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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Recent DEC Forest Ranger Missions

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks. 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 Adirondack backcountry. What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks. Essex County Town of Keene Rescue: DEC Dispatch received a call on Dec. 9 at 2 pm, requesting assistance for a 22-year-old male who had possibly dislocated his right shoulder while descending Nippletop Mountain. >>More


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Hut-to-Hut Project Reschedules Public Meeting

The Adirondack Community-based Trails and Lodging System (ACTLS) has rescheduled their public meeting at the Lake Pleasant Central School’s gymnasium in Speculator. The meeting will be at 7 pm on Monday, December 18. Attendees will be provided an overview of the ACTLS planning process, and opportunity will be provided to view maps and comment on proposed routes for hiking, biking, paddling, and cross-country skiing throughout the Adirondack Park. For more information, contact Jack Drury at (518) 891-5915 or jack@adirondacktrailsandlodging.org. View original post.


Monday, December 11, 2017

Early Adirondack Hunting: More Deer, Less Bear Killed So Far

Hunters have been more successful at killing deer around New York State, but less successful at hunting bear in the Northern Region through the first several weeks of big game seasons in 2017 than last year, according to Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). DEC says that early reports from New York hunters through Dec. 3, show approximately 18 percent more deer were killed in the Northern Zone and 14 percent more deer in the Southern Zone compared to the same period in 2016. According to DEC, through the third weekend of the Northern Zone regular big game season, hunters have >>More


Saturday, December 9, 2017

ADK’s Fire Tower Guide New Edition Reflects Big Changes

ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) has released the second edition of its hiking guide, Views from on High: Fire Tower Trails in the Adirondacks and Catskills. Revised and redesigned, it includes a new chapter describing fire towers outside of both parks. The intervening years have seen what coauthor Jim Schneider refers to as “fire tower fever,” a sweeping enthusiasm that has helped prompt restoration of numerous towers and their trails. Written by John P. (Jack) Freeman and Jim Schneider, Views from on High enables hikers, history buffs, and others fond of Adirondack and Catskill trails to visit and learn about 30 historic fire towers. Detailed trail descriptions >>More


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Upcoming Lake Placid Winter Sports Events

Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) has announced their Whiteface Lake Placid winter 2017-’18 events’ calendar. Dates and schedules are subject to change. Events are scheduled as follows: Dec. 15-16, 2017 – Viessmann FIL Luge World Cup. International luge racing returns to Lake Placid. The doubles and men’s races are Friday, Dec. 15, while the women’s and sprint competitions take place, Saturday, Dec. 16. Jan. 19-20, 2018 – FIS Freestyle Aerial Skiing World Cup. The world’s best freestyle aerial skiers return to Lake Placid for two nights of high-flying action at the Olympic Jumping Complex. These athletes twist and soar as >>More


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Adirondack Lifeguard Qualifying Begins Jan 20th

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced that lifeguard qualifying procedures will begin on Jan. 20, 2018. Seasonal lifeguard positions are available in DEC campgrounds throughout the Adirondack park this summer. The current hourly rate for DEC lifeguards is $13.27, and most facilities offer free housing. Individuals 16 and older interested in lifeguard jobs at DEC facilities this summer may register. DEC qualifying procedures will be offered through June 30, 2018. Candidates who qualify will be considered for employment. The procedure includes an in-water demonstration of lifesaving techniques and performance of Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) skills. At the >>More


Sunday, December 3, 2017

Keene Valley Region Waterfall Guide Published

Guidebook author Russell Dunn’s new guidebook Keene Valley Region Waterfall Guide: The Search for Cool Cascades in the Heart of the Adirondacks (Black Dome Press, 2017), leads the way to more than 100 waterfalls in the High Peaks Region of the Adirondacks, from North Hudson to Keeseville, and from St. Huberts to Lake Placid. The book includes 145 full-color photographs, three maps, and a foreword by Neil Burdick, editor of Adirondac.   Russell Dunn is the author or coauthor of 30 books including 16 outdoor guidebooks to New York State and western New England, 8 of which are waterfall guidebooks. >>More


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Neil Luckhurst’s Winter ‘Hundred Highest’ Effort, Fundraiser

When bushwhacker Neil Luckhurst sets his sights on a goal, there’s little that can stop him. His objective may seem unattainable to many of us but a broad vision and years of experience help him sculpt adventures that explore his limits along with the mountains up which he treks. His most ambitious outings are unique in that they are fundraisers that directly benefit the Adirondack region. Such is the case with his latest winter fundraising effort — Project 100. The endurance hike entails summiting the Adirondack’s 100 highest peaks between December 21 and March 21. » Continue Reading. View original >>More


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Forest Ranger Report: Lost Hikers, Hunters

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks. 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 Adirondack backcountry. What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks. Fulton County Town of Mayfield Wildland Search:  At 6:28 pm on Nov. 25, Environmental Conservation Police Officer (ECO) Shane Manns was alerted to a hunter lost on Tolmantown Road. The 16-year-old male hunter became >>More


Monday, November 27, 2017

Management Plans Issued For 3 Adirondack Campgrounds

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has finalized the Unit Management Plans (UMPs) for three DEC Adirondack campgrounds – Caroga Lake, Piseco Lake, and Buck Pond. The final UMPs identify facilities and infrastructure expected to be upgraded or replaced during the next five years. What follows is a round-up of UMP changes provided by DEC: Caroga Lake Campground Final UMP Caroga Lake Campground is located on the shore of 198-acre East Caroga Lake, off Route 29A, nine miles northwest of the city of Gloversville, in the town of Caroga, Fulton County. The campground has 105 campsites, picnic area >>More


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