Thursday, August 23, 2018

NYCO Mine Expansion Into Wilderness Falters

NYCO mineRemember when New Yorkers approved an Adirondack land swap to keep a mine in business and its employees on the job?

It hasn’t exactly worked out as planned so far.

Five years ago voters approved a constitutional amendment allowing NYCO Minerals to pursue a mine expansion onto the Adirondack Forest Preserve on the east side of the Jay Mountain Wilderness. Local politicians backed it for its potential economic boost, while some environmentalists got on board because of a proposed land swap that could grow the preserve.

Others feared the precedent of permitting resource development in a wilderness.

As it turns out, none of it has happened. The company’s new owners never pursued the swap and have laid off workers. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, August 23, 2018

Current Adirondack Outdoor Recreation Conditions (Aug 23)

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. Always carry proper safety equipment – including plenty of food, water, extra clothing, a flashlight, and a map and compass – inform someone of your itinerary, and be prepared to spend an unplanned night in the woods. 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.

AUGUST 23, 2018 – SPECIAL NOTICES » Continue Reading.


Thursday, August 23, 2018

Adirondack Forest Ranger Report: Two Searches, Two Rescues

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.


Thursday, August 23, 2018

New Arts Center Adds To Uptown Tupper Lake

Sometimes, just a suggestion can spark change. Such was the case with Tupper Arts Director Louise McNally after seeing a request for someone to take the reins of the Tupper Lake Arts Show.

McNally, newly retired, thought it would be a good way for her to engage in the Tupper community. For the past two years McNally helped to organize and grow the Tupper Lake Arts Show. She acknowledges that she only helped add ideas to an existing format that worked, though she was largely responsible for moving the show from its home of 42 years, the Goff-Nelson Memorial Library, to a new location. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, August 23, 2018

Blue Mountain Lake Focus Of Art Exhibition

Anne Diggory at workThe Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake has announced a new exhibition, Anne Diggory: Blue Mountain Light, is on display until September 15th.

An artist reception will be held Saturday August 25th from 4 to 7 pm with an informal talk at 6 pm. The exhibition pulls together artworks in many sizes and mediums inspired by the Blue Mountain Lake area over a span of 24 years.

The majority of the pieces were created in recent years while she was artist-in-residence during five summers at the Adirondack Museum, as the Adirondack Experience was then called. The 34 paintings are of Blue Mountain Lake, Lake Durant and Buttermilk Falls. The newest painting in the show is “View from Castle Rock,” based on a smaller work that was painted from the ledge in July. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Examining Threats to Monarch Butterfly Migration

monarch butterflyThe monarch butterfly may be the most recognized butterfly in the world. With the exception of the Polar Regions, the medium-size butterflies can be found on every continent on Earth. Their spectacular migration in eastern North America, from breeding locations in Canada and the United States to overwintering sites in Mexico, is nothing short of a miracle and has been the subject of decades of study.

Monarchs have four life stages; egg, larva (caterpillar), pupa, and adult (butterfly). The search for milkweed, the only food that monarch larvae eat, is the sole reason for the annual monarch migration. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Newcomb’s TR Weekend Set For Sept 14-15th

Newcomb is set to celebrate Theodore Roosevelt’s journey out of the Adirondack High Peaks to the White House to become the 26th President, following William McKinley’s assassination. TR Weekend will be celebrated September 14-15, 2018.

This year’s event coincides with the 125th anniversary of the completion of Camp Santanoni. The camp was built in 1892 for Robert C. Pruyn, a banker and industrialist from Albany.  When Camp Santanoni was being constructed on the shores of Newcomb Lake, the property included 13,000 acres. The compound eventually included a gate house, a farm and dairy complex, and the main camp. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Washington County Battles and Brews Tour

Replica of 123rd Monument in GranvilleThe Washington County Historical Society is set to conduct a Battles and Brews Tour through Northern and Central Washington County, on September 8th, from 9 am to 5 pm. The trip’s focus is the contribution Washington County’s people made to the Civil War effort.

Traveling north from Greenwich, the tour bus will visit Salem, Granville, and Whitehall. After lunch in Whitehall, the tour will continue on to the Hartford Recruiting Center where a first person performance of Rice Bull, a Union Army Soldier in the Civil War and author of the book, Soldiering: The Civil War Diary, will take place. The trail turns south to Hudson Falls to visit memorials at Union Cemetery. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Wildlife: The Adirondack Frog and Toad Choir

Bull Frogs If you walk by a pond on a summer evening, you may hear the deep “jug-o-rum” of a bullfrog or the “tung” of a green frog, sounding like a plucked banjo string. Sometimes you’ll hear a whole chorus of frogs, the songs competing with each other for attention.

The frogs are not singing for our enjoyment, of course. Most frog sounds we hear are advertisement calls to attract mates, and the callers are usually males. In some species, these vocalizations also help male frogs maintain territories against other males. If you look closely around the shore of a pond, you often see male green frogs spaced at regular intervals. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Gore Mountain Improvements Underway

snow guns, two-story Base Lodge addition and new snowmakerGore Mountain has multiple construction projects underway, including an overhaul to its snowmaking system and an expansion and renovation to the Base Lodge’s Tannery Pub & Restaurant.

A new pump house is being constructed and new pipe installed for Gore to add 2,000 more gallons of water per minute to its pumping capacity for snowmaking. Gore managers expects this “necessary increase” to allow the mountain to open more trails earlier in the season and expand terrain faster.  312 new snow guns are being installed which can be controlled remotely and can respond to real-time weather changes. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Charges On Illegal ATV Trail At Crane Mountain

No ATV sign courtesy Flickr user Peter BlanchardNYS Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Ranger Arthur Perryman reported that he received information indicating an illegal all-terrain vehicle (ATV) trail was being constructed from privately owned lands onto New York State Adirondack Forest Preserve lands in the Town of Johnsburg. » Continue Reading.


Monday, August 20, 2018

Adirondack Historic Roadside Marker Grants Available

pomeroy foundationThe William G. Pomeroy Foundation has announced they are now accepting 2018 applications for fully funded Historic Roadside Markers to commemorate the history of the Adirondacks, including locations in Essex, Warren, Hamilton, Saratoga, Washington, Clinton and Franklin Counties.

Municipalities and charitable 501(c)(3) organizations in New York State are welcome to apply for the Historic Roadside Marker Grants. Local historical organizations or municipal historians will often apply for the grant on behalf of property owners.

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Wooden Boat Show In Lake George Saturday

Lake George RendezvousThe Annual Lake George Rendezvous is set to bring around 50 antique and classic boats to Lake George on Saturday August 25th, from 9 am to 4 pm.

Now in its 45th year, this free boat show is held at the Lake George Village public docks on Beach Road and is open to the public. On display will be antique, historic, unique and classic boats from the early 20th century through today. » Continue Reading.


Monday, August 20, 2018

Champlain Valley Cultural Heritage Grants Available

The Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership (Champlain Heritage) is seeking proposals for projects to protect, restore, interpret, and showcase the historical resources and cultural heritage of the Champlain Valley.

Champlain Heritage anticipates awarding over $100,000 across four grant categories: » Continue Reading.


Monday, August 20, 2018

Adirondack Experience Wins $350k Collections Grant

life in the adirondacks exhibitAdirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX), has received a $350,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections program.

The funds are expected to support a $1,100,000 project to replace the aging climate control systems in the largest structure on the institution’s campus, the Life in the Adirondacks building. The 45,000-square-foot building, dating to 1969, houses ADKX’s new interactive exhibition, Life in the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.