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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.


September, 2018

Adirondack Council hires Julia Goren to lead 2050 vision project

Adirondack Council News Release Adirondack Summit Steward and Education Programs Director to Lead Team Updating Landmark 2020 Vision Plan for 2050 With the year 2020 fast approaching the Adirondack Council is moving to remake its pioneering 30 year old plan for completion of New York’s 126-year-old Adirondack Park titled 2020 VISION. Julia Goren, director of the Adirondack Mountain Club’s Education Programs and the multi-agency Summit Steward program for the last fifteen years will start work for the Adirondack Council in November as director of a new multi-year Vision Project. The initiative is partially funded by an anonymous donor and multi-year >>More


September, 2018

Summit Stewardship Program Milestone: Half a Million Hikers Educated on High Peaks

This summer, the Adirondack High Peaks Summit Stewardship Program reached a new milestone, educating half a million hikers on New York’s tallest mountains in its 29 year history.


September, 2018

Rescues and a dog bite on the trails

forest rangers

DEC Statewide Forest Ranger Highlights Forest Ranger Actions for 8/27 – 9/3/18 From a DEC news release: 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 2017, DEC Forest Rangers conducted 346 search and rescue missions, extinguished 55 wildfires that burned a total of 191 acres, participated in 29 prescribed fires that burned and rejuvenated 564 acres, and worked on cases that resulted >>More


August, 2018

Hiker dies on Seymour Mountain

forest rangers

DEC Statewide Forest Ranger Highlights Forest Ranger Actions for 8/19 – 8/25/18 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 2017, DEC Forest Rangers conducted 346 search and rescue missions, extinguished 55 wildfires that burned a total of 191 acres, participated in 29 prescribed fires that burned and rejuvenated 564 acres, and worked on cases that resulted in nearly 3,000 tickets or >>More


August, 2018

DEC Announces Final UMP Amendments to High Peaks Wilderness Complex and Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest

Implementation of Management Actions Underway The High Peaks Wilderness Complex and the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest Unit Management Plan (UMP) Amendments are final and implementation of the management actions has begun, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today. Commissioner Seggos said, “Defining DEC’s management of the Boreas Ponds and the more than 50,000 acres of land added to these two Adirondack Forest Preserve units will help protect these precious lands for future generations. We are excited to implement these management actions, which will facilitate access while ensuring these sensitive natural resources are protected. The >>More


August, 2018

Black bear hazed at Golden Beach Campground in Raquette Lake

forest rangers

DEC Statewide Forest Ranger Highlights Forest Ranger Actions for 8/13 – 8/19/18 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 2017, DEC Forest Rangers conducted 346 search and rescue missions, extinguished 55 wildfires that burned a total of 191 acres, participated in 29 prescribed fires that burned and rejuvenated 564 acres, and worked on cases that resulted in nearly 3,000 tickets or arrests. “Across >>More