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When is it OK to stack rocks on the trail?

Once used to mark the way, cairns nowadays often are seen as monuments to the ego and a blight on the wild landscape. >>More

View Finder

Fall foliage and first tracks

Fall foliage photos from the northern and eastern Adirondacks, including some from Anthony's Nose on the eastern side of Lake George. >>More

In this Magazine

Ticks spread in the Adirondacks as funding to study them shrinks

Soon after he began taking Lee Ann Sporn’s introductory biology course in the fall of 2018, Bryan confided to his professor that he frequently felt… >>More

The Video Room

Revisiting the 1999 Noonmark Fire

SUNY Plattsburgh Forestry Professor Mark Lesser talks about the 1999 Noonmark Fire and its impact on vegetation during a visit… >>More

News Releases

A rescue, two body recoveries, and advice for unprepared hikers

A rescue, two body recoveries, and advice for unprepared hikers

Statistics from Cascade Mountain show that more than 100 hikers were encountered each day on Saturday and Sunday. Approximately 40… >>More

Explorer Reports

Four bids received for rail line to North Creek

Bidders are expected to propose freight and possible passenger excursions, maintain the tracks and infrastructure, and its connections to Canadian Pacific and points south, according… >>More

Outdoor Recreation

St Regis Canoe Area

State to update trout management plan

The plan will be largely informed by a series of 16 public meetings that were held across New York State… >>More


Warming threatens iconic Adirondack bird species

The report determined that 64 percent of North American bird species are at risk of extinction from climate change. On… >>More

Adirondack Almanack

Artists Sought for Wintry Mix Art of Ice and Snow Exhibit

View, the Center for Arts and Culture in Old Forge, is seeking artists to submit work that celebrates beautiful and… >>More

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