- Ride for the River self-paced event to take place July 17-26
The Ausable River Association (AsRa) and Bike Adirondacks (BikeADK) will be hosting their ninth annual “Ride for the River” event July 17-26.This event was created in 2012 by the AsRA to celebrate the river and the resilience of local communities around the river after they were devastated by flooding caused by the tropical storm Irene. All proceeds from the event go to directly supporting the AsRA and their protection of the clean waters, healthy streams and diverse habitats of the Ausable River watershed. The 2020 Ride continues the celebration while raising funds to restore the damaged portions of the river » Continue Reading.
- Poetry: Daisy Chains
Daisy ChainsPlease peek you out, my fairy friend,From that hiding place of leaves.Under the buttercups you dance,Beneath the age old eaves.Bells of bright petals wreath your hair,And ferns hem your lacy dress.Twin fawns kiss you with their warm breath,While doe kneels down to bless.In childhood did you come to me,And brushed away all the tears.We laughed and skipped with fireflies,To notes just we could hear.I never told a soul about,Our gold and glorious days.With mauve-lit dells and make believe,Those things a child would say.I search and try to seek you out,Let us weave more daisy chains.Remember me… I have not changed,And take my » Continue Reading.
- From the Archive: NYCO Mine Amendment
Peter Bauer’s critique this week about the state’s role in the 2013 NYCO mine amendment stirred up some long-standing resentments.A search for “NYCO” in the Almanack archive brings up 100 past articles. Here’s a sampling, in case you wanted to read up on the the history of this controversial amendment:Leading up the vote: Pete Nelson presented his position on a “no” vote: https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2013/10/commentary-precedent-profit-vote-nyco-amendment.htmlFrom 2013: Former Explorer editor Phil Brown breaks down the reasons why the amendment passed: https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2013/12/nyco-overcame-aversion-proposition-5.htmlAlso from 2013: Chris Amato looks at the “Facts and Fiction” surrounding the amendment: https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2013/12/nyco-amendment-fact-fiction.htmlFrom 2014: Brown » Continue Reading.
- Wildlife Spotlight: the Gray Treefrog
The last species of Anuran (frog) to breed in New York, from late May into July, is the gray treefrog (Dryophytes versicolor). The species overwinters in forests, where they spend most of their lives. They make their way to wetlands, where males call to attract mates. Females then deposit fertilized eggs on vegetation in the wetland. After breeding they will return to their forested haunts, and can be heard calling periodically throughout the summer.Patterning and coloration are variable, but they are generally covered in ragged dark blotches over a gray to light green background. Gray treefrogs have a light spot bordered by » Continue Reading.
- Sparking widespread interest in composting
Editor’s note: This article is reprinted with permission and first appeared here By John Culpepper Soon, large-scale producers of food waste in NYS will be required to either compost or donate their food waste to food pantries. Like many other states, my guess is that it’s just a matter of time before all landfilling of food wastes will be banned in New York State. Vermont banned residential food waste from landfills this year.Is it possible to compost everything that comes out of commercial and residential kitchens? Absolutely. Some of you in the Adirondacks have been doing this successfully for decades. However, incorporating meat and dairy » Continue Reading.
- Tupper Arts cancels Summer Sunset Series
The Tupper Lake Summer Sunset Series for 2020 has been canceled. Due to the possibility of overcrowding during a pandemic and other concerns the board of directors decided that the remainder of the series will be cancelled. This would have been the 2nd summer where residents from the tri lakes area could come and watch the sunset with live music or theater performances. In addition the 2020 Little Loggers kids show is also cancelled. All artists who were booked for the 2020 season will be asked to come back in 2021. The cancelled performers include Late Earth, Rez Pony, » Continue Reading.
- Outdoor Conditions (7/10): Beat the heat, avoid bears
This bulletin provides only the most recent notices. Check the Adirondack Backcountry Information webpages for more detailed information on access, outdoor recreation infrastructure, and conditions.DEC Campgrounds Updated: All DEC Campgrounds and Day Use Areas in the Adirondacks are open except for the Hinkley Reservoir Day Use Area. All Campgrounds and Day Use Areas have restrictions and rules to protect visitors and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. DEC is accepting new reservations for dates on or after July 10, 2020. To maintain social distancing and reduce the density of facilities and protect visitors, DEC is not currently accepting walk-in camping.Backcountry » Continue Reading.
- Latest news headlines
Short-term rentals seeing spikeFor Lake George area, PPP loans have provided temporary reliefDiversity leader moving out of Saranac LakeAltona man arrested for alleged hate crimeSkidmore reopening for in-person this fallPair of lumber workers in Jay test positiveState moves to release, test prisonersNY State Fair is canceledNCCC plans mostly online classes in fallMore passengers on » Continue Reading.
- Check your flood risk
New national maps suggest flood risk is far higher than most people realize, in New York and across the country.In some Adirondack counties, thousands more properties are considered at risk of flooding than federal flood estimates have shown, according to data by First Street Foundation, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit.The group released a simple online tool, called Flood Factor, that lets people look up their flood risk by address. The website is part of a growing body of work by data scientists trying to reckon with the risk of disasters, like floods and fires, that occur » Continue Reading.
- DEC adds 241 acres to Catskill Forest Preserve
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) recently announced the acquisition of 241 acres in the Catskills, including 208 acres adjoining existing Forest Preserve lands in the Bluestone Wild Forest that will preserve critical open space and expand recreational opportunities to support the local economy. The purchases of the two properties were made possible through a partnership with the Open Space Institute (OSI) and $758,000 from New York’s Environmental Protection Fund (EPF).DEC acquired the former Aldulaimi property with $675,000 EPF funds from the Open Space Institute Land Trust, Inc. This acquisition will link two previously disconnected sections in the state’s Bluestone Wild Forest-the Onteora Lake and Jockey Hill parcels. Prior to DEC acquiring the » Continue Reading.