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July, 2019

Be Informed About Harmful Algal Blooms


New York Sea Grant is reminding the public to be informed about harmful algal blooms (HABs), how to avoid exposure of oneself and pets, and where to report potential HABs. In a statement to the press, Jesse Lepak, Ph.D., Great Lakes Fisheries and Ecosystem Health Specialist with New York Sea Grant said: “Not all algal blooms are harmful, but some dense populations of cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, can produce toxins that can have serious effects on liver, nervous system, and skin of humans and their pets.” Toxic HABs can develop in less than 24 hours, so pet owners >>More


July, 2019

Tupper Lake Woodsmen’s Days Event Grows


Tupper Lake Woodsmen’s Days is set to return to the village’s Municipal Park July 12-14 for a celebration of the region’s heritage of logging and lumberjacking. This year the New York State Lumberjack Association (NYSLA) will be on hand for the first time. Members of the organization pay dues to compete in similar events around the state.   NYSLA contests will being at noon on Saturday in the grandstand and continue throughout the afternoon. Events include the axe throw, women’s bow saw, men’s springboard, and Jack and Jill fire building. Admission to the competition is free for kids » Continue >>More


July, 2019

Old Forge 4th of July Holiday Events


The annual Old Forge Fourth of July Celebration and Forge Festival of Arts & Crafts have been set for Thursday, July 4th. This year the Forge Festival of Arts & Crafts will be held at the Adirondack Bank parking lot, across the street from Slickers and the Old Forge Visitor Center, from 9 am to 6 pm. The Festival hosts over 55 skilled vendors and features an extensive assortment of food and hand crafted items. Admission is $3. This event is sponsored by VIEW, Old Forge’s Art Center and Adirondack Bank. Thursday’s celebration includes a free lakefront concert performed by >>More


June, 2019

Adirondack Park Boat Wash Stations Open for Peak Season


Free boat inspections and decontaminations are being offered at more than 60 locations across the Adirondack region to help the public stop the spread of aquatic invasive species. Decontamination stations and boat inspection locations are also located at popular boat launches throughout the Adirondacks. Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute (PSC AWI) is working to implement the state’s Adirondack Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention Program and help the public be in compliance with new invasive species regulations. The invasive species spread prevention law prohibits invasive plants and animals on boats launching into New York State lakes, ponds and rivers. The >>More


June, 2019

Ausable Paddling Nature Trail Guided Tours Offered


The Ausable River Association (AsRA) is set to offer guided community paddling and hiking programs in the Ausable watershed this summer. Paddling trips will utilize the Ausable Paddling Nature Trail on Lake Everest that AsRA helped establish in 2010. The full length of the trail is about two miles long and includes seven stops along the way, with each stop discussing some aspect of the natural history of Lake Everest. An accompanying booklet includes hand-drawn illustrations of birds, plants, and other wildlife commonly found on Lake Everest. AsRA staff will accompany paddlers providing information on the various stops in » >>More


June, 2019

Featured Trail: Pharaoh Lake Trail, Schroon Lake


The Pharaoh Lake Trail, part of the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area, extends 3.3 miles from the Pharaoh Lake Road Trailhead to the intersection of trails at the outlet of Pharaoh Lake. The trail ascends 235 feet from Mill Brook for 1.1 miles but gently rises and falls at either end. From the outlet at Pharaoh Lake, hikers can take the Pharaoh Lake Trail to Pharaoh Mountain Trail or follow the Pharaoh Lake Loop Trail. Pharaoh Lake Loop Trail extends 6.0 miles around the shoreline of Pharaoh Lake. The trail gently ascends and descends with changes in elevations » Continue Reading. >>More


June, 2019

ADK Free Summer Naturalist Series


ADK (the Adirondack Mountain Club) has announced their free Summer Naturalist Series, hosted by their Naturalist Interns each summer will run through August. All programs are free and open to the public. The following programs are now underway: The Nature Museum: The Heart Lake Nature Museum offers an introduction to the natural world of the Adirondack High Peaks for kids and adults. An ADK naturalist is on hand to answer questions and foster curiosity. Interactive exhibits, a touch table and field guides are available. The Nature Museum is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. Mt. Jo Guided Hike: >>More


June, 2019

Trailblazer Ruth Kuhfahl: Years of Trail Work, Community Service


During an afternoon lunch at the Adirondack Mountain Coffee Café in Upper Jay with Ruth Kuhfahl, there is hardly a face in the place she doesn’t recognize, though, she tells me, at 95 she often has to say to some, “Now, help me remember where our paths have crossed.” She knows the table of eight women celebrating a birthday a few steps away. She stops the waitress to ask her about her son. A friend from church stops by and says she’ll be making muffins » Continue Reading. View original post.


June, 2019

Recent Adirondack Wilderness Rescue 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. Essex County Town of North Elba Wilderness Rescue: On June 22 at 9:54 am, DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a request for assistance from a 51-year-old female hiker from Montreal, Quebec, with an ankle >>More


June, 2019

Battenkill Swiftwater Rescue Involves Nine Paddlers


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation reported that on June 22 at 4:02 pm, DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a call saying that nine kayakers were stranded on the Battenkill River in Washington County, just outside the Adirondack Park. Forest Rangers reported that all nine kayakers, ranging in age from late teens to early 30s, were paddling the river when the high-water levels and rapids became too much to handle and capsized their kayaks. Several kayakers were stranded on a nearby island, with some clinging to submerged trees and one subject floating downriver. Forest Rangers Logan Quinn, Charles >>More