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May, 2018

Route 30 near Long Lake to open today

New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Paul A. Karas today announced the scheduled Thursday reopening of Route 30 following the completion of a culvert repair that closed six miles of the highway for a month between Long Lake, Hamilton County, and Tupper Lake, Franklin County a vital sitting between two tourist destinations in the North Country. “We are pleased to be reopening Route 30 in time for Memorial Day, ensuring that residents and travelers can get to where they want to go for this busy holiday weekend,” Commissioner Karas said.  “Construction crews worked seven days a week to expedite >>More

May, 2018

ADK Land Trust buys Wilmington land for mtn biking

JAY — The Adirondack Land Trust has purchased Four Peaks, a 600-acre tract in the towns of Jay and Wilmington adjacent to Wilmington Wild Forest’s Beaver Brook tract, which is popular for mountain biking, trail running, hiking and hunting.  “We believe this acquisition will help spread the positive impact of mountain biking in Adirondack communities while maintaining the intact forest between Bassett Mountain, Wainwright Mountain, Ebenezer Mountain and Rattlesnake Knob,” said Adirondack Land Trust board chairman Bill Paternotte. “Our objectives are to make the Adirondack Park a better place to live, work and play, and this project helps advance all >>More

May, 2018

Forest rangers rescue Adirondack hikers

Forest rangers rescue hikers on Treadway Mountain, Huckleberry Mountain, and Porter Mountain during the week of May 14-20. Following is a news release from the state Department of Environmental Conservation on these and other recent missions. Town of Ticonderoga Essex County Wilderness Search: At 11:37 a.m. on May 14, DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from Essex County 911 reporting a dropped call from a lost female hiker on Treadway Mountain in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area. No additional cell phone communications were possible due to poor cell coverage in the area. Forest Rangers were dispatched to the area >>More

May, 2018

DEC Adirondack Outdoor Recreation Bulletin – May 18

St Regis Canoe Area

DEC Adirondack Outdoor Recreation Bulletin May 18, 2018 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 theBackcountry Information for the Adirondacks [ http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7865.html ] 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 >>More

May, 2018

DEC urges hikers to walk through – not around – mud on trails

Spring has arrived, and as a new season of hiking and outdoor recreation in the Adirondacks approaches, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) urges hikers to be cautious and practice “Leave No Trace” principles to protect natural resources, and help ensure a safe and enjoyable experience, and help DEC responsibly manage the largest wilderness in the Northeast. Spring conditions are present throughout the State and the lower elevations of the Adirondacks. However, backcountry trails in the highest elevations are still covered in slowly melting ice and snow. Steep trails with thin soils can become a mix of >>More

May, 2018

Rangers rescue hikers in McKenzie Mt. Wilderness

State forest rangers helped two Adirondack hikers lost in the McKenzie Mountain Wilderness last week. Three other rangers were recognized as heroes for saving lives in separate incidents. These are among the items in this week’s Ranger Report from the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The report follows: Town of North Elba Essex County Wilderness Search: On May 8 at 5:30 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a request to assist two lost hikers in the McKenzie Wilderness Area. An 18-year-old female from Argyle and a 22-year-old female from Gansevoort became disoriented while descending Haystack Mountain. One Forest Ranger was dispatched >>More

May, 2018

Flooding emergency in Saranac Lake


New York State is sending personnel to the village of Saranac Lake to help control flooding from the Saranac River and other waterways. Following is a news release that we received late Thursday afternoon. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that he has directed the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services’ Office of Emergency Management to deploy emergency resources to help protect against localized flooding issues from the Saranac River and other water bodies near the Village of Saranac Lake where a local state of emergency was issued this afternoon. Throughout the North Country, water levels remain elevated due >>More

April, 2018

Forest ranger assists missing hiker off Scarface Mountain

Forest ranger Scott Van Laer located a missing hiker on the Scarface Mountain in Ray Brook at about 9:15 p.m. on April 24. The hiker, who had called for assistance at 7:11 p.m., was in good health. Van Laer assisted her in getting off the mountain. That rescue was one of many that occurred statewide recently. Recent missions carried out by DEC Forest Rangers from April 23-30 include the following incidents:  Town of North Elba Essex County Search:  On April 24 at 7:11 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a female lost off the trail on Scarface Mountain >>More

April, 2018

Sherburne “Shere” Abbott to Keynote 25th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks

Sherburne Abbott, Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy at Syracuse University and former Senior Science Advisor to President Barack Obama, will keynote the 25th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks being held May 24 and 25 at the Conference Center at Lake Placid. Abbott will discuss her research and teaching interests which lie at the interface of science and society, principally on issues related to climate change, energy and sustainability. This day and a half event will also feature presentations on ecological development in the Adirondacks, private forestland management, social issues in the region, and the impacts of road salt on >>More

April, 2018

Author Dan Egan to deliver keynote address at the Fund for Lake George annual meeting

Dan Egan, author of “The Life and Death of the Great Lakes” will talk about invasive species July 7 at the annual meeting of the Fund for Lake George July 7. The press release follows. Our interview with Egan earlier this year. LAKE GEORGE, NY—The FUND for Lake George is honored to announce prize-winning reporter and The Death and Life of the Great Lakes author Dan Egan will deliver the keynote address at the 2018 Annual Meeting on Saturday, July 7, 2018, at the Sagamore Resort Conference Center. In a shocking account of how invasive species have devastated the largest freshwater >>More

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