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August, 2017

Ranger Report Recounts Search For Drowned Hiker

In its latest forest ranger report, the state Department of Environmental Conservation gives its account of the search for a hiker who drowned in the East Branch of the Ausable River. Click here to read the full report.


August, 2017

Rangers Searching For Missing Hiker In Catskills

The state Department of Conservation is conducting a search in the Catskills for a sixty-year-old man who has been missing since Tuesday. Following is a news release from the department: DEC Statement More than a dozen DEC Forest Rangers, a DEC K-9 Unit, a New York State Police aviation unit helicopter with infrared camera, four K-9 units from the NYS Federation of Search and Rescue teams and volunteer firefighters from six area fire departments are conducting an ongoing search for Mr. Wayne Lamicela, a 60-year-old male from town of Middletown, NY, Delaware County. On Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at approximately >>More


August, 2017

Free App Lets Citizens Help Monitor Bears

If you’ve seen a bear or sign of a bear, such as tracks, scat, or fur, Cornell University wants to know about it. Cornell has developed a free app for citizen scientists to input data on bear sightings. The information will enable scientists to monitor the growing bear population in New York State. Cornell issued the following news release on August 3. See a bear? New iSeeMammals app lets citizen scientists track expanding populations ITHACA, N.Y. – Black bear populations are on the rise in New York state, and Cornell University researchers are combining digital technology with on-the-ground conservation efforts >>More


August, 2017

Distressed Hikers Rescued From Algonquin Monday

The following is a statement released by the state Department of Environmental Conservation about a search-and-rescue incident that took place Monday. The incident overlapped with another rescue occurring near Gothics Mountain.    On July 30, 2017 at 11:30 pm a group of four hikers on the summit of Algonquin Peak contacted DEC Ray Brook Dispatch requesting assistance. The group consisted of an 18 year old from Chalfont, PA; an 18-year old from South Hampton, PA; a 20 year-old from and a 18-year old both from Landsdale, PA. The DEC Forest Ranger spoke to the group by phone. Upon learning they >>More


July, 2017

DEC Rangers Fight Montana Wildfire

Ten forest rangers and ten other DEC employees and volunteers are helping to fight a wildfire in Lolo National Forest in western Montana. As of July 27, the fire had spread to 3,700 acres. In all, more than 400 firefighters and other personnel have been assigned to the fire. You can read more details in the latest Forest Ranger Report, which also details search and rescues.  


July, 2017

Bike The Barns Tour To Be October 1

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.  


July, 2017

DEC Warns Visitors Of Aggressive Bears

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.


July, 2017

Young Bald Eagle Found Living In Boathouse

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.


July, 2017

Man Falls 100 Feet On Cascade Waterfall

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.    


July, 2017

DEC Expands Mountain Biking In Wilmington

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