Posts Tagged ‘2021’

Friday, December 31, 2021

Some of the stories that caught your attention this year

Here are the top 10 posts of 2021:

  1. NYS DEC’s Management Fiasco in the High Peaks Wilderness Area. This mystery uncovered by Peter Bauer has catapulted to No. 1 in a short period of time:
  2. Richard Gast’s homage to the bobcat: Shy, nocturnal and successful:
  3. Steve Hall on the night skies:
  4. The folk lore behind the woolly bear caterpillar, by Jackie Woodcock.
  5. Alice Menis, summer intern at Paul Smith’s College’s Visitor Information Center, writes about one of their released butterflies being tracked in Mexico:
  6. A guest commentary about the housing crisis in the Adirondacks:
  7. One of the foliage season’s weekly reports, courtesy of I Love NY proved to be a popular post:
  8. A new potential invasive threat, by Paul Hetzler:
  9. Richard Monroe’s flashback about “Adirondack Dinosaurs”:
  10. A critique of the tree cutting lawsuit, from Brian Wells:

In addition, we hit a record with the most-commented post of all time so far, going to Peter Bauer’s critique of Rep. Elise Stefank:

Peter Bauer photo

Thursday, December 30, 2021

2021 lookback: November’s top posts

Over the next 12 days we’re looking back at the Almanack’s most read (and most discussed) posts of 2021.

Adirondacks from space

Out of the 91 posts we published last month, here are the top 10:

  1. It’s Debatable: Short-term rentals, by guest contributors
  2. Permits in the preserves, by Gwendolyn Craig
  3. On the idea of an Adirondack Mountains National Park, by David Gibson
  4. How Team Cuomo Subverted Basic Norms at the Adirondack Park Agency, by Peter Bauer
  5. Adirondack Council reveals new Vision 2050 plan, by John Sheehan
  6. Monarchs: How High Can They Fly?, by Jackie Woodcock
  7. A New Clue to the Origin of Saranac Lake’s “Ampersand”, by John Sasso
  8. Rangers catch man who defaced Catskills lean-to, DEC press release
  9. Remnants of Life, by Jackie Woodcock
  10. Jesus and the Extraterrestrials, by Steve Hall

Photo: The Adirondacks from space/NASA

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

2021 lookback: October’s top posts

Over the next 12 days we’re looking back at the Almanack’s most read (and most discussed) posts of 2021.

Rj cooking

Out of the 96 posts we published this October, contributor Richard Monroe’s stories ranked high.  Here are the top 10:

  1. Chamber Encouraged by Border Policy, community news reports
  2. When the gales come early, by Richard Monroe
  3. Camping, with a stranger, by Richard Monroe
  4. The Adirondack Park Agency Should Embrace Transparency, by Peter Bauer
  5. The Phoenix Rises! Celebrating a restored lean-to, by Richard Monroe
  6. Back in the Adirondacks, by Cameron Dunn
  7. We’ve hit the ceiling on short-term rentals, by guest contributor Mary Brophy-Moore
  8. DEC Announces Oct. 16 Opening of State’s New Catch-and-Release Trout Season, DEC press release
  9. Rangers locate lost hikers on Sleeping Beauty, at Nicks Lake trail, DEC press release
  10. The future of Follensby Pond, by Gwendolyn Craig

RJ Monroe cooking Sunday brunch as part of an annual father/son duck hunt. Richard Monroe photo

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

2021 lookback: September’s top posts

Over the next 12 days we’re looking back at the Almanack’s most read (and most discussed) posts of 2021.

richard monroe

Out of the 95 posts we published this September, a range of topics ranked high.  Here are the top 10:

  1. Funding for Sustainable Adirondack Trails is Needed, by guest contributor Charlotte Staats
  2. ‘If Allowed to Continue at Present Rates’ by David Gibson
  3. Expanding the Reach of Forever Wild, by David Gibson
  4. Recreation Highlight: Sharing Trails with Hunters, NYS DEC press release
  5. Outlaw Duck Hunters, by Richard Monroe
  6. Discussion time: Short-term rentals, a discussion post
  7. The NYSDEC Should Embrace Openness And Transparency, by Peter Bauer
  8. My Loon Friend: A Story of Trust and Healing, by guest contributor Ronni Tichenor
  9. Those cedar logs, by Richard Monroe
  10. License to backpack: Trying out permits, by Brandon Loomis

The author Richard Monroe inside the newly rebuilt lean-to at Bull Rush Bay.
Photo by Richard Monroe.

