On Friday, Sept. 20, adults are being called on to join schoolchildren who have been skipping class on Fridays to protest a lack of action to stop climate change.
Departing from Waterfront Park in Northville, on the southern edge of the Adirondacks, they began what would be a meandering, 550-mile loop around the park. There would be hours after hours spent cruising down roads, bouncing over trails, dragging loaded bikes over rocks and fallen logs. Only half the riders would finish.
The following are forest ranger actions that took place between September 2 and September 8. The information was provided by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
The list of Adirondack lands protected over the past two decades is long and impressive, but one choice property coveted by conservationists remains wholly in private ownership, its future uncertain: Whitney Park.
Landowners noticed how a large pool on their property known as the Culvert Pool—a spot where the Big Brown Brook enters the Ausable River—was getting shallower as a result of sediment buildup at the pool’s bottom.
Campers by the thousands turn into avid former campers, many of whom in turn become Adirondacks fans. As adults, these people in turn spend untold vacation dollars in the Adirondacks, while others buy summer homes or decide to live in the region full-time.
Upon returning to the same crossing, the river had swollen dramatically from all-day heavy rains. Now stranded with rapids separating them from the trailhead, the two females and one male hiker from Minnesota called to see what they should do.
When Bill McKibben and seven Middlebury College undergraduates started 350.org in an attempt to help put an end to the age of fossil fuels, he might never have dreamed that they would coordinate 5,200 events in 181 countries in a single day, in what CNN called “the most widespread day of political activity in the planet’s history.”
The toppling of more than three acres of trees from the Adirondack forest preserve by state Olympic authority workers may spark something environmental groups have long called for – a constitutional amendment for any upgrades to the Mount Van Hoevenberg Olympic Sports Complex. Or it may trigger a lawsuit.
Concerns of overuse on Lower Saranac are being raised following completion of a bigger state boat launch at Second Pond and the proposed expansion of the Saranac Lake Marina. By a circuitous route, motorboats can also access Lower Saranac from as far away as the marinas on Lake Flower in the Village of Saranac Lake, not to mention from a number of private camps.