In celebration of camping
About a year ago, I was paddling from Middle Saranac Lake to Lower Saranac Lake with three friends to finish up a week of camping that had taken me to several destinations throughout the Adirondacks.The final night’s destination was an island at the end of Lower Saranac Lake, which is part of a state campground run by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.As we paddled through the last stretch of river between the lakes, the sun settled into the trees on the horizon, lighting up the sky in a brilliant orange. The lake was completely calm and there » Continue Reading.
Poetry: In-Tent Desire
In-Tent DesireCushioning softness your warm belly The Buddha gave this up for thin straw mats on bare floors whatever ground of our being being Who knows what other folly might well indwell that Eightfold Path?Read More Poems From The Adirondack Almanack HERE.
Weekend read: Constitutional amendments
Happy Independence Day!Article 14, Section 1 — the “Forever Wild” clause of New York’s constitution — has been amended 16 times since 1938, and talks have been under way about three new amendments that could be put before voters.In the Almanack, Peter Bauer, Executive Director of Protect the Adirondacks, has been working on a five-part series about these proposed amendments.The first piece gives an overview of the recent history of Article 14 amendments.The second article examines the Mt. Van Hoevenberg Olympic Winter » Continue Reading.
DEC to open camping reservations on Monday, 7/6
News update from NYS DEC:DEC IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE OPENING OF RESERVATIONS FOR THE 2020 SEASON. RESERVATIONS FOR DATES ON OR AFTER JULY 10 WILL BEGIN AT 8AM ON MONDAY, JULY 6. DUE TO EXPECTED VOLUME, WE ENCOURAGE CUSTOMERS TO BOOK RESERVATIONS ONLINE.WALK-IN CAMPING IS NOT PERMITTED AT THIS TIME.As part of the COVID-19 guidelines, and for the courtesy of other visitors and our staff, face masks must be worn when outside your campsite area at any place where social distancing cannot be maintained. All patrons shall practice social distancing.Only registered campers will be allowed in campground areas, » Continue Reading.
The whale oil of our generation
Verkhoyansk, a small town in the Arctic Circle reported a temperature of 100.4 Fahrenheit on June 20, 2020, setting an all-time record. Indeed, the last 5 years have been the hottest in recorded history. We are also seeing, in the wake of COVID-19, that the consequences of profligate production and consumption of fossil fuels are causing more trouble than just rising temperatures and massive climate disruption.The New York Times reported on June 18 that, “Pregnant women exposed to high temperatures or air pollution are more likely to have children who are premature, underweight or stillborn, » Continue Reading.
Wild Center launches kids nature program
Join The Wild Center educators this summer as they dive in to explore nature around us. No matter where you call home, you are invited to complete a Jr. Naturalist Book and become an official Wild Center Jr. Naturalist! Going on a journey through the natural world, covering topics from insects and pollinators, to erosion and weather, to amazing apex predators. Check out The Wild Center’s social media pages and website each Monday for the release of new Jr. Naturalist Pages and challenges. Each page will be filled with activities for you to develop your skills as » Continue Reading.
Learn About our State Reptile, the Snapping Turtle
This time of year many people are seeing snapping turtles digging in their yards or swimming in home ponds. Snapping turtles and other turtles make their nests in easily dug soil, so they may lay their eggs in backyards and gardens. If the nest can be allowed to remain, hatchlings will emerge in August or September but sometimes overwintering until spring. If the area where the nest has been laid must be disturbed, contact your regional wildlife office for guidance.Snapping turtles (Chelydra serpentina) are often described as aggressive, but a better term is defensive. » Continue Reading.
Latest news headlines
Report: School closures led to inequitable online learningWarren County takes steps to educate visitors about quarantineWashington, Warren counties see new CV casesSUNY Adirondack will mix online and in-person teaching this fallCanada extends COVID-19 border closures20 additional sex abuse lawsuits filed against Catholic dioceseNY adds 8 more states to quarantine listAdirondack prison swings from juniors to seniorsNew York water parks stay dry » Continue Reading.
Outdoor Conditions (7/2): Increased bear activity
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.Emergency Situations: If you get lost or injured; keep calm and stay put. If you have cell service, call 911 or the DEC Forest Ranger Emergency Dispatch, 518-891-0235.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.To maintain social distancing and » Continue Reading.
Cathead Mountain Amendment Would be Complicated and Difficult
This is the fourth article in a series that looks at three possible NYS constitutional amendments to Article 14, Section 1 (the “Forever Wild” clause) that are being debated in 2020. This article looks at the issue of utilizing Forest Preserve lands around Cathead Mountain, in the south edge of the Silver Lake Wilderness area, to locate a new emergency communications tower, similar to such towers on Blue Mountain and East Mountain.The legislative calendar makes action on a proposed amendment to the State Constitution advantageous in 2020. Two separately elected Legislatures must act on any proposal before » Continue Reading.