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June, 2018

Adirondack Watershed Institute awarded $9.3 million contract by New York State

Paul Smiths, NY (06/12/2018) — The Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute (AWI) has been awarded a five-year, $9.3 million contract by New York State to implement the Adirondack Park Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program. The contract calls for the AWI to implement a region-wide watercraft inspection and decontamination program to stop the introduction, spread, and transport of aquatic invasive species such as Eurasian watermilfoil, zebra mussels, and spiny waterflea. Through it, 58 stewards will be funded at dozens of locations across the park. “This new contract is great news for the Adirondacks, its waterways, and its communities,” said Dr. >>More


June, 2018

Conservation-design bill fails

Environmentalists have complained for years that the Adirondack Park Agency private-land regulations should be revised to require large-scale developments to abide by the principles of conservation design. The aim is to better protect the environment. A conservation-design bill was up for consideration in the state legislature this year, but as the Adirondack Council reports, it failed to pass. Following is the council’s news release on the legislative session. ALBANY, N.Y. — The New York State Legislative Session came to a close quietly June 20, with a lot of work left undone for the Adirondacks, the Adirondack Council said today. “There >>More


June, 2018

Adirondack Mountain Club and the Adirondack 46ers address the issue of high use in high peaks

Lake George, NY — June 13, 2018 – ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) and the Adirondack 46ers (46ers) have come together to promote stewardship and conservation throughout the High Peaks Wilderness. The 46ers have generously committed $71,000 in funding to protect trails and summits with ADK over the next three years. This funding is essential for ADK’s stewardship efforts in the High Peaks Wilderness. ADK and Adirondack 46ers work together to steward Cascade Mountain and other alpine summits. The 46ers have pledged $15,000 a year for the next three years to support the Adirondack High Peaks Summit Stewardship Program, a partnership of >>More


June, 2018

Goats and More at Third Annual Bike the Barns

AU SABLE FORKS — A herd of dairy goats will be among the main attractions at this year’s Bike the Barns, a one-day recreational bicycle tour that showcases the dynamic local food and agriculture movement in northern New York. The third annual farm-by-bike event, hosted by the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA), will begin and end at Asgaard Farm & Dairy in Au Sable Forks, where goats and cyclists will entertain each other amid green pastures and mountain views. Bike the Barns will take place on Sunday, September 30th. “We’re excited to be part of this year’s Bike the Barns,” >>More


June, 2018

Driver finds timber rattlesnake under the hood

From the latest ECO report: a timber rattlesnake was found curled around a car battery, and a young injured fawn was treated for a serious cut to the shoulder. Both animals were released safely back into the wild thanks to the ECO. Read the latest news release on all the ECOs’ encounters below: Commercial Vehicle Enforcement – Westchester County On June 5, ECOs Craig Tompkins and Kevin Wamsley joined the Lewisboro Police Department, the New York State Police (NYSP) Commercial Vehicle Unit, and the Westchester County Solid Waste Commission for a commercial vehicle inspection detail in Lewisboro. The ECOs inspected Heavy Duty >>More


June, 2018

Inaugural Skip Baker Memorial Hike

To benefit the Equicenter’s ‘Heroes for Horses’ program Adirondack Mountains Saturday August 11th 2018 In the summer of 2017, Ralph ‘Skip’ Baker passed away while hiking in his beloved Adirondack Mountains. Skip joined the US Air Force out of high school, and went on to become a Master Sergeant. After a 26 year career, Skip retired and spent much of his free time volunteering at the Equicenter in Honeoye Falls NY. While there he helped develop the ‘Heroes and Horses’ therapy program. ‘Heroes and Horses’ exists to help Veterans deal with physical and emotional trauma caused by the often excruciating >>More


June, 2018

DEC seeking public input on recreational opportunities in Boreal South Management Unit

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is seeking public input to improve recreational opportunities and natural resource protection in the Boreal South Management Unit and to inform DEC’s development of a management plan for the unit, Regional Director Bob Stegemann announced today. Located in the southeastern foothills of the Adirondacks, the Boreal South Management Unit consists of six State Forest units totaling 4,096 acres in Warren and Saratoga counties. “DEC is seeking public input to help identify recreational opportunities and ways to continue to protect the natural resources in these State Forests,” said Director Stegemann. “Governor Cuomo >>More


June, 2018

FUND awards $50,000 grant to town of Bolton for upgrades to wastewater treatment plant

The FUND for Lake George has presented a Water Quality and Clarity Protection Grant of $50,000 to the Town of Bolton. This funding will be applied toward upgrading the Bolton WastewaterTreatment Plant, specifically for the installation of a Woodchip Bioreactor demonstration project that will reduce the levels of nitrates entering Lake George. This measure was a key recommendation of the Lake George Waterkeeper’s Bolton Bay Water Quality Assessment report. The grant award is among the priority investments being made by The FUND to complete The Model for Enduring Protection of Lake George. Abstract to the Bolton Bay Report:The Bolton Wastewater Treatment Plant >>More


June, 2018

Lake Champlain State of the Lake and Ecosystem Indicators Report Release

Date: Friday, June 15th, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m Location: Lake Champlain Basin Program Office, 54 West Shore Road Grand Isle, Vermont 05458 PLEASE NOTE: The public is invited to attend this event. The Lake Champlain Basin Program, with Vermont, New York and Québec partners, will release the 2018 State of the Lake and Ecosystem Indicators Report on Friday at the LCBP office. Copies of the report and a full press release will be available on Friday, June 15. The LCBP produces this report every three years with the assistance and input of about 50 scientists, outreach specialists and policymakers to update the public >>More


June, 2018

$120,000 in grants create new land management position at Adirondack Land Trust

KEENE, NY — The Adirondack Land Trust received a two-year grant of $80,000 from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Land Trust Alliance through the New York State Conservation Partnership Program (NYSCPP), plus a $40,000 matching grant from a private donor. Together, the grants allow the land trust to create the new position of stewardship manager.   Bill Brown is returning to the Adirondacks to fill the position in June. Brown has worked for more than 20 years in Adirondack conservation, including 14 years with the Adirondack Land Trust and the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature >>More


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