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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Paul Hetzler: Mountains of Molehills


Just as we began to doubt the existence of soil, snow began to give way in early April to reveal, well in many cases, a brown mess. As backyard glaciers recede, some homeowners may find an outbreak of mole-volcanoes in the lawn as if an army of subterranean rodents spent the winter detonating explosives. The star-nosed mole and the hairy-tail mole are the two species that live in our area, and as their soil mounds indicate, they’re active all winter. If they’ve turned your once-flat lawn into a relief map of the Badlands, don’t panic – it’s » Continue Reading. >>More


Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Skill-Building Workshop for Nonprofits


Adirondack Foundation and one of its component funds, the Community Fund for the Gore Mountain Region, have invited nonprofit professionals and board members to attend a one-day workshop, “Building Your Best Board,” to be held at the Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek on May 11, from 10 am to 3 pm. Recruiting, retaining, and engaging board members are essential to a nonprofit’s success. These volunteer leaders bring a wide range of skills and connections. Andy Robinson, who has trained and supported thousands of nonprofit staff and volunteer leaders in 47 states and across Canada, will lead the workshop >>More


Monday, April 15, 2019

Making Conservation Design The Norm, Not The Exception


My hometown of Ballston in Saratoga County is poised to make the principles and detailed process of conservation design the standard for major subdivisions. The town’s revised subdivision law comes on the heels of some disastrously bad subdivision approvals here, projects which sprawl new housing, roads and traffic all over this once wildlife-rich, rural, wet, heavily forested and formerly farmed part of town. Later this month, my town board votes on whether “any major subdivision in the Rural District and Ballston Lake Residential District shall be designed as a conservation subdivision.” If so, that would mean that the Town planning >>More


Monday, April 15, 2019

DEC Announces 2018-19 Deer Hunting Estimates


Hunters in New York killed an estimated 227,787 deer during the 2018-19 hunting seasons, approximately 12 percent more than the previous season, State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced. The estimated deer take included 114,402 antlerless deer and 113,385 antlered bucks. Statewide, this represents a 20-percent increase in antlerless deer and a five-percent increase in bucks from the last season. The increase in the number of antlerless deer killed comes on the heels of a lower-than-desired antlerless harvest in 2017 and is expected to by DEC to help limit growth in areas with an overpopulation. Regionally, hunters took 28,642 >>More


Monday, April 15, 2019

Industrial Hemp Production Workshop Planned


Franklin County Cornell Cooperative Extension is set to host a workshop to explore industrial hemp production in New York State on April 25, at the Franklin County Courthouse from 1 to 4 pm. In recent years, industrial hemp production in the United States has seen renewed interest. It is now possible to test for THC levels (THC is the main intoxicating ingredient in marijuana), to ensure that only low THC level crops are being grown legally, and hemp could once again be a profitable ag commodity. This became more of a reality with the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill >>More


Sunday, April 14, 2019

Kevin Chlad: Protect State Lands From ATV Misuse


A coalition of conservation organizations released a statement and a report last week calling on the State Legislature to address the misuse of All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) on public lands and protect public safety, water quality and wildlife in the Adirondack Park. The report: WRONG WAY: How New York State Can Course-Correct on ATV Use was published by the Adirondack Council. It documents a recent shift in state policy toward allowing more ATV use on public lands, resulting in widespread harm. Advocates for non-motorized access and environmental organizations released a statement with the report saying » Continue Reading. View original post.


Sunday, April 14, 2019

2018 Mirror Lake Monitoring Report Released


The Ausable River Association (AsRA) and Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute (AWI) have released the 2018 Water Quality Report for Mirror Lake. The report shows that Mirror Lake continues to be negatively affected by road salt and that lack of mixing in the spring, first documented in 2017, remains a problem. The report details how the lack of spring mixing limits habitat availability for cold-water species, such as lake trout, and makes the lake more susceptible to harmful algal blooms. Additional analyses and discussion outline the potential for a winter fish kill if fall mixing is also interrupted. In >>More


Sunday, April 14, 2019

New This Season at Adirondack Experience (ADKX)


Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX), is set to open for its 62nd season on Friday, May 24, 2019. This year ADKX opens two new temporary exhibits, a new permanent installation out on Minnow Pond and a new family event. Curious Creatures: An Adirondack Collection of Taxidermy (May 24 – Oct.14) will exhibit approximately 100 pieces of extraordinary taxidermy from private Adirondack collections and camps as well as mounts, photographs, and manuscript materials from the museum’s own collections. Curious Creatures will explore how taxidermy represents our relationships with animals while also focusing on Adirondack taxidermists (Clarence Downs, >>More


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