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May, 2019

Funding for Champlain, Erie Canal Trail Projects Approved

The New York State Canal Corporation Board of Directors has approved funding for construction projects that will move the Erie and Champlain canal trails closer to completion. The projects are both now part of the Empire State Trail initiative, which, at 750 miles, will be the nation’s largest state network of multi-use trails. It is expected to be completed by the end of 2020. Although some routing questions remain. The Erie Canalway Trail project is a 2.2-mile segment in Little Falls, running from Erie Canal Lock E-18 to Route 167. It will be the final » Continue Reading. View original >>More

May, 2019

40 Years of Household Income Trends in Rural America

One of the best measurements of the overall economic performance of a region is median household income of its residents. Household income is the combined gross income of all members in a household. Median household income is the median of all households in a region. A comparison of median household income is a good way to study the economic experiences of different regions. In the new report The Adirondack Park and Rural America: Economic and Population Trends 1970-2010 (2nd edition) we made a series of comparisons of long-term economic and population trends between Adirondack communities and other areas across New York, >>More

May, 2019

LGLC Receives Grant from Lake Champlain Basin Program

The Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) has been award $4,000 from the Lake Champlain Basin Program’s Local Implementation Grant Program, in cooperation with the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission. The grant has allowed the LGLC to purchase field and office equipment and supports public educational programs. One of the items purchased was a Trimble Tablet for field staff to utilize when walking properties, mapping boundary lines and significant natural features, and translating information into accurate maps for office and public use. The tablet will also be useful in the LGLC’s efforts to inventory and monitor its properties for >>More

May, 2019

Coon Mountain Preserve Trail Improvements Planned

The New York State Conservation Partnership Program has awarded the Adirondack Land Trust a grant of $23,535 to improve trails at Coon Mountain. The grant was made possible by a private matching grant of $6,000 from the Fields Pond Foundation, $1,000 from the Ellen Lea Paine Memorial Nature Fund, and $4,490 in donations from 21 individuals. The Adirondack Land Trust was also awarded a Conservation Partnership Program grant of $30,000 to increase its technical capacity to protect and care for lands such as Coon Mountain. The technology grant was matched by a $10,000 private grant from the Jane N. Mooty >>More

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