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September, 2019

Changes In Store For Sentinel Range Wilderness


The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) is accepting public comment for the Sentinel Range Wilderness Area Unit Management Plan. The APA will accept public comments October 11th, 2019 regarding Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan conformance for the proposed management actions in the wilderness area. The Sentinel Range Wilderness Area (SRWA) is located in the northeast portion of the Adirondack Park in the towns of Jay, Keene, North Elba, and Wilmington in Essex County. The SRWA covers 23,874 acres. The namesake of the unit, the Sentinel Range, is a prominent mountain range in the region. The unit also encompasses exceptional watercourses >>More


September, 2019

Nicks Lake Campground In Old Forge Gets Upgrades


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has recently completed of upgrades to Nicks Lake Campground on Bisby Road in Old Forge, Herkimer County. The campground is known for it’s wildlife friendly surroundings and abuts a 205-acre shallow lake closed to motor boats for quiet water canoeing, kayaking, or swimming. The campground features a modern, ADA-accessible playground, volleyball, horseshoes, basketball, and more than three miles of paved roads for bikers and joggers. The campground will be open this year until Oct. 14, 2019. DEC committed $1.5 million of NY Works funding to upgrade infrastructure and build a new » Continue >>More


September, 2019

APA Board Meeting: Primitive Campsites, Logging, Subdivision


The Adirondack Park Agency will hold its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Ray Brook on Thursday, September 14th and Friday September 15th, 2019. Both sessions will convene at 9 am. The meeting will include consideration of an amendment to a timber harvesting project in Westport, a review of public comments on the replacement of utility poles, consideration of amendments to the Town of Chester Local Land Use plan, a presentation on the final Sentinel Range Wilderness Unit Management Plan, rules for constructing and siting primitive campsites and more. What follows is the APA’s meeting agenda: On Thursday at 9 >>More


August, 2019

Diversity, Inclusion Drive Saranac Lake’s Hip Vibrancy


I have spent a fair amount of time in Saranac Lake and have come to very much appreciate “The Little City in the Adirondacks.” While I recognize that tourism is a vital part of its economic identity, I have always seen Saranac Lake as a community distinctly of and for its residents, possessing quite a different feel than the international resort atmosphere found in its neighbor Lake Placid. Yet Saranac Lake’s variety, its youthful vibe, its cultural amenities and its sophistication belie its small-town size (a shade over 5,000 people) and gives it a more » Continue Reading. View original >>More


August, 2019

The Roots Of The Conflict Over Snowmobile Connectors


  In order to cut a lot more trees on the Forest Preserve for new snowmobile corridors, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Department of Environmental Conservation and the Attorney General’s Office have announced that they will appeal July’s court ruling against the State and in favor of Protect the Adirondacks. That ruling by a 4-1 court majority declared that the extent of tree cutting for snowmobile trail construction, when considered cumulatively, violated our state’s constitutional limit on destruction of timber on the Forest Preserve “to a material degree” (Article XIV, Section 1, NYS Constitution, and court interpretations). However, this court (Appellate Division, >>More


August, 2019

Large-Scale Composter Installations Turn Waste Into Resource


Three large-scale composters were installed this summer at Lake Placid Central School, The Wild Center, and Hermon Dekalb Central School (just outside the Adirondack Park), allowing local communities to turn food waste into rich organic material using locally designed and manufactured composting systems. A model composter that was built near the High Peaks at North Country School Camp Treetops (NCS/CTT) in 2017 has now been replicated at the three additional institutions, allowing schools and communities to process up to 200 pounds of organic matter each day, turning waste into compost in » Continue Reading. View original post.


August, 2019

Hotel Saranac Energy Project Adds EV Charging Station


The historic Hotel Saranac has completed a four-year energy saving project, the downtown landmark is now home to clean energy technologies, energy efficiency upgrades, and an electric vehicle (EV) charging station. Other upgrades include new high efficiency windows, low flow faucets and air sealing throughout the nearly century-old building. The EV charging station, located in the hotel’s above ground parking lot, is free to the public and can accommodate two electric vehicles of any make or model. The larger project was supported with funding through » Continue Reading. View original post.


August, 2019

NYS, Protect Both Appealing Forest Preserve Decision


Adirondack Forest Preserve advocates Protect the Adirondacks announced Monday that they plan to appeal one of the July 3rd rulings by the Appellate Division, Third Department, in its lawsuit challenging the tree cutting and terrain alterations for snowmobile trails on the Forest Preserve by state agencies. The State announced last week that it also planned to appeal part of the ruling. The court issued a mixed decision in July. It ruled that the cutting of over 25,000 trees on » Continue Reading. View original post.


August, 2019

Wilmington Notch Campground Closing Early


The Wilmington Notch Campground and Day Use Area will close early, on September 4th, to install a new well and water system and provide time for repairs and maintenance work before the onset of winter. The nearby Meadowbrook Campground and Day Use Area will remain open until Columbus Day. Campers with reservations to the Wilmington Notch Campground between Sept. 3 and Oct. 14 are being notified through ReserveAmerica of the planned closure. These reservations will be canceled and fees refunded. These campers will be informed of the opportunity to reserve a campsite at the Meadowbrook Campground or any of the >>More


August, 2019

Elizabethtown Expanding Local Recreation, Trail Connections


The Town of Elizabethtown, NY was awarded a $250,000 infrastructure grant from the Northern Border Regional Commission. NBRC received 152 applications this year for the State Economic & Infrastructure Development grant, requesting more than $43,000,000 in funding. NBRC chose 45 applications, funding only 28% of all applications. A total of just under $14M was awarded for federal fiscal year 2019 in this program. The grants are earmarked for infrastructure connected to the town’s efforts in building and upgrading its recreation economy. Provisions for bike paths that connect trail systems like the town-owned Blueberry Trails to downtown, along with funds » >>More