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September, 2012

DEC on track to buy Finch lands this year

Essex Chain of Lakes in the Adirondacks. Photo by Carl Heilman II.

The state is on track to buy more than nineteen thousand acres of former Finch, Pruyn lands by the end of the year, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Karyn Richards of DEC’s Division of Lands and Forests outlined the department’s plans to the Adirondack Park Agency on Thursday afternoon. Over the next five years, she said, the state will purchase sixty-nine thousand acres from the Adirondack Nature Conservancy for $49.8 million. The land will be purchased in four stages and added to the forever-wild Forest Preserve. In the first stage, DEC will acquire the 18,318-acre Essex Chain >>More

September, 2012

It looks like an early fall

Baker Mountain trail in Saranac Lake.

As I often do, I climbed Baker Mountain on my lunch hour today and was surprised by the amount of leaves that already have come down. As you can see from the photo above, the trail was covered in places. It struck me as a little early to see so many leaves on the ground. Did they die early because of the dry summer? I did a little Googling and discovered—no surprise—that I am not the first to ask that question or to wonder how the summer drought might affect coloration of the foliage this fall. It appears the leaves >>More

September, 2012

Garden Club members to gather in Adirondacks

Conservation leaders from the Garden Club of America will be meeting in the Adirondacks over the next week and discussing a variety of issues with environmentalists, scientists, local farmers, and others. Nancy Howard, a former owner of the Wawbeek on Upper Saranac Lake, arranged the annual field trip and lined up an impressive array of speakers. There are too many to list them all, but they include Ross Whaley, former chairman of the Adirondack Park Agency; Mike Carr, executive director of the Adirondack Nature Conservancy; Hilary Smith, head of the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program; Jerry Jenkins, author and naturalist; >>More

September, 2012

Climbing in solitude at the end of summer

Fun City at Barkeater Cliffs in the Adirondacks.

When is summer over? When the calendar says? When the temperature drops to the low thirties overnight (as it has in Saranac Lake recently)? Or when you go to Barkeater Cliffs on a sunny weekend and find no one there? The Barkeaters are popular climbing cliffs in Keene. They’re reached by a half-hour hike from the Rock and River lodge, up the Jackrabbit Ski Trail and a herd path. The two previous times I visited, I saw plenty of climbers. When I returned this past Sunday, a week after Labor Day, I was alone. It was kind of eerie, as >>More

September, 2012

Groups say ACR permits expired

Adirondack Club and Resort aerial photo

Protect the Adirondacks and the Sierra Club contend that the permits for the Adirondack Club and Resort in Tupper Lake have expired and the developer must begin the lengthy application process all over again. In January, the Adirondack Park Agency approved the permits with conditions. Among them, the developers were told to conduct a wildlife survey. John Caffry, the attorney for the two environmental groups, asserts in a letter to the APA that under the APA Act, permits expire if the conditions are not met after six months. He says the deadline passed on July 31. “If the Project Sponsor >>More

August, 2012

Cuomo pledges $640,000 for Keene fire house

Governor Andrew Cuomo pledges $640,000 for Keene fire house.

Governor Andrew Cuomo came to the rescue of Keene today, pledging $640,000 in state funds to rebuild a fire house destroyed by the floods of Tropical Storm Irene a year ago. Cuomo said the state had to step in after the Federal Emergency Management Agency reduced the amount of money it offered for replacing the fire house. “The building was cut in half, and we said not only will we build back, but we will build back better than before,” the governor said at a check-signing ceremony at the site of the future fire house on Route 73. The new >>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

Authors night at Mountaineer

Adirondack High Peaks Summit Journal

I’m looking forward to gathering with fellow writers for a book signing at the Mountaineer in Keene Valley on Thursday, though I may feel a little out of place among the likes of Russell Banks, Chase Twitchell, Bill McKibben, and Jerry Jenkins. The Mountaineer recently expanded its book department and hopes that Thursday’s book signing will become an annual event. The signing will take place from 5-7 p.m. Green Point Foods will provide light refreshments, and Stan Oliva will provide the music. Check out this story in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise for more details and a complete list of the >>More

August, 2012

Grimditches seek to appeal boathouse case

The larger of the two Grimditch boathouses. Photo by George Earl.

A family that built two boathouses on Lake Placid without a town permit wants to take its legal case to the state’s highest tribunal, the Court of Appeals. William H. Grimditch Jr. and his children contend that the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court erred when it ruled in June that town law applied to the construction of boathouses on the lake. In its 5-0 ruling, the Appellate Division partially reversed decisions in two similar cases in which it held that municipalities have no jurisdiction over construction on the state’s navigable waterways. Click here to read more about the ruling. >>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

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