- DEC acquires 662 acres in St. Lawrence, Oneida and Lewis counties
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the acquisition of several parcels totaling 662 acres in St. Lawrence, Oneida, and Lewis counties to enhance public access to a variety of recreational opportunities, including hiking, fishing, snowmobiling, and hunting, as well as to protect critical wetlands and forests in the region.The acquisition was made possible through cumulative investments of $666,800 from the state Environmental Protection Fund (EPF). St. Lawrence County ParcelsDEC worked with The Conservation Fund to purchase 293 acres in the town of Hopkinton on State Route 72, known as the Schisler Tract. This $227,000 acquisition using EPF funding creates » Continue Reading.
- Hamilton County orgs collaborate on Covid awareness campaign
Hamilton County Public Health and Nursing Services, Blue Mountain Center and the Town of Long Lake collaborated to help create information signage to be distributed throughout Hamilton County. Hamilton County continues to see the lowest number of Covid-19 cases in New York State and the North Country region. The signage collaboration was created as an educational campaign for residents and visitors. Hamilton County communities are committed to the safety of everyone while strategically re-opening local businesses. The signs encourage guests to practice physical distancing and mask wearing to help businesses stay open.Signage was distributed to all Hamilton County towns » Continue Reading.
- Tupper Arts reopens; public invited to participate in art project
Tupper Arts opened its doors on Wednesday, July 15, to host its 47th Annual Art Show and Adirondack Woodcrafts Show. The gallery, located at 106 Park St. in Tupper Lake, has been shuttered since mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, with multiple precautions in place to ensure the safety of visitors, vendors, and volunteers, the gallery is ready to reopen to the public.The combined shows will feature the work of local artists and artisans for sale, including paintings in various mediums, photography, and a variety of unique woodcrafts. The gift shop will also be open, » Continue Reading.
- Uncovering a former scout camp at Chestertown’s Palmer Pond
One of the hikes of the Chester Challenge is the hike around Palmer Pond. This Palmer Pond is west of Chestertown, about a mile before the Hudson River, up a dirt road, called oddly enough, Palmer Pond Road. (Not to be confused with the Palmer Pond near exit 28 of the Northway near what was formerly Frontier Town.) The drive up Palmer Pond Road from Rt. 8 is approximately one mile on an increasingly narrower and rougher dirt road that ends in a DEC maintained parking lot. Palmer Pond is part of the Lake George Wild Forest. This State owned property has increased in size over the years » Continue Reading.
- Summer Trout Fishing Tips
With warm weather comes a lot of fishing, and for this summer the DEC has released some tips anglers can follow to help keep up the trout population:Avoid catch and release fishing for heat stressed trout. Those that are already weakened by heat stress are at risk of death regardless of how carefully handled they are.Do not disturb trout where they have gathered in unusually high numbers, as it is likely these fish are recovering from heat stress in a pocket of cold water.Fish early in the morning, as stream temperatures are at their coolest then.Have a go to plan B in case » Continue Reading.
- Ranger report: Injuries; lost hikers; in the dark without a headlamp
Recent DEC Forest Ranger actions:Town of Keene Essex County Wilderness Rescue: On July 12 at 10:50 a.m., DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a call reporting an injured hiker on Upper Wolfjaw in the Eastern High Peaks. The caller stated he saw a 25-year-old man from Queensbury hiking solo with a knee injury from a fall on wet tree roots. Forest Rangers Kevin Burns, Tom Gliddi, Robbi Mecus, and Scott van Laer and two Assistant Forest Rangers responded. At 3:10 p.m., Ranger Mecus located the injured man just below the summit of Upper Wolfjaw, assessed the injury, and determined a hoist mission was necessary. NYSP Aviation found a » Continue Reading.
- Monitoring for European Cherry Fruit Fly – You Can Help
I love cherries! Especially sweet cherries. They’re delicious fresh, high in fiber, and loaded with vitamins, minerals, and beneficial antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, which may lower your risk of developing certain cancers, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and/or obesity.Growing consumer education about the antioxidant health benefits of cherries appears to be creating increased demand for the fruit. Domestic cherry consumption in the United States is now around 2 pounds per person per year.The United States is the second largest cherry producing country in the world (Source: United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Resource Center). The two types of cherries » Continue Reading.
- The cycle of killing habituated bears continues
Several campsites and lean-tos were temporarily closed in the High Peaks Wilderness on July 5 due to an aggressive black bear that had been roaming the area looking for human food.A day later the state Department of Environmental Conservation captured and later killed the animal.As DEC officials have often said to me in these situations, “A fed bear is a dead bear.”What does that mean? It means if a bear gets food from humans too many times, it will get habituated to the food. The bear will then continue to seek out food from campers, especially when natural food sources aren’t available such as during » Continue Reading.
- Water, water everywhere, but still the need to conserve
While recent rains have helped some parts of the Adirondacks, other parts are stuck in a dry spell that began with the mild winter.On Tuesday, the Town of Long Lake told residents to stop washing their cars and watering their lawns to conserve water.Long Lake’s water superintendent, Keith Austin, said a dry spell left the town unable to keep up with current demand. The system serves about 800 full-time residents and a seasonal population of 2,000 people in a typical year.Water use remains at or » Continue Reading.
- Proposed Rule Change for waterfowl hunting
Due to a slow, but steady decline in mallards across the northeastern United States, the mallard daily bag limit remains two birds (one hen) per day. Please see the Declining Mallards in the Atlantic Flyway (PDF) brochure for more information.The Canada goose season length in the Northeast, West Central, East Central, Hudson Valley, and Lake Champlain zones remains 30 days with a limit of two per day. Please see the Status and Management of Atlantic Population Canada Geese (PDF) brochure for more information.The scaup bag limit will vary throughout the duck season this year. Due to declines in the scaup population, the bag limit » Continue Reading.