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November, 2018

Featured Hike: Clements Pond, Keene


Clements Pond, part of the Wilmington Wild Forest, can be reached on a 1.5-mile lightly trafficked trail which ascends about 650 feet before dropping down to this scenic pond with nearby Clement Mountain rising 900 feet above it. The pond is stocked with brook trout and has a surface area of 2.6 acres. Clements Pond Trailhead is located on the north side of Styles Brook Road. The trailhead is located across the road from the parking area. (N 44.3001° W 73.7672°) Featured hikes are recommended by DEC. Map of Clements Pond courtesy Adirondack Atlas. View original post.


November, 2018

2 Dead Deer Raise Poaching Suspicions


DEC Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) Paul Pasciak and Shane Manns have reported that on November 17 they received a tip of two untagged bucks hanging behind a house in the village of Northville. ECOs Pasciak and Manns reported that they arrived at the residence to find the two untagged bucks being butchered by two men. According to the ECOs, one of the hunters stated that the tags for the deer were inside the house, but after a brief search he could not produce them. Conversations with the second man resulted in conflicting statements about how the deer » Continue Reading. >>More


November, 2018

A November Climb Up Gothics North Face


Gothics North Face is like an old friend — engaging, fun, familiar, and even a bit moody. I look forward to visiting it annually, usually during mid-winter. Early-season climbing conditions involving thin ice and expanses of bare anorthosite generally set up in December or January, so a trip during November is a novelty. I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the Thanksgiving weekend than by involving another old friend in my visit, Adirondack Forest Ranger Scott van Laer. Together we’ve explored several of the Adirondacks’ most dramatic backcountry slides: Marcy’s East Face, Saddleback’s Chicken Coop Slide, and Big >>More


November, 2018

Rangers Find Camp In West Canada Lake Wilderness


Forest Rangers Gregory Hoag and Robert Coscomb reported that on November 11, they apprehended four subjects at an illegal camp in the West Canada Lake Wilderness. The Rangers’ reports said that four subjects found at Camp Get A Way were in violation of several parts of the Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) and of New York Codes, Rules and Regulations. The Rangers issued 20 tickets for violations, including having an illegal snowmobile and chainsaw in a wilderness area, damaging state land and cutting trees, storage of personal property, depositing litter, as well as several violations for illegal camping. The men have >>More


November, 2018

ATVs On The Forest Preserve: A Constitutional Amendment?


In mid-June, Whiteface Mountain advertised a summer activity — rides aboard big all-terrain vehicles on the ski slopes of the High Peaks landmark. Called the “4×4 Alpine Expedition,” marketing videos showed children and adults enjoying the guided tours. Callers to the resort’s customer service line were told they could book 60-minute or 90-minute excursions through the fall. But by July, the rides were abruptly canceled. That came after environmental watchdogs raised concerns to state officials, and after the Adirondack Explorer inquired about the propriety of the rides. Though now mothballed, the program serves as an example of » Continue Reading. >>More


November, 2018

Injured Hiker, Lost Hunter: Adirondack Ranger Reports


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. St. Lawrence County Town of Edwards Wilderness Search: On November 25 at approximately 6:30 pm, ECO Bret Canary received a call from a group of hunters in the Wolf Lake State Forest in St. >>More


November, 2018

Featured Trails: Centennial Recreational Ski Trails, Brantingham


Centennial Recreational Ski Trails (4.9 miles), part of the Independence River Wild Forest, are designated for cross country skiing and can be accessed from the South Trailhead on Steam Mill Road or the North Trailhead on Partridgeville Road. Centennial Scoot Trail (3.2 miles) is the major through trail connecting the two parking lots. The trail gently rolls through mixed hardwood and coniferous forests from the South Trailhead. The trail intersects part of the old historic Glenfield and Western railroad system about 1 mile from the trailhead. The Bear Ridge Trail’s southern intersection is located approximately 1.6 miles » Continue Reading. >>More


November, 2018

Central Adirondacks Celebrate The Holidays This Weekend


Thursday may be Thanksgiving, but from Speculator to Indian Lake, Christmas bells will be ringing a bit early and providing activities and family fun that is uniquely Adirondack. With Reindeer Runs and Victorian carolers, as well as local artisans and delicious food, the towns of Speculator, Indian Lake, Inlet, and Old Forge are making sure everyone can celebrate the season in style. Speculator is keeping the shopping local with its annual Adirondack Holiday Stroll on November 23. Sales and raffles are available with a tree lighting and carolers to put everyone in the holiday mood. In Inlet and Old Forge, >>More


November, 2018

Recent Adirondack Forest Ranger Missions


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. Herkimer County Town of Ohio Enforcement: On November 11, Forest Rangers Gregory Hoag and Robert Coscomb apprehended four subjects at an illegal camp in the West Canada Wilderness. The four subjects found at Camp >>More


November, 2018

Hinckley Reservoir Plans Include New Campground


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced a November 29th meeting to encourage comment from the public on proposed and significantly expanded recreational opportunities at the Hinckley Reservoir Day Use Area. The Hinckley Reservoir Day Use Area is on the south shore of the 2,880-acre Hinckley Reservoir at 281 Stormy Hill Rd, Cold Brook, and currently includes a beach, woods, trails, pavilion, spacious lawn, picnic area, and volleyball court. DEC is asking the public to share comments regarding additional recreational opportunities, including campsites, a playground, a bike trail system, and a trailered boat launch to create >>More




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