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August, 2018

Two men ticketed for using ATVs on Forest Preserve

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DEC Statewide Forest Ranger Highlights Forest Ranger Actions for 8/6 – 8/12/18 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

Forest rangers rescue group of 13 people

Forest Ranger Actions for 7/23 – 7/29/18 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. Town of Webb Herkimer County Wildland Search: At 5:38 p.m. on July 25, Ray Brook Dispatch was contacted by staff at DEC’s Nicks Lake Campground for a group of lost hikers. The 16 hikers included six adults and ten children ranging in age from 5 to17 years old. They >>More


August, 2018

Iowa Pacific removes more North Creek rail cars

  Protect the Adirondacks notes the removal of hopper rail cars from tracks along the Hudson River near North Creek, where they had sat for years. This is the second removal of stored freight cars from the Adirondack Park this year, after Iowa Pacific Holdings moved a string of oil tankers. Protect’s news release follows: Protect the Adirondacks applauds the removal of 22 old hopper rail cars at the end of July that had been stored on the banks of the Hudson River for more than two years outside of North Creek beside NYS Route 28. The rail cars appeared >>More


July, 2018

Man drowns at Buttermilk Falls on Raquette

New York State Police say a man drowned at Buttermilk Falls on the Raquette River on Saturday. Following is a news release from the troopers. On July 28, 2018, at approximately 3 p.m., New York State Police responded to North Point Road in the area of Buttermilk Falls in Long Lake for a report of a drowning. Upon arrival at the scene, Long Lake Rescue EMS personnel were attempting life saving measures on the victim, Scott J. Karlnoski, 43, of Churchville, NY. CPR was unsuccessful in reviving the victim. An investigation at scene revealed Karlnoski was vacationing at nearby Forked >>More


July, 2018

DEC seeks public’s help in wild turkey survey

The Department of Environmental Conservation is asking New Yorkers to help in surveying wild turkey populations. Read the news release below for more information: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today encouraged New Yorkers to participate in a survey for wild turkeys. “Citizen science efforts like the Summer Turkey Sighting Survey provide DEC’s wildlife managers with invaluable data while giving New Yorkers the opportunity to partner with us and help monitor New York’s wildlife resources,” Commissioner Seggos said. “I encourage residents to take the time to record any observations of turkeys while exploring the forests >>More


July, 2018

REI and ADK partner to educate people about High Peaks

There is a growing concern about the increasing number of hikers summiting the High Peaks. Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) and the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) are stepping in to educate people about protecting the High Peaks. Read the news release below:  Lake Placid, NY — July 23, 2018 – ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) is pleased to be the recipient of a 2018 REI Foundation Stewardship Grant for the Adirondack High Peaks Summit Stewardship Program. The Summit Steward Program, a partnership of ADK, The Adirondack Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, protects New York’s alpine habitat through >>More


July, 2018

Green groups restore Ausable River damaged by Irene

In response to the devastating effects of Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, the Ausable River Association is leading an effort to enhancing flood resilience and stream health in the East Branch of the Ausable River. Read the details and mission of the project in the news release below:   The Ausable River Association (AsRA) and its partners will lead a $1.1 million effort to restore flood resilience and stream health to the East Branch of the Ausable River in the Town of Jay. Ecosystem Planning and Restoration of Maryland, Erik Sandblom PC, and Fitzgerald Environmental Associates, both from Vermont, teamed up >>More


July, 2018

Rangers rescue lost and injured hikers

New York State forest rangers rescued a number of hikers who became lost or got injured in recent days. The following news release from the Department of Environmental Conservation details ranger missions from July 16 to July 22.  Town of North Elba Essex County Wilderness Rescue:  On July 17 at 7:22 a.m., DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a request to assist a 60-year-old Binghamton woman in medical distress at a camping area one mile above Marcy Dam. When the Marcy Dam Caretaker arrived at the subject’s location, the woman was alert but unresponsive to questions. At 8:35 a.m., Ranger Kevin >>More


July, 2018

APA accepting public comment on Adirondack Park State LMP for State highway travel corridors

RAY BROOK, NY – The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) is accepting public comment on Volume 1 of the Generic Travel Corridor Unit Management Plan (TCUMP) for State Highway Travel Corridors in the Adirondack Park.  The generic plan outlines park-wide goals, strategies, objectives, policies, guidelines and best management practices to enable the development of route-specific corridor plans. In addition, the TCUMP coordinates and integrates the planning responsibilities of the state agencies statutorily responsible for state highway travel corridors within the Adirondack Park. The APA will accept public comments until August 10, 2018 regarding Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan conformance. State Highway Travel Corridor >>More


July, 2018

APA accepting public comment on Adirondack Park state LMP for Mount Van Hoevenberg

RAY BROOK, NY – The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) is accepting public comment for a proposed amendment to the Mount Van Hoevenberg Olympic Sports Complex Intensive Use Area Unit Management Plan.  The APA will accept public comments until July 27, 2018 regarding Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan conformance for the proposed management actions. Proposed management actions include: Ski trails with lighting and snowmaking; Sliding sports start facility; New welcome center/base lodge; New trailhead, parking and hiking trail to Cascade, Porter, Mount Marcy and Mt. Van Hoevenberg; New alpine coaster and; New biathlon stadium with shooting range, bleachers and timing/completion building. The Olympic Regional Development >>More


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