Posts Tagged ‘Tourism’

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Viewpoint: New Cuomo Budget Misses Major Adirondack Priorities

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recently released draft budget for 2019-2020 is disappointing because it misses some major priorities for the Adirondack environment and communities.

Major issues across the Adirondacks, such as increased funding for the High Peaks Wilderness to build a sustainable trail network, more Forest Rangers, or a larger Environmental Protection Fund to meet major challenges of climate change, were all ignored in this budget. » Continue Reading.


Monday, January 7, 2019

Viewpoint: Hikers Don’t Ruin Trails

erosion caused by poorly built trail From publications such as the Lake Placid News and Peeks, and from agencies such as the New York Department of Environmental Conservation and the Adirondack Council, a dark narrative has been presented during the past few years, one that communicates the High Peaks region is facing grave peril due to increased hiker use.

This popular crisis narrative has us envision this region plummeting into a post-apocalyptic dystopia that rivals any scene from Mad Max. It will be a grim future, this total annihilation of the mountains, and at the end of it the purveyors of the crisis narrative will have but one smug question left for us: “Are you happy now?” » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

2019 Campground Ambassador Program Planned

DEC Campground AmbassadorThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced the opening of the 2019 application period for the Campground Ambassador program as part of the state’s Adventure NY initiative to connect more New Yorkers with the outdoors.

Volunteer Campground Ambassadors support DEC campground staff in welcoming and assisting the millions of visitors that vacation in the Adirondack and Catskill parks each year. The program was introduced last year, and the first group of ambassadors were working in the field during Summer 2018. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, October 25, 2018

Travel Unity Summit Set For Lake Placid Saturday

travel unityThe Adirondack Diversity Initiative is teaming up with ROOST, ANCA, The Adirondack Foundation and others to host a Travel Unity Summit in Lake Placid and at the Wild Center October 27 and 28.

According to a recently released 2017 Leisure Travel Information Study conducted by Place Marketing for ROOST, the Regional Office Of Sustainable Tourism, a bit over 96 percent of the visitors to the Adirondacks were White/Caucasian, As 48 percent of New Yorkers are not white (19 percent Black, 17.5 percent Hispanic, balance Asian and other) this begs the question why are not more people of color visiting the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, October 14, 2018

Tim Rowland’s Takeaways From the Cascade Shuttle

There’s nothing quite like autumn in the Adirondacks — the brilliant reds, vibrant oranges and pulsating yellows. And that’s just the construction barrels, road cones and flashing signs warning people to find someplace other than the shoulder of Rt. 73 in Keene Valley to park their Subarus.

Welcome to the wilderness — not to be confused with the Scranton/Wilkes Barre stretch of Interstate 81. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, August 16, 2018

High Usage At Bald Mountain’s Rondaxe Fire Tower Trail

rondaxe fire towerThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is reminding people to practice Leave No Trace Principles when visiting Bald Mountain’s Rondaxe Fire Tower in near Old Forge.

Leave No Trace Principles include: planning and being prepared for hiking; disposing of waste properly (pack it in, pack it out); leaving rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them; and respecting wildlife, flora and fauna. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, August 12, 2018

Adirondack Snowmobiler Study Results Published

indian lake snowmobilingA study has been conducted by ROOST and the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce to asses the economic impact of snowmobilers in the Adirondacks.

Of the 306 snowmobilers who completed the survey, more than one-third of them stayed overnight, booking an average of 2.85 nights with an average party size of 4.2 people. The average stay reported by 2017 Adirondack visitors, as tracked by the annual Leisure Travel Study, was 3 nights.

The snowmobiling study reports an average of $450 per day in spending on lodging, meals, shopping, entertainment, attractions and transportation. The respondents who stayed with family or friends, or at their second home, reported an average expenditure of $321 per day, and day-trippers average $190 per day. The average daily traveler party spending in the 2017 Leisure Travel Study was estimated at $326 per day. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, August 5, 2018

Survey Highlights Tupper Tinman’s Economic Impact

tupper TINMANIn 2018 Tupper Lake Tinman participants contributed $312,650 in direct spending to the region according to a survey sponsored by the Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce and the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST).  One of the longest-running triathlons in the U.S., the race celebrated its 36th year with a field of 504 athletes on June 23.

