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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

American Witch Hazel: A New York Native


As one of the only native plants that blooms in late fall and early winter, American witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) can be found stealing the forest spotlight right now. While most of our native bloomers turn in for a long winter’s nap, the streamer-like flowers of this plant are just starting to appear, following the annual loss of the shrub’s leaves. These highly-fragrant yellow blooms typically last into December. The seeds and buds of this deciduous shrub are a favorite winter food for grouse and are also browsed by deer and beaver. Witch-hazel is also known to attract a variety >>More


Tuesday, November 19, 2019

DEC Summer Camp Registration Opens January 26th


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that online registration for the agency’s 2020 Summer Camps program will open Sunday, January 26, 2020, at 1 pm. Applications should be submitted through the online registration program available through a link from the Summer Camps webpage. Parents and guardians are encouraged to register early since some of the weeks fill up quickly. Now in its 73rd year, the DEC Summer Camps program offers week-long adventures in conservation education for children ages 11-17. DEC operates four residential camps for children: Camp Colby in Saranac Lake (Franklin » Continue Reading. View >>More


Tuesday, November 19, 2019

$4M Available for Green, Clean Energy in Schools


Four million dollars is available under the P-12 Schools: Green and Clean Energy Solutions program to reduce energy use and assist with the conversion to carbon free energy solutions for schools serving Pre-kindergarten through Grade 12 students. The program supports the State’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 85 percent by 2050 and the Green New Deal, considered by some to be the most aggressive climate and clean energy program in the nation. The program is part of NYSERDA’s P-12 Schools Initiative that encourages schools to lower energy use and utility bills while reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the leading contributor >>More


Monday, November 18, 2019

Clean Water Regs Affect Some Marinas


Marinas on Lake George and Lake Placid (and on every other “AA-Special” waterbody in New York State) must start complying with national clean water regulations that require run-off from boat decontaminations, fluid changes and any other so-called industrial activities to be treated on site. According to Bob Stegemann, regional director of the Department of Environmental Conservation, the federal government’s Clean Water regulations “do not allow for direct discharge of storm water to groundwater. It needs to be either eliminated or controlled or treated as point source pollution.” Class AA-Special waters — the highest rating for fresh water awarded – are >>More


Monday, November 18, 2019

Nature Conservancy Has New Philanthropy Associate


The Nature Conservancy’s Adirondack Chapter has announced it has hired Abby Blum as its new associate director of philanthropy. Blum comes to The Nature Conservancy from Middlebury College’s Office of Advancement, where she served as senior development officer for nearly seven years. Blum will report to the Conservancy’s chief philanthropy officer for New York and will be responsible for chapter fundraising efforts. She will also serve as a liaison with supporters throughout the region and state. Blum will be based in the Keene Valley office. Prior to returning to her alma mater in 2013, Blum worked on political campaigns for >>More


Monday, November 18, 2019

Forever Snocade Call for Talent


Do you like to act? sing? write skits? Make people laugh? Or just need to break up the long winter? The Arts Center in Blue Mountain Lake is looking for you. The Arts Center’s production of Forever Snocade, an offshoot of their popular Forever Wild production is gearing up with an hour-long meeting for those interested to learn more and to start developing skits on Thursday, December 5 or Sunday, December 15. Forever Snocade is a variety show about the Adirondacks and how Adirondackers enjoy and/or survive the winter. It will be presented at the Indian Lake Theater on Saturday, >>More


Monday, November 18, 2019

TAUNY’s Adirondack Balsam Wreaths Available


Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY) is once again offering locally made Adirondack Balsam Wreaths for sale this holiday season. There is an earlier deadline to order wreaths this year and all orders must be submitted by Friday, November 22nd for a December 7th pick-up date at The TAUNY Center in Canton or to be shipped to family and friends across the country. Each year, TAUNY works with naturalist and North Country Heritage Award recipient Jane Desotelle to offer handmade balsam wreaths for the holidays. All wreaths are made to order with balsam fir and natural decorations from » >>More


Sunday, November 17, 2019

British Soldier Lichens Provide Color


British soldier lichens are among the first wild things I remember being able to identify as a child. I loved spotting this lichen during forays into the woods – on a giant boulder or atop a decaying stump – its tiny, bright red caps seemed whimsical and somehow happy. I still love to find British soldiers, and they offer a welcome pop of color, especially during these days when the landscape is muted. Lichens are fascinating things, really, the result of an intricate relationship between a fungus and an alga (or a cyanobacterium). Lichens are named for » Continue Reading. >>More


Sunday, November 17, 2019

Fort Ticonderoga Launches New Season of Programs


Fort Ticonderoga has announced a new schedule of programs during its Winter Quarters season. From now through April, visitors can enjoy exciting living history events, engaging seminars, specialty programs, behind-the-scenes VIP Tours, and hands-on workshops. Guests can now explore Fort Ticonderoga during what was traditionally the “Winter Quarters” season for armies of the 18th century. Groups of 15 or more are welcome to schedule a visit to have the entire property to themselves and a dedicated historic interpreter for a group tour. Scheduled events include: Living History Events: 10 am to 4 pm Dec. 7, 2019: The Noble Train Begins: >>More


Sunday, November 17, 2019

Adirondack Health Cutting Ribbon On New Surgery Unit


Adirondack Health has invited the public to a celebration of its new Ambulatory Surgery Unit at Adirondack Medical Center. The event runs from 5 to 6:30 pm, on Thursday, November 21st. Attendees should meet in the main lobby at Adirondack Medical Center, 2233 State Route 86 in Saranac Lake. The ASU is where patients get surgery that doesn’t require an overnight stay. The new ASU is in renovated space where the hospital’s operating rooms used to be. Construction on the space is nearing completion and the space will soon be open to patients. Those who attend the event will get >>More




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