Posts Tagged ‘NYS DEC’

Friday, January 26, 2024

Outdoor Conditions (1/26): Proper trail etiquette on Rail Trail, other multi-use trails

outdoor conditions graphicThe following are only the most recent notices pertaining to public lands in the Adirondacks. Please check the Adirondack Backcountry webpages for a full list of notices, including seasonal road statuses, rock climbing closures, specific trail conditions, and other pertinent information.

NEW THIS WEEK

  • Snow Report (1/24): The following report describes conditions as of Wednesday, 1/24. Changing weather may affect conditions. There is 80cm (31in) of snow at the Colden Caretaker Cabin. Snow levels vary at higher elevations. Conditions now require snowshoes to be worn. The lakes are in, but the ice is thin near the bridge and outlets/inlets. The ski trail is in very good condition.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Teens get lost in Indian Lake woods, suffer mild hypothermia

forest ranger reports graphicTown of Indian Lake
Hamilton County
Wilderness Search: On Jan. 18 at 8 p.m., Forest Rangers Miller and Scott responded to a request from New York State Police (NYSP) in Indian Lake to help search for three teenagers. A resident alerted Rangers to footprints heading toward the lake. After checking the thickness of the ice, Rangers used snowmobiles to track the subjects and followed the tracks for approximately 1.5 miles until they left the ice and entered the woods of the Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area.

 

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Friday, January 19, 2024

Outdoor Conditions (1/19): Knowing the signs of frostbite

outdoor conditions graphicThe following are only the most recent notices pertaining to public lands in the Adirondacks. Please check the Adirondack Backcountry webpages for a full list of notices, including seasonal road statuses, rock climbing closures, specific trail conditions, and other pertinent information.

NEW THIS WEEK

  • Snow Report (1/18): The following report describes conditions as of Thursday, 1/18. Changing weather may affect conditions. There is 89 cm (35in) of snow at the Colden Caretaker Cabin. Snow levels vary at higher elevations. Conditions now require snowshoes to be worn where snow depths exceed 8 inches, which as of 1/17 was beyond Marcy Dam. Microspikes/crampons are needed. The lakes are in.
  • Open Snowmobile Trails: As of 1/18, most snowmobile trails are now open; but visitors are advised to plan ahead and check local club, county, and state webpages and resources, including the NYSSA Snowmobile web map, for up-to-date snowmobile trail information.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Good Samaritan saves man & dog that fell through Hinckley Reservoir ice

forest ranger reports graphicTown of Long Lake
Hamilton County
Training: On Jan. 8, Forest Rangers Adams, Milano, and Odell participated in ice safety rescue training at the Long Lake Town Beach. Long Lake is a widening of the Raquette River where local ice conditions constantly fluctuate. A minimum of four inches of solid ice is the general rule for safety. However, ice thickness is not uniform on any body of water. Since ice thickness can vary on a lake, outdoor adventurers are advised to check the ice periodically to stay safe. More information about ice safety is available on DEC’s website.

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Saturday, January 13, 2024

Camp Santanoni Winter Weekends: Jan. 13-15, Feb. 17-19, March 16-17

Camp Santanoni, photo by Nancie Battaglia

On January 12, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced three Winter Weekend events will be held in 2024 at the historic Camp Santanoni in the town of Newcomb in the Adirondacks. Hosted by DEC and Friends of Camp Santanoni, along with partners Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH), the town of Newcomb, and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry’s Adirondack Interpretive Center, the Winter Weekends invite visitors to enjoy winter recreation and exclusive winter access to the preserved buildings of the former great camp.

The 2024 Winter Weekend events will take place during the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday weekend, Jan. 13-15; Presidents’ Day holiday weekend, Feb. 17-19; and the weekend of March 16-17.

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Friday, January 12, 2024

DEC Reminds Anglers to Review Ice Safety Guidelines

ice fishingOn January 11, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos reminded anglers to be safe when venturing onto the ice this season, especially given recent variations in weather conditions. Outdoor enthusiasts considering ice fishing this winter season should be aware of essential safety guidelines during ice fishing season and anglers should make sure the ice is thick enough before venturing out.

“Winter in New York provides outdoor adventurers with some of the very best opportunities to enjoy New York’s natural resources,” Commissioner Seggos said. “While 2023 was the warmest year on record and the start of the current winter season has been fairly mild, as temperatures drop conditions are improving for activities like ice fishing. However, even as it gets colder, wintertime anglers need to exercise extreme caution and always put safety first when heading out onto the ice for fishing.”

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Friday, January 12, 2024

Outdoor Conditions (1/12): Warning signs of hypothermia

outdoor conditions logoThe following are only the most recent notices pertaining to public lands in the Adirondacks. Please check the Adirondack Backcountry webpages for a full list of notices, including seasonal road statuses, rock climbing closures, specific trail conditions, and other pertinent information.

