Outdoors

A black bear is seen near Lake Colden in July 2004 in the High Peaks Wilderness Area of the Adirondack Mountains. (Photo provided)

Bear encounters abound this summer

This is one of those summers when Adirondack bears are especially bold. The state Department of Environmental Conservation is warning backcountry users of issues with bears approaching people in the High Peaks Wilderness and other wild areas nearby. “Campers and hikers are encouraged ...

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid
(Photo provided — www.nyis.info)

Invasive woolly adelgid confirmed in Adirondacks

By the Enterprise staff The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, a minuscule invasive species that attacks hemlock trees, has been confirmed for the first time in the Adirondack Park. The state Department of Environmental Conservation revealed the existence of a small population of the species on ...

Rangers rescue unprepared hikers, among others

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers responded to numerous rescues in Adirondack counties last week, including of numerous hikers who were unprepared for their trips. Town of Fort Ann Shortly before 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18, a man with no map, compass, flashlight ...

Park commission shuts down lake party year after fatal crash

ALBANY — A state agency on Tuesday banned a raucous gathering of boaters from being held in a popular bay on an Adirondack lake after a fatal boat crash followed the annual event last year. The action by the Lake George Park Commission came a year to the day after an 8-year-old California ...

ECOs capture young eagle, patrol lakes on July 4

The Fourth of July holiday kept state environmental conservation officers busy this month in the counties that are part of the Adirondacks. Franklin County On Monday, July 3, ECO Jennifer Okonuk received a call from a neighbor saying there was a young eagle living in the neighbor’s ...

Toxic algae can harm dogs, officials warn

ALBANY (AP) — State parks and New York Sea Grant are getting the word out about algae that can make dogs sick. The problem is harmful algal blooms, which poison water with toxins from blue-green algae. The toxins can disrupt liver and nervous system function and cause skin irritation in ...

There are nearly three dozen campsites on the popular Follensby Clear Pond, and the DEC plans on closing about half of them.
(Photo provided — Sheila Delarm)

Couple organizes to fight campsite closings on Follensby Clear Pond

SARANAC LAKE — Last month, the state Department of Environmental Conservation released its long-awaited unit management plan for the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest, a complex of public land that encompasses about 75,000 acres of land and nearly 20,000 acres of water in the Tri-Lakes ...

Swimmer drowns in Franklin County lake

MOUNTAIN VIEW — A Plattsburgh man drowned Saturday while swimming in a northern Franklin County lake. George W. Mitchell, 32, was boating on Indian Lake in the town of Bellmont and decided to go swimming, state police said in a press release. “After jumping in the water, Mitchell ...

New York develops future campers by making it free for a lucky few

ALBANY — Folks who’d like to try camping at New York parks are getting the chance to do it this summer for free, courtesy of the state. New York launched a first-time camper program this summer, offering all the gear necessary for a weekend adventure, including a brand-new six-person ...

DEC crew heads west to fight fires

ALBANY (AP) — A crew from New York state is heading west to help battle wildfires. Twenty employees and volunteers from the state Department of Environmental Conservation are departing Saturday to help where needed. Crews are battling wildfires in California, Montana and British ...

County road 60 is rough in some places, but there is so little traffic that any pot holes can be easily avoided.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Biking from Buck Pond

ONCHIOTA — Buck Pond Campground is a state-owned public campground nestled between Buck Pond and Lake Kushaqua. While there is an abundance of excellent fishing available at the park and no shortage of nearby hikes, one of the activities many campers engage in is bicycling. That’s ...

An angler’s flyrod bows under the weight of a fleeting trout on the line.
(Photo — Joe Hackett)

Nature finds a way, even in urban environments

Living in the Adirondacks makes it easy to overlook the wealth of outdoor offerings the area provides. There is increasing evidence that indicates human health is linked to exposure to natural areas where clean water, clean air and beautiful, peaceful surroundings provide opportunities for ...

Rep. Elise Stefanik
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Stefanik again votes to keep air pollution rules

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Tuesday to delay the implementation of Obama-era reductions in smog-causing air pollutants, but North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik was one of only two New York Republicans who voted against the legislation. Stefanik, R-Willsboro, was one of ...

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik gestures as she answers a question from a member of the audience during a “Coffee with Your Congresswoman” April 24 at the Shirley J. Luck Senior Citizens Center in Johnstown.
(Photo — Bill Trojan, The Leader-Herald)

Stefanik again votes to keep clean air rules

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Tuesday to delay the implementation of Obama-era reductions in smog-causing air pollutants, but North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik was one of only two New York Republicans who voted against the legislation. Stefanik, R-Willsboro, was one of ...

Temporary road closures for Sunday’s Ironman

LAKE PLACID — The 19th annual Ironman Lake Placid triathlon will take place from 6:30 a.m. to midnight Sunday, and temporary road closures will begin at 5 a.m. The triathlon route includes a 2.4-mile swim in Mirror Lake, a 112-mile bike ride through Lake Placid, Keene, Upper Jay, ...

People swim and, at left, prepare to jump from cliffs at the Flume in Wilmington in July 2011.
(Enterprise photo — Richard Rosentreter)

Man waited until Flume subsided, but it was still too much

A man who drowned July 3 at the Flume in Wilmington had decided not to jump into the waterfall each of the two days prior because the water level was too high. That’s according to state police Investigator Liane Colby, who looked into the death of Matthew Miller, 31, of Ithaca. Colby ...

Rangers package and prepare to carry out an 18-year-old man who fell approximately 100 feet down Cascade Falls on Sunday. 
(Photo provided by DEC)

Teen falls 100 feet while climbing waterfall

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers helped numerous lost and injured people in the Adirondack backcountry last week, including a teenage climber who fell from a waterfall and a group that was wholly unprepared for their hike. - Town of Keene - On Sunday, ...

State Assemblyman Billy Jones speaks during a press conference on a federal law being pushed by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand at Paul Smith's College Monday afternoon.
(Enterprise photo - Justin A. Levine)

Researchers, officials push for federal support of new tick law

PAUL SMITHS — U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was scheduled to speak in support of one of her bills Monday afternoon at Paul Smith’s College, but when weather kept her away, state Assemblyman Billy Jones was on hand. The bill requires the federal government to establish a “tick-borne ...