garden Trailhead – one of the main access points to the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness and the nearest trailhead to Johns Brook Lodge – will be closed to public motor vehicles during the spring and summer of 2019 due to the replacement of the Johns Brook Bridge.

Construction of the replacement bridge, located in Keene Valley, Essex County, is expected to begin as soon as weather and road conditions allow and is expected to last through the summer, according to Town Supervisor Joe Pete Wilson. No vehicles or pedestrians will be able to pass the bridge once construction is started through completion of the project. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Bolton Planning A Recreation Hub Strategy

Paddling at Amys Park With a few strategic land acquisitions, a new marketing and branding campaign and the support of businesses, local government and not-for-profit organizations, Bolton can become the recreation hub of the southeastern Adirondacks a new plan in the offing says.

A new document, “Bolton Recreation Hub Strategy,” prepared by the Chazen Companies for the Lake George Land Conservancy and the Town of Bolton, explains the benefits and costs of becoming a recreation hub, and how it can be done. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Abenaki Language Weekend at Ndakinna

Jesse Bruchac giving Abenaki lessonsThe Ndakinna Education Center at Greenfield Center (in Saratoga County, just outside the Adirondack Park) has announced a Abenaki Language Weekend set for April 5-7th, 2019.

Jesse Bruchac and Elie Joubert will teach all levels and ages the basics of the Abenaki language, some conversational Abenaki, language learning games, songs, dances and other creative interactive indoor and outdoor activities. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Arts Center Opening With Members’ Exhibition May 1

Blue Mountain Lake Arts CenterThe Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (Arts Center) in Blue Mountain Lake is set to open for its 52nd season on May 1, 2019.

The Arts Center will be featuring its Members’ Show from May 1 – May 31. » Continue Reading.


Monday, March 25, 2019

Animal Population Estimates: What’s in a Number?

moose by adelaide tyrolForty years ago, amid the surge of legislation that accompanied the rise of the modern environmental movement, New Hampshire passed its first Endangered Species Conservation Act.

The goal was to protect wildlife facing extinction in the Granite State. There was just one problem: they had no list of exactly which species were threatened or endangered. » Continue Reading.


Monday, March 25, 2019

Adirondack Buyer Days Features New Local Products

The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) will present its 33rd annual Adirondack Buyer Days on March 25 and 26 at the Saratoga Springs City Center.

The event is the only wholesale trade show in New York State devoted to handmade and locally sourced artisan products. This year’s show will feature products created by nearly 100 artisans from northern New York and New England. » Continue Reading.


Monday, March 25, 2019

Hyde Collection Accepting Plein Air Art Submissions

plein air fest call for artistsThe Hyde Collection has invited artists to participate in its annual Plein Air Festival, to be held August 7 to 11, 2019, throughout the Glens Falls area.

The Plein Air Festival celebrates the Museum, community, and art inspired by the outdoors. The festival culminates at The Hyde’s annual Community Day event Sunday, August 11. Community Day is a free admission event that includes tours, art activities, and fun at the Museum inspired by the permanent collection and special exhibition From the Rooftops: John Sloan and the Art of the New Urban Space. » Continue Reading.