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 email@example.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
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 Keene Search: On Oct. 29 at 6:01 pm, a call came in to DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch from a 46-year-old female from Saratoga who was lost in the mountains in >>More
At the start of National Bat Week, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has urged outdoor adventurers to suspend exploration of cave and mine sites that may serve as seasonal homes for hibernating bats. Human disturbances are especially harmful to the State’s bat population since the arrival of the disease known as white-nose syndrome, which has killed more than 90 percent of bats at hibernation sites in New York. All posted notices restricting the use of caves and mines should be followed. If New Yorkers or visitors encounter hibernating bats while underground, DEC encourages them to leave >>More
The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has reminded anglers that in celebration of Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2018 residents and non-residents can enjoy a day of freshwater fishing in New York without the requirement of a fishing license. Fall is a great time to fish and there’s no where better place to do it than the State of New York. Learn more about Free Fishing Days in New York on DEC’s website. View original post.
Comedian Rodney Dangerfield’s shtick was the phrase, “I don’t get no respect,” always followed by one of his great self-deprecatory one-liners. If Rodney Dangerfield were a tree, he might be Acer negundo – the boxelder, which also gets no respect. When boxelder isn’t being ignored, it’s being disparaged, dismissed, or damned with faint praise. Boxelder, also known as ash-leaved maple, can be a fairly big tree: it can grow 50 to 75 feet tall and more than two feet in diameter, though it often has multiple trunks. “It has the greatest range of any North American maple,” said Kevin Smith, >>More
The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) has announced the recipients of its 2018 Farmer/Producer Mini Grant program, which was designed to support the farm to school procurement process for local food producers and Jefferson and St Lawrence County schools. The second round of grant recipients since the program’s inception in 2017 include two farms and one co-packer, whose proposed projects are expected to increase their capacity to supply schools with local food. A total of $4,500 will partially fund the purchase of seeds and supplies for Agbotic, an organic greenhouse operation in Sackets » Continue Reading. View original post.
Application are now being accepted for the Warren County Master Gardener training program that will begin in January 2019. The program is open to anyone who has an interest in expanding their gardening experience and knowledge. Attendees can learn how to improve their own gardens and landscapes. Learn scientifically-based gardening information in a relaxed atmosphere. Share information with fellow-Master Gardeners during the training, and following the training, by participating in community-based horticultural programs, educational projects and helping people in the community with their gardening questions. The Master Gardener training program is packed with information provided by the many scientists, educators, >>More
Insect repellents containing picaridin can be lethal to salamanders. So reports a new study published in Biology Letters that investigated how exposure to two common insect repellents influenced the survival of aquatic salamander and mosquito larvae. Insect repellents are a defense against mosquito bites and mosquito-borne diseases like dengue, chikungunya, Zika, and West Nile virus. Salamanders provide natural mosquito control. During their aquatic juvenile phase, they forage on mosquito larvae, keeping populations of these nuisance insects in check. The paper is the first to suggest that environmentally realistic concentrations of picaridin-containing repellents in surface waters may increase the abundance of >>More
For the fifth year in a row the Town of Colton’s Tourism & Beautification Committee is taking orders for Remembrance Trees to display in December and January in the hamlets of Colton and South Colton. The deadline to order and pay for trees is Friday, November 9. The cost remains $35 per tree which includes set up so sponsors can decorate their tree, including power to each tree. Sponsors can select whether they want their trees displayed in the hamlet of Colton or South Colton. The order form is available on the Town of Colton website; » Continue Reading. View >>More
The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (Arts Center) in Blue Mountain Lake is undergoing a review process to address concerns about the sustainability of the existing building at 3346 Route 28. The building, which was originally a gas station, is 97 years old and has deteriorated throughout the years. Last year, the board of directors acted by tasking the building committee to take a closer look at the issue. The committee includes the following board and community members; Pat Benton, Bruce Butters, Cathleen Collins, Nancy Forhan, Todd Friebel, Sherry Nemmers, Alan Pouch, Christine Pouch, Ardie Russell, Jamie Strader, and >>More