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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Adirondack Art: OK Slip Falls Inspiration

I climbed steadily over rocks and boulders, some the size of large pieces of furniture, for half a mile as I worked my way up OK Slip Brook. Sometimes in the thick growth along the shoreline, sometimes rock-hopping right up the brook itself. After a good 30-40 minutes, I came around a bend, crossed several sections of the brook at a gravelly section, and the falls came into sight ahead. OK Slip Falls – around a 250 foot drop – sun coming in from the side, dark rocks, a small drop visible at the top, then the water comes over >>More

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Local Bat Proposed for Endangered Species Protection

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed Endangered Species Act protection today for the northern long-eared bat, which has been devastated by the disease known as white-nose syndrome. The agency declined protection for the eastern small-footed bat. Colonies of the northern long-eared bat affected by white-nose syndrome have in many cases experienced 100 percent mortality. Protection for the bat is the result of a landmark agreement with the Center for Biological Diversity that requires the agency to make protection decisions for 757 species.  Before today’s decision, Indiana bats were the only bat in the Adirondacks on the Federal Endangered Species >>More

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Waterway Navigation: The Moose River Lumber Company Cases

The books of Henry Harter and Harold Hochschild discuss the building of the short-lived Raquette Lake Railway, its millionaire owners and probable origins.  These include Mrs. Huntington threatening not to visit Collis Huntington’s Pine Knot Camp if she had to continue using the Fulton Chain steamers, riding on buckboard and boat carries beyond Fourth Lake.  Maybe Mr. Huntington, not finding an empty seat, got the idea after sitting on a keg of nails on one steamer ride. No doubt tycoons as Durant, Morgan, Vanderbilt and Whitney envied Dr. Webb’s ability to ride a private train to his Nehasane Preserve from >>More

Monday, September 30, 2013

Commentary: Google, Local Authors And Copyright

The Category: Things that Share a Common Bond. The Answer: “Floppy disks, the appendix, cassette tapes, the Latin language, and wisdom teeth.” The Correct Question: “What are things that are useless or obsolete?” If you see that question on Jeopardy some day in the not-too-distant future, Alex Trebek might be adding one more element to the answers: the copyright claim. In fact, considering the beating that individual copy rights have taken recently, there’s an argument to be made that private copy rights have already gone the way of the dinosaurs. And there’s no role for cloning in this narrative. Most >>More

Monday, September 30, 2013

Lake Champlain Power Line Public Informational Meeting

The public, organizations, businesses, municipalities, and others interested in the plans for running an underwater power transmission line on the bottom of Lake Champlain from Canada to the southern end are invited to a Champlain Hudson Power Express Public Informational Meeting to learn more about this project and have an opportunity to ask questions. Representatives from Transmission Developers Incorporated will be in Plattsburgh to provide an update on the current status of the project along with near- and long-term plans and timeframes for constructing this power line.  Information on what this project might look like for Lake Champlain, the route >>More

Monday, September 30, 2013

Wholeshare Buying Clubs Provide Access to Local Food

For nearly two decades my family has grown much of its own food.   If we can’t produce it ourselves, sometimes we purchase through a cooperative buying club and place an order online each month.  A semi-truck deftly maneuvers the backroads and delivers the items to our club site where a handful of co-op members unload, sort, and weigh groceries and organic produce.  We buy in bulk and save money.  It’s like a slick combination of Sam’s Club and a natural foods co-op. But one aspect has been conspicuously absent: most items, especially the produce, are not locally sourced.  Enter the >>More

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Peter Bauer: Governor Cuomo’s Role in Forest Preserve Classification

Governor Andrew Cuomo visited the Adirondack Park on Thursday September 26th and devoted a full day to discussions with various parties about the looming decision by the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) on the Forest Preserve classification of 21,000-acres of former Finch Paper lands along the Hudson River and around the Essex Chain Lakes. I give the Governor high marks for making the trip and holding these meetings. (In the interest of full disclosure no one from Protect the Adirondacks was invited to these meetings. We are, after all, suing the Cuomo Administration with two pretty big lawsuits.) With Joe Martens, >>More

Friday, September 27, 2013

This Week’s Adirondack Web Highlights

// // ]]> On Friday afternoons Adirondack Almanack compiles for our readers the best web highlights. You can find all our weekly web round-ups here. Subscribe! More than 10,500 people get Adirondack Almanack each day via RSS, E-Mail, or Twitter or Facebook updates. It’s a convenient way to get the latest news and information about the Adirondacks. The post This Week’s Adirondack Web Highlights appeared first on The Adirondack Almanack.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Adirondack Events This Weekend (Sept 27)

Visit the Adirondack Almanack each Friday to find out what’s happening around the Adirondacks. Featured Adirondack Events – chosen by Adirondack Almanack contributors. Outdoor Conditions in the Adirondacks – for those headed into the woods or onto the waters this weekend. We’ve also gathered the best links to regional events calendars all in one place: Lake George Region Events Lake Placid Region Events This Weekend Old Forge Area Events This Weekend Saranac Lake Area Events This Weekend Tupper Lake Region Events This Weekend Subscribe! More than 10,500 people get Adirondack Almanack each day via <a » Continue Reading. The post >>More

Friday, September 27, 2013

VIDEO: Researchers Study Adirondack Earthworms

Worms, WORMS, WORMS! Sad but true—those lowly, wriggling saints of the natural world, hailed as creators and saviors of the soil since the days of Charles Darwin, are now known to represent an Evil Empire. Well, maybe not evil. But it turns out that most North American earthworms were introduced from other continents, and the new arrivals, while doing some good in gardens, actually disrupt the ecology of forests, diminish the rich fabric of life in the soil, and even contribute to global warming. Click here to watch a video of a Colgate University worm study in action in the Adirondack >>More