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Adirondack Explorer

September, 2012

DEC: We had to kill moose

State officials felt they had no choice but to kill an injured moose that had been hanging out in the Ausable River in Wilmington Notch, according to David Winchell, a spokesman for the Department of Environmental Conservation. “The primary factor was its deteriorating condition,” Winchell said this morning. “It was not able to move out of there on its own, and the likely outcome would have been its death anyway.” The bull moose showed up last weekend in a steep ravine on the West Branch of the Ausable. Over the next several days, motorists would stop to gawk at the >>More

August, 2012

Ranger Report for June-July 2012

Following is the Forest Ranger report for June and July. DEC REGION 5 FOREST RANGER’S JUNE/JULY SEARCH AND RESCUE REPORT ESSEX COUNTY Town of North Elba, High Peaks Wilderness Area On Thursday, June 7, 2012, at about 9:11 am, DEC Dispatch in Ray Brook received a call reporting an injured hiker at Marcy Dam. Melis Bursin, 28, of New York City, NY, had injured her ankle. The DEC Marcy Dam Caretaker assisted the woman stabilizing the injury. Two DEC Forest Rangers responded and transported Ms. Bursin by UTV to the trailhead at 10:20 pm. Ms. Burstin sought medical attention on >>More

August, 2012

DEC changes fishing regulations

Changes in the state’s fishing regulations will take effect October 12, as a result of an evaluation of biological data and input from anglers, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Several of the changes affect waters in the Adirondacks. These regulations will: Walleye. Prohibit fishing in the Lake Pleasant outlet to the mouth of the Kunjamuk River from March 16 until the first Saturday in May (opening day for walleye) to protect spawning walleye. Trout and salmon. Open Lake Kushaqua and Rollins Pond to ice fishing for lake trout. Open Blue Mountain Lake, Eagle Lake, Forked Lake, Gilman >>More

August, 2012

Spiny water flea found in Lake George

Spiny water flea

The spiny water flea, an invasive species, has been found in Lake George, just weeks after its discovery in the Champlain Canal, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation. A native of Eurasia, the flea feeds on crustaceans and other zooplankton, putting the invader in direct competition with native fish and other aquatic organisms. After the flea was found in the Champlain Canal, Vermont officials called upon New York State to close the canal to prevent the invader from reaching Lake Champlain. So far, New York has refused to do so. “DEC has worked with its partners on the >>More

August, 2012

Online petition for Forest Preserve acquisitions

The Cedar River flows through lands leased by the Gooley Club. Photo by Carl Heilman II.

Protect the Adirondacks, the Adirondack Mountain Club, the Adirondack Council, and other green groups have started an online petition to encourage the state not to back out of an agreement to purchase sixty-five thousand acres of former Finch, Pruyn lands for the Forest Preserve. In its petition, the environmentalists contend that “a small but vocal group” is pressuring Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state Department of Environmental Conservation to keep the lands in private ownership. “This proposal undermines a carefully balanced project that is a sound investment both in the local economy and in the environment and in the ecological >>More

July, 2012

State acquires Champlain wetlands

New York State has added 156 acres on southern Lake Champlain to the forever-wild Forest Preserve, the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced today. Known as Chubbs Dock property, the tract includes 2,140 feet of shoreline and seventy acres of wetlands in the town of Dresden. It is in a wildlife travel corridor connecting the Adirondacks with Vermont’s Green Mountains. “Chubbs Dock conserves excellent wildlife habitat along the narrow headwaters of Lake Champlain,” said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens. The Adirondack Nature Conservancy bought the property for $500,000 in November 2009 and donated it to the state this past May. “Not >>More

July, 2012

DEC to reconstruct popular boat launch

Maps shows location of the Second Pond boat launch.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation hopes to reconstruct this fall the popular boat launch at Second Pond, which gives boaters access to the Saranac Lakes State Campground. DEC plans to replace the existing boat ramp, build a separate facility for canoes and kayaks, and provide additional parking. It also wants to change the boundaries of the boat launch, part of which now lies within the High Peak Wilderness, a violation of the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan. To comply with regulations, DEC proposes to reclassify 5.6 acres of Wilderness as Intensive Use. In exchange, 6.8 acres of Intensive >>More

June, 2012

Landowner closes road to Madawaska Flow

Madawaska Flow in the Adirondacks.

The logging road to Madawaska Flow and Quebec Brook, waterways acquired by the state in 1998, is closed to the public, the Adirondack Explorer has learned. I intended to drive to Madawaska on Sunday to take photos for a paddling guidebook and was surprised to find the gate locked. A sign indicated that the road was closed on June 4 and that public access was prohibited. The road provides the only motorized access to Madawaska Flow, the centerpiece of a 5,800-acre tract known as the Madawaska Flow/Quebec Brook Primitive Area. The area is used by birders, paddlers, and hunters. Dave >>More

April, 2012

Schumer backs Tahawus rail line

Tahawus rail line

  U.S. Senator Charles Schumer has come out in favor of reopening the rail line between North Creek and Tahawus, which some environmentalists argue would violate the forever-wild clause of the state constitution. In a letter to the Federal Surface Transportation Board, Schumer said the line would provide “much needed economic development and jobs in the Adirondack Region.” Iowa Pacific Holdings bought the line last year from NL Industries and wants to use it to transport waste rock from the closed NL mine in Tahawus at the foot of the High Peaks. The green group Protect the Adirondacks contends that >>More

March, 2012

Camps to stay on former Champion lands

  After years of negotiation and some controversy, the state has finalized an agreement that will allow more than two hundred hunting camps to remain on timberlands formerly owned by Champion International. In 1998, the state entered an agreement with Champion to purchase 29,000 acres in the Adirondacks and preserve another 110,000 with conservation easements that allow public access. Under the original agreement, the hunting camps on the easement lands were to be removed by 2014, but following an outcry, the state Department of Environmental Conservation renegotiated the agreement to permit them to stay. In return, the new landowner, Heartwood >>More


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