Monday, December 27, 2021

2021 lookback: August’s top posts

Over the next 12 days we’re looking back at the Almanack’s most read (and most discussed) posts of 2021.


Out of the 99 posts we published this August, the fallout from the tree cutting/trail decision continued, as well as rural population issues, and great stories from the past topped the conversations.  Here are the top 10:

  1. Sabotaging Trail Deal Was No Way to Protect the Adirondacks, by guest contributor Brian Wells
  2. 12 Ways Indian Lake Supervisor Brian Wells Gets Historic Forever Wild Decision Wrong, a rebuttal from Peter Bauer
  3. Safety in numbers: Outdoor Afro’s Adirondack outings, by Brandon Loomis
  4. State agencies work to address lead ammunition, DEC press release
  5. High Peaks Treasure at Livingston Pond, by Richard Monroe
  6. The Great Canoe Race Conspiracy, by Richard Monroe
  7. A tagged Monarch Butterfly from Paul Smith’s found in Mexico, by Alice Menis
  8. New model sustainable hiking trail on Mt. Van Hoevenberg nears completion, by Peter Bauer
  9. 2020 US Census: More Than Half of All US Counties Lost Population, by Peter Bauer
  10. Was the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) Duped? by guest contributor Chris Cohan

High Peaks treasure find, photo by Richard Monroe

Sunday, December 26, 2021

2021 lookback: July’s top posts

Over the next 12 days we’re looking back at the Almanack’s most read (and most discussed) posts of 2021.


Out of the 100 posts we published this July, marijuana, rail trail, boat inspections ranked high. Here are the top 10:

  1. Discussion time: Marijuana dispensaries, a discussion post
  2. John Brown Farm and New York’s Voter Suppression History, by Peter Slocum
  3. DEC And APA Have A Big Task To Get Back On The Right Side Of Forever Wild, by Peter Bauer
  4. ARTA to NYS: Let’s speed up the rail trail construction, by Dick Beamish
  5. Long Lake/Raquette Lake Hiking and Paddling Challenge, community news reports
  6. It’s Debatable: Should New York enforce boat inspections?, guest contributors
  7. Marijuana in the Adirondacks, by Brandon Loomis
  8. ROOST, Stewart’s Shops launch ‘Go Before You Go’ campaign, press release
  9. Upper Saranac coalition: APA ruling endangers wetlands, by guest contributors
  10. Weather Permitting: Reflections on a wet camping trip, by Richard Monroe

Stock photo

Saturday, December 25, 2021

2021 lookback: June’s top posts

Over the next 12 days we’re looking back at the Almanack’s most read (and most discussed) posts of 2021.


Out of the 94 posts we published this June, a new diner, Whitney Park, and martens were among the lead stories. Here are the top 10:

  1. What Defines ‘Adirondack’?, by Richard Monroe
  2. Fragmenting Whitney Park?, by David Gibson
  3. A review of the AMR permit system, by Peter Bauer
  4. An Adirondack Engagement, by Richard Monroe
  5. Chef Darrell’s Mountain Diner Opens in Blue Mountain Lake, from a community news report
  6. Report Dead or Dying Eastern Larch Trees (Tamaracks) to DEC, NYS DEC press release
  7. DEC releases final deer management plan, NYS DEC press release
  8. Indian Lake banners celebrate diversity, community news report
  9. The End of Arbitrary Powers to Dam Adirondack Rivers, by David Gibson
  10. American martens: ‘Ambassador to all things wild’, by Mark Fraser

