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Adirondack Explorer

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Saved on Saddleback 

After a hiker injures his leg deep on a remote peak, forest rangers and volunteers undertake
a grueling rescue.

A land divided 

The Adirondack Park Agency votes to split
the Boreas Ponds Tract into two classifications,
Wilderness and Wild Forest.

Where are the women? 

With some exceptions, men hold the
leadership positions in Adirondack
conservation organizations and agencies.

Big cat conundrum 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declares
that the eastern cougar is extinct, but did it
ever really exist?

Her special peak 

Every spring, guidebook author Lisa Ballard heads up Lyon Mountain to admire the
wildflowers and the views.

You want to ski Marcy? 

If you’re up for the challenge, first read
Explorer Editor Phil Brown’s guide to the
Adirondacks’ premier ski tour.

March meltdown 

Soon after a big snowstorm, Alan Wechsler
decides to ski Buck Mountain near Lake George. He was a day late.

Mother Nature’s helper 

Mount Van Hoevenberg and other cross-
country-ski areas are installing equipment to make their own snow.

Rail-trail momentum 

A controversy over storing tank cars prompts
local officials and others to look for a better
use of an Adirondack rail corridor.

Landmark reborn 

Closed since 2013, the Hotel Saranac reopens
after $35 million in renovations and

Window on wildlife 

Photographer Gerry Lemmo gets many of his shots of animals from his car on the back roads
of the Adirondacks.

Birds moving upslope 

Scientists find avian species are nesting higher on Whiteface Mountain, perhaps in reaction to climate change.


Briefs  4-5

Brief Bio  6

Editorial  34

Letters  35

Viewpoints  36, 37

It’s Debatable  39

Birdwatch  41

On the Wild Side  43

Trailblazer  44

Naturalist’s Lens  47

Views of the Park  55

Book Reviews  59, 60

Book Explorer  61

Outdoor Skills  62