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Friday, May 17, 2013

Finch Hearings To Start June 12


The Adirondack Park Agency will kick off on June 12 a series of public hearings on the use and management of 22,500 acres of new state land, including the Essex Chain Lakes and parts of the Hudson River. After the hearings, the APA will decide how to classify the lands—a decision that will affect how people can recreate and how accessible the lands will be. The state recently bought the former Finch, Pruyn timberlands from the Nature Conservancy. Much of the debate is likely to be over motorized use. Sportsmen and local officials want the public to be able to >>More


Friday, May 17, 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 9,900 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, May 17, 2013

Adirondack Events This Weekend (May 17)


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 9,900 people get Adirondack Almanack each day via <a » Continue Reading. The post >>More


Friday, May 17, 2013

This Week’s Top Adirondack News Stories


// // ]]> On Friday afternoons Adirondack Almanack compiles for our readers the week’s top Adirondack news. You can find all our weekly news round-ups here. Subscribe! More than 9,800 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 Top Adirondack News Stories appeared first on The Adirondack Almanack.


Thursday, May 16, 2013

Current Conditions in the Adirondack Park (May 16)


This weekly Adirondack outdoor conditions report is issued on Thursday afternoons, year round. Get The Weekly Outdoor Conditions Podcast Listen for the weekly Adirondack Outdoor Recreation Report Friday mornings on WNBZ (AM 920 & 1240, FM 105 & 102.1), WSLP (93.3) and the stations of North Country Public Radio. SPECIAL NOTICES FOR THIS WEEKEND ** indicates new or revised items. ** LATE SPRING CONDITIONS: Warm and dry weather is returning to the region in time for this weekend. Day time temperatures will be in the 60s and 70s at lower elevations, and » Continue Reading. The post Current Conditions in >>More


Thursday, May 16, 2013

Outside Story: Fabulous Forest Ferns


We all see our forests for the trees, but the woods are alive with other plants. Among the most common are ferns, which don’t just get by in the deep shade of the forest – they flourish. Now, you might be thinking, don’t all those ferns look alike? They form a lovely verdant backdrop to the forest, but they don’t have the showy flowers and distinctive leaves that make other plants so easy to identify. But ferns are surprisingly easy to tell apart. And once you know the names of a few species, they’ll pop out at you as you >>More


Thursday, May 16, 2013

DEC Planning Expanding Access to Sacandaga Easements


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is preparing a recreation management plan (RMP) for the 3,200-acre Sacandaga West Conservation Easement lands in Fulton County. Public involvement is sought in the development of the recreation management plan. DEC is seeking information and ideas that will lead to clearly stated goals and objectives for the care and stewardship of these lands. Everyone with an interest in the area is encouraged to participate in the planning process by providing information and suggestions for its management. The Sacandaga West Conservation Easement lands consist of six separate tracts in close proximity in >>More


Thursday, May 16, 2013

State Run Adirondack Ski Areas Rebound in 2012-13


According to preliminary data for this year released by the National Ski Areas Association, ski resorts reported an 11% increase in visitation nationally, with a 20% increase in skier visits in the Northeast region this year, after a disappointing 2011-12 winter. Not surprisingly given the reduced snowfall last year, results at Gore and Whiteface, both operated by the Olympic Region Development Authority (ORDA), improved significantly for the 2012-13 season. According to Jon Lundin, ORDA’s Public Relations Coordinator, Whiteface logged 195 thousand skier visits for the 2012-13 ski season versus 165 thousand the year before. At Gore, there were 197 thousand >>More


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Dan Crane On Becoming An Adirondack Guide


The name is Fool. Bushwhacking Fool. Licensed to guide. Guiding is a time-honored occupation in the Adirondack region and beyond. Guides, with their vast backcountry skills and knowledge, can safely navigate others through remote areas, saving the time and expensive of learning through trial and error. Years ago, guides were highly prized by the urban elite wishing to experience the wilderness on its own term, albeit with many of the luxuries of the day. The advent of guidebooks, like the Adirondack Mountain Club’s series, greatly diminished the importance of personal guides as they allowed many to go it alone in >>More


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The New Canoe Trip On The Upper Hudson River


Joe Martens may be the head of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, but he is no different from a lot of paddlers: he couldn’t wait to canoe a stretch of the upper Hudson River recently added to the Forest Preserve. On Tuesday, Martens and Mike Carr, executive director of the Adirondack Nature Conservancy, led a flotilla of canoes on an all-day trip down the river, giving us a preview of an excursion that will soon be open to the public, perhaps in a few weeks. “This is great; it’s beautiful,” Martens remarked halfway through the trip. “Maybe I appreciate >>More