- Was the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) Duped?
APA mandate is to “ensure compliance with the laws the Agency administers” including the New York State Freshwater Wetlands Act. Instead, APA did the exact opposite with a recent decision permitting the virtual destruction of a Category 1 Wetland- the highest designation for a wetland – on Lot 9, Deerwood, Upper Saranac Lake (USL). For no apparent reason, other than convenience of the new landowner, APA issued an amended permit. This ecologic system is extremely valuable to maintain USL water quality as two freshwater streams feed the lake via this strategic wetland. The site is replete with old-growth trees and » Continue Reading.
- “Staff should rely on this policy.” Really ?
Forest Preserve stakeholders meet with DEC staff to discuss management alternatives, Essex Chain Lakes, 2012. Photo by Dave Gibson The NYS Court of Appeals ruled on May 4 of this year in favor of plaintiff Protect the Adirondacks and against the State of New York, deciding that Snowmobile Community Connector trails as planned, permitted, and constructed by the Department of Environmental Conservation during the first term of Governor Andrew Cuomo violated the “forever wild” clause, Section 1 of Article 14, NYS Constitution. It took the DEC until June 30 to formally respond to the Court’s ruling, and that formal response came in the form of an internal DEC memorandum issued by DEC Commissioner » Continue Reading.
- Sabotaging Trail Deal Was No Way to Protect the Adirondacks
By Brian Wells This is a story that should have had a happy ending. A story of five Adirondack towns working with state government and environmental non-profits on an agreement to expand the taxpayer-owned Forest Preserve, improve public recreation and bring new economic growth to the area. The Community Connector Trails agreement would have helped turn the page on decades of Adirondack Region job losses brought on by industry disinvestment and Forest Preserve expansion, and established a model for the type of common-sense, compromise solutions needed for many problems confronting the Adirondack Park. Instead, it’s a sad story of misplaced trust and lost opportunity, ending with the towns and the people who live there » Continue Reading.
- Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation launches tackle buy-back program
The Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation invites Adirondack anglers to participate in its “Lead Tackle Buy Back Program” to protect Common Loons from lead poisoning. Anglers can trade in their lead sinkers and jigs this summer by bringing them to any of the 8 participating retailers around the Adirondack Park. The shops include Woods and Waters and Blue Line Sports in Saranac Lake; Tupper Lake Bait & Tackle; Hoss’s in Long Lake; Old Forge Hardware; Crossroads in Chestertown; Norm’s Bait & Tackle in Crown Point; and Fish307.com in Lake George. The Adirondack Lead Tackle Buyback program is part » Continue Reading.
- Upcoming Events at the Wild Center
Tupper Lake, NY – The Wild Center is offering a wide variety of events this summer. Here are a few of the many activities available: Help Build A Stickwork Sculpture Be a part of an exclusive opportunity to work with artist Patrick Dougherty as you help create a 30 foot woven sapling sculpture. Tasks include bundling branches, stripping leaves, and weaving the saplings. We’re looking for enthusiastic people who » Continue Reading.
- Message In a Bottle
When I was a boy growing up in our house on 1 Stevenson Lane, my mom had an antique bottle collection that she kept on a shelf. One of those bottles had a rustically intricate attached metal stopper. The engraved circular glass on the front read “ISAAC MERKEL & SON, BOSS LAGER, SARANAC LAKE.” That bottle always held a special fascination for me. I still have it. It all began innocently enough, quite by accident really, about three summers ago as I quietly rowed my Zen boat canoe from South Creek into camp. As I crossed some » Continue Reading.
- August Harvest of the Month | Peppers
Photo of serranos courtesy of https://peppergeek.com/serrano-peppers/ History and Facts Peppers are the berry-fruits of plants in the genus capsaicin which are in the nightshade family, with tomatoes and eggplants. The spicy “chili peppers” and mild “sweet peppers” and “bell peppers” are all native to tropical parts of the Americas. Prehistoric remains of peppers have been found in Central and South America. Mistaken by colonists as a form of black pepper, the Spanish and Portuguese brought chili pepper seeds across the world along with their conquests, eventually popularizing them around the world. You can read more » Continue Reading.
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- NFCT to Auction Two Birchbark Canoes
WAITSFIELD, Vt. — The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) will auction off two birchbark canoes this summer: one built by Henri Vaillancourt and the other by the craftspeople of the Maniwaki Reserve in Quebec. The auction will be live starting on Aug. 5 and ends on Aug. 15; proceeds will support stewardship and access projects across the Northeast. To see photos, videos and » Continue Reading.
- Spirit of Generosity: Supporting Child Care
Katie Falzetta and her family. Photo by Erika Bailey, provided by Adirondack Foundation Across the Adirondack region, individuals, businesses, organizations, and communities have continuously demonstrated their Spirit of Generosity by investing in one of our most pressing needs: early childhood education. But there’s still much to be done. Finding affordable child care is a challenge for nearly everyone, but especially so for single-parent households and working families with mid to low-wage jobs. Adirondack Foundation, through its Birth to Three Alliance, has heard countless stories of parents who struggle to balance » Continue Reading.