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May, 2019

Cedarlands Easement Rec Plan Issued


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has issued the final recreation management plan (RMP) for Cedarlands Conservation Easement Tract in Hamilton County. Located in Hamilton County, in the town of Long Lake, the 4,890-acre Cedarlands Conservation Easement Tract was acquired by the DEC in 2002. DEC worked with private landowners and land managers to develop public access on these lands they felt protected natural resources and retained timber management jobs. The easement remains a working forest and includes a summer residential camp and the 397-acre McRorie Lake. The final plan enhances recreational opportunities and provides improved access. >>More


May, 2019

Buildings Sought for Energy Efficiency Program


Building owners and managers in the Saranac Lake area have been invited to participate in a new program designed to reduce energy costs. The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) is coordinating a project called the Aggregation for Community Energy Security (ACES), which allows businesses, municipalities and nonprofits who own or manage private or public-purpose buildings in and near the Village of Saranac Lake to receive reduced cost energy assessments and examine potential energy efficiency upgrades. Over 20 people attended an informational kick-off event for the ACES project in April in Saranac Lake. The event was hosted by ANCA and regional >>More


May, 2019

Renovations Begin on Olympic Ski Jumps


Renovation and construction projects at Lake Placid’s Olympic Jumping Complex have begun, part of a $70-million appropriation to the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) for capital improvements.  Last year ORDA completed renovations to the base lodge. The renovation and construction projects are part of the preparation for the recently awarded 2023 Winter World University Games and feature a new frost rail system for both the 90 and 120-meter ski jumps. Frost rails are designed to maintain a consistent and reliable jumping surface. Additional underground infrastructure is also being installed, along with a new design for the outrun >>More


May, 2019

Cornell Experts Suggest Energy, Water Mexico Border


Two Cornell University academics, Rebecca J. Barthelmie, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Cornell’s Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering who specializes in developing wind as a renewable energy resource, and Sara C. Pryor, an atmospheric scientist and Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences professor who uses a combination of field measurements and numerical tools to improve understanding of the climate system, are part of a consortium of 28 scientists, researchers, and engineers from several American universities proposing an unusual and thought-provoking alternative to building a nondescript wall along the US-Mexico border. They envision substituting the » >>More


May, 2019

Selling Your Business Workshop in Saranac Lake


Retiring business owners and entrepreneurs interested in taking over existing businesses are encouraged to participate in a free public event May 8th at the Hotel Saranac in Saranac Lake. Local business owners, as well as business support professionals, are set to share their experiences with succession planning at the informational workshop and networking event presented by the North Country Center for Businesses in Transition from 8 to 10:30 am. The workshop, “Preparing to Sell Your Business,” is the second in a five-part series offered by the Center, a collaborative being led by the » Continue Reading. View original post.


April, 2019

The Adirondack Park and Rural America


Protect the Adirondacks has published a new report The Adirondack Park and Rural America: Economic and Population Trends 1970-2010. This report has been widely circulated around the Adirondacks. It was mailed to all local officials, loads of non-profits, elected reps, school districts and local libraries. It’s available online. Through the end of the year, we’ll be undertaking a number of public presentations on the report and we’ll be publicizing those as they are organized. The report is long, complicated, and not easily distilled to talking points. I’ll be writing a series of essays this spring and summer for the Adirondack >>More


April, 2019

Empire State Trail’s Highway Rock Cuts Raise Concerns


Yippee, it’s Harley Davidson season again — that time of year when 7 million people all ride the same motorcycle, wear the same clothes, go to the same places, eat at the same spots and travel around in packs of 60. All to express their individuality. I don’t mind the concept. It’s a free country. But I do mind the noise. There has to be a better way for some balding, dentist from Altoona to address his insecurities than by trumpeting his existence across three adjacent counties, particularly in the Adirondack Park — you should not have to hike two >>More


April, 2019

Smart Growth Grants for Adirondack Park Communities


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced the availability of $1.45 million in grants to promote smart growth in communities and not-for-profits in the Adirondack and Catskill parks. DEC, in partnership with the Department of State and the Adirondack Park Agency, is soliciting applications for projects that link environmental protection, economic development, and community livability within the forest preserves. The focus for this round of Smart Growth Grant applications is creating age-friendly communities. Age-friendly projects help create more livable communities for people of all ages and applicants are encouraged to submit projects that enhance these characteristics. DEC’s >>More


April, 2019

Adirondack Sky Center Awarded $125k Grant


The Adirondack Sky Center & Observatory (formerly the Adirondack Public Observatory) has been awarded a grant of $125,000 by Stewart’s Shops/Dake Family Foundation to support the Campaign for the AstroScience Center museum and planetarium. Situated on four acres in Tupper Lake, the Adirondack Sky Center benefits from some of the darkest and clearest skies east of the Mississippi River, yet in a highly accessible region. Interest from across the northeast as well as the local community has spurred the organization to aim to establish a permanent Adirondack center for astronomy and space science, the AstroScience Center. Complementing the Wild Center >>More


April, 2019

Making Conservation Design The Norm, Not The Exception


My hometown of Ballston in Saratoga County is poised to make the principles and detailed process of conservation design the standard for major subdivisions. The town’s revised subdivision law comes on the heels of some disastrously bad subdivision approvals here, projects which sprawl new housing, roads and traffic all over this once wildlife-rich, rural, wet, heavily forested and formerly farmed part of town. Later this month, my town board votes on whether “any major subdivision in the Rural District and Ballston Lake Residential District shall be designed as a conservation subdivision.” If so, that would mean that the Town planning >>More