Outdoors

Some 4,500 ride ATVs in Snirt

LOWVILLE — A sizeable amount of snow on the ground was not enough to stop riders from breaking out their all-terrain vehicles during Saturday’s Snirt Run. The ride was something they were looking forward to all year, even if the temperature at the start of the day was below ...

Whiteface will reopen this weekend

LAKE PLACID — The Whiteface Mountain Ski Center will reopen for two more days of skiing Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Trails accessed by the Facelift quad, Little Whiteface gondola and Summit quad will be open, conditions permitting. Whiteface is no longer making snow for ...

Ranger helps group of cold hikers

ST. REGIS FALLS — While state Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers began prescribed burns in some parts of the state last week, one Adirondack ranger helped a trio of hikers. On Sunday, Franklin County 911 transferred a call to DEC dispatch in Ray Brook from three hikers ...

Penn State says wilderness is too risky for outdoors clubs

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — A near-century-old outdoor recreation club will now refrain from going outside because it is too dangerous out in the wilderness, according to officials at Penn State University. The Penn State Outing Club, originally founded in 1920, announced last week that the ...

DEC releases statewide invasive species plan

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is accepting public comments on the first statewide comprehensive plan to battle invasive species, which could cost the Adirondacks an estimated $900 million if allowed to spread. The draft New York State Invasive Species Comprehensive ...

Residential burning ban in effect through mid-May

ALBANY (AP) — Small wildfires have broken out across New York in the past week, and state officials are warning residents to beware of dry conditions as temperatures rise. Fires struck on Long Island and upstate in Sullivan, Saratoga, and Warren counties, and firefighters in Cayuga County ...

Skimming into the sunshine

WILMINGTON — Weather-wise, the third time was certainly the charm. After postponing the annual International Pond Skimming event twice earlier this month due to poor weather conditions, the contest finally took place on Saturday at Whiteface Mountain, and it couldn’t have been a more ...

Breathless tale of Dannemora escape

Not many stories from the North Country garner national attention, but the escape of two convicted killers from a maximum security prison in 2015 captured the nation’s attention like few stories can. While there are now a number of books recounting the escape and ensuing search, ...

International intrigue with a touch of Irish luck

During my college career I was fortunate to have an opportunity to study abroad on an exchange program through Plattsburgh State. The year was 1976 and the cooperating school was Chester College, a small institution known for its School of Outdoor Pursuits and Physical Education. The ...

Stefanik skips effort to dump Pruitt, still says he should quit

On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik’s signature was missing from a Democrat-led resolution to oust U.S. Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt, despite her announcement at a recent South Glens Falls town hall meeting that Pruitt should resign. Stefanik, R-Willsboro, said ...

Study: Outdoor rec is big business in northern New York

It’s no surprise the congressional district that covers much of the Adirondacks is home to a lot of outdoor recreation, but a group has found that New York’s 21st Congressional District generates an astounding $1.5 billion annually. The Outdoor Industry Association released its report ...

Couple watches as coyote kills a deer on frozen Loon Lake

Paulette and David Burns were eating their breakfast Sunday morning when they witnessed a coyote doing the same. The coyote, however, had to chase and kill its food first — on its own, without a pack to help it out. It ended up with a much bigger meal than the Burns — a whole deer ...

State budget increases environmental funding, but not positions

The New York state budget that was passed earlier this month increased overall funding for the state’s three main environmental agencies, but an increase in forest rangers and environmental conservation officers does not appear to be in the cards. The state budget increased funding by 7.5 ...

Hiker found dead partway down cliff on OK Slip Falls trail

A hiker who died on the OK Slip Falls trail near Indian Lake last week suffered “considerable trauma” to his head and neck, according to the Hamilton County coroner. State police identified 67-year-old Thomas J. Ullmann of New Haven, Connecticut, as the man who was located late Friday ...

Rangers rescue skier, hikers

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers worked overnight last week, recovering the body of a man who died while hiking near Indian Lake. They also located a lost hiker and rescued an injured skier. --- Town of Fort Ann On Tuesday, April 10 at 5:03 p.m., DEC ...

Hiker found dead partway down cliff on OK Slip Falls trail

A hiker who died on the OK Slip Falls trail near Indian Lake last week suffered “considerable trauma,” according to the Hamilton County coroner. State police identified 67-year-old Thomas J. Ullmann of New Haven, Connecticut, as the man who was located late Friday night after he failed ...

Never too early to start garden planning

SARANAC LAKE — Even though it’s still snowing out, if you’re into gardening you no doubt are itching to get outside again. One productive thing you can do this time of year, when spring is near but it’s too early to start planting is make your garden plan. For vegetable gardens, ...

Patience pays in times like these

Judging by the depth of the snowpack remaining in the local woods, it may be a while before anglers have an opportunity to hit the lakes and ponds. I expect the lakes ponds will remain socked in with ice until warm weather and a bright sun combine to finally chase the winter away. As ...

Wintry Whiteface postpones Pond Skimming another week

The good news is that there’s plenty of snow remaining on the slopes of Whiteface Mountain Ski Center in Wilmington. The bad news, however, is the weekend forecast calls for wet, chilly and possibly dangerous weather, which once again has forced the postponement of the International Pond ...