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Archive for the ‘Outdoor Recreation’ Category

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

Small Game Hunting Seasons Opening In Adirondack Park


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that several small game hunting seasons will open on October 1st across New York State. Several special youth-only hunting seasons for pheasants and waterfowl occur prior to the start of the regular season, and youth hunting programs are scheduled in DEC’s Region 6, which includes portions of the Adirondack Park. Waterfowl Hunting and Youth Waterfowl Days Hunting seasons for waterfowl (ducks, geese, and brant) begin in early October in many parts of the state. In addition, there are special opportunities for junior hunters (ages 12 to 15) prior to the >>More


September, 2019

Bike the Barns Riding Through Adirondack History


The Saranac River Basin and the farms located within it have a rich agricultural tradition that stretches back generations. The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) invites Bike the Barns participants to engage with the region’s agricultural heritage through interpretive exhibits and farm tours at its fourth annual farm-by-bike event. John Brown Lives!, North Country Underground Railroad Historical Association, North Star Underground Railroad Museum, Six Nations Indian Museum and Historic Saranac Lake are among the groups presenting at this year’s Bike the Barns. The recreational bicycle tour will take place on Sunday, September 29 and offers four route options that begin >>More


September, 2019

Featured Hike: Wildway Overlook Trail, Whallonsburg


Wildway Overlook trail, part of the Champlain Area Trails (CATS), is a relatively easy, family and dog-friendly hike that begins in Whallonsburg. The hike is 1.5 miles round trip, includes interpretive signs along the trail, and ends in at a rocky outcrop that overlooks the Split Rock Wildway Wildlife Corridor and the Lake Champlain Valley. Always remember to practice Leave No Trace by staying on the trails, carrying out what you carry in, and keeping your dog leashed or under close command to show courtesy to other hikers. Love the trails and looking to give back? » Continue Reading. View >>More


September, 2019

90-Miler Adirondack Canoe Classic Results for 2019


The three-day 90-Miler Adirondack Canoe Classic starts in Old Forge and ends in Blue Mountain Lake on day one; starts in Long Lake and ends near Tupper Lake day two; and starts at the NYSDEC Fish Creek Campground Day 3 and finishes on Lake Flower in Saranac Lake. This year, of the 250 boats that started the event on Friday, 235 finished on Sunday. There was a large contingent of first-time 90-Miler participants who earned their 90-Mile Finisher pins at the ceremonies on the shore of Lake Flower in Saranac Lake on Sunday. There were 135 boats in the » >>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

Several 70-Year-Olds Rescued in the Adirondacks


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the Adirondack backcountry. What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks. Franklin County Town of Brighton Wilderness Rescue: On Sept. 3 at 9:18 pm, DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a request for assistance in locating a 71-year-old man from Easton, Conn., overdue from hiking St. >>More


September, 2019

Glens Falls ‘Bicyclists Bring Business’ Event


Bicyclists Bring Business, a roundtable discussion and community bike-a-round has been set for September 10th and 11th, in Glens Falls. Tourism professionals, business owners, municipal officials, and cyclists are invited for a discussion on ways to attract cyclists to communities and help ensure sure that businesses are ready to capitalize on bicycle tourism. The roundtable discussion will be held on September 10, 2019 from 6 to 9 pm at the Queensbury Hotel, 88 Ridge Street, Glens Falls. Light refreshments will be served. The community bike-a-round will be on September 11, 2019 from 9 am to noon. Riders will meet in >>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


September, 2019

Ferns Talk And Walk At Mt. Independence


Forest ecologist Lynn Levine is set to lead a walk and talk, during which she will teach attendees how to identify ferns of the Northeast, on Saturday, September 14th, from 1 to 3:30 pm, at the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell, Vermont. Lynn Levine is author of the recent book, Identifying Ferns the Easy Way: A Pocket Guide to Common Ferns of the Northeast. She will start the program in the auditorium of the Historic Site with an orientation and introduction to ferns. Then Levine will lead attendees along the paths and trails at Mount Independence to view >>More