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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Current Adirondack Outdoor Recreation Conditions (Sept 27)


This weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is compiled each Thursday afternoon and fully updated by Friday afternoon. Contribute Your Knowledge: Add a comment below, or send your observations, corrections, updates, and suggestions to adkalmanack@gmail.com. Learn and practice the seven Leave No Trace principles. Carry out what you have carried in. Do not leave gear, food, or other items at lean-tos and campsites. Do not litter. Take the free online Leave No Trace course here. BE PREPARED! Start slow, gain experience. Always carry proper safety equipment – including plenty of food, water, flashlights, space blanket, emergency whistle, >>More


Thursday, September 27, 2018

Adirondack Fall Foliage Report – Leaf Peeping Etiquette


The leaves have begun changing and are expected to change dramatically over the next several weeks. Autumn leaf color is already happening at higher elevation areas of the central Adirondacks. Color will broadly widen through the rest of the Adirondack Park in the next few weeks, ending along the Lake George and Lake Champlain valleys. If driving on busy roads, do not slow down to look at the leaves. This is unsafe for traffic behind you. Find a safe pull over to view the leaves. If you are headed into the woods or onto the waters, help protect the Adirondacks >>More


Thursday, September 27, 2018

Annual Cheese Tour Highlights Three Adirondack Farms


The leaves are just starting to change colors, which always gets my family thinking about autumn activities and ways to share the Adirondacks with visitors, family, and friends. One of our favorite things about those cool nights and crisp days is making comfort food, which usually means cheese. For the fifth year, three local cheese farms are welcoming cheese lovers, cheese likers, or even those (gasp) who have never tried cheese, for a self-guided local tour of the farmstead operations into the daily cheese. The Essex County Cheese Tour takes place on October 7, from 10 am to » Continue >>More


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Orra Phelps: With Us on Every Trail


In the passages below, excerpted from a 1942 article appearing in a regional newspaper, there is a glaring error. Can you spot it? “Dr. Orra A. Phelps, Fort Plain School Physician, was the principal speaker at the initial meeting of the Burroughs Nature Study Club…. He spoke on Guide to Adirondack Trails. In his talk, Dr. Phelps outlined various trails leading to the most picturesque spots in the upper Adirondacks from information gleaned first-hand by the speaker, who is an enthusiastic mountain climber. “He called particular attention to Mt. Colden, located between Mt. Marcy and Mt. McIntyre, one of the >>More


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Kelly Metzgar: LGBTQI Pride in the Adirondack North County


Once again it is time to celebrate the diversity of all people here in the Adirondack North Country. In the past two years we’ve seen an outpouring of hate, attempts at overt discrimination, and attempts to roll back human rights protections on the federal level. We are facing a potential crisis in a U.S. Supreme Court poised to overturn settled law in the areas of women’s health, abortion, marriage equality, and LGBTQI civil rights protections. We’ve seen attempts to ban members of the transgender community from serving openly in the military as well as prohibiting their use of public accommodations. >>More


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Gore Mountain Harvest Fest October 6-7


Gore Mountain’s 2018 Harvest Fest has been set for October 6-7, and will display an array of premier Adirondack artisans, peak scenic foliage views, autumn-themed food and drink, and a wide variety of recreational activities. There is live music and free admission for all. Harvest Fest presents an Adirondack slope-side shopping village of 90+ artists featuring: handcrafted items such as furniture made of locally reclaimed wood; NYS wines and spirits; up-cycled book origami; original paintings and photography; all-natural bath and beauty products; Adirondack decor and primitives; hand-painted fabrics, knit scarves and accessories; handmade jewelry and pottery; locally produced specialty » >>More


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Cuomo Searches for New Chair of the Adirondack Park Agency


The Cuomo Administration is searching for a new Chair for the Adirondack Park Agency (APA). The Governor appointed Karen Feldman, an attorney from Columbia County, who also has a home on Schroon Lake, as a Temporary Chair in July at the time the APA Chair Sherman Craig (Wanakena) resigned. Feldman is campaigning for her temporary status to be made permanent and she is currently Team Cuomo’s top candidate for the job. The APA Chair is one of eight appointed Board seats where an individual is nominated by the Governor and approved by the State Senate. Under state law, five APA >>More


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

A Weekend of Adirondack High Peaks Searches, Rescues


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the Adirondack backcountry. What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks. Essex County Town of Newcomb Wildland Search: At 5:03 am on Sept. 17, DEC’s Central Dispatch received a call for Forest Ranger assistance from Essex County 911 for two hikers lost on Allen Mountain. >>More


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Garlic Festival: Riverfront Farmers’ Market Oct 5th


The Ninth Annual Garlic Festival at the Warrensburgh Riverfront Farmers’ Market is planned for Friday, October 5 from 3 to 6 pm. There will be garlicky food contests, samplings, children’s activities and more. Varieties of certified organic and naturally grown garlic will be available for purchase, for planting and consumption. Horticulural information and recipes will be provided by the CCE of Warren County Master Gardener Station. There will be tastings with Amorici Vineyard & Winery and Glens Falls Distillery. Hope Valley Farm will be back demonstrating garlic tying and offering their signature pickled garlic scapes and garlic pesto. Market vendor >>More


Monday, September 24, 2018

As Invasive Waterflea Spreads, Another Confirmed In Champlain


Researchers have confirmed the presence of fishhook waterflea (Cercopagis pengoi) in Lake Champlain, bringing the known number of nonnative and aquatic invasive species in Lake Champlain to 51. The discovery increases the likelihood of the invasive’s spread by recreationists into the Adirondack Park, which currently has 12 known aquatic invasive species in interior lakes and where spiny waterflea has been spreading. The fishhook waterflea is similar to the spiny waterflea, which was confirmed in Lake Champlain in 2014; they are both small crustaceans that are aggressive predators of zooplankton and are known to foul fishing lines. The Finger Lakes and >>More