New York Supreme Court Judge Robert Muller issued a temporary restraining order on Friday blocking the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation from constructing a new 140-foot steel motor vehicle bridge over the Cedar River.
DEC wants to build the bridge to create a shorter snowmobile route between Indian Lake and Newcomb. The planned route also requires a second legally questionable bridge across the Boreas River, also designated Scenic, as well as permissions from numerous land owners. » Continue Reading.
The Camp Santanoni Historic Area is a very unique location in the Adirondack Forest Preserve. A surviving great camp, this National Historic Landmark was created in the late 19th and early 20th centuries by Robert C. and Anna Pruyn, serving as a place to entertain guests and find refuge from city life.
Fifty springs ago, the Upper Hudson River was conserved as a wild, free flowing river. The Schenectady Gazette’s writer Pete Jacobs reported the news in the April 17, 1969 edition of that newspaper:
“Without opposition, the Assembly gave swift approval to legislation prohibiting the construction of the Gooley Dam on the Upper Hudson River, branded by conservationists as a threat to the wild river country.”
In addition to Gooley, the bill blocks construction of any reservoirs on the river from Luzerne to its source in the Adirondack Park.» Continue Reading.
SUNY-ESF has announced they are expanding the existing trail network at the Newcomb Campus, and are seeking Summer Trail Crew Members.
Work will include adding more than two miles of new trails at the Adirondack Interpretive Center (AIC), as well as rehabilitating the popular Goodnow Mountain trail. This trail expansion is the first since the AIC opened in 1990. » Continue Reading.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced they are seeking public input on a Draft Recreation Management Plan (RMP) for the Hyslop Conservation Easement Tract.
The 762-acre Upper Hudson Woodlands Hyslop Tract Conservation Easement is located in the town of Newcomb in Essex County, about three miles east of the hamlet of Newcomb. The tract is largely bounded by State Route 28N on the north and Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest on the south. » Continue Reading.
Three Winter Weekend events will be held for the sixth consecutive year at Camp Santanoni in Newcomb.
The events will take place during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, January 19-21; Presidents Day holiday weekend, February 16-18; and the weekend of March 16-17.
These Winter Weekends have grown in popularity in recent years as cross-country skiers and snowshoers access the historic great camp property to rest, tour the buildings, and view interpretative displays. » Continue Reading.
A new exhibit at the Newcomb Historical Museum, The Pruyns of Camp Santanoni, focuses on the nearly 13,000 acres of the Santanoni Preserve and the family that founded Great Camp Santanoni on Newcomb Lake.
Begun in 1892 by Albany banker Robert C. Pruyn, and his artistic and wilderness-loving wife Anna Williams Pruyn, the main camp was sufficiently completed for its first official party of family and friends in 1893. In the years that followed, R.C. and Anna hosted many more events, raised a family of four, taught their 10 grandchildren to love the Adirondacks, and relished famous spring fishing parties with 16 guests who often stayed for two weeks. For years the closure of each summer season was marked by an October hunting trip reserved for nine Albany gentlemen who celebrated Robert Pruyn’s birthday. » Continue Reading.
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.
The Adirondack Interpretive Center’s (AIC) summer Artist in Residence Neil Rizos will lead a free workshop on Saturday August 11th from 9 am to 3 pm, during which participants will use both classroom and field components to learn to observe and record information to create field sketches with confidence.
Neil Rizos is an award winning artist specializing in birds and landscapes who recently had a solo exhibit at the Roger Tory Institute of Natural History that included 75 paintings, prints and sculptures. His art work is in the permanent collection of the United State Library of Congress, the George W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum and the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art. Neil Rizos has ties to the North Country, having graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh and having previously completed a residency at the Paul Smiths VIC. » Continue Reading.
The Mt. Adams trail is typical of old fire tower access trails that head straight up the mountain. It leaves the East River Trail at the Observer Cabin and goes directly to the 3,520-foot summit. Mt. Adams provides an amazingly unique view of the High Peaks from below, while towering over the historic mining area and looking down at the Hudson River. » Continue Reading.
Great Camp Santanoni, a National Historic Landmark and New York State Historic Area in Newcomb, is celebrating its 125th anniversary this summer with special events.
This weekend, the Friends of Camp Santanoni will host hourly tours at the historic farm. In August, the Friends are collaborating with Cloudsplitter Outfitters in Newcomb to offer canoe tours on Newcomb Lake.
Santanoni Farm Days, on July 14-15, will focus on the history of the 200-acre gentleman farm that once operated in this remote wilderness setting. Tours will be held at 11, 12, 1, 2, and 3 both days to explore the farm’s buildings and landscapes. No registration is required. The farm area is a one-mile hike from the Gate Lodge off NY-28N. » Continue Reading.
We all have a tendency to wrest failure from the jaws of success. We either don’t recognize or admit when we are enjoying success, we get so wrapped up in details that we don’t see the big picture, or in many cases different people may view success very differently. In the case of a bill that comes up repeatedly, year after year, in the State Legislature, perhaps all of these are true.
The bill is simple. It would change the status quo by taking Camp Santanoni in Newcomb away from the legal jurisdiction of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and confer that responsibility it to the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP). » Continue Reading.
Stacy McNulty has been elected president of the Organization of Biological Field Stations (OBFS), a more than 50-year old international organization that supports research, education and outreach at field stations.
SUNY ESF’s Adirondack Ecological Center (AEC) has been a member for about 25 years according to McNulty, who is an ecologist and associate director of the AEC. Prior to becoming president, McNulty served as board secretary, member-at-large and chair of the Human Diversity Committee. » Continue Reading.
The last 24 oil tanker railcars that were stored all winter on the banks of the Opalescent River were hauled 30 miles south to the North Creek Depot on Tuesday, May 8th.
Just under 100 oil tankers were stored all winter in the Adirondacks. Widespread opposition from state and local leaders, and an array of environmental organizations, last fall stopped storage of oil tankers at just under 100. » Continue Reading.
The Adirondack Interpretive Center features 3.6 miles of interpretive trails on its 236-acre property, along the shoreline of Rich Lake and Rich Lake outlet. Trailheads are located at the AIC building and are open daily from dawn to dusk. » Continue Reading.
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