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Adirondack Explorer

July, 2017

Forest Ranger Search and Rescue Report

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 in nearly 3,000 tickets or arrests. “Across New York, DEC Forest Rangers are on the front lines helping people safely enjoy the great outdoors,” said DEC Commissioner Basil >>More

June, 2017

DEC Unveils New Exhibit Celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the Adirondack Park

Exhibit Features Rare Adirondack Artifacts and “Blue Line” Maps of Adirondack and Catskills Parks New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos recently unveiled a new exhibit featuring rare Adirondack and Catskills artifacts, including historic maps, antique survey equipment, field notebooks, and photographs that tell the story of creation of the Adirondack and Catskill parks. The Birth of the “Blue Line” exhibit illustrates the vision, foresight, and toil that led to creation of the Forest Preserve 125 years ago. “The Adirondacks were once threatened by excessive logging and deforestation,” *Commissioner Seggos said.* “It took the dedicated efforts >>More

June, 2017

CycleADK Gives’ to Crowdfund for Community Projects

SARANAC LAKE — A new partnership aims to support charitable projects in Cycle Adirondacks host communities. Cycle Adirondacks is a fully supported road cycling tour of the Adirondack region, founded in 2015 by the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Adirondack Program. This year, WCS and Cycle Adirondacks are teaming up with Adirondack Foundation’s crowdfunding platform, Adirondack Gives, and the Glenn & Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation to raise funds for community projects in Saranac Lake, Schroon Lake, and Keene Valley. The 2017 tour is scheduled for August 19-25 and will feature each project as guests from over 30 states and provinces spend >>More

June, 2017

ADK Updates Northville-Placid Trail Guidebook

Lake George, N.Y.—ADK has released the fifth edition of its Adirondack Mountain Club Northville-Placid Trail in time for the Northville-Placid Trail’s 95th anniversary. The newest edition in ADK’s Forest Preserve Series of Adirondack and Catskill guides, this volume marks the relaunch of the series. Edited by Jeff and Donna Case of Mattydale, N. Y., the volume has been extensively revised and redesigned, including a return to a smaller, more convenient size. The new edition’s arrival is a celebration of another sort as well: the text includes a detailed description of the long-awaited reroute of the Northville-Placid Trail’s (NPT’s) southern approach. >>More

June, 2017

DEC Reopens Lake George Beach

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will reopen Lake George (AKA Million Dollar) Beach today, Saturday, June 17, after test results showed that the beach is safe for swimming. The beach will be open extended hours this evening. Test results from samples collected on Friday show levels of E. coli below the Department of Health (DOH) sanitary threshold. Due to a prior rain event, DEC delayed opening the beach out of an abundance of caution. Beginning today, the beach is scheduled to open to swimming seven days a week through Labor Day. DEC, the town and village >>More

June, 2017

E. Coli Delays Opening Of Million Dollar Beach

DEC DELAYS OPENING OF LAKE GEORGE “MILLION DOLLAR” BEACH The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today that due to the high E.coli levels associated with last week’s rain event – and in an abundance of caution – DEC is delaying the opening of the Lake George (aka “Million Dollar”) Beach on Saturday, June 17, until results of water samples taken during today’s rain are received. Results are expected by midday Saturday. Based on the results, DEC will determine whether the beach will reopen for swimming. If the beach does not reopen on Saturday, DEC will sample >>More

May, 2017

DEC: Leave Young Wildlife Alone

DEC URGES NEW YORKERS: IF YOU CARE, LEAVE IT THERE  DEC Cautions Residents Not to Disturb Fawns and Other Young Wildlife The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today cautioned visitors to natural areas against interacting with newborn fawns and other young wildlife as the peak birthing season starts. Those that see a fawn or other newborn wildlife should enjoy their encounter but keep it brief, maintain some distance, and not attempt to touch the animal. “New York is home to a diverse and wonderful array of wildlife, but as much as we are compelled to reach out to >>More

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