8 tips for staying connected during coronavirus distancing
As we find ourselves in an atmosphere where the terms “Social Distancing” and “Self Quarantine” become common, it can be easy to feel like your world is out of your control. I know here in the Mountains many people have already undergone a form of social distancing due to the winter weather, and are possibly more adjusted to be confined than those who have been living among large numbers of people on a daily basis. We are products of routine and when that routine is abruptly altered, life as we know can become skewed. It seems as though perception becomes ourstrength, » Continue Reading.
Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (4/2): #RecreateLocal
HIKE SMART NY by always being prepared for your trip, variable trail conditions, and unexpected weather when you go out on the trail. The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics has recommendations for responsible outdoor recreation during the COVID-19 public health crisis. All DEC Campgrounds remained closed at this time, including campsites, boat launches, day use areas, roadways and other facilities. The public is prohibited from being in any DEC campground for any purpose at this time. DEC boat launches not within campgrounds are open for launching and retrieving boats. Docks are currently being installed at these boat launches. Bathrooms associated with boat » Continue Reading.
NYS elaborates on COVID-19 recreation policy
The 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. The state is trying to reduce crowding on public lands and reduce the potential number of backcountry rescues for local and state emergency responders. “Following this guidance will prevent unnecessary burdens on, and dangers to, state resources and local responders during the » Continue Reading.
Adirondack Foundation awards 1st round of COVID-19 response grants
The Adirondack Foundation, in partnership with the Cloudsplitter Foundation, United Way of the Adirondack Region, and other donors and businesses, have announced their first grants from the Special and Urgent Needs Fund, created in response to the communities need for assistance during the coronavirus quarantine. Those awarded the grant are responding with innovative new methods on distributing food across rural areas to low income residents, helping reduce the burdens of those out of work, and providing childcare under difficult conditions. The awardees are as follows: AdkAction | Implemented a prototype for an emergency food package in order to supply fresh food to residents with limited » Continue Reading.
Note to readers: Adirondack Almanack is here to stay
Hello, Adirondack Almanack community! One thing that has been impressed upon me in the events unfolding these last few weeks is that the only constant is change. As of today, I’m stepping into my new role as online editor overseeing the Adirondack Almanack and Adirondack Explorer websites. These two local news sites are owned and run by the nonprofit news organization Getting the Word Out, which has operated out of Saranac Lake since 1998. The Explorer purchased the Almanack in 2014. When it comes to the Almanack, I don’t see myself as much as an editor but more of a traffic controller and coordinator of the information, because the Adirondack Almanack belongs to you: the readers, contributors, commenters, and community thought-leaders. This is a » Continue Reading.
The Wild Center Goes Digital with Educational Online Offerings
As The Wild Center has temporarily suspended public operations in order to help curb the spread of COVID-19, the natural history museum for the Adirondacks is focusing on a digital experience over the coming weeks. The digital offerings include virtual visits, which you can go on by clicking here, including seeing exhibits that are generally not open to the public. In-depth video content from the Wild Center Naturalists and the Animal Care Team will also be available for viewing. During Monday through Friday, at 12pm The Wild Center hosts “Lunchtime Live” on Facebook Live and on their website. You can watch content » Continue Reading.
Great Camp Sagamore postpones seasonal opening
From Great Camp Sagamore (Raquette Lake)’s Executive Director Emily Martz: We have made a difficult but essential decision at Great Camp Sagamore. We are hopeful that COVID-19 will abate and that we can welcome you later in the season, but due to current projections for the virus, and directives and recommendations from New York State Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control, we are canceling programs and events through June 27. It is knowing that seasonal employees depend upon us for work and that guests love coming out of hibernation to Sagamore in the spring that » Continue Reading.
Changes Broken by brief rain dull heat disappears tail between its clouds I recall late-August mornings as a child dressing by the fire Oatmeal bubbled thick in big blackened pot Mountains unmoved since we went to bed Clouds now crest them heavily like a toddler riding your shoulders Read More Poems From The Adirondack Almanack HERE.
Citizen scientists invited to take part in ‘Socially Distant’ BioBlitz
The 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. » Continue Reading.
Grant program expands to help farms affected by COVID-19
The Adirondack Council and Essex Farm Institute have recently updated its micro-grant program to allow farmers, value-added producers and food pantries to apply for COVID-19 related emergency funding during this grant cycle. In the midst of new and unforeseen challenges to the local food system, the aim is to help mitigate some of those challenges. This means there are now two types of grant applications for up to $5,000: Adirondack farmers and value-added producers seeking to enhance the environmental health and benefits their operations provide. Adirondack farmers, value-added producers and food pantries seeking financial assistance during the COVID-19 crisis. Projects or costs that » Continue Reading.