The survey was distributed to this year’s race participants via email and by a notification in their race packet. » Continue Reading.


Monday, July 23, 2018

Washington County Tourism Launches New Brand Campaign

washington county logoWashington County has announced a new brand design, “See. Taste. Explore.,” to position Washington County as “one of eastern New York’s most original and exciting destinations for those seeking to enhance their historical knowledge, take in new arts and cultural sights, and treat their tastebuds to something unique as the county itself.”

The new marketing campaign will begin this summer. A primary feature of the new Washington County tourism website is a directory of local arts, history, and agricultural sites. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, July 22, 2018

ROOST Releases 2017 Leisure Travel Study Results

roost to host adirondack destination marketing solutionThe results of the latest Leisure Travel Information Study concludes a return of $62 for every dollar spent on marketing in 2017. The study also provides comprehensive traveler demographic insight for the Adirondacks’ Essex, Franklin, and Hamilton counties.

For the 14th year, the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) contracted an independent third party, PlaceMaking, to conduct a Leisure Travel Information Study, which includes a regional return on marketing investment analysis, plus traveler data for the three counties. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Gibson: Limited Entry Systems For High Peaks Wilderness

Given ongoing evidence of recreational crowding, overuse and resource damage of the eastern High Peaks Wilderness, Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve has called on our DEC to institute permit systems, sometimes called Limited Entry systems, to assure and restore Wilderness preservation, character and opportunity in the most heavily used portions of the High Peaks. Such systems are widely used around the country.

The internal debate at DEC over whether to institute permit systems for the High Peaks has gone on for more than 40 years. Meanwhile, the U.S. Forest Service is considering the expansion of such a system within 500,000 acres of federal Wilderness in Oregon’s Cascade Range. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, July 7, 2018

Dick Beamish: Adirondack Rail Trail For All

As the Adirondack Park Agency once again ponders the fate of the Tri-Lakes rail corridor, the return of a temporary, for-profit rail-bike business is being considered for the stretch of track between Saranac Lake and Lake Clear.

The popularity of these machines gives a hint of the potential benefits that will accrue from a bike path on this state-owned right-of-way once the tracks are removed. This much-discussed Adirondack Rail Trail now awaits a final okay from the APA and perhaps (here we go again!) a final round of hearings on the state’s Unit Management Plan governing use of the rail corridor. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, June 3, 2018

Adirondack Wild: Stop the Rush to Accommodate Overuse

Hikers on Cascade Mountain, eastern High Peaks Wilderness What follows is a press release issued by Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve:

At public meetings held in Albany and Newcomb this week, the non-profit advocate Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve told the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and NYS Adirondack Park Agency (APA) that the agencies are rushing to approve complex amendments to management plans for the High Peaks Wilderness and nearby Forest Preserve units. Such haste risks exposing these wilderness landscapes to more overuse and degradation of their natural resources and wild character.

The agencies are on course to approve the amendments in just over 45 days, or half the time that the agencies previously agreed should be taken to consider complex unit management plans for “forever wild” state lands. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, March 17, 2018

Adirondack Hut-to-Hut: Trails and Lodging Report Released

Photo by Phil Brown 2016. View of Gothics from Boreas Ponds.The final report on the three-year study to develop an Adirondack Community-based Trails and Lodging System plan to enhance recreation-based tourism and help revitalize hamlet centers has been released to the public.

The report lays out regional hut-to-hut networks throughout the Adirondack Park, which could be linked together into a park-wide system.

» Continue Reading.


Monday, January 22, 2018

State’s Frontier Town Plan Missing Key Transportation Piece

frontier townLast Thursday the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) approved New York State’s plan to build a 91-site camping, equestrian and day use area at the site of the former Frontier Town in North Hudson.

This is the first part of a multi-part strategy to develop the entire site into a gateway with a mix of private and public amenities, businesses and recreational assets. » Continue Reading.