Outdoors

The Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department and other departments practice ice rescue training.
(Photo courtesy of Brendan Keough, Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department)

SLVFD hosts multiple departments for ice rescue training

SARANAC LAKE — Each year, the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department, as well as many other first responder agencies, are called upon to rescue people through the ice. Each year, these agencies warn that “No Ice is Safe Ice” yet unknowing folks wander onto ice that they are unsure ...

ECOs bust illegal hunter, help investigate moose death

Franklin County On Tuesday, Jan. 9, ECO James Cranker assisted state Department of Environmental Conservation wildlife staff in investigating the death of a moose in the Chateaugay Woodlands Conservation Easement land in northern Franklin County. Cranker snowshoed in with wildlife staff to ...

A riderless snowmobile is stuck in snow on the Old Mountain Road trail in February 2010.
(Photo provided — Andy Walkow)

Old Mountain Road case back in court

LAKE PLACID — The long-running Old Mountain Road case went back to court Wednesday in Albany, where lawyers argued whether the state broke the law in claiming this town road as a wilderness trail. This time the town of North Elba is suing the state Department of Environmental Conservation ...

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Flash floods, Mt. Marcy snowboard injury require rescues

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers rescued an injured snowboarder in the High Peaks and used air boats to help people stranded by flood waters from last week’s rain and above-normal temperatures. --- Town of Brasher On Monday, Jan. 8, forest rangers ...

Hua Davis was an avid hiker from Delaware who died in the High Peaks region of the Adirondack Park in March 2016. Search and Rescue of the Northern Adirondacks is offering a scholarship in her memory.
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Rescue group announces two scholarships each year in memory of fallen hiker

Search and Rescue of the Northern Adirondacks (SARNAK), an all-volunteer nonprofit based in Saranac Lake, has announced the inaugural Hua Davis Wilderness Scholarship in memory of a hiker who died in the High Peaks region of the Adirondack Park. On Friday, March 4, 2016 an avid hiker from ...

A Wilson’s snipe, like this one seen in Alaska, was one of the highlights identified by volunteers during the annual Christmas Bird Count two weeks ago.
(Photo provided by Larry Master, www.masterimages.com)

Bird Count reveals 100th species

SARANAC LAKE — Local birders faced extreme temperatures when they ventured out around the area to look for birds during the annual Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count. The count took place Saturday, Dec. 30, and was attended by 43 observers. Those people saw 42 different species of ...

Nature therapy as old as mankind itself

The Barkeaters, who originally ranged across the Adirondack region and throughout New England, had a widely varied diet that was adjusted according to the season to take advantage of annual migrations and breeding seasons. Their diets typically included a mix of berries, tubers, fruit and ...

Communities get $5 million for snowmobile trails

ALBANY (AP) — More than $5 million has been awarded to communities in New York state for snowmobile trail maintenance and grooming. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the funding Thursday and designated the weekend of Feb. 2-5 as a free snowmobiling weekend for out-of-state and Canadian ...

The abandoned buildings at the former Frontier Town are seen in January 2017. 
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

APA approves state plan to redevelop Frontier Town

RAY BROOK — At its first meeting of the new year, the state Adirondack Park Agency board unanimously approved a state plan for a former theme park, as well as agreeing to send out an invasive species plan for public comment. The Frontier Town plan, submitted by the state Department of ...

ECOs bust more illegal hunters

State Department of Environmental Conservation Officers [ECOs] seized an illegal alligator in Wayne County and nailed a timber thief in Sullivan County in the last couple of weeks, as well as busting an illegal hunter near the western Adirondacks. --- Herkimer County On Jan. 2, ECO Jeff ...

Report examines invasive species

LAKE GEORGE (AP) — There’s a slight improvement in the number of boats requiring decontamination to remove invasive species around New York’s Lake George. The Post-Star says a report by the Lake George Park Commission finds 17 percent of the boats inspected there in 2017 required the ...

