An Adirondack Outlaw Survivor Approach To Living Life Forward
We’ve all heard the phrase “Think outside the box.” It’s all too frequently offered as a euphemism for innovative thinking or creative problem solving. It’s even been used by many “experts” as a foundation philosophy for a long list of bestselling books.
Residents of Essex and Clinton counties who were impacted by the storm are asked to take short survey
The Paul Smith’s College Senior Capstone for Integrated Disaster Management Studies is in full swing. This spring’s students are developing a research project that focuses on Community Resilience to Natural Disasters and how that resilience is linked to ecosystem restoration and adaptability.
We designed a survey to begin to address the following steps which are often found in community based vulnerability assessments:
Step 1: Identify and Rank Hazards Step 2: Map Areas of Greatest Risk Step 3: Identify and Map Physically Vulnerable People and Property Step 4: Identify and Map Socially Vulnerable Populations Step 5: Inventory and Map Environmental Hazards
The survey is based on Community Vulnerability metrics from the FEMA RAP Toolkit. Much of the identification of social vulnerabilities will come directly from the responses in your surveys. We will consider this empirical data and establish our own vulnerability assessment. If you’re interested in helping us, and live in Essex or Clinton Counties, the survey link is found here.
Irene’s flooding of Styles Bridge in Keene, photo by Lorraine Duvall
The following are the most recent notices pertaining to public lands in the Adirondacks. Please check the Adirondack Backcountry Information webpages for comprehensive and up-to-date information on seasonal road statuses, rock climbing closures, specific trail conditions, and other pertinent information.
High Peaks Wilderness:
Snowshoes or skis are now required to be worn as snow depths exceed 8 inches.
Snow report as of 02/10: Trails to Marcy are skiable, with some areas requiring crampons and microspikes. The Van Ho trail is skiable with some icy sections. Both Avalanche Lake and Lake Colden are frozen. There is 3.5ft of snow at the Lake Colden Outpost and 4-5ft of snow at higher elevations. Note: Conditions may have changed since last report. Expect additional snow.
If you’ve ever been ice fishing, you may have noticed that ice anglers practically speak their own language. To clear up any confusion, we thought we’d cover some commonly used terms you may hear being thrown around the next time you’re out on the ice. Enjoy!
Bruce and Gail Cushing knew they had a diverse property before they started connecting with forestry professionals.
Located in Clemons, (Washington County), the Cushings’ 117 acres has a variety of mature tree species – maples, beech, birches, eastern hemlock, oaks, and some large shagbark hickory. Interspersed throughout the mature forest are openings of different sizes that are full of young, regenerating forest.
Eighty years ago, in 1942, a graduate student named Rollo May was diagnosed with Tuberculosis, the early twentieth century’s version of COVID-19. He later joined the thousands of people who retreated to the Adirondacks to help save them from the disease, which what was then known as “the captain of death.” At the time of his diagnosis, May was a former pastor who had recently enrolled in a psychology program at Columbia University Teachers College in New York. Tuberculosis had threatened to cut short this life that showed so much promise and later heralded the American existential psychology movement.
Town of Old Forge Herkimer County Snowmobile Training: From Jan. 31 to Feb. 4, Forest Rangers Hettenbaugh, Jahn, Hanno, and Allwine attended the New York State Snowmobile Law Enforcement Development School (NYS SLEDS) in Old Forge. The five-day course included instruction in snowmobile operation, Snowmobiling While Intoxicated (SWI) detection, checkpoints, and speed enforcement. Participants were instructed in snowmobile laws and handling on-trail emergencies. Students also completed an extensive Emergency Vehicle Operations Course. Multiple agencies and departments participated in the training, including New York State Police, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, and the Onondaga, Warren, and Lewis County Sheriffs’ Departments.
Join the Common Ground Alliance on Friday, February 25 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. as we update the community on progress since the Summer Forum and discuss the first-ever Community Blueprint for the Blue Line.
Registration for the two-hour event, which will be held on Zoom, is free and open to all.
Following the Summer Forum, we endeavored to distill participant insights and feedback into selected recommendations across four priority themes: housing, creating vibrant economies, community-based recreation, and climate change mitigation and adaptation. The Community Blueprint for the Blue Line identifies actions that can be implemented by municipalities and organizations at the community level within the Park.
During the Winter Meeting, we’ll introduce the Community Blueprint and utilize breakout groups to discuss possible next steps for each topic. We hope you can join us.
By Zach Hobbs, Center for Pandemic Response Outreach Coordinator
“For me and my family, the ability to do what we love and share it with others is a legacy we all want to be part of. Personally, it is very fulfilling to be back in operation and continue the family tradition for another generation.”
Birding, history, pandemic programs and a special film screening
North Country Live will revisit some of its most popular topics from past editions and explore new partnerships when it returns Feb. 10 with a new series of exciting and engaging programs for the community.
Hosted on Zoom by North Country Community College, this edition of North Country Live will feature new programs from two prior presenters: historian Tom McGrath and birding expert Joan Collins. It will also showcase an award-winning Native American film and delve into the timely issue of vaccine hesitance through a program presented in partnership with Historic Saranac Lake and Trudeau Institute.
I confess to being a groupie of the Port Kent-Hopkinton Turnpike, a 19th century transportation artifact that ran from Lake Champlain 75 miles inland to an outpost in the northern Adirondack foothills.
A lonely ribbon through the wilderness, significant mileage exists today exactly as it did in 1833 when it was completed. It tiptoes through the lovely community of Loon Lake and bobs and weaves its way past the underappreciated Loon Lake Mountain trailhead.
North of that, it passes the entry to Debar Pond Lodge, a site of consequential history and, over time, three major lodgings, the last of which, built in 1940, still stands. Perhaps most notably, the land in the late 1800s was owned by the son of a German brewer who planted a record-setting 300 acres in hops.
Whether we shop at the supermarket or the farmers market, the foods we purchase bare a wide variety of labels. And we rely on those labels to provide us with information on, among other things, how the food was grown and/or prepared, or in the case of meat and meat products, how the animals were raised.
When we choose to buy food products that we believe are better choices, based on labeling, we want to know that we’re buying food that’s healthier for our families and the environment? And most people would agree that consumers have a right to know. But, all of the branding, pictures, and / or descriptions we find on, or attached to food products or packaging can be confusing. And, sometimes, misleading.
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