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May, 2019

Preserving our Adirondack Lakes Talk in Luzerne


The Hadley-Lake Luzerne Historical Society has announced “Preserving Our Adirondack Lives,” a program set for Thursday, June 13th, at 7 pm, at the Hadley-Luzerne Public Library, 19 Main Street, Lake Luzerne. Jim Lieberum, Director of the Warren County Soil & Water Conservation District, will be guest speaker. Preserving Adirondack lakes has become more challenging over the past decade. Development, pollution, invasive species and overuse has led to both challenges and discoveries. The program is free and open to the public. For further information email kinnearmuseum@gmail.com. View original post.


May, 2019

Stewards to Greet Lake Champlain Boaters


2019 will be the fourteenth summer that the Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) has operated its boat launch steward program. Stewards greet boaters on Lake Champlain in New York, Vermont and Québec from Memorial Day to late September. They inspect their boats for invasive organisms, and share information about the threats they pose. The boat launch stewards have greeted nearly a quarter million boaters and intercepted 5,400 invasive species since the program started in 2007 according to LCBP. The majority of these organisms have been found on boats leaving Lake Champlain, and could have been carried to other water bodies >>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

The Research Methods of New Adirondack Park Study


The new study The Adirondack Park and Rural America: Economic and Population Trends 1970-2010, published by Protect the Adirondacks, took a deep, nuanced look at leading economic and population trends in the Adirondacks. While most of the U.S. population grows increasingly urban and connected to the digitized, global economy, Rural America is engaged in a struggle to maintain viable communities, to provide essential services and institutions, and to plan for a future with smaller populations, lower birth rates, and low-growth economies. The Adirondack Park faces the same economic and population challenges experienced by most of Rural America. To confront the >>More


May, 2019

LGLC Awarded Grants for French Mt, Bolton Rec Hub


The Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) has been awarded two grants, totaling $78,220, from the 2019 Conservation Partnership Program, administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Land Trust Alliance. $40,000 is expected to be used to implement recommendations identified within the recently completed Bolton Recreational Hub Strategy, such as the creation and installation of new signage, parking lots, kiosks and other improvements to the LGLC’s preserves within the Town of Bolton. The Bolton Recreational Hub Strategy is a compilation of stakeholder interviews, an inventory of existing trails and public spaces, and recommendations for » >>More


May, 2019

A Call For Mandatory Boat Washing


The Adirondack Council is urging the NYS Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to protect the park’s priceless rivers and lakes from harmful invasive species by renewing the law that forbids the spread of non-native plants and animals from one lake or river to another. The Council is also urging lawmakers to add a provision requiring that all boats be decontaminated before they are launched in Adirondack waters. New York Environmental Conservation Law 9-1710 requires that boaters take reasonable precautions to remove harmful, non-native plants and animals from watercraft when transported in New York State. It is due to expire on >>More


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

Love My Park Day Is Saturday May 4th


I Love My Park Day has been set for Saturday, May 4th. With various ways to volunteer and give back, “Love my Park Day” provides a chance to help others, and learn more about sustainability practices. This year there are 10 local locations seeking assistance on May 4: Ausable Point State Campground, Dennie Road Cross-Country Ski Trails, Fish Creek Pond State Campground, the Indian Pass Trail in the High Peaks, Lake Durant State Campground, the Lake George Beach/Battleground recreation area, North Hampton Beach State Campground, Paradox Lake State Campground, the Roaring Brook Falls campsite in Keene » Continue Reading. View >>More


April, 2019

In 1969, Citizens Saved the Upper Hudson from Destruction


Fifty springs ago, the Upper Hudson River was conserved as a wild, free flowing river. The Schenectady Gazette’s writer Pete Jacobs reported the news in the April 17, 1969 edition of that newspaper: “Without opposition, the Assembly gave swift approval to legislation prohibiting the construction of the Gooley Dam on the Upper Hudson River, branded by conservationists as a threat to the wild river country.” In addition to Gooley, the bill blocks construction of any reservoirs on the river from Luzerne to its source in the Adirondack Park. The estimated $57 million dam was proposed as a source of water >>More


April, 2019

Viewpoint: Let’s Geotag Responsibly


The story of our use of wild places is becoming as complex as navigating Cascade Pass on a nice weekend, with cars parked on the shoulder, cyclists zipping down the hill, hikers playing “Frogger” with oncoming traffic, and motorists distracted by the jaw-dropping beauty of the roadside lakes. A wild experience, for sure, but maybe not the flavor of wildness we look for in the Adirondacks. Once parked, we might find crowded trailheads and toilet paper flowers blooming in the forest. This hardly seems like the experience promised in advertisements. When we talk about issues such as high visitor use >>More