Kids learning to ski at cross-country trails at Tupper Lake’s golf course play Moose Juice, a game ski instructor Ken Kalil uses to improve their coordination while they try to chase down and tag each other out.
(Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

Tupper Lake cross-country lessons blend fun and skill

TUPPER LAKE — As the wind whipped across the rolling hills of the Tupper Lake Golf Club’s cross-country ski trails, a duck call carried over the whistling air current and everybody hopped. Ken Kalil, a cross-country ski instructor, is the one who blew the duck call and dutifully jumped ...

Green groups set out legislative agendas

Two state-wide environmental groups have laid out what they would like to see New York accomplish in 2018, including protecting water quality and pushing the state to move more quickly to renewable energy options. The New York League of Conservation Voters and Environmental Advocates of New ...

Neilson Snye, of Tupper Lake, takes in the view during a ski out to the historic great camp Santanoni last February. The DEC will open several of the buildings to the public during three weekends this winter.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

DEC to host three Santanoni open weekends

NEWCOMB — The state Department of Environmental Conservation will open buildings at the historic Great Camp Santanoni in Newcomb for three weekends this year, the fifth in a row. The DEC will have the Gate Lodge and Main Lodge open to the public, as well as the Artist’s Cottage, which ...

A new winter recreation map will be released later this month, and includes the entire length of the Jackrabbit Ski Trail as well as insets of popular areas like Mount Van Hoevenberg and Henry’s Woods.
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Winter recreation maps available soon

SARANAC LAKE — With no shortage of trails in the Tri-Lakes area, choosing a place to go cross-country skiing or snowshoeing can be a daunting task. But one local man is hoping a new map will alleviate some of that confusion by highlighting trails that are good for skiing, snowshoeing and fat ...

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Group unveils North Creek-Indian Lake hiking-whitewater loop

SPECULATOR — A five-night, four-day hiking and whitewater rafting circuit from North Creek to Indian Lake and back is scheduled to be given a test run as early as May. Project director Jack Drury, of Saranac Lake, predicts a “soft opening” in summer or autumn and a “grand opening” ...

Gary Lee holds a loon that was iced in on Follensby Clear Pond in December 2016. The loon was later released onto Lake Champlain, where ice typically takes longer to form.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Lee recognized for outdoors writing

A retired forest ranger who has written a weekly column about the outdoors for more than 30 years was recently honored by the New York State Outdoor Writers Association. The M. Paul Keesler Outdoor Citizen Award “is presented to an individual or organization that effectively has raised ...

Power Moon ushers in the bitter cold of winter

The arrival of the recent full Power Moon served to kick off the winter season with temperatures that dropped into the double-digit below zero range. While pixie dust sparkled in the cold evening air, a huge full moon lit up evening scene. Trees groaned and popped in the nearby woods, as frost ...

Letter carrier David Lawrence is bundled up to prevent frostbite as he delivers mail on Broadway in downtown Saranac Lake Friday morning, when the temperature is 12 degrees below zero.
(Enterprise photo — Peter Crowley)

Wind chill hits minus 79 atop Whiteface

The summit of New York’s fifth-highest mountain hit an astounding low Friday — wind chills of nearly 80 degrees below zero, with the possibility of dropping even further. Richard Brandt, science manager of the University of Albany’s Atmospheric Science Research Center on Whiteface ...

Letter carrier David Lawrence is bundled up to prevent frostbite as he delivers mail on Broadway in downtown Saranac Lake Friday morning, when the temperature is 12 degrees below zero.
(Enterprise photo — Peter Crowley)

Wind chill hits minus 79 atop Whiteface

The summit of New York’s fifth-highest mountain hit an astounding low today — wind chills of nearly 80 degrees below zero, with the possibility of dropping even further. Richard Brandt, science manager of the University of Albany’s Atmospheric Science Research Center on Whiteface ...