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April, 2018

Sherburne “Shere” Abbott to Keynote 25th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks

Sherburne Abbott, Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy at Syracuse University and former Senior Science Advisor to President Barack Obama, will keynote the 25th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks being held May 24 and 25 at the Conference Center at Lake Placid. Abbott will discuss her research and teaching interests which lie at the interface of science and society, principally on issues related to climate change, energy and sustainability. This day and a half event will also feature presentations on ecological development in the Adirondacks, private forestland management, social issues in the region, and the impacts of road salt on >>More


April, 2018

Author Dan Egan to deliver keynote address at the Fund for Lake George annual meeting

Dan Egan, author of “The Life and Death of the Great Lakes” will talk about invasive species July 7 at the annual meeting of the Fund for Lake George July 7. The press release follows. Our interview with Egan earlier this year. LAKE GEORGE, NY—The FUND for Lake George is honored to announce prize-winning reporter and The Death and Life of the Great Lakes author Dan Egan will deliver the keynote address at the 2018 Annual Meeting on Saturday, July 7, 2018, at the Sagamore Resort Conference Center. In a shocking account of how invasive species have devastated the largest freshwater >>More


April, 2018

Tips for Avoiding Problems with Bears at Home

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) issued guidance on how to prevent negative encounters with black bears. Nearly all negative bear encounters in New York are the result of hungry bears being attracted to human food sources. The simplest way to avoid a nuisance encounter is to remove potential food sources, which usually results in the bear moving on. New York’s black bears emerge from the winter denning period and need to replenish their nutrients and body fat. To do so, they may travel long distances to preferred habitats that vary from season to season. Bears must >>More


April, 2018

Skier falls down Whiteface waterfall and slide

Here is the statewide Forest Ranger report for April 9-16. Town of Fort Ann Washington County Search: On April 10 at 5:03 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a transferred call from Warren County 911. The caller had poor cell phone service, but stated she was lost near a campsite on Lake George. The call was then dropped. Dispatchers re-established communication with the subject and determined the caller had hiked up the western side of Buck Mountain and accidently took the trail down the eastern side. Due to lack of sunlight, the subject could not find her way back. One >>More


April, 2018

Hiker Found Dead on OK Slip Falls Trail

Forest rangers found the body of a missing hiker Friday on the OK Slip Falls Trail, which is located off from State Route 28 in Indian Lake, according to state police. The hiker was identified as 67-year-old Thomas J. Ullman of New Haven Connecticut.  A state police investigation revealed that Ullman left his seasonal residence in Olmstedville, New York, to hike OK Slip Falls Friday morning. At about 5:30 p.m., a family member reported to the New York State Forest Rangers that he never returned from his hike. Ullman’s body was removed from the trail by forest rangers and brought >>More


April, 2018

DEC releases Lake Surgeon Recovery Plan

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced the release of the final Lake Sturgeon Recovery Plan for New York. “Lake Sturgeon have been listed as a threatened species in New York since 1983, and this plan will provide DEC and our partners with a clear blueprint to achieve recovery of this ancient fish within our waters,” Commissioner Seggos said. “This report is the culmination of dedicated work by our staff and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, Cornell University, St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, and others, including the New York Power Authority, >>More


April, 2018

Paddling Film Festival at LPCA

The 13th Annual Paddling Film Festival will make an appearance at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts on Friday. The Paddling Film Festival is an international adventure film tour presenting the world’s best paddling films of the year – whitewater, sea kayaking, canoeing, action and lifestyle – in more than 120 cities and towns across Canada, United States and around the world. The Lake Placid show is organized by Adirondack Lakes and Trails and the Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT), a 740-mile paddling trail from the Adirondacks to Maine. Proceeds from this event benefit the trail. The Paddling Film >>More


March, 2018

Adirondack Land Trust Preserves Iconic View

Keene view

The Adirondack Land Trust, which split off from the Adirondack Nature Conservancy last year, has acquired 4.6 acres in Keene that form part of an iconic view of the region’s mountains. The parcel lies in a meadow that was once home to a beloved red barn. Following is a news release from the land trust. KEENE, NY — A family’s donation of land to the Adirondack Land Trust will protect part of a beloved vista of Pitchoff, Cascade and Porter Mountains in the town of Keene. Howard and Darcy Fuguet, whose families have owned land in Keene since the early >>More


March, 2018

DEC schedules meeting on High Peaks

The state will hold a public meeting in Newcomb on Tuesday, April 3, on its management of the recently expanded High Peaks Wilderness. Other meetings will be held but have not yet been scheduled. Click here to read about the Adirondack Park Agency’s decision that led to the expansion of the Wilderness Area. Following is a news release received this morning (March 26): The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is amending the Unit Management Plans (UMPs) for the High Peaks Wilderness Complex and the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest to address more than 95,872 acres of classified Forest >>More


March, 2018

Cuomo approves Boreas Ponds classification

Boreas Ponds in Adirondacks

Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed off on the Adirondack Park Agency’s classification of the Boreas Ponds Tract and numerous other Forest Preserve parcels. The APA voted 8-1 in February to split the tract between two classifications: motor-free Wilderness and the less-restrictive Wild Forest. There also is a small Primitive Area near the foot of Boreas Ponds. Click here to read about the APA’s decision. Following is a news release from the governor’s office. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today approved State Land classifications recommended by the Adirondack Park Agency for State Lands inside the Adirondack Park. Classifications were approved for land >>More


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