September, 2017

DEC To Continue Searching For Stevens This Weekend

The state Department of Environmental Conservation sent out a statement this afternoon about the search for Alex Stevens, who has been missing since going on a camping trip in the High Peaks Wilderness on September 2. The press release contains very little new information, other than noting that searchers found another personal item from Stevens atop Wallface, where searchers believe they found a campsite of his earlier this week. DEC Spokesman Dave Winchell was unable to provide additional details in a follow-up call to the statement.  He refer questions to the state police, the lead agency in the case. State >>More


September, 2017

WCS To Study Attitudes Toward Conservation

If hikers enjoy the Forest Preserve, they’re more likely to support conservation, right? You would think so, but the Wildlife Conservation Society has received a grant to test that assumption. The WCS office in Saranac Lake will oversee the study, which will start next year. Following is a news release: (Saranac Lake, September 15, 2017) – WCS announced today that it is a recipient of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) highly competitive 2017 Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH) program award. WCS will receive USD 499,915 of funding for its project, “Experimental Investigation of the Dynamic Human-Environmental Interactions >>More


September, 2017

No New Information Or Clues In Missing Hiker Case

State Department of Environmental Conservation Spokesman Dave Winchell just sent out on update on Alex Stevens, a New Jersey man who went missing after a camping trip Wallface Mountain in the High Peaks Wilderness. Stevens is believed to have started his trip from the Upper Works trailhead in Newcomb on September 2. He was reported missing on September 10. Here’s the press release from Winchell: The ongoing search for Alex Stevens ended on Wednesday without locating the subject or additional signs of his presence. By the end of the day Wednesday, an estimated 300 Forest Ranger hours and 60 volunteer >>More


September, 2017

DEC Advises High Peaks Hikers To Pack Extra Clothes

The state Department of Environmental Conservation reminds High Peaks visitors that summer is coming to an end: days are shorter and weather cooler. Be sure to pack extra clothes if you’re going on a hike. Following is the department’s High Peaks Bulletin for this weekend: Please be advised of the following conditions and prepare for them to ensure a safe and enjoyable outdoor recreational experience. Weather forecasts and conditions can and do change quickly. Check the current National Weather Service Forecast and be prepared for the forecasted conditions. Carry extra clothing, equipment, and supplies in case of an unanticipated overnight stay. >>More


September, 2017

State Releases Plan For Adirondack Highways

The state has released for public comment a draft plan for managing highways in the Adirondack Park that aims to maintain a park-like atmosphere. The lengthy document covers such topics as scenic overlooks, bicycle-friendly roads, and access to trails and rivers. Click the link below to read the document. travel corridors plan Public hearings will be held September 28 in Ray Brook, October 3 in Old Forge, and October 4 in Warrensburg. A news release follows: STATE DEPARTMENTS OF TRANSPORTATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION RELEASE DRAFT MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR STATE HIGHWAYS IN THE ADIRONDACK PARK  Comprehensive Guide Will Protect Character of >>More


September, 2017

DEC Finds A Campsite On Wallface Mountain in Alex Stevens Search

The search for Alex Stevens ended on Tuesday without locating the subject. DEC Forest Rangers located a campsite on the summit of Wallface Mountain, tracks and other signs leading from that camp which they determined belonged to Mr. Stevens. The search continues today with 24 New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers, five members of the State Police Special Operations Response Team (SORT), a State Police K9 unit, one volunteer professional rock climber, and two members of Search and Rescue of the Northern Adirondacks (SARNAK). State Police Aviation Unit helicopters are transporting searchers into remote search areas. Search >>More


September, 2017

Search On For Missing Man in High Peaks Wilderness

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Forest Rangers, working with New York State Police and the Hopewell, New Jersey Police Department, are searching the Western High Peaks Wilderness for Alex Stevens, a 28-year-old male from Hopewell, New Jersey. DEC is asking anyone who may have seen Mr. Stevens or has information about his whereabouts to contact the New York State Police at 518-897-2000. DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call on at 1:25 p.m., on Sunday, September 10, from a family member reporting Alex Stevens overdue from a hike into the southern High Peaks Wilderness in the town >>More


August, 2017

Peg Olsen to Lead The Nature Conservancy’s Adirondack Chapter

Keene Valley – The Nature Conservancy is pleased to announce Peg Olsen as the Adirondack Chapter’s new director. Olsen, who brings to the position regional, national and international conservation experience and an extensive leadership track record, looks forward to applying her skills in the Adirondacks, with its unique mixture of vast, protected forests and rural communities. “I have worked in so many beautiful places in the United States and around the globe but my heart has always been in the Adirondacks. This opportunity is allowing me to come home and work in my own backyard.  In the face of climate >>More


August, 2017

OSI Helps Adirondack Farmers Buy Land

If you follow land conservation in the Adirondacks, you probably have heard of the Open Space Institute. It has helped preserve a lot of acres in the Adirondacks and elsewhere in New York State. Less well known is its program to help preserve farms in the Champlain Valley. Through the Klipper Family Fund the OSI has protected almost 3,300 acres in the valley. In its latest success story, OSI helped two young farmers, Ashlee Kleinhammer and Steven Googin, buy their spread in Keeseville, the North Country Creamery. Read OSI’s news release below. KEESEVILLE, NY (Aug. 18, 2017)—Using a lease-to-own model structured >>More


August, 2017

Your Chance To Weigh In On Mountain Bike Trails

The Barkeater Trails Alliance has done a great job building mountain-bike trails in Wilmington, Lake Placid, and Saranac Lake. A proposed management plan for the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest calls for the construction of 35 more miles of bike trails in the region. You can read about the plan in the forthcoming issue of the Adirondack Explorer. The state Department of Environmental Conservation and Adirondack Park Agency are seeking comments on guidelines for bike trails in the Forest Preserve. You can read the draft guidelines on the APA website. You have until September 29 to weigh in. Following is a >>More


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