NEW THIS WEEK

  • Seasonal Road Closures: Additional seasonal closures are now posted. See DEC’s Adirondack Backcountry Information page for specific road conditions and information.
  • The bridge across Little Woodhull Creek on the Stone Dam Trail is out. (1/9)
  • Big Otter Lake Road has washed out and is impassable ¼ mile from the Partridgeville Road. The road is temporarily blocked at this location. (1/10)

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Thursday, January 11, 2024

Multiple agencies assist severely injured Pitchoff Mt. ice climber

forest ranger reports graphicTown of Keene
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue: On Jan. 9 at 9:20 a.m., Ray Brook Dispatch assigned seven Forest Rangers to respond to a call for a seriously injured ice climber at the Pitchoff Mountain ice climbing area off Route 73. At 10:15 a.m., Rangers, along with Keene and Keene Valley fire departments, reached the 36-year-old, set up a low-angle rope rescue system, and lowered the subject several hundred feet to an ambulance waiting on Route 73. At 10:28 a.m., the patient was flown to the hospital by a LifeNet helicopter.

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Friday, January 5, 2024

Outdoor Conditions (1/5): Interior gate to AuSable Point campsites locked due to flooding

outdoor conditions graphicThe following are only the most recent notices pertaining to public lands in the Adirondacks. Please check the Adirondack Backcountry webpages for a full list of notices, including seasonal road statuses, rock climbing closures, specific trail conditions, and other pertinent information.

NEW THIS WEEK

  • Seasonal Road Closures: Additional seasonal closures are now posted. See DEC’s Adirondack Backcountry Information page for specific road conditions and information.
  • AuSable Point Gate Closure: As of 1/2/24, the interior gate to the campsites at AuSable Point is locked. Flooding has covered the loops and vehicle traffic has been restricted to prevent further road damage. Use of the Day Use beach area parking lot has not been restricted and foot traffic is welcome beyond the closed vehicle gate.

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Thursday, January 4, 2024

DEC Seeks Public Comment on Big Moose Tract RMP

nys dec logo

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is seeking public comment on the draft Recreation Management Plan (RMP) for the Big Moose Tract Conservation Easement in the town of Webb, Herkimer County. The RMP outlines public recreation opportunities and facilities that are proposed on the conservation easement and is available for public comment until Feb. 2, 2024.

The Big Moose Tract is approximately 23,850 acres and contains commercially managed forestland, several small ponds, portions of Birch, Fourth, Sunday, and Twitchell creeks, the Independence River, and the West Branch of the Beaver River. Under the terms of an interim RMP, a trail to the Stillwater Mountain fire tower and 12.4 miles of public snowmobile trails are open to the public.

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Wednesday, January 3, 2024

South Dix Mt. hiker endures fall, grabs tree to prevent going off cliff

Forest Ranger Report graphic

Town of Keene
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue: On Dec. 22 at 3:45 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch received a call about a hiker with knee and upper leg injuries after a fall on Knob Lock Mountain. Forest Rangers Black, Foutch, Mecus, O’Connor, and Praczkajlo reached the 71-year-old from Westport and carried him out using a backpack carrier system. The Rangers and subject reached the roadside by 6:40 p.m. The hiker decided to seek further medical attention on his own. View a video of part of the rescue here.

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Wednesday, January 3, 2024

DEC: Tips for spotting bald eagles

A pair of bald eagles

Winter is a great time to view bald eagles in New York State. Viewing from a safe distance and at planned observation sites can offer an exhilarating and memorable experience. Wintering eagles begin arriving in December and concentrations peak in January and February. Most are heading to their nests by mid-March.

The Hudson River, the Upper Delaware River watershed, and sections of the St. Lawrence River are great places to view bald eagles in the winter. DEC maintains two well-marked viewing areas in the Mongaup Valley on the Rio and Mongaup Falls reservoirs.

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Tuesday, January 2, 2024

DEC Campground Ambassador applications due Feb. 1

Lewey Lake Campgrounds and Day Use Area.

On December 29, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced the start of the 2024 application period for the Campground Ambassador program, which helps connect New Yorkers and visitors with the outdoors. Like other campground host programs, volunteer Campground Ambassadors assist DEC staff in welcoming and assisting the millions of visitors to State campgrounds in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks each year. DEC encourages New Yorkers who are passionate about camping and the outdoors to help introduce new campers to DEC facilities and outdoor recreation.

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Friday, December 29, 2023

Outdoor Conditions (12/29): Stay Dry with Shell Layers

outdoor conditions graphicThe following are only the most recent notices pertaining to public lands in the Adirondacks. Please check the Adirondack Backcountry webpages for a full list of notices, including seasonal road statuses, rock climbing closures, specific trail conditions, and other pertinent information.

NEW THIS WEEK

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Tuesday, December 26, 2023

DEC tips for “sharing the snow” this winter

A group of people walking into the woods in winter

Winter is a great time to be outside in New York. Winter hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, birding, snowmobiling, hunting, trapping, and ice fishing are among the most popular activities available to residents and visitors alike. Whether you seek solitude or excitement, you can find it in New York during winter.

One Property, Many Uses
Many forms of winter recreation can and do take place simultaneously on the same public or private property without conflict. It just takes a little advanced planning, respect, and common courtesy among users. Whether recreating on public land or private land where you have permission, you should be aware of the types of activities that also may be taking place on the property you are using. It’s always a good idea to ask a landowner if others will be present when you wish to pursue your pastime, whether that involves snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, trapping, or hunting rabbits or deer. We all share the outdoors, the snow, the woods, and the fields. Just as it is the case during warmer months, being considerate of others is vital when sharing the snow in winter.

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