Outdoors

Climate change seen as factor as ticks bite into more NY territory

ALBANY — The larval black-legged ticks that spread Lyme disease are about to make their unwelcome presence known across New York, a state that has become a hotspot for the blood-sucking arachnid. Based on counts made last year of field mice in the Hudson Valley, said Richard Ostfeld, a ...

Lake Placid Outing Club invite

LAKE PLACID — For anyone who wants to get their kids out in the mountains this summer, the Lake Placid Outing Club invites you to an informational meeting Wednesday, May 1 at the Lake Placid Elementary School. The meeting will kick off with free pizza at 5:30 p.m. and a dinner meeting at ...

Two-Fly fishing derby expands in 20th year

WILMINGTON — The 20th annual Two-Fly Challenge is set for the middle of May with an expanded lineup of activities for both anglers and the general public. The fishing tournament, which raises money for protection of the AuSable River and its fisheries, is slated to begin on Thursday, ...

DOT workers pick up roadside trash for Earth Day

ALBANY (AP) — Employees of the state Department of Transportation will be picking up trash along roads across New York to mark Earth Day. April 22 is celebrated as Earth Day. DOT officials say on Monday the agency’s workers from every region of New York will be volunteering their time ...

Azure skies on Azure Mountain

ST. REGIS FALLS — Spring hiking isn’t the easiest thing in the world, and the state Department of Environmental Conservation asks hikers to avoid certain areas during mud season. But after only using my snowshoes once all winter (I skied a lot), I felt the need to get out and climb ...

Diversity in the North Country

Every New Yorker funds the protection and maintenance of the Adirondack Park, but not all New Yorkers enjoy it, particularly people of color. Two black authors who have written about their experiences growing up in the North Country tell different stories of inclusion, community and ...

Branching off the Northville-Placid Trail

Fulton County is one of those regions that don’t get much traffic in the way of hikers, outside of Kane Mountain that is. My close hiking friend, James “Jimbo” Hopson, also known as “Ledge Hound,” and I try to discover new places, especially in areas where visitors do not tend ...

Outside Magazine names Hurricane Mountain as the best hike in New York

KEENE — Outside Magazine, which has 38 million readers across its platforms each month, recently released a list of the best hikes in each of the 50 states. And Hurricane Mountain, between Keene and Elizabethtown, was named the best hike in New York. With a photo and a brief description, ...

‘Round the Mountain canoe race set

SARANAC LAKE — The annual ‘Round the Mountain canoe race has been scheduled for Saturday, May 11 this year. The 10.5-mile race starts at Ampersand Bay on Lower Saranac Lake and finishes at the Lake Flower boat launch. Racers go from Lower Saranac Lake into the Saranac River, carry ...

April 28 symposium, April 22 film focus on combating climate change

SARANAC LAKE — To anyone who’s been paying attention lately, climate change can seem to be an overwhelming, even insurmountable, problem. Yet, countless government entities, nonprofit organizations and individual citizens across the globe are moving with urgency to address this ...

Report: Salt a top issue for Mirror Lake once again

LAKE PLACID — Sodium levels are rising, turnover is being disrupted and invasive species are present in Mirror Lake, according to the 2018 Mirror Lake Water Quality Report. This is the third year the AuSable River Association and Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute have ...

More roadside parking closures may be on the way for Route 73

KEENE — The state departments of Transportation and Environmental Conservation are considering closing a large stretch of roadside parking on state Route 73 in an effort to improve safety and limit the number of hikers utilizing trailheads. In an email, a DEC spokesman said the state is ...

Spring turkey hunting kicks off May 1

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced that the spring turkey hunting season will open on Wednesday, May 1. The DEC said in a press release that hunters took about 19,000 turkeys during the 2018 spring hunt, but warned that hunters may see fewer adults this ...

Naturalist leading event to protect yellow spotted salamander migration

PAUL SMITHS — Possibly in just a few days, as night falls, thousands of yellow spotted salamanders will cross roads and trails to mate and spawn in puddles. A group of informal bodyguards, led by naturalists from the Visitor Interpretive Center at Paul Smith’s College, will help those ...

Take care of the gear that takes care of you

We would have no ground to stand on if we said this past winter was not conducive to some epic outdoor adventures. I know I sure have covered some serious ground, and my gear, which survived the constant pounding, would wholeheartedly agree. However, it’s time to hibernate most of the ...