Outdoors

Sen. Betty Little

Little introduces plethora of bills that could affect Adirondacks

Owners of leased hunting camps would gain the ability to prevent the state from purchasing land under one of a state senator’s proposed bills. Long-serving Sen. Betty Little, whose district covers much of the Adirondack Park, introduced the Adirondack Sportsmen’s Club Preservation ...

Big Tupper Ski Area’s Chair 2 in Tupper Lake remains dormant this winter as the Adirondack Club and Resort project is still in the process of garnering environmental permits.
(Enterprise photo — Kelly Carroll)

LA Group files lien on nine resort-related land parcels

TUPPER LAKE — The LA Group, a go-to consulting firm for developers, has filed a lien against the corporation behind the Adirondack Club and Resort, citing hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid fees. The Saratoga Springs-based group, the full name of which is Landscape Architecture ...

The main lodge at the former Frontier Town is seen last week as plans were announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to create a “gateway to the Adirondacks” on this site.
(Enterprise photo — Justin Levine)

North Hudson supervisor giddy about plans for old Frontier Town

A native of Ticonderoga, Ronald Moore remembers riding up U.S. Route 9 as a young child to visit Frontier Town more than a half century ago. He can’t shake the adolescent memory that was the thrill of the amusement park’s stagecoach ride, when masked horsemen would surprise ...

Lawmakers ponder Lake Champlain cleanup costs

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont Gov. Phil Scott said Tuesday the state remains committed to seeing Lake Champlain cleaned up, even though the total estimated price tag over the next 20 years could exceed $1 billion. The new Republican governor, sworn in this month, said that “everything has ...

Global warming could steal postcard-perfect weather days

WASHINGTON — Global warming is going to steal away some of those postcard-perfect weather days in the future, according to a first-of-its-kind projection of nice weather. On average, Earth will have 10 fewer days of mild and mostly dry weather by the end of the century, the researchers ...

The A-frame main lodge of the former Frontier Town theme park, closed since 1998, sits just off of Interstate 87’s Exit 29 in North Hudson.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Nature Conservancy awards Five Towns grants

NORTH HUDSON — The Nature Conservancy has awarded a grant to the Essex County Industrial Development Agency to help develop recreation and eco-tourism-based businesses in the Five Towns area of the Adirondacks. The Microenterprise Grant Program is for entrepreneurs providing visitor ...

DEC reminds anglers to be careful on the ice

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is warning anglers to be careful while ice fishing this winter. “The presence of snowmobile tracks or footprints on the ice should not be considered as evidence of safe ice conditions,” the DEC said in a press release. “Individuals ...

Hollis Tyndall, right, and Mike Primeau emerge from the trees onto the open shoulder of Round Mountain during The Mountaineer’s annual Adirondack International Mountaineering Festival in Keene Valley.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Mountaineering festival gets people to opt outdoors

KEENE VALLEY — Popping out of the dense evergreens, almost a dozen people scrambled up a steep, snowy slope to the open summit, where stunning views of the High Peaks stretched out for miles. And the fun part hadn’t even started yet. Eleven people, including the two guides, ...

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is proposing to eliminate the hunting season for diamondback terrapin turtles in New York. Terrapins live in coastal areas where salt and fresh water mix and can play an integral role in coastal wetland health.
(Photo — U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Scientists ask DEC to end terrapin hunting

A coalition of more than 60 scientists is urging the state Department of Environmental Conservation to follow through on its plan to end the hunting and trapping season of diamondback terrapin turtles in New York. In November, the DEC asked the public to comment on several proposed ...

Discovering new horizons south of the border

It’s been many years since I first traveled with my wife to visit the Mayan ruins of the Yucatan Peninsula, near Chichen Itza, Mexico. It was the early 1980s and tourism was still in its infancy in the eastern portion of the Yucatan State. At the time, the hotbed of activity centered ...

From left, Elizabeth Trachte of Lake Placid, Diana  Billingsley of Lake Clear and other snowshoers track through the snow along the edge of Riverside Park in Saranac Lake Wednesday as part of a kick-off for the village’s hosting of the Feb. 25 World Snowshoe Championships. The park will be the finish line for both the 10k and 5k races.
(Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)

Saranac Lake prepares to welcome world’s snowshoers

SARANAC LAKE — Top snowshoers from across the globe will trod this village’s streets and hills in late February when Saranac Lake hosts its first world championship event in more than a century. The World Snowshoe Championships, set for Feb. 25, will feature 5- and 10-kilometer ...

Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks in Westchester Tuesday during his State of the State Address. 
(Photo provided by the governor's office)

Cuomo pitches 750-mile hiking, biking trail plan

ALBANY — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing to complete and connect two greenway trails crisscrossing the state from Manhattan to Canada and from Albany to Buffalo to create a 750-mile paved biking and hiking route that will be marketed as a national tourist destination. “We ...

Lake Placid toboggan chute nears finish

LAKE PLACID — After some initial unexpected setbacks in recent weeks when installing the new toboggan chute near the village beach, the town of North Elba still believes the chute has a good chance to be ready by the end of this month. Speaking at Tuesday’s North Elba Town Council ...

Cycle Adirondacks rider’s bikes and tents are lined up neatly in the Petrova School field during their two-night stay in Saranac Lake in August 2016.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Cycle Adirondacks goes for fewer, longer stops

SARANAC LAKE — Cycle Adirondacks will make longer stops in a shorter list of communities during its third run through the Park this year. Instead of a week-long tour with stops in six towns, the catered road cycling tour will make two-night stops in three towns over six days, Aug. 19 to ...

APA considers plan for Moose River Plains

RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency will discuss the Moose River Plains Unit Management Plan and other topics at this week’s regular board meeting Thursday and Friday at agency headquarters. The two-day meeting kicks off at 12:30 p.m. Thursday with the executive director’s ...

DEC issues plan for Westward Waters in Lewis County

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced its plans for a complex of forests and fishing access sites on the western edge of the Adirondack Park. The Westward Waters Unit Management Plan details the DEC’s plans for a dozen state forests as well as several other ...

Visitors ski up to Great Camp Santanoni’s Main Lodge on a Winter Weekend the state Department of Environmental Conservation hosted in March 2015.
(Enterprise photo — Peter Crowley)

DEC announces Santanoni ski-snowshoe weekends

NEWCOMB — The state Department of Environmental Conservation is offering the public three chances to tour the Great Camp Santanoni property in Newcomb this winter. The DEC has designated one weekend each in January, February and March when the public can ski or snowshoe into the great ...