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Friday, June 14, 2019

This Week’s Big Adirondack News Stories

Climbers Push Back On New Parking Regs 51,000 Acres, Rights Acquired in Boreal Area Clinton Co History Conference Planned A ‘Mountain Lion’ Hysteria Homeland Security Issues Could Swamp Bike Ferry DEC Issues Tickets Along Route 73 Joyce Mitchell Denied Parole Massive Brawl at Dannemora Prison Audit Reveals $1.6M in Bed Tax Frauds Franklin Co Public Defender Woes Subscribe to the Adirondack » Continue Reading. View original post.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Climbers’ Coalition Pushes Back On High Peaks Parking Restrictions

Recreational use in the Adirondack Forest Preserve has been increasing at a noticeable rate for the last several years. Most notably, hiker traffic has exploded in the High Peaks Wilderness and gone beyond the current carrying capacity of many trails and parking areas. This explosion in hiker traffic has gained the attention of land managers and lawmakers, who this past summer proposed new trails and alternate parking solutions in the amendments for the High Peaks Wilderness Unit Management Plan (HPWUMP). The Adirondack Climbers’ Coalition (ACC) is very concerned about the potential impact of some of these » Continue Reading. View >>More

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (June 13)

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, June 13, 2019

51,000 Acres, Rights Acquired in Raquette Boreal Forest Area

The Conservation Fund, a national nonprofit, has announced it has acquired ownership and rights on roughly 51,300 total acres in the Northwestern Adirondack Park. The Three Rivers Forest properties include exceptional northern hardwood timberland near the headwaters of a three major rivers flowing north to the St. Lawrence River – the Raquette, Oswegatchie and Grasse. The lands were purchased from investor-owners who had previously purchased former paper company lands, including former tracts of the Champion and International paper companies. Adirondack Council Executive Director Wille Janeway said this area includes some sensitive forests adjoining the Raquette Boreal Primitive Area, and is >>More

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Wild Center Helping Educators Talk Climate Change

The Wild Center is set to host a Summer Institute for New York State Teachers on July 15-18, focused on “Empowering Students for Climate Resilience.” This multi-day institute will bring together an interdisciplinary group of middle and high school teachers for an exploration of climate change and educational best practices. The Institute will feature a keynote and conversation with Bill McKibben, an environmentalist, author, and educator who has written extensively on the impact of climate change and global warming. Workshops and sessions presented during the four-day Institute will share information on climate science and expose participants to a suite » >>More

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Once Common Horse Blocks Weren’t Just for Horses and Carriages

The most popular genre by far on nighttime television through the 1960s? Westerns. While children were allowed to watch some of them, several shows specifically geared towards the younger set were shown on Saturday morning. Watching heroes — Roy Rogers, the Lone Ranger, and Zorro, three of the best — escape tense situations and catch bad guys was unforgettable. Among the skills of any cowboy star (or stuntman stand-in) worth his salt were the hurried mounting and high-speed dismounting of horses (usually their own faithful steed, of course). It’s an impressive feat when you consider that horses are pretty high >>More

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

DEC Asks Public to Report Moose Sightings

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has asked the public to report moose sightings and observations. DEC and its research partners use these public sightings as indices of moose distribution and abundance in New York. This is part of a multi-year research project to obtain information on the status of New York State’s moose population, health of the moose, and the factors that influence moose survival and reproductive rate. Moose sightings increase in the spring with the rising temperatures and melting snow. As cows prepare to give birth to the current year’s calf, the previous » Continue >>More

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Man Sought In Connection With Ski Center Vandalism

According to a press release issued by New York State Police, on June 9, 2019 the New York State Police received a call that an individual had caused damage to trails at the Cascade Ski Center with a vehicle. The ski center reported an individual drove a Toyota 4-Runner on the cross country ski trails, causing damage. State Police are looking to speak with the pictured individual in regard to the incident, and also were provided with » Continue Reading. View original post.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Whiteface Field Station Summer Lecture Series Set

The Atmospheric Sciences Research Center, located at 110 Marble Mountain Lane in Wilmington, has announced it’s 2019 Ray Falconer Science/Natural History Lecture Series. Lectures have been set for July 9th, July 23rd, August 6th, and August 20th at 7 pm. All lectures are free and open to the public. A Summary of Ongoing Research and Environmental Monitoring at Whiteface Mountain, a presentation by Paul Casson and Richard Brandt, SUNY Albany, Atmospheric Sciences Research Center is set for July 9th. Against the beauty afforded by this iconic Adirondack peak, a globally significant record of the physical and chemical composition of the >>More

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Great Camp Sagamore Community Day Sunday

Great Camp Sagamore in Raquette Lake is hosting Community Day brunch this Sunday, June 16, from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. The trails will be open to the public for hiking, with tours of the property and the historic buildings available from 10 am to 4 pm. Built in 1897 on 1,526 acres of remote Adirondack wilderness by William West Durant, Great Camp Sagamore was a wilderness retreat for the Alfred Vanderbilt family for half a century. It is now a National Historic Landmark managed by a non-profit educational institution in order to inspire others to help protect the environment, >>More