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October, 2017

Cow Moose Shot, Dragged Behind Vehicle

Last month someone illegally shot a cow moose in Vermont and dragged it behind a vehicle for more than eleven miles, leaving the dead body by the side of the road. The moose was lactating, suggesting it had a calf nearby. One Vermonter was so outraged that she has started a GoFundMe campaign to track down the culprit or culprits. Following is a news release from the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. A Go Fund Me campaign has been started to raise reward money for an unsolved moose poaching case that took place in September.  The campaign was started by >>More


October, 2017

New York State Drafts Plan To Protect Lake Sturgeon

The lake sturgeon is an odd fish. It grows fast but reaches sexual maturity late. The female matures between ages 13 and 33; the male, between 12 and 20. And the females may spawn as infrequently as every nine years. Lake sturgeon exist in the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River, and Lake Champlain. They are the largest freshwater fish in New York State, living for more than 50 years and reaching lengths of seven feet. They’re also in trouble. The lake sturgeon has been on the state’s list of threatened species since 1983. The state has revised its plan to >>More


October, 2017

Women On 5-Peak Trek Benighted In Adirondacks

Two women who were trying to hike all five peaks in the Dix Range on Saturday got lost near the Macomb Slide and had to spend an unplanned night in the woods. Forest Rangers searched for them through the night to no avail. The women were located Sunday morning on a trail about a quarter-mile from the Elk Lake trailhead. This and other missions are described in the Forest Ranger Report for the period of October 2-8. The report follows. Essex County Town of Moriah Search: On Oct. 3, New York State Police contacted DEC Ray Brook Dispatch regarding a missing 78-year-old male last seen >>More


October, 2017

ARTA Criticizes Judge’s Rail-Trail Decision

Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates has been a strong voice for converting the rail line between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake into a biking, hiking, and snowmobile trail. Last month, however, Acting State Supreme Court Justice Robert G. Main Jr. ruled that the state’s plan for the rail trail violated the law. On Friday morning, ARTA issued the following news release: Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates (ARTA) today reaffirmed its support for the compromise plan approved by the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) and the New York State Departments of Transportation and Environmental Conservation that called for the creation of an Adirondack Rail >>More


October, 2017

Feds Deny Request To List Bicknell’s As Endangered

Bicknell's thrush

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today denied a petition to put the Bicknell’s thrush on the list of endangered species. The songbird breeds at high-elevations in the Adirondacks and New England. Click here to read the background on the petition by the Center for Biological Diversity. The F&WS news release follows: Service Finds Migratory Songbird Does Not Warrant Endangered Species Act Protection Agency committed to continuing efforts for Bicknell’s thrush conservation The Bicknell’s thrush, a migratory songbird that summers in the northeastern United States and southeastern Canada, does not warrant listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), announced the >>More


October, 2017

DEC to Relocate Trailheads for Cascade, Porter and Pitchoff (West) Mountains On Columbus Day Weekend

The following press release was issued by the state Department of Environmental Conservation on September 28 in anticipation of the large hiking crowds during Columbus Day weekend: Temporary Trailhead to be Located at ORDA’s Mt. Van Hoevenberg Sports Complex To Ensure Public Safety, State Route 73 Pull-offs will be Closed and Roadside Parking Prohibited during Holiday Weekend In an effort to ensure public safety with increased traffic anticipated during the Columbus Day/Canadian Thanksgiving Day Holiday Weekend, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will temporarily relocate the trailhead and trailhead parking for Cascade Mountain, Porter Mountain, and the >>More


October, 2017

Forest Rangers Conducted 356 Missions In 2016

The state’s forest rangers have busy again this year. Following is the department’s news release on the rangers’ activity for the week of September 25 through October 1. 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 2016, DEC Forest Rangers conducted 356 search and rescue missions, extinguished 185 wildfires that burned a total of 4,191 acres, and worked on cases that resulted >>More


September, 2017

DEC To Continue Searching For Stevens This Weekend

The state Department of Environmental Conservation sent out a statement this afternoon about the search for Alex Stevens, who has been missing since going on a camping trip in the High Peaks Wilderness on September 2. The press release contains very little new information, other than noting that searchers found another personal item from Stevens atop Wallface, where searchers believe they found a campsite of his earlier this week. DEC Spokesman Dave Winchell was unable to provide additional details in a follow-up call to the statement.  He refer questions to the state police, the lead agency in the case. State >>More


September, 2017

WCS To Study Attitudes Toward Conservation

If hikers enjoy the Forest Preserve, they’re more likely to support conservation, right? You would think so, but the Wildlife Conservation Society has received a grant to test that assumption. The WCS office in Saranac Lake will oversee the study, which will start next year. Following is a news release: (Saranac Lake, September 15, 2017) – WCS announced today that it is a recipient of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) highly competitive 2017 Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH) program award. WCS will receive USD 499,915 of funding for its project, “Experimental Investigation of the Dynamic Human-Environmental Interactions >>More


September, 2017

No New Information Or Clues In Missing Hiker Case

State Department of Environmental Conservation Spokesman Dave Winchell just sent out on update on Alex Stevens, a New Jersey man who went missing after a camping trip Wallface Mountain in the High Peaks Wilderness. Stevens is believed to have started his trip from the Upper Works trailhead in Newcomb on September 2. He was reported missing on September 10. Here’s the press release from Winchell: The ongoing search for Alex Stevens ended on Wednesday without locating the subject or additional signs of his presence. By the end of the day Wednesday, an estimated 300 Forest Ranger hours and 60 volunteer >>More


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