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June, 2019

It’s Celebrate Paddling Month in the Adirondacks


Paddlesports enthusiasts will once again have a full slate of activities to choose from in Tupper Lake and Saranac Lake during the month of June. Adirondack Lakes and Trails Outfitters, St. Regis Canoe Outfitters, Mac’s Canoe Livery, Northern Forest Canoe Trail and Raquette River Outfitters have teamed up to organize paddlesports events for the fourth consecutive year. The month-long event is called “Celebrate Paddling” and consists of activities nearly every day of the month. The activities will include trivia night, slideshows, kayak tours, guided trips, clinics, an SUP festival, river clean-ups and a pair of races. There will be an >>More


June, 2019

Wilmington MTB Festival Early Registration Open


Barkeater Trails Alliance, in partnership with the Town of Wilmington, Whiteface Region Visitor’s Bureau, and local BETA volunteers, have announced that early registration is open for the Third Annual Wilmington Mountain Bike Festival, set for August 30th to September 1st, 2019. The event features on-site camping; guided group rides and skills clinics for all abilities; live music all weekend, featuring Gratefully Yours and more TBD on Saturday; ride shuttles; local food and beer; and the Hardy Kids MTB race. All of this takes place on 25+ miles of Adirondack Single Track, rideable directly from the festival base camp at the >>More


June, 2019

Protect Adirondack Forests: Use Local Firewood


With the start of camping season underway, Department of Environmental Conservation is reminding campers that the New York State firewood transportation regulation is still in effect. Untreated firewood may contain invasive pests that kill trees, and to protect New York’s forests, untreated firewood should not be moved more than 50 miles from its source of origin. Homeowners should not move firewood from trees that died on their property for use while camping. By moving untreated firewood, invasive pests are able to hitch rides to new areas, spreading faster and farther than pests could have on their own. A variety of >>More


May, 2019

Featured Hike: Camp Santanoni Historic Area, Newcomb


The Camp Santanoni Historic Area is a very unique location in the Adirondack Forest Preserve. A surviving great camp, this National Historic Landmark was created in the late 19th and early 20th centuries by Robert C. and Anna Pruyn, serving as a place to entertain guests and find refuge from city life. Today, the area is a popular day hike destination during summer months, as well as a cross country skiing destination in the colder months. Newcomb Lake Road is a 5-mile gravel road that extends from the parking lot to Camp Santanoni on Newcomb Lake. » Continue Reading. View >>More


May, 2019

Nine Adirondack Wilderness Rescues Over Six Days


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. Essex County Town of Keene Wilderness Rescue: On May 24 at 4:13 pm, Warren County 911 transferred a call to DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch from the boyfriend of a 25-year-old woman from Binghamton. The >>More


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

ECO, Forest Ranger Recruits Begin Basic Training


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has opened the 22nd Basic School for Uniformed Officers, the 29-week training academy in Pulaski to prepare the newest class of recruits for careers as Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs) and Forest Rangers. The academy opened May 19, with 42 ECO and 16 Forest Ranger candidates reporting for duty. Of the 58, 10 are women – seven ECO recruits and three Forest Ranger recruits. The future officers hail from 31 counties across New York State, with three recruits from New Jersey, and one each from Maine and North Carolina. The recruits >>More


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

Featured Trail: New Northville-Placid Trail Spur, Long Lake


The new 2.2-mile spur trail connecting the 134-mile Northville-Placid Trail (NPT) to the hamlet of Long Lake in Hamilton County has officially opened. The spur trail provides ease of access to food, supplies, and lodging for backpackers through-hiking the NPT and is hoped to enhance the local economy. Located in the Blue Mountain Wild Forest, the spur trail connects with the NPT approximately 1.9 miles south of Route 28N. The connection is marked with yellow trail markers and includes 0.4 mile of the Three Brook Ski Loop Trail, 0.8 mile of recently constructed trail on Forest Preserve lands, » Continue >>More


May, 2019

Getting To Boreas Ponds Will Be Easier This Summer


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is working to create additional access and recreational infrastructure in the Boreas Ponds Tract in the High Peaks Wilderness this June and July. Gulf Brook Road is currently closed for the spring mud season. Due to the amount of snow this winter and the amount of rain this spring, the road will not open until after Memorial Day weekend. After the road has dried and hardened, and basic maintenance has been completed, motorists will be able to access the Fly Pond Parking Area on weekends » Continue Reading. View original post.