Posts Tagged ‘DEC’

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Recent Adirondack Forest Ranger Wildlands Rescues

New 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, July 17, 2018

Wakely Mountain Fire Tower, Adk’s Tallest, Reopens to Public

Wakley Mountain Fire Tower - DEC PhotoThe 70-foot tall Wakely Mountain Fire Tower, the tallest fire tower in the Adirondacks, has reopened to the public.  A storm brought the tower to near collapse in December 2017, and the area had been closed to visitors over safety concerns.

The public can once again hike to the summit of the mountain, climb the fire tower, and enjoy the 360° panoramic views of the central Adirondacks from the cab of the tower. The tower is located in the Wakely Mountain Primitive Area in Hamilton County. » Continue Reading.


Monday, July 16, 2018

Star Lake Steel Company Clean-Up Meeting Set For July 20

The State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), St. Lawrence County, and the Development Authority of the North Country (DANC) have announced a public meeting has been set for Friday, July 20, 2018, to provide the public with a comprehensive presentation of cleanup efforts at the former Jones and Laughlin (J&L) Steel Company site (Benson Mines) at Star Lake.

The Magnetic Iron Company began developing the area on top of what they believed would be a valuable ore body in the late 1880s. The Benson Mines Company started open pit mining operations at the site and produced magnetite and non-magnetite ore intermittently until the mine closed from 1919 to 1941. 

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Recent Forest Ranger’s Respond: Three Rescues, One Still Missing

New 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, July 10, 2018

Adirondack Search Underway For Missing Man

Bruce WaiteThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and New York State Police are seeking information from the public in their efforts to locate a missing man.

DEC Forest Rangers, State Police, and others have been searching for Bruce Waite, 48, of Bangor, who was last seen on June 18, 2018 in St. Regis Falls.

He was last seen wearing a flannel shirt and blue jeans. Waite’s car, a 2004 Buick Century, was located on July 5, on Slush Pond Road in Paul Smiths. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, July 8, 2018

Ensuring Even Greater Success at Camp Santanoni

Santanoni Main Lodge from Air by Jed ThoneWe appreciate Dave Gibson taking an interest in the future of Camp Santanoni (“Bill Would Wrest Away Santanoni Success”) and there’s much about his piece we agree with.

There are also a few significant errors that should be addressed and, most importantly, we’d like to try to answer the question posed by the recent, proposed Santanoni legislation – why might OPRHP be a better state steward than DEC? » Continue Reading.


Friday, July 6, 2018

Featured Waters: Lake Lila in Long Lake

Lake Lila is found entirely within the William C. Whitney Wilderness area and is located west of the Village of Long Lake.

This remote lake has both excellent warm and cold-water fishing. Lake Lila is a large, windswept wilderness lake where motor use is prohibited. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, July 3, 2018

DEC Adopts Major Update to SEQR Regulations

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has adopted a rulemaking package that will make the first major update to State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) regulations in more than two decades.

The updates to SEQR will take effect on January 1, 2019.  According to DEC, the new rules will “expand the number of actions not subject to further review, known as Type II actions, modify thresholds for actions deemed more likely to require the preparation of an environmental impact statement (EIS), and require scoping of an EIS. Additional highlights regarding content of a draft EIS, are the consideration of measures to avoid or reduce an action’s impacts on climate change-induced conditions such as sea level rise and flooding, as well as enhancements to make acceptance procedures for EIS more consistent. ” » Continue Reading.


Monday, July 2, 2018

Featured Trail: Grandmother Tree Trail, Warrensburg

grandmother tree trailThe accessible Grandmother Tree Trail is located at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry’s Pack Demonstration Forest in Warrensburg, Warren County.

The moderately level mile long trail is completely accessible to those using wheelchairs. The trail traverses a 50-acre natural area and old-growth hemlock-white pine forest including the historic Grandmother Tree. The enormous white pine is about 175 feet tall and over 300 years old. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, July 1, 2018

Ausable Point Campground, Santa Clara Easement Improvements

Ausable Point CampgroundThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced the completion of $214,000 improvements to the Ausable Point Campground and the Santa Clara Conservation Easement Tract.

DEC staff installed a new playground and paved the entrance road at the Ausable Point Campground in the town of Peru, Clinton County. The new natural wood “Bears” playground is designed for children ages 5-12. The main structure includes slides, bridges, climbing wall, sliding poles and more surrounded by a soft, woodchip covered surface. Nearby bouncy rides and a swing set have sand surfaces. The new pavement begins at the bridge approximately 200 yards from NYS Route 9N and ends at the entrance booth to the campground.

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Adirondack Wild Calls For Wilderness Permit Systems

adirondack wildAdirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve is calling on the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and NYS Adirondack Park Agency (APA) to institute wilderness permit systems for the Eastern High Peaks and the new Boreas Ponds gateway to the Wilderness “in order to reduce and prevent human recreational overuse of a highly vulnerable and limited Wilderness resource.”

A press release issued by Adirondack Wild follows: » Continue Reading.


Monday, June 25, 2018

Comments On Saranac Lake Wild Forest Management Sought

saranac lakes wild forestThe Adirondack Park Agency (APA) has announced they are now accepting public comment for the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest (SLWF) Unit Management Plan.

The APA will accept public comments until July 13, 2018 regarding Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan conformance for the proposed management. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, June 24, 2018

Public Input Sought On Warren, Saratoga Co State Lands

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced they are seeking public input to improve recreational opportunities and natural resource protection in the Boreal South Management Unit and to inform DEC’s development of a management plan for the unit.

Located in the southeastern foothills of the Adirondacks, just outside the Blue Line of the Adirondack Park, the Boreal South Management Unit consists of six State Forest units totaling 4,096 acres in Warren and Saratoga counties. » Continue Reading.


Friday, June 22, 2018

Comments Sought On Gore Mountain Plans

Northwoods Gondola in summerThe Adirondack Park Agency (APA) and the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) have announced they are accepting public comments for two associated actions related to proposed improvements at the Gore Mountain Intensive Use Ski Area.

The public comment period on the proposed changes ends July 13, 2018. » Continue Reading.


Friday, June 22, 2018

Boreas Ponds: Gulf Brook Road Closing For Repairs

gulf brook roadGulf Brook Road, which provides access to the Boreas Ponds, will be temporarily closed on weekdays for repairs and improvements beginning at sundown on June 24th.

DEC crews, assisted by crews from the Essex County Department of Public Works, will be completing repairs on the road between the Blue Ridge Road and the Fly Pond Gate. This is the section of road open to motor vehicle traffic under the Boreas Ponds Tract Interim Access Plan. » Continue Reading.



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