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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Raquette River History: Setting Pole and Piercefield Dams


Over the past several years I have been involved with the Raquette River Blueway Corridor (RRBC), which organizes Raquette River Awareness Week,  a week of events along the river from its source at Blue Mountain Lake to the St. Lawrence River at Akewesasne. The staff at The Wild Center have also been involved, by helping to educate the public about the natural history of river with a week of river-related activities, and a river clean-up from “The Crusher” boat launch on Route 30 between Tupper Lake and Upper Saranac Lake, to Simon(d) Pond. This section of the Raquette includes the >>More


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Adirondack Wildlife: The Porcupine Gives Birth


June is the month when many forms of wildlife give birth in the Adirondacks. The last week in May and early June marks the start of a nearly four month long interval of weather favorable for birth and the period of development following birth that young birds, mammals, some reptiles, fish and bugs need before they are mature enough to successfully contend with the life threatening challenges posed by the change in seasons. Among the creatures that bear their young shortly after Memorial Day is the porcupine, a large and cold-hardy rodent known for its unique system of defense. Despite >>More


Monday, May 27, 2013

Big Tupper Resort Amphibian Study: Science After The Fact


While it has not attracted much attention yet, Preserve Associates has hired some biologists to conduct an amphibian study this spring to determine the presence of amphibians on some, but by no means all, of the lands proposed for subdivision and development at the permitted Adirondack Club and Resort (ACR) site in Tupper Lake. According to APA correspondence, this survey is taking place or has recently taken place within 800 feet of all wetlands on seven of the small eastern great camp lots, and along Lake Simond Road Extension and the proposed but not yet developed Bypass Road. This expenditure >>More


Monday, May 27, 2013

Joseph Lonsway:Adirondack Guide, Medal of Honor Recipient


Civil War veteran/hero Joseph Lonsway, long accustomed to hard work, continued serving as a river guide (and remained hooked on fishing) well into old age. On two occasions, he nearly lost his life in fire-related incidents. In 1911, when he was 67, Joseph, with fellow guide and friend Joseph Calhoun, rushed to help fight a blaze that ultimately destroyed the Hotel Frontenac. They were together on an upper floor when the electricity failed, forcing them to leave the building. Calhoun urged Lonsway to depart first because he was older, but something went terribly wrong. In the end, Lonsway escaped, but >>More


Monday, May 27, 2013

Options For New State Lands: Primitive


The state’s acquisition of 22,500 acres of former Finch, Pruyn lands from the Adirondack Nature Conservancy raises important questions about how these lands will be used and managed. The Adirondack Park Agency has submitted seven management proposals that will be discussed at public hearings this summer. The APA board could vote on a final proposal as early as August. Adirondack Almanack has prepared a series of four articles to explain these proposals. In each article, we look at one proposal or two related proposals. The text will be accompanied by the APA map or maps showing the classification of the >>More


Sunday, May 26, 2013

Cabin Life: Apple Blossoms and Snow


Well, I woke up to pouring rain this morning.  It’s really coming down, to the point where my alarm didn’t wake me up, the pounding of the rain on the tin shed roof did.  All the windows are even closed due to the cold temperatures, and the rain was still loud enough to break my slumber.  But at least it wasn’t snow coming down like this.  The forecast has called for a chance of snow for the next few days, and while it wouldn’t be a major inconvenience to get some snow, it would be a little depressing.  Plus, I’m >>More


Saturday, May 25, 2013

Do The Adirondacks Have Enough Wilderness?


Dear readers:  due to a death in the family I was unable to work on this week’s missive.  In lieu of that I am editing and reposting part of a Dispatch from many months ago that is especially germane right now as debate over classification of the Finch Pruyn purchase rages on these pages.  I think it is important to once again make a point about Wilderness from a larger perspective. Given the nature of the discussion over the Finch lands I need to make a prefatory comment.  I have ranged all over the Adirondacks and I reject the notion >>More


Friday, May 24, 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 24, 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 24, 2013

Adirondack Events This Weekend (May 24)


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