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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


July, 2018

Snake falls from ceiling in Oswego County

A six-foot-long Red-Tailed boa constrictor falls on sleeping man in Oswego County. Read all the DEC Environmental Conservation Police Officers highlights for late June below: “You Can’t Put That There” – Sullivan County On June 28, ECO Tom Koepf received a call from the Town of Bethel Code Enforcement Office regarding a local religious camp that had generated a large pile of solid waste on its property. Officer Koepf and a Bethel Code Enforcement Officer visited the camp and observed a large pile of garbage that had been discarded on the camp’s property across the road from the main headquarters. >>More


July, 2018

The Mountaineer Supports Summit Stewardship through Patagonia grant

Keene Valley, NY – The Mountaineer, an iconic local outfitter, recently partnered with Patagonia to support educational and research efforts this summer atop the highest peaks through a grant to the Adirondack High Peaks Summit Stewardship Program. The grant will enable the program to educate hikers about the fragile nature of the alpine vegetation and conduct research on the populations of rare, threatened and endangered plant species. “As our populations centers continue to grow becoming more frantic, the electronic age increasingly addicts us to gadgets and machines, and climate change challenges our environment, our Adirondack wilderness becomes more and more >>More


July, 2018

Forest rangers end search for man in Adirondacks

Forest rangers and state police have ended their search for a Bangor man who has been missing since early July. State and local officials had concentrated the search in the Paul Smiths area where is car was found. The following Department of Environmental Conservation news release contains details of the search and other recent missions of the forest rangers. Town of Brighton Franklin County Wildland Search: At 7 p.m. on July 5, a citizen discovered the vehicle of missing person 48-year-old Bruce Waite off Slush Pond Road. Waite is associated with an “Attempt To Locate” bulletin by the North Country >>More


July, 2018

APA Chairman Sherman Craig announces Retirement

  RAY BROOK, NY –   At the July 2018 Agency meeting, Chairman Sherman Craig announced his retirement from the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) Board.  Chairman Craig’s distinguished term marked the first appointment of an APA Board Member from St. Lawrence County.  Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed Mr. Craig to the Board in November 2011 and selected him to serve as Chairman in July 2016.  Prior to holding the position of Chairman, Mr. Craig served diligently as the Chair of the Regulatory Programs and the Park Policy and Planning Committees. “I am ever grateful to Governor Cuomo for the opportunity to help advance >>More


July, 2018

DEC announces completion of Wakely Mountain Fire Tower repairs

Fire Tower and Trail to Mountain Summit Now Again Open to Public Supports Governor Cuomo’s Adventure NY Initiative to Connect New Yorkers with Nature The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today that repairs to the Wakely Mountain Fire Tower are complete. The public can once again hike to the summit of the mountain, climb the fire tower, and enjoy the 360° panoramic views of the central Adirondacks from the cab of the tower. The improvements are a part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Adventure NY Initiative to connect more New Yorkers with nature. Located in the >>More


July, 2018

Lost mountain biker found and Wildland fire extinguished

Below is the DEC Forest Ranger highlights for late-June including, a lost mountain biker found and reunited with family, and Wildland fire extinguished in Washington County. Town of Wilmington Essex County Wilderness Rescue: On June 25 at 5:32 p.m., a call came in to DEC Ray Brook Dispatch from Essex County 911 reporting a 65-year-old woman with head injuries on the Flume Trail in Wilmington. While hiking the scenic trail overlooking the Ausable River, she slipped and tumbled down a 30-foot slope, landing on the boulders along the shore. Wilmington Fire and Rescue were first on scene. A Forest Ranger was >>More


July, 2018

DEC says contractor killed timber rattlesnake

The state Department of Environmental Conservation says a contractor illegally killed a timber rattlesnake, a threatened species in New York State. The snake’s head and tail were cut off. In another incident, environmental conservation officers investigated the death of a moose in the town of Webb. Following is the latest ECO report: DEC Investigator Named Conservation Officer of the Year – Oswego County Neil Stevens, a 10-year veteran with DEC’s Division of Law Enforcement, was recently named the North East Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs Association (NECLECA) “Officer of the Year.” NECLECA is a professional organization of the chiefs and command >>More


July, 2018

Injured hikers, fires, and a nuisance bear highlight forest ranger report

DEC Statewide Forest Ranger Highlights Forest Ranger Actions for 6/25 – 7/1/18 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


July, 2018

Lake George campground accused of deceiving customers

A.G. UNDERWOOD ANNOUNCES SETTLEMENT WITH CAMPGROUND COMPANIES OVER DECEPTIVE PRACTICES Investigation Revealed Adirondack Area Campground Companies Sold Memberships Promising Free Giveaways, Services, and Amenities That Never Materialized – Then Ignored Consumers’ Cancellation Requests Consumers to Receive Over $40,000 to Consumers, Businesses Will End Deceptive Business Practices  AG Underwood Urges Affected New Yorkers to File Complaint with Her Office ADIRONDACKS — Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood today announced a settlement with Adventure Resorts of America, LLC, Adirondack Adventure Resorts of Lake George, Inc., and Saratoga Escape Lodges & RV Resort, Inc., concerning the campgrounds’ misleading marketing and sale of campground memberships. >>More




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