Posts Tagged ‘Recreation’

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! Redesigned NY Invasive Species Clearinghouse

New York Sea Grant has redesigned, enhanced access, and added resources to the New York State Invasive Species Clearinghouse website at http://nyis.info to support NY’s watercraft inspection steward programs as well as water enthusiasts and recreational boaters. The site is also now a mobile-friendly gateway to science-based information, publications, news, events, and tools for those engaged in managing terrestrial and aquatic invasive species (AIS).

New additions to the New York State Invasive Species Clearinghouse include links to:

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Thursday, April 30, 2020

Ticks: Not a fan of social distancing

tick next to dimeGetting fresh air is more important than ever this coming summer during the public health crises, but it would be wise to remember that both ticks and people are going to be active and outside. Laura Harrington, a professor of entomology, vector biologist, and Director of the CDC Northeast Regional Center for Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases (NEVBD) has shared some tips on how to avoid ticks.

A bacterial infection that causes Lyme disease is the most important tick-borne human infection in the U.S., with around 200,000-300,000 reported cases per year. The blacklegged tick or ‘deer tick’ is the vector of Lyme disease in most of the U.S. It can also transmit other pathogens to people and pets, including the agents that cause babesiosis, anaplasmosis and Powassan disease. Blacklegged ticks are most common in forested areas and shaded trail edges with abundant leaf litter and shrubby plants, Harrington says.

Harrington recommends a few personal protection measures to keep ticks from biting, such as tick repellent, first and foremost. She also recommends light-colored clothing, and to tuck your pantlegs into your socks. It also wouldn’t hurt to treat your clothing with permethrin, or to purchase permethrin-treated clothing. Remember to check yourself for ticks often as well, both while hiking and after you get home! It only takes 24-48 hours after the tick attaches before it can begin to transmit Lyme disease. For other pathogens like the Powassan virus, transmission can happen quickly, so it is good to check as often as possible.

Check for ticks all over your body, including your back, neck, and hairline. If you happen to find a tick, carefully remove it with sharp tweezers by grasping as close to the point of attachment as possible and pulling. Once you are back inside, place your clothes in the dryer for at least 20 minutes, and take a shower (a good place to perform a tick check). You can also place your clothes in a sealed garbage bag to dry later.


Saturday, April 25, 2020

Keene Limits Parking to Combat COVID-19

The Town of Keene is prohibiting spill-over hiking parking, in order to reduce health risks during the governor’s “New York State on PAUSE” directive. Access to the Garden, a jumping off point for all major trails into John’s Brook Valley and the Great Range, will remain open to local hikers and visitors, but once the 46-car lot is full, no more parking will be allowed. There will be signs and barricades to mark where it has been made illegal to park and violators of the new restrictions will have their vehicles towed.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

COVID-19 related Closings and Delays in the Adirondacks

Updated on 10/20

We are keeping a close look on popular Adirondack area attractions and putting together this list of closures/delays. This is where we’ll add openings, too as they happen (scroll to the bottom of the list).

Feel free to contribute in the comments section and/or send notices to [email protected]

Accommodations

Elk Lake Lodge (North Hudson) — closed for 2020 season

Great Camp Sagamore (Raquette Lake) — closed for 2020 season

 

Attractions

Adirondack Carousel (Saranac Lake) — closed until further notice

Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (Blue Mountain Lake) — online offerings only through the summer season

Adirondack Experience museum (Blue Mountain Lake) — offering digital programming only for 2020 season

Adirondack History Museum (Elizabethtown) — closed until further notice

The Clinton County Historical Association Museum (Plattsburgh) will remain closed to the public indefinitely. In addition, the opening of the Bluff Point Lighthouse is also on hold.

Enchanted Forest Water Safari (Old Forge) — closed for the 2020 season

Fulton County Historical Society & Museum (Gloversville) — closed for the 2020 season

Island Chapel (Upper Saranac Lake) — closed for 2020

Lake Luzerne Music Center (Lake Luzerne) — summer camp and concert season are cancelled

Meadowmount School of Music (Westport) — closed for the summer

Olympic Regional Development Authority — attractions include the Olympic Center, Whiteface Mountain, the Olympic Jumping Complex and the Olympic Sports Complex at Mount Van Hoevenberg — remain closed.

Pendragon Theatre (Saranac Lake) — digital only season planned 

Raquette Lake Navigation (Raquette Lake) — closed for the 2020 season

Schroon North Hudson Historical Museum — closed for the summer

Seagle Music Colony (Schroon Lake) — canceled summer season

The Sembrich (Bolton Landing) — summer music festival cancelled; museum currently closed

Six Flags Great Escape Resort (Lake George) — Theme park and lodge are temporarily closed

 

Events

Adirondack Food and Wine Festival — 2020 event canceled; 2021 dates set for June 26-27.

Adirondack Nationals Car Show (Lake George) — Originally set for Sept, canceled for 2020.

Adirondack Balloon Festival (Queensbury) — Canceled in 2020

Adirondack Railroad (Utica to Old Forge) — canceled Polar Express holiday-themed train rides for 2020.

90 Miler Canoe Race, aka the Adirondack Canoe Classic (Old Forge to Saranac Lake) — Canceled in 2020.

Adirondack Folk Music Festival (Schroon Lake) — Canceled, along with summer concert series in Schroon Lake.
The next festival is scheduled for Aug. 15, 2021.

Depot Theatre (Westport) — 2020 season canceled/postponed until 2021; alternative programming planned.

Clinton County Fair (Morrisonville) — canceled for 2020

Essex County Fair (Westport) — canceled for 2020

First Night Saranac Lake — 2020 event canceled

Franklin County Fair (Malone) – canceled for 2020

Elvis Festival (Lake George) — canceled

Ironman (Lake Placid) — Both the full triathlon and half triathlon canceled for 2020. Next full tri takes place July 25, 2021; half tri canceled for 2021 as well.

