Outdoors

Catherine Bishop and Russ Roberts, of Ottawa, enjoy a weekday hike with their dog Spookie on the Heaven Hill trails in Lake Placid.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Shoulder season pursuits

LAKE PLACID — Getting outdoors this time of year can be tricky. There’s not enough snow at low elevations, but the High Peaks are dangerously cold and winter-like. It could be sunny and warm or overcast and cold. Snow, rain and sleet are all in the mix. But that doesn’t mean you ...

Tried and true: Get out in the woods and stay there

With the conclusion of the annual big game hunting season looming on the near horizon, it’s time for hunters to redouble their efforts. The rut is now in progress, and bucks will continue to travel far and wide looking for love in the old familiar places. As the rut unfolds, hunters ...

Tyler Socash, an activist with Adirondack Wilderness Advocates, will carry nearly 2,000 letters to the state Adirondack Park Agency meeting today. Socash is carrying the letters from the southern end of the Boreas Ponds tract up through the High Peaks Wilderness Area.
(Photo provided by Brendan Wiltse)

Wilderness advocate carries nearly 2,000 letters to APA today

RAY BROOK — A Keene man began hiking Wednesday morning from the southern end of the state’s recently acquired Boreas Ponds tract of land, but his backpack isn’t loaded with just the normal gear. Tyler Socash planned to walk all day Wednesday, camp out that night and finish his hike ...

Whiteface Mountain Ski Center in Wilmington makes snow on Monday.
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Skiing starts Saturday

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that the state Olympic Regional Development Authority will open the Whiteface and Gore mountain ski centers on Saturday, almost a week ahead of schedule. Crews at Whiteface in Wilmington and Gore in North Creek began making snow on Nov. 7, giving them a ...

Whiteface Mountain Ski Center in Wilmington makes snow on Monday.
(Photo provided by ORDA)

Skiing starts Saturday

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that the state Olympic Regional Development Authority will open the Whiteface and Gore mountain ski centers on Saturday, almost a week ahead of schedule. Crews at Whiteface in Wilmington and Gore in North Creek began making snow on Nov. 7, giving ...

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Rangers find lost hunter, hikers

By the Enterprise staff State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers searched last week for a man who was worried about winter conditions in the High Peaks but walked out on his own, as well as locating a missing hunter, a lost and hypothermic teenager, and other ...

DEC closes Prospect Mountain road

LAKE GEORGE — The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced late last week that it was closing the Prospect Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway for the season. The 5.5-mile road closes for the winter due to ice and snow, but the public can expect it to reopen in the spring. ...

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Brighton is first town to endorse forest ranger hiring

PAUL SMITHS — At its board meeting Thursday, the town of Brighton became the first Adirondack municipality to pass a resolution in favor of increasing the number of forest rangers that patrol the state’s backcountry, most of which is inside the Adirondack Blue Line. Scott Sabo, the ...

Hundreds of cars line the sides of state Route 73 outside of Lake Placid during Labor Day weekend last year. The DEC is proposing a 50-car parking area at Mount Van Hoevenberg to alleviate the congestion at Pitchoff and Cascade mountains.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

DEC examines Sentinel Range Wilderness

LAKE PLACID — The state Department of Environmental Conservation released its proposed unit management plan for about 23,000 acres of land in Jay, Wilmington and North Elba this week, and is seeking public input on the UMP until late December. The Sentinel Range Wilderness area outside ...

Sue Capone, a long-time Adirondack Lake Survey Corporation employee, takes a water sample at Heart Lake in the High Peaks in mid-October.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Sampling shift

RAY BROOK — A corporation responsible for conducting long-term monitoring of Adirondack lakes, ponds and streams is likely to cease operations at the end of the year, but one state agency is planning to continue the sampling in a reduced capacity. The Adirondack Lake Survey ...

A doe feeds on low-hanging apples in this trail cam photo.
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Hunters need to think outside the box

Each breath appeared to crystallize in the cold morning air as I trudged across a long, open field on the way to camp. The view was only slightly infringed by the steam of my own breath. The entire landscape was illuminated by a brilliant full moon that hung high in the dark sky. ...

Weather Service testing new snow squall warnings

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The National Weather Service is testing a new snow squall warning system designed to help motorists in whiteout conditions avoid deadly chain reaction crashes at high speeds. During the winter, the agency now issues advisories and warnings involving storms that can last ...

ECOs catch night-time hunter with bait

On Monday, Oct. 23, state Department of Environmental Conservation officer George LaPoint received a second tip about a hunter shooting at deer from a second story window of his home. ECOs LaPoint and Alan Brassard responded to the suspect’s home and immediately noticed a pile of corn ...

DEC upgrades St. Lawrence Co. snowmobile bridges

The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced this week that two snowmobile bridges in St. Lawrence County had been upgraded in anticipation of this winter’s sledding season. The DEC determined that the Chap Hill Bridge — in the Grass River Conservation Easement in Colton ...

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Hiker dies; rangers back from fires in western U.S.

A hiker in the Siamese Ponds Wilderness area died while being evacuated by state Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers last week, but rangers also rescued two lost people and returned from battling wildfires in California. --- Town of Johnsburg On Wednesday, Nov. 1, a ...

Adirondack-Catskill land bank passes, narrowly

New York voters have approved a ballot question that tweaks conservation rules in the Adirondacks and the Catskills to make it easier for local governments to use land for public projects. The constitutional amendment approved Tuesday will set aside 250 acres for communities to use for ...

Canadian ticketed for operating drone in High Peaks

LAKE PLACID — In what’s likely a first-of-its-kind case, a Canadian man has pleaded guilty to operating a drone in a wilderness area. The Adirondack Explorer reported that Keven Descheneaux of Trois Rivieres, Quebec, was issued a ticket in June for launching and operating the aircraft ...

A Northern long-eared bat with visible white-nose syndrome is seen here in a mine in 2009. 
(Photo provided by Larry Master, masterimages.org)

Bat Week celebrates misunderstood mammal

RAY BROOK — The annual Bat Week celebration culminated this week on Halloween, but bats — one of the world’s most abundant mammals — are still facing threats. Bat populations in New York have taken a huge hit in recent years due to white-nose syndrome, and the state is reminding ...

Big-game hunting season is a time like no other

While traveling from Saranac Lake to Tupper Lake earlier this week, I happened upon a most welcome sign. In fact, I discovered several signs that offered historic reminders of the popularity that Adirondack big-game hunters enjoyed from the 1930s through the 1970s. I actually recall visiting ...