American marten, photo by Anne Fraser

Friday, December 24, 2021

2021 lookback: May’s top posts

Over the next 12 days we’re looking back at the Almanack’s most read (and most discussed) posts of 2021.

tearing up the tracks

Out of the 99 posts we published this May, the tree-cutting decision, rail trail, housing and land use ranked high. Here are the top 10:

  1. OPINION: For Elise Stefanik, Lying Pays Off, by Peter Bauer
  2. Dreaming About The New Tri-Lakes Public Multi Use Recreation Trail, by Peter Bauer
  3. Court of Appeals: Snowmobile trails violate state constitution, a press release from Protect the Adirondacks
  4. The Court’s Snowmobile Connector Decision in Perspective, by David Gibson
  5. It’s Debatable: Hiking permits, guest contributors
  6. Is the Adirondack Park dying for recreational activities?, by guest contributor Harsh Vaish, Skidmore College
  7. Housing in the Adirondack region: one crisis away from crumbling, by guest contributor By Alexis Subra, Membership & Events Coordinator, Adirondack North Country Association
  8. Understanding Timber on Protected Lands by Marianne Patinelli-Dubay
  9. Camp report: Here’s what it’s looking like on Middle Saranac, by Richard Monroe
  10. Hunters in New York Harvested More than 253,000 Deer in 2020-21, NYS DEC press release

Photo: Work in the Saranac Lake area to remove the railroad tracks and replace them with a multi-use trail. Photo by Mike Lynch

Thursday, December 23, 2021

2021 lookback: April’s top posts

Over the next 12 days we’re looking back at the Almanack’s most read (and most discussed) posts of 2021.

Native American Guide Mitchell Sabattis at Indian Lake

Out of the 96 posts we published this April, with Earth Day, permits and population issues dominating conversation, here are the top 10:

  1. Should NYS cull feral cats?, by a guest contributor, generated a heated reaction
  2. Thoughts On Adirondack Population Recruitment: Five trends to consider, by Peter Bauer. What are the real challenges in trying to boost our rural population?
  3. The buzz around AMR hiker permits, by Gwendolyn Craig
  4. What happened to Earth Day?, by Jim Britell
  5. Eating for the planet is easy, by Vanessa Banti
  6. An ‘Adirondack Outlaw’ at Cornell, by Richard Monroe
  7. Ticks: They’re baaaaaaack, by Richard Gast
  8. Who cooks for you, barred owl?, by Steve Hall
  9. Serenade of the loon and the journey of healing, by Richard Monroe
  10. History Matters: Claiming Home, by Amy Catania

Image: Mitchell Sabattis, from the Almanack archive.

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Happy holidays!

Happy holiday season to you and yours!

Just a quick note to say that starting today I will be taking some time off to spend time enjoying the holidays with my family. I’ll likely be checking in on the comments and email periodically, but that’s to say don’t freak out if you don’t hear from me right away….Hope you have a safe and relaxing Christmas and New Year’s! I’m looking forward to what 2022 will bring.

Melissa Hart, Almanack editor

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

2021 lookback: March’s top posts

Over the next 12 days we’re looking back at the Almanack’s most read (and most discussed) posts of 2021.

Loon rescue on Lake George

Out of the 100 posts we published this March, where trails, snowmobiles, hiking permits and more led the discussions, here are the top 10:

  1. Has the Adirondack Mountain Club Lost its Way?, by Philip Terrie
  2. It’s debatable: A permit to hike?, a discussion post that generated a lot of responses.
  3. Forever Wild, Forever Prejudiced?, a commentary by Cameron Dunn about being young and gay in a small mountain town.
  4. ADK’s Support of Sustainable Trails, Michael Barrett’s response to Phil Terrie’s commentary
  5. Adirondack Wild applauds pilot reservation system at AMR, by David Gibson
  6. Recreation Highlight: Snowmobiling in the Adirondacks, a NYS DEC press release
  7. When nature calls, let’s hope there isn’t a bear in the outhouse, comic relief by Tim Rowland
  8. New trails aim to undo mistakes of the past, by David Thomas-Train
  9. Loon Conservation Center rescues birds trapped in ice, by Nina Schoch
  10. It’s Just Coffee. Right?, by Richard Gast

