Outdoors

Stefanik joins resolution for environmental protection

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, the North Country's congresswoman, has co-sponsored a resolution that expresses a commitment to environmental stewardship.The measure, led by Republican New York Congressman Chris Gibson, calls on the House to develop economically viable solutions which address climate ...

A climb over Basin and Saddleback

KEENE VALLEY - My wife, Anna, and I wanted to end the summer hiking season properly.Summers in the Adirondacks are an eye blink, and our weekends often get saturated with things like family visits and weddings, leaving us few days to explore the mountains.We needed to fix that, so we devoted ...

Out of the kitchen and into the woods

As the trout season slowly winds down to an end on October 15, the primary focus of most sportsmen, and women will shift to the hunting season with birds in the air and whitetails in the woods.I have enjoyed a number of combo hunts over the years, when muzzleloader season for whitetails ...

APA seeks public comment on Essex Chain Lakes

RAY BROOK - The state Adirondack Park Agency is accepting public comments on the proposed final unit management plan for the Essex Chain Lakes Management Complex.After a lengthy discussion at last Thursday's APA board meeting that involved some back-and-forth between board member Dick Booth and ...

Undamming the wilderness

LAKE PLACID - An iconic High Peaks vantage point is slowly being dismantled.On Monday a work crew began a five-year process to remove Marcy Dam, which was damaