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Saturday, April 13, 2019

A Tale of Two Sugar Making Seasons


The 2019 maple sugaring season has, for most, just ended in the Northeast. And so sugarmakers are tallying up their sap and syrup volumes to see how they made out. My sense, as a sugarmaker myself, is that most did well. In tallying our own numbers, it was interesting to look at this year compared to last, as things unfolded in very different ways. In 2018 we collected our first sap on February 19, and our last on April 4. Within that 45-day window, we collected sap on 25 days. This year we collected our first sap on March 12 >>More


Saturday, April 13, 2019

Spencer Phillips: The Humbling Power of Wilderness


Let’s stipulate that religious epiphany requires an understanding of one’s relationship to the divine … to the creator … to God. I would further submit that this understanding is fundamentally a matter of humility. Humility is the recognition that we are not masters of the universe — not even of our own little corners of it — and that we need something more than ourselves if we are to make sense of our lives. What Kennedy’s observation suggests is that this understanding — this humility — is best attained in wilderness. I am not going to argue that other human >>More


Saturday, April 13, 2019

Poetry: Storm Coming


Bluest blue, Belies the timpani of thunder that warns, Storm coming. Trilling crescendo of avian flautists sounds, As feathered soloists shelter in trees. Couplet notes of dragonflies, Scurrying, scrabbling snare drums of gray squirrels warn, Storm coming. Rat-a-tat percussion of cascading droplets Bless my skin, kiss my hair, soften my dress. Wet blades of grass waltz and conduct in elemental time, Primal heartbeat metronomes, Washing my bare toes with their grace. Every windgust turns a new page in it’s airborne aria and Warns, Storm coming, Storm cleansing, Storm inspiring, Storm renewing. As it always will. Read More Poems From The >>More


Friday, April 12, 2019

Featured Hike: The Open Ridge of Jay Mountain


At 3,600 ft of elevation, Jay mountain, part of the Jay Mountain Wilderness, provides stunning views from an open ridge of the surrounding Adirondack Mountains. The trail is accessed from a parking area along the Jay Mountain Road near the intersection with the Upland Meadows Road. At the end of the new trail segment, a short spur trail to the north leads to an overlook that provides a spectacular 360 degree scenic view. Hikers can also continue along the ridge line, following rock cairns, for approximately 1.5 miles to the summit of Jay Mountain. In 2012, DEC » Continue Reading. >>More


Friday, April 12, 2019

The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week


A Grainy Photo of A Cat Stirs Big Cat Fever High Peaks Need Bold Management, Investment (Peter Bauer) The NYS Budget and the Adirondacks (John Sheehan) Jamaican Champlain Valley Apple Pickers Profile Bud Break at the Orra Phelps Nature Preserve Utica OD: Tougher Rules Needed for ATVs in Forest Preserve How Would Legal Weed Change New York? (WAMC) Sheriffs Resist New Mug-Shot Release Law ‘Retail Apocalypse’ Now: 75k More » Continue Reading. View original post.


Friday, April 12, 2019

Registration Open For Malone YMCA’s Camp Akalaka


Registration is now open for the Camp Akalaka in Malone, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4 pm, from July 1st to August 30th. Cornell Cooperative Extension has been partnering with the Malone YMCA to provide the day camp in Malone, which is open to ages 5-12. Each day campers participate in large group games, team-building and leadership initiatives, get swimming lessons along with free swim, and spend 1-2 hours each day in the class of their choice. Campers will have free time throughout the day to engage in both physical activity, quiet play, or both. Campers » Continue Reading. >>More


Friday, April 12, 2019

This Week’s Big Adirondack News Stories


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Thursday, April 11, 2019

John Sheehan: Adirondacks and the NYS Budget


Conservationists had much to applaud after Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature passed a State Budget that will protect clean water, buy new park land, resist invasive species, build more resilient trails and make the park more welcoming place for all state residents. Conservationist also had a right to wonder why the budget included no additional staff at key agencies, and why the state didn’t pass comprehensive legislation requiring the state to meet new carbon emissions goals. The budget did include funding for some climate initiatives. The budget adds another $500 million to clean water project funding, on top of >>More


Thursday, April 11, 2019

Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (Apr 11)


This weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is compiled each Thursday afternoon and fully updated by Friday afternoon. Contribute Your Knowledge: Add a comment below, or send your observations, corrections, updates, and suggestions to adkalmanack@gmail.com. Learn and practice the seven Leave No Trace principles. Carry out what you have carried in. Do not leave gear, food, or other items at lean-tos and campsites. Do not litter. Take the free online Leave No Trace course here. BE PREPARED! Start slow, gain experience. Carry proper safety equipment and weather protection and bring plenty of water, lights and a map. >>More


Thursday, April 11, 2019

Rangers Rescue Injured Hiker On Baker Mtn


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 St. Armand Wildland Rescue: On April 7 at 4 pm, DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from Franklin County 911 reporting a 30-year-old female from Baldwinsville near the summit >>More