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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Adirondack Explorer Publishes Outings Guide


The Adirondack Explorer recently published a special edition of its Annual Outings Guide in commemoration of the magazine’s twentieth anniversary. The 2018 guide is larger than previous outings guides, with a more durable cover to ensure that it will last as a resource for years to come. One hundred pages long, the Annual Outings Guide reprints thirty-one stories about outdoor adventures that appeared in the Explorer over the past decade—hikes, paddles, ski tours, slide scrambles, rock climbs, biking, and whitewater rafting. The authors include Lisa Ballard, Jack Ballard, Nancie Battaglia, Susan Bibeau, Mark Bowie, Ethan Rouen, Alan Wechsler, Stephen Williams, >>More


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Recent Adirondack Forest Ranger Highlights


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the Adirondack backcountry. What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks. Essex County Town of Keene Rescue: On June 17 at 2:06 pm, DEC Dispatch received a call from the High Peaks Information Center reporting a 17-year-old women from Lake Placid who had suffered a >>More


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

NCCC Trade School Proposal Meetings Set


The Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance and North Country Community College are seeking public input on the establishment of a proposed School of Applied Technology in Ticonderoga. Two public presentations, “A Plan for Trade Education in the North Country,” have been set on the idea and are open to all. Over the last two months, the Alliance and NCCC have held discussions with faculty and some stakeholders interested in the establishment of a trade school in Ticonderoga. The first public presentation will be held Tuesday, June 26 at 7 pm in Clermont Hall 012, at the NCCC Saranac Lake campus, 23 Santanoni >>More


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Ham Radio Weekend in Long Lake


Members of the Bear Bait Radio Club are set to participate in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 23–24 at Mt. Sabattis Park in Long Lake, Hamilton County. Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend. For more than 100 years, Amateur Radio — sometimes called ham radio — has allowed people from all walks of life to experiment with electronics and communications techniques, >>More


Monday, June 18, 2018

It’s Tick Season: Tips To Avoid Getting Bit


With the warm weather here and more opportunities to spend time outdoors, it’s important to remember these tips to prevent ticks from affecting your summer. Be sure to protect yourself, pets and your property from ticks. The most effective way to avoid ticks when outdoors is to avoid contact with soil, leaf litter and vegetation. However, if you hike, camp, hunt, work or otherwise spend time in the outdoors, you can still protect yourself.  Learn more about tick-borne diseases, prevention and proper removal. Wear light-colored clothing with a tight weave to spot ticks easily. Wear enclosed shoes. If wearing long >>More


Monday, June 18, 2018

Ledge Hill Studio Art Showing at Depot Theatre


Ledge Hill Studio has invited the public to attend the opening reception for its early summer art show at the Depot Theatre, featuring a variety of paintings, photographs and prints by a list of talented regional artists on Thursday, June 21 from 5 to 7 pm. Artists represented include Ellen Few Anderson, Lauren Ashton, Ginni Campbell, Spring Carson, Darleen Cullen, John Cullen, Suzanne Dion, Glenn Estus, James Goss, Debra Kahler, Lynda Mussen, Larry Vanderburgh, Carolyn Vanderhoof, and Alison Weld. The reception is free and open to the public. All works of art are available for purchase. » Continue Reading. View >>More


Monday, June 18, 2018

DEC Adds Third Public Meeting On High Peaks Changes


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced a third public meeting seeking public comment on the High Peaks Wilderness Complex and the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest Draft Unit Management Plan Amendments has been scheduled. The meeting is scheduled for June 21, at 6 pm in the Lussi Ballroom of the Olympic Conference Center, 2364 Main Street, Lake Placid. The meeting will provide the public another opportunity to learn more about the proposed management actions in the Draft UMP Amendments and comment on the proposals. The meeting facilities are wheelchair accessible. Provide any » Continue Reading. View >>More


Sunday, June 17, 2018

A Slow Start for Snapping Turtles


One moonless May evening, my husband and I walked down to our local pond, flashlights in hand, to look for toads. We were delighted to discover hundreds of them, floating, darting, and jockeying for position in an explosion of courtship. Their surround-sound trills left our ears ringing. The toads were frenzied, focused only on each other, and highly concentrated in one small, shallow section of the pond, which prompted my husband to wonder if they weren’t awfully vulnerable to predators that way. I’d barely had time to contemplate his question when I spied a snapping turtle lurking beneath a cloud >>More


Sunday, June 17, 2018

APA Approves Three Unit Management Plans


The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) Board approved amendments to the Black River Wild Forest, the Cranberry Lake Boat Launch and the Lake George Beach and Battlefield Unit Management Plans at its June 2018 Board meeting. What follows is part of APA’s press release describing the changes.  The Unit Management Plans can be found on the Department of Environmental Conservation’s UMP webpage. Black River Wild Forest Amendment: The snowmobile trail system approved in this amendment connects important destinations and communities within and surrounding the Black River Wild Forest. Improvements will minimize environmental impacts, provide community connection alternatives in anticipation of periodic >>More


Sunday, June 17, 2018

Pig Waste Dumped on Banks of West Canada Creek


Environmental Conservation Officer Katie Jakaub reported that on May 29, during an off-duty kayak trip, she came across animal waste mixed with sawdust along the bank of the West Canada Creek, a protected trout stream, in the town of Russia. ECO Jakaub noted the location and visited the property the following day. The landowner informed the ECO that pigs were on the property and that what the officer had found was the manure and straw bedding that had been dumped during the winter. The landowner admitted to depositing the waste and was issued summonses for the offense, returnable in » >>More


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