When Laura and Guy Waterman began researching and writing a history of hiking in the Northeast in 1979, they figured the project would take three years. Ten years later, the Appalachian Mountain Club released “Forest and Crag: A History of Hiking, Trail Blazing, and Adventure in the Northeast Mountains.”
In July, the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court agreed with Protect the Adirondacks that the number of trees cut for community connectors is excessive, violating Article 14, the clause of the state constitution mandating that the preserve “shall be forever kept as wild forest lands.”
Last Friday the state Department of Environmental Conservation opened Gulf Brook Road as far as the Four Corners near LaBier Flow, allowing the public to drive to within a mile of Boreas Ponds.
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.
The environmental group Adirondack Wild is questioning the legality of work done this summer on a trail in the Wilcox Lake Wild Forest.
This summer the state Department of Environmental Conservation released spruce grouse in the area of Blue Mountain Road. The birds were captured in Maine and Ontario.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation and Department of Transportation developed the rail-trail plan in 2016, but the following year a judge blocked its implementation.
Once used to mark the way, cairns nowadays often are seen as monuments to the ego and a blight on the wild landscape.
It’s more than a hike. Some might call it a scramble, but that seems to undersell the risks. On the other hand, calling it a rock climb makes it seem more difficult than it is.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation, which manages the forest preserve, said in a 2016 management plan that it would leave the building in place until deciding its fate.