Otis Mountain Get Down  (Elizabethtown) — Annual music festival canceled

Lake George Music Festival (Lake George) — Season postponed to 2021; virtual events planned

Lake Placid Sinfonietta (Lake Placid) — Summer season canceled

Lake Placid Horse Shows (Lake Placid) — canceled their events/summer season

Adirondack Theatre Festival (Glens Falls) — Summer program/events canceled

Ausable Two-Fly Challenge (Wilmington) – rescheduled for September 17-19, 2020

Black Fly Challenge (Inlet/Indian Lake) – postponed until June 12, 2021

Summer Naturalist Programs at Heart Lake (Lake Placid) – canceled for 2020

Ticonderoga Triathlon Festival (Ticonderoga) – postponed until June 19, 2021.

Tupper Lake Warrior Run (Tupper Lake) – canceled in 2020

Wilmington Uphill Bike Race (Wilmington) – postponed until 2021

Wilmington-Whiteface 100K (Wilmington) – canceled in 2020, set for June 5, 2021

 

RECREATION:

Trails/recreation closed

Pilot Knob (Lake George)

The Pinnacle (Bolton)

Cobble Hill (Lake Placid)

Whiteface Mountain Ski Area is closed to public access. This blocks public access to Bear Den Mountain Trailhead and Trail.

The shuttle in the town of Keene between the Marcy Field Parking Lot and the Garden Trailhead remains closed.

 

Openings/updates

Most NYS movie theaters can reopen Oct. 23

Ski resorts across NYS can reopen starting Nov. 6

Rattlesnake Mountain (Willsboro)

Akwesasne Mohawk Casino (Hogansburg): Now open

Lake Flower boat launch (Saranac Lake) Reopened after construction. To prevent the community spread of COVID-19, the bathroom is temporarily closed.

Hyde Collection (Glens Falls) — Reopened Aug. 1

Tucker Farm (Gabriels) — Annual corn maze opened Aug 14

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival to go forward with planning 2021 event

Gore Mountain (Northville): Open for disc golf, biking, hiking and gondola rides

Silver Lake Bog Trail (Clinton County) — Reopened

Historic Saranac Lake — Saranac Laboratory Museum open Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

DEC fire towers: open

Otter Creek Horse Trails: Campground reopened (Lewis County)

Ausable Chasm (Port Kent) — While adventurous activities, like tubing and rock climbing, aren’t yet available, the park’s five miles of scenic trails have been opened for hiking and exploring since June 15.

The Almanzo Wilder Homestead in Burke, NY is now open for private tours by appointment Thursday through Monday. The Visitor Center is open to the public.

ORDA-run Olympics properties reopen: A new zipline at the Olympic Jumping Complex opened on July 17. The new gondola at the complex is also now open.

Mountain biking on the cross-country trails of Mt. Van Hoevenberg is now available.

The Veterans Memorial Highway at Whiteface is open.

The Wild Center — Reopened July 15, outdoors only

TAUNY Center and Folk Store (Canton) — Reopened on June 8.

Adirondack Artists Guild (Saranac Lake) —  Begins gradual reopening on June 19. For the remainder of June, the Gallery will be open Fridays and Saturdays, from 11 – 3 pm, which could expand in July.

Lake Placid Center for the Arts (Lake Placid) — Reopened arts center and Gallery 46 on Main Street

View Arts Center (Old Forge) has a target reopening to the public on June 29.

Fort Ticonderoga (Ticonderoga) — Opening for the season on June 30

Adirondack Folk School (Lake Luzerne) is open and classes have resumed.

Tupper Arts Center (Tupper Lake) has a target reopening of July 15.

 

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Monday, April 6, 2020

DEC reminders for anglers: stay healthy during trout season

spawning lake troutApril 1 marked the beginning of trout season, and while getting fresh air and exercise outside is essential to your health and happiness, it’s important to remain proactive in preventing the spread of COVID-19 among your fellow anglers. The DEC has these recommendations:

First, make sure to get your fishing license. Due to the closure of locations where a license would normally be available, you can order one online by visiting this link, or over the phone by calling 1-866-933-2257.

Once you have your license, make sure you follow the fishing regulations. Requests for hardcopies are currently delayed due closures of the town clerk offices, but a PDF version of the 2020/2021 regulations is available for download from the DEC’s website. If you want to receive a hardcopy, just email [email protected] and include your physical mailing address.

Remember to socially distance yourself, and to avoid crowded fishing spots!

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

NYS elaborates on COVID-19 recreation policy

hiker on Giant MountainThe state has launched a new #RecreateLocal hashtag and issued guidance that encourages people to recreate responsibly, practice social distancing, and stay near their homes during the COVID-19 outbreak, according to a recent press release.

The guidance includes recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state Department of Health for reducing the spread of infectious diseases.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Citizen scientists invited to take part in ‘Socially Distant’ BioBlitz

bio blitzThe Lake Placid Land Conservancy and Antioch University New England are cohosting a “Socially Distant BioBlitz” on Sunday, April 5.

The BioBlitz is a way of documenting biodiversity through recording plants, animals, fungi and other organisms within a 24 hour time period at a location of your choice. Any living organism can be included, just snap a photo and upload it using your Inaturalist account, a free app available through major phone platforms. There is no time commitment to this event, so take as many photos as you want and upload them any time, day or night, on the 5th. LPLC is cohosting this event with other conservation partners throughout New York and New England.

Learn more about the event and sign up by clicking here.

(Photo courtesy of the Lake Placid Land Conservancy)



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