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Adirondack Explorer

October, 2018

Rangers rescue campers and hikers

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On Oct. 11 at 9:09 p.m., Ray Brook Dispatch received a request for assistance from two hikers, 25 and 26 years old from Buffalo, who became disoriented while descending the Great Range.


October, 2018

West Branch of the Sacandaga River gets improved access for paddlers

There’s a new paddlers’ take-out site along the West Branch of the Sacandaga River in the Shaker Place Conservation Easement Tract in Hamilton County, the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced recently. DEC completed rehabilitating the road and parking area for the Shaker Place take-out along State Route 10 prior to the Columbus Day holiday weekend. The take-out previously involved climbing a steep bank to get back to State Route 10.  In 2017, the Student Conservation Association Adirondack Corps (SCA) trail crew constructed a short path between the parking area and the river. A point-to-point paddle down the West Branch >>More


October, 2018

Forest rangers rescue hunters and hiker

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.


October, 2018

DEC warns motorists about moose after three recent accidents

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is warning motorists to be on the alert for moose. This past weekend three moose-vehicle accidents were reported resulting in the death of the moose in each collision. New York has no recorded human fatalities resulting from an accident with a moose. Early fall is the breeding season for moose in the Adirondacks. During this period, moose often wander looking for mates, leading them to areas where they are not typically seen. Moose are much larger and taller than deer. Their large body causes greater damage, and, when struck, their height often causes them >>More


October, 2018

Forest rangers rescue lost hikers

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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.


September, 2018

Lake Champlain’s New Invader: Fishhook waterflea

Researchers confirmed the presence of fishhook waterflea (Cercopagis pengoi) in Lake Champlain, bringing the known number of nonnative and aquatic invasive species in Lake Champlain to 51.  The fishhook waterflea is similar to the spiny waterflea, which was confirmed in Lake Champlain in 2014; they are both small crustaceans that are aggressive predators of zooplankton and are known to foul fishing lines.


September, 2018

DEC Announces Proposed Modifications to Long Pond Conservation Easement

DEC Press Release 30-Day Public Comment Period Opens September 19 and ends October 19 The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today proposed modifications to the Long Pond Conservation Easement (CE) in St. Lawrence County. The proposed modification would allow 15 of the camps where rights have expired to stay in perpetuity, with each camp retaining a one-acre camp envelope, in addition to the six camps that had rights to stay in perpetuity when the easement was purchased in 1999. The proposed modifications would result in a total of 21 camps on the Long Pond Conservation Easement >>More


September, 2018

State to offer hiking shuttle for Columbus Day weekend

Hikers will be directed to the Cross Country Parking Lot at ORDA’s Olympic Sports Complex beginning Friday morning and throughout the holiday weekend. From the parking lot visitors can take the Cascade Mountain Trailhead, hike the trail up Mt. Van Hoevenberg, or enjoy the amenities at the Olympic Sports Complex.


September, 2018

Forest rangers locate missing Wallface climbers

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation 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.


September, 2018

Vermont man charged in eagle killing

Vermont eagles

A Barnet man has been indicted for shooting a bald eagle in July 2018.  Bald eagles are listed as State endangered, and the charge comes with $1,222 in fines and restitution, along with a three-year loss of hunting, fishing and trapping licenses upon conviction.