An annual spring rite of passage, the scourge of the black fly lasts roughly from Mother’s Day to Father’s Day. As the weather heats up, the flies die off. While black flies certainly don’t have a monopoly on making outdoor life in the Adirondacks miserable—raise your hand if you’ve suffered from a mosquito swarm or deer fly bite—these insects are uniquely annoying when they’re around. They swarm and have a killer’s instinct for biting. And, man, those bites can hurt.
The West Brook conservation initiative has helped treat stormwater at Charles R Wood Park in Lake George. In the video above, several people involved with the project talk about its impact at the Charles R Wood dedication ceremony.
Adirondack Hamlets to Huts is looking for volunteers to participate in a focus session this weekend that will inform its marketing plan.
The following is from the most recent forest ranger report from the DEC. Towns of Keene and North Elba Essex County Interior Outpost Resupply: On May 6, DEC employees along with New York State Police Aviation unit spent the day resupplying High Peaks Wilderness Area interior outposts with propane, firewood, and lumber for the upcoming season. In addition, roofing materials for the restoration of the Hurricane Mountain Fire Tower were flown to the summit. The New York State Police Aviation unit helped Forest Rangers supply backcountry outposts last week. City of Albany Albany County Prescribed Fire: On May 8, DEC Forest Ranger >>More
A large section of a railroad bed near Hoel Pond appears to have been washed out by a stream this spring. This photo gallery contains a collection of images from the site.
Portions of the Adirondacks were hit with a snowfall this morning, with snow accumulating on the ground at about 2,500 feet.
Leave No Trace principles address topics such as how to prepare for trips, minimize campfire impacts, respect wildlife, how to dispose of waste properly, and even how to post to social media responsibly. The principles are used by federal land management agencies, national parks, and organizations around the country.
Efforts to educate hikers about proper backcountry ethics will continue this summer in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness, as the area has been designated an official Leave No Trace Hotspot for 2019.
Hikers are being asked to avoid hiking on trails above 2,500 feet until high elevation trails have dried and hardened. Snow and ice are currently melting on high elevation trails and steep trails with thin soils are dangerous for hiking and susceptible to erosion, and sensitive alpine vegetation is easily damaged.
The following are forest ranger actions for the period of April 22-29. The information was provided by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.