Saturday, December 9, 2017

ADK’s Fire Tower Guide New Edition Reflects Big Changes

views on high bookADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) has released the second edition of its hiking guide, Views from on High: Fire Tower Trails in the Adirondacks and Catskills. Revised and redesigned, it includes a new chapter describing fire towers outside of both parks. The intervening years have seen what coauthor Jim Schneider refers to as “fire tower fever,” a sweeping enthusiasm that has helped prompt restoration of numerous towers and their trails.

Written by John P. (Jack) Freeman and Jim Schneider, Views from on High enables hikers, history buffs, and others fond of Adirondack and Catskill trails to visit and learn about 30 historic fire towers. Detailed trail descriptions are accompanied by numerous photographs and maps as well as an essay about these structures written by historic preservationist Wesley H. Haynes. The new chapter, Beyond the Blue Line, by tower aficionado Jacob C. (Jake) Wilde, describes 13 additional fire towers, three of them demonstration towers. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, December 9, 2017

Winter Raptors and the Washington Co Grasslands

raptors Grassland habitat, such as that found at the Washington County Grasslands, are home to significant populations of some of the highest priority birds for conservation in the Atlantic Flyway.

These birds depend on hayfields, pastures, and other agricultural lands. More than two-thirds of New York’s farmland has been lost during the past century and Breeding Bird Survey data shows a 90% decrease in grassland birds since 1966. » Continue Reading.


Friday, December 8, 2017

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


Friday, December 8, 2017

John Davis Publishes Book on Split Rock Wildway

split rock wild forest bookEssex resident John Davis and local artists have produced a new book showcasing the ecological importance, conservation value, and natural beauty of Split Rock Wildway.

Split Rock Wildway: Scouting the Adirondack Park’s Most Diverse Wildlife Corridor examines the wooded hills and adjacent waterways that link Lake Champlain with the Adirondack High Peaks.

Davis’s perspective is complemented with illustrations and photographs contributed by Bill Amadon, Sheri Amsel, Larry Barns, Steven Kellogg, Roderick MacIver, Larry Master, and Kevin Raines.

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Friday, December 8, 2017

The Big Adirondack News Stories This Week


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Frontier Town Campground Moves Forward, Meetings Set

North Hudson GatewayThe Adirondack Park Agency has announced that it has deemed DEC’s application complete for the Frontier Town Campground, Equestrian and Day Use Area along the Schroon River in North Hudson. State and local officials have been touting the proposed facility as a “Gateway to the Adirondacks.”

The plan proposes an accessible public campground at the site of the former Frontier Town theme park. The campground would include RV, tent, and equestrian camp sites and facilities, and trails connecting to the snowmobile trails leading to Schroon Lake and Ticonderoga, and a new trail to Newcomb being proposed in the yet unapproved Boreas Ponds Tract Management Plan. The campground is part of the Upper Hudson Recreation Hub Master Plan.

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Snow! Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (Dec 7)

CompassThis weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is compiled each Thursday afternoon.

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

Practice Leave No Trace Principles when visiting the Adirondack Park.

SPECIAL NOTICES FOR THIS WEEKEND
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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Lake Placid’s Holiday Stroll December 8-10

Lake Placid Holiday Stroll Adirondack Family TimeThere is always so much to do during the holidays. I sometimes feel bombarded by ads and discounts and need to ground myself with some holiday spirit.

Christmas spirit has been plentiful around the Adirondacks and this weekend is no different as Santa visits the Adirondack High Peaks. The Lake Placid Holiday Stroll – Friday through Sunday, December 8-10 – not only provides ample opportunity to finish the holiday shopping, but also offers a weekend of fun family-friendly activities. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, December 7, 2017

$3.8M Available for Geothermal Clean Energy

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and New York Power Authority (NYPA) have announced the availability of $3.8 million for the launch of a statewide Geothermal Clean Energy Challenge, an initiative designed to help stimulate financing and installation of large-scale geothermal systems at state and local governmental entities, public and private schools and healthcare facilities. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Mercy Care Friendship Volunteer Training Scheduled

Mercy Care for the Adirondacks is recruiting new volunteers and has scheduled a Friendship Volunteer Training Program in Tupper Lake on the mornings of January 11 and January 18, 2018. The training sessions will be held from 9:30 am to 1 pm (Both mornings are required to complete the training).

New Volunteers will join Mercy Care’s more than 100 Friendship Volunteers from Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, and Tupper Lake who are helping their elder neighbors stay connected to their communities and helping to make their lives a little easier and happier. Mercy Care volunteers are currently serving more than 100 elders.   » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Heritage Development Grant Program Announced

hudson river valley national heritage areaThe Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area (HRVNHA) has announced applications for their Heritage Development Grants are now being accepted until 4 pm on February 9, 2018.

The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area was established by Congress in 1996 and is funded, in part, through the National Park Service, Department of the Interior. The mission of the HRVNHA program is to recognize, preserve, protect and interpret the nationally significant cultural and natural resources of the Hudson River Valley for the benefit of the Nation. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Upcoming Lake Placid Winter Sports Events

90 and 120 Meter Jumps Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) has announced their Whiteface Lake Placid winter 2017-’18 events’ calendar. Dates and schedules are subject to change.

Events are scheduled as follows: » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Adirondack Lifeguard Qualifying Begins Jan 20th

Lifeguard in WinterThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced that lifeguard qualifying procedures will begin on Jan. 20, 2018.

Seasonal lifeguard positions are available in DEC campgrounds throughout the Adirondack park this summer. The current hourly rate for DEC lifeguards is $13.27, and most facilities offer free housing. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Whitehall Solar Installation Dedicated to Gore Mtn Ski Resort

whitehall solar arrayThe New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) and today announced the completion of Gore Mountain Ski Resort’s 5.3 megawatt solar array in Washington County, The installation is believed to be the largest solar installation dedicated to a ski resort in the nation.

Gore Mountain’s snowmaking system, lift operations, and other electrical equipment use about 13-million kilowatt hours of power and cost approximately $1 million in utility costs each year according to ORDA. The 14,589 solar panel system is ground-mounted and remote net metered, meaning it is built off-site and the energy produced is exported onto the electricity grid, which Gore will receive credits for on its utility bill. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Long Lake Polar Plunge To Benefit High Peaks Hospice

Long Lake Fire DeptThe Town of Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department, the Long Lake Rescue Squad and the Long Lake Fire Department are partnering for the Fourth Annual Feeling Long Lakey Polar Plunge on Saturday, December 30th at 1 pm, at the Long Lake Town Beach. This event is a benefit for High Peaks Hospice. Funds collected for High Peaks Hospice will support the certification and training for three Hospice Nurses serving the Adirondack North Country region with a goal of $3,750 to be raised.

Prizes will be awarded for Best Costume, Best Team Theme, Most Money Raised by an Individual, Most Money Raised by a Team and Best Plunge Technique. Registration and blood pressure checks will be held at the Adirondack Hotel from 11 am until 12:30 pm on Saturday, December 30th, 2017 with the plunge slated for 1 pm at the Town Beach, 1258 Main Street, in Long Lake. » Continue Reading.


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