Adirondack North Country Association announces that its next Bike the Barns tour will take place on Sunday, October 1. During the tour, cyclists will stop at farms in the Champlain Valley to sample their foodstuffs. Alan Wechsler rode in the first Bike the Barns tour last fall and wrote about it for Adirondack Explorer. Click here to check out his story and the photos by Nancie Battaglia. Click here to find more about this year’s event on ANCA’s website.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation is warning visitors to beware of aggressive bears that have been approaching hikers, rock climbers, and campers in the Chapel Pond area and the Dix Mountain Wilderness. The department recently killed one of the bears. Read DEC’s news release here.
State environmental conservation officers recently rescued a young bald eagle that had been living in a boathouse on the channel between Mountain View Lake and Indian Lake in the northeastern Adirondacks. The injured bird was turned over to a wildlife rehabilitator and eventually will be released into the wild. Click here to read a news release on this and other recent activities of conservation officers.
An 18-year-old man fell more than a hundred feet while climbing the waterfall between the Cascade Lakes on Sunday afternoon. The state Department of Conservation reports that he is believed to have suffered multiple fractures and internal injuries. He was flown to a hospital in Burlington, Vermont.For more information on this and other incidents, click here to read the latest Ranger Report from DEC. Click here to read the Adirondack Explorer’s account of climbing the waterfall and the slide above it.
Bike Trail Upgrades Part of Governor Cuomo’s Adventure NY Initiative More than 1.5 miles of bike trails, including a new loop opportunity, have been added to the Beaver Brook Trail Network in the Adirondacks, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Regional Director Bob Stegemann announced today. The trails are part of the Wilmington Bike Trail Network located on Forest Preserve lands in the Wilmington Wild Forest in the town of Wilmington, Essex County. “DEC continues to work with local government and other stakeholders to expand suitable recreational opportunities on the Adirondack Forest Preserve”, said Director Stegemann. “The Adirondacks >>More
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents statewide. 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 backcountry. In 2016, DEC Forest Rangers conducted 356 search and rescue missions, extinguished 185 wildfires that burned a total of 4,191 acres, and worked on cases that resulted in nearly 3,000 tickets or arrests. “Across New York, DEC Forest Rangers are on the front lines helping people safely enjoy the great outdoors,” said DEC Commissioner Basil >>More
Exhibit Features Rare Adirondack Artifacts and “Blue Line” Maps of Adirondack and Catskills Parks New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos recently unveiled a new exhibit featuring rare Adirondack and Catskills artifacts, including historic maps, antique survey equipment, field notebooks, and photographs that tell the story of creation of the Adirondack and Catskill parks. The Birth of the “Blue Line” exhibit illustrates the vision, foresight, and toil that led to creation of the Forest Preserve 125 years ago. “The Adirondacks were once threatened by excessive logging and deforestation,” *Commissioner Seggos said.* “It took the dedicated efforts >>More
SARANAC LAKE — A new partnership aims to support charitable projects in Cycle Adirondacks host communities. Cycle Adirondacks is a fully supported road cycling tour of the Adirondack region, founded in 2015 by the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Adirondack Program. This year, WCS and Cycle Adirondacks are teaming up with Adirondack Foundation’s crowdfunding platform, Adirondack Gives, and the Glenn & Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation to raise funds for community projects in Saranac Lake, Schroon Lake, and Keene Valley. The 2017 tour is scheduled for August 19-25 and will feature each project as guests from over 30 states and provinces spend >>More
Lake George, N.Y.—ADK has released the fifth edition of its Adirondack Mountain Club Northville-Placid Trail in time for the Northville-Placid Trail’s 95th anniversary. The newest edition in ADK’s Forest Preserve Series of Adirondack and Catskill guides, this volume marks the relaunch of the series. Edited by Jeff and Donna Case of Mattydale, N. Y., the volume has been extensively revised and redesigned, including a return to a smaller, more convenient size. The new edition’s arrival is a celebration of another sort as well: the text includes a detailed description of the long-awaited reroute of the Northville-Placid Trail’s (NPT’s) southern approach. >>More
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will reopen Lake George (AKA Million Dollar) Beach today, Saturday, June 17, after test results showed that the beach is safe for swimming. The beach will be open extended hours this evening. Test results from samples collected on Friday show levels of E. coli below the Department of Health (DOH) sanitary threshold. Due to a prior rain event, DEC delayed opening the beach out of an abundance of caution. Beginning today, the beach is scheduled to open to swimming seven days a week through Labor Day. DEC, the town and village >>More