The northern Adirondacks has been cold and wet, with the region experiencing several snowfalls in late October. The snow isn’t sticking to the ground in the lower elevations yet due to above-freezing ground temperatures, but it’s been cold enough that ice has developed on some small ponds.
Phil Brown skis the Tupper Lake Triad on a snowy March day.
Poet Roger Mitchell reads Candles, a poem from his latest book.
Phil Brown, former editor of the Adirondack Explorer, will receive the Paul Schaefer Wilderness Award from Adirondack Wild. Brown will receive the award on November 3 at Adirondack Wild’s annual meeting, which will take place at the Saranac Lake Free Library. Julia Goren will receive the Wild Stewardship Award at the same meeting. Goren ran the Adirondack Mountain Club’s summit stewardship program for years. She worked for ADK from 2006 until this month. She recently took a job with Adirondack Council to update their Vision series. Brown was the editor of the Explorer from 1999 until this past summer when >>More
A Morrisonville man is due in court later this month after he admitted to killing four bears over a bait pile, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The bears included a sow and her two cubs.
Crown Point bridge, Four Brothers Islands, and Rouses Point are a few of the places where you can find them in large numbers. The dark birds have also been showing up in interior Adirondack lakes. I noticed one myself in September on Mirror Lake. Explorer Editor Brandon Loomis noticed several cormorants on Raquette Lake during the same time period.
Former Explorer Editor Phil Brown shared some photos with us that he took last week from Newcomb and Long Lake. You can see them in the gallery above. Brown was out working on the new edition of his guidebook Adirondack Paddling, which will likely be available next year.
Jack pines are dependent upon fires. Their cones remain closed until they are exposed to the heat of a forest fire. Walking around the forest, I noticed hundreds of small jack pine trees had already began to grow as a result of the fire. Two other plants – huckleberries and blueberries – were also sprouting up from the darkened forest floor.
The Adirondack Mountain Club plans to start searching this fall for a new executive director to replace Neil Woodworth when he retires in coming years.
About 130 miles of trails in the High Peaks region need rerouting or maintenance, according to a preliminary assessment done by the Adirondack Council.