Outdoors

Audrey Levine takes in the views from Owls Head Mountain in Keene in early April.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Short mud season hikes

With mud season firmly ensconced in the Adirondacks, getting outside can be a bit of a challenge: You should stay out of the High Peaks, the water is dangerously cold for paddling, the roads are covered in sand making biking hazardous, and the fishing (at least based on my experience) ...

Fishermen stay relaxed as they cast a line in a local pond.
(Photo — Joe Hackett)

Brookies, turkeys and a five-star challenge

The burgeoning spring season has rapidly reclaimed the land from the remaining depths of winter. Although snow remains in the upper elevations and in the thick evergreens, the lakes and ponds are fully open and trout are on the prowl. Brook trout and salmon have been feeding heavily on ...

Blacklegged (deer) tick
(Photo provided — Lennart Tange)

More ticks, more disease

PAUL SMITHS — The number of ticks infected with Lyme disease is on the rise in the North Country, and now some are carrying a malaria-like illness, according to new research by Paul Smith’s College, in collaboration with the state Department of Health. Paul Smith’s College biology ...

Lower Locks closed

SARANAC LAKE — The state Department of Environmental Conservation is reminding boaters that the Lower Locks on the Saranac Lake Chain are still closed while extensive work is being done. The DEC expects the locks to be open by the end of June. Boaters can launch at either the Second Pond ...

Adirondack Land Trust’s Glenview Preserve
(Photo provided — John DiGiacomo)

Adirondack Land Trust wins $40k in state grants

KEENE VALLEY — The Adirondack Land Trust has been awarded two grants from the New York State Conservation Partnership Program: $30,000 to build itself up as it separates from another organization and $10,000 to manage Glenview Preserve in the town of Harrietstown. The funding was ...

Rangers busy as warm weather abounds

In addition to wildfire patrols around New York, state Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers were busy with numerous search-and-rescue missions last week in the Adirondacks. Town of Long Lake On Monday, April 17, a hiker reported his two companions missing on Blue ...

Mother of California girl killed in boat crash testifies

QUEENSBURY (AP) — The mother of an 8-year-old California girl killed last year in a boat collision on an upstate New York has given emotional testimony at the trial of the man charged with causing the accident. Courtney McCue cried during her testimony Monday in a Warren County court. Her ...

DEC releases conceptual rail trail plan

RAY BROOK — A series of public meetings have been scheduled on the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s conceptual plan for a proposed rail trail between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake. The Draft Adirondack Rail Trail Conceptual Plan was released Monday for public review and ...

One of the six chicks hatched earlier this month peers at the camera from the safety of Roo’s warm belly.
(Photo — Justin A. Levine)

Welcoming new chicks into the flock

There’s a handful of new additions chirping away at our homestead in Vermontville now that one of our chickens has successfully hatched a clutch of eggs. This is the first time we’ve had a hen go broody at the right time of year, and to our surprise, the momma hen is a golden-laced ...

Hidden in a local swamp this old water pump station is slowly rusting away.
(Photo — Joe Hackett)

Hand of man is evident everywhere

It is easy to forget that the lands surrounding many Adirondack communities were nearly denuded a century ago. While it’s no longer as apparent as it once was, there’s plenty of evidence of man’s thumbprint all over the Park. Open fields are one of the most evident signatures of man. ...

Nature Conservancy helps fund Adirondack Land Trust

KEENE VALLEY — The Nature Conservancy in New York is making a grant to the Adirondack Land Trust to provide $498,000 in funding to increase ALT’s capacity and scope of operations. ALT is separating from TNC’s Adirondack Chapter after more than 25 years. During that time they have ...

A drone, owned and piloted by Robin Johnson of Saranac Lake, hovers in March 2015.
(Enterprise photo — Matthew Turner)

Drone regs are on DEC’s radar

Unmanned aerial drone use falls into a bit of a gray area for law enforcement in the Adirondack backcountry, but the state Department of Environmental Conservation says it will soon seek public input on the subject. “DEC is currently in the early stages of determining what kind of public ...

PSC gears up for fourth annual SAM Fest

PAUL SMITHS — Paul Smith’s College will hold a daylong festival of music, art and TED-style science talks Saturday at the Paul Smith’s College VIC. The Science, Art and Music Festival, or SAM Fest, is now in its fourth year. It will feature a mix of performances by North Country ...

Board members and staff of the Lake Placid Land Conservancy and Barkeater Trails Alliance — from left, Matt McNamara, Georgia Jones, John Rosenthal, Jeffrey Graff, Scott Avery, Liz Clarke and Gregory Fetters — gather to celebrate closing a 100-acre land purchase that will be part of a new “community forest preserve” in Wilmington.
(Photo provided by the Lake Placid Land Conservancy)

Local conservancy buys Wilmington land for public trails

WILMINGTON — The Lake Placid Land Conservancy used a grant and donations Wednesday to buy 100 acres in this town and establish a “community forest preserve” with 2 miles of public trails. The Open Space Institute recently awarded the LPLC a $50,000 grant to help buy the land between ...

Mike Carr speaks at Elk Lake in 2016 as Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces that the state will buy the Boreas Ponds tract from The Nature Conservancy.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Carr, Heilman will receive Adirondack Council awards

The Adirondack Council has named Adirondack Land Trust director Mike Carr as its Conservationist of the Year, while Brant Lake resident Carl Heilman II was announced as the recipient of the Park Communicator Award for his stunning Adirondack photographs. The Council announced the awards ...

EPA seeks to scuttle cleanup of coal-power mercury

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is once again seeking to scuttle cuts to pollution from coal-fired power plants. The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday asked a federal appeals court in Washington to postpone consideration of 2012 rules requiring energy companies to cut ...

Aaron Mair
(Photo provided by the Sierra Club)

Sierra Club president will address Conference on the Adirondacks

LAKE PLACID — Aaron Mair, president of the Sierra Club, will be the keynote speaker at the 24th annual Conference on the Adirondacks, organized by the Adirondack Research Consortium. Mair will present his vision for a Veterans Memorial Trail from Fort Drum to the Adirondacks, as well as ...