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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


June, 2018

APA accepting public comment on Saranac Lake wild forest management plan

RAY BROOK, NY – The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) is accepting public comment for the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest (SLWF) Unit Management Plan.  The primary purpose of this UMP is to protect the natural resources and wild forest character of the area while providing for a variety of compatible outdoor recreational opportunities. The APA will accept public comments until July 13, 2018 regarding Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan conformance for the proposed management. The Saranac Lakes Wild Forest is comprised of approximately 75,070 acres of Wild Forest lands and 19,000 acres of waterbodies. The Intensive Use boat launches that are included in >>More


June, 2018

Court tells E.P.A. to stop dragging its feet on smog controls

U.S. District Court ‘Troubled’ by E.P.A.’s Delays in Enforcing Tougher Emissions Standards ELIZABETHTOWN, N.Y. – In twin victories for Adirondack Park and the Northeast, two U.S. District Courts have ordered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to act on two petitions urging EPA to curb the air pollution that causes acid rain and smog here during the summer months. Judges gave EPA until later this year to make a final decision in cases brought in Maryland and Connecticut federal courts. “This is a victory for the lakes and forests of the Adirondacks and for everyone who wants clean air to breathe,” said Adirondack Council >>More


June, 2018

DEC Statewide Forest Ranger highlights for early June

Forest Ranger Actions for 6/4 – 6/10/18 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 New York, DEC >>More


June, 2018

Third meeting on High Peaks amendments to take place in Lake Placid

A third public meeting seeking public comment on the High Peaks Wilderness Complex and the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest Draft Unit Management Plan Amendments has been scheduled, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today. The meeting is scheduled for June 21, at 6 pm in the Lussi Ballroom of the Olympic Conference Center, 2364 Main Street, Lake Placid. The meeting will provide the public another opportunity to learn more about the proposed management actions in the Draft UMP Amendments and comment on the proposals. The meeting facilities are wheelchair accessible. Please provide any requests for specific >>More


May, 2018

DOT announces pilot programs to reduce salt on Mirror Lake and Lake George

New Strategic Working Group Made up of State Agencies, Scientists and Environmental Representatives to Develop New Strategies for Keeping Roads Safe while Reducing Impacts of Road Salt New York State Department of Transportation Acting Commissioner Paul A. Karas today announced two new innovative pilot programs to help rejuvenate Mirror Lake and Lake George by reducing the application of road salt while still protecting the safety of the traveling public. The program on Mirror Lake will be launched on a 16-mile stretch along State Route 86 starting at Old Military Road and going through the Towns of North Elba and Wilmington and the >>More


May, 2018

DEC Outdoor Recreation Bulletin for Memorial Day Weekend

St Regis Canoe Area

Have a safe and enjoyable outdoor recreational experience on the lands and waters of the Adirondacks. Properly plan and prepare for your outdoor adventure. Minimize the impact on the mountains and forests, rivers and brooks, ponds and lakes, and the wildlife of the Adirondacks. Check the Backcountry Information for the Adirondacks web pages for more detailed information on access, outdoor recreation infrastructure, and conditions for those planning to recreate in the Adirondacks. This bulletin provides only the most recent notices. Emergency Situations: If you get lost or injured; keep calm and stay put. If you have cell service, call the DEC Forest Ranger >>More