Lance Durfey, an Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation summer field staff (who got usurped into this adventure), figured out the technique of catching a loon. The spectators heard Lance (a former fisheries biologist for NYS DEC) saying “You have to net it head first, kind of like a fish, or they jump out of the net.” Photo by Ellie George, courtesy of Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

2021 lookback: February’s top posts

Over the next 12 days we’re looking back at the Almanack’s most read (and most discussed) posts of 2021.

adult dragonfly

Out of the 93 posts we published this February, here are the top 10:

  1. ‘Out of harmony with forest lands in their wild state’ by David Gibson
  2. Skidmore College Students Investigate Inclusivity in the Adirondack Park (guest contributors)
  3. Red Foxes: Truly Magnetic Creatures, by Jackie Woodcock
  4. When is a tree a tree?, a discussion post about the debate around tree cutting for trails.
  5. Rangers respond to Speculator snowmobile crash, NYS DEC
  6. Stewarts Landing: Long dammed but still special, by Randy Fredlund
  7. Woodpeckers: Nature’s Tree Drummers, by Jackie Woodcock
  8. Adirondacks, the musical, a discussion post posing the question of “what would song titles be for an Adirondack musical?”
  9. Going to the Poorhouse: Dorothea Dix In The Adirondacks, by Jane Hartenstein
  10. Dragonflies: Learning to swim before they fly, by Jackie Woodcock

Monday, December 20, 2021

2021 lookback: January’s top posts

Over the next 12 days we’ll be looking back at the Almanack’s most read (and most discussed) posts of 2021.

north country region

Out of the 102 posts we published this January, here are the top 10:

  1. OPINION: Elise Stefanik Is Lying To Us, by Peter Bauer
  2. Adirondack survey seeks feedback from potential residents (community news reports). The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) partnered with Warren County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) to commission a survey to determine the desire for potential new year-round residents to the Adirondacks.
  3. Capitol riots: The pain is real, but how to begin healing?, by Vanessa Banti
  4. Standing In The Storm, by Jackie Woodcock
  5. Where is the north country?, a discussion post posing the question “Does the North Country have a distinct identity apart from the Adirondacks or are the two forever linked together?”
  6. Finally, a solution for Debar Lodge, by Howard Kirschenbaum
  7. Bobcats: Shy, nocturnal and successful, by Richard Gast
  8. Siena Poll: Majority of NYers say worst of pandemic still to come (community news reports).
  9. Green Amendment: Yay or Nay?, a discussion post about the proposed state constitutional amendment to make clean air and water a right for all New Yorkers.
  10. A librarian’s memories of working at ‘The Club’ and Dewey’s legacy, by Wayne Miller



Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program launches Winter Learning Series

The Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program APIPP will be hosting 5 new education events over the course of January through April 2021. The events will be based around the threat of invasive species, habitat integrity, and the economies of the communities which make up the Adirondacks. The APIPP needs your help to combat invasive species on land and in water throughout the Adirondacks, and they are offering the opportunity to sharpen your skills and join the effort.

The discovery of two emerging forest pests within the Adirondacks, the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid and the Emerald Ash Borer incited a race to understand and treat the scale of existing infestations across hundreds of acres. the APIPP’s Winter Learning Series reflects the rising threat of conservation, and challenges homeowners, recreationalists, local businesses, and all interested in citizen science to help prevent the spread of, and to help manage invasive species threatening the North Country.

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Monday, December 21, 2020

2021 Decentralization Grant Applications Now Open

council on the artsThe 2021 Decentralization (DEC) Grant application process is now open for eligible arts organizations and individual artists residing in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, and Hamilton Counties. Artists may submit up to three direct requests of up to $5000 in any combination of two categories: Community Arts and Arts Education projects.

The requirements for submission include reading the guidelines for whichever category you are applying in and attending a free informational seminar with a Grant Coordinator. Seminars will be held online via Zoom between now and January 15. The deadline for the online application process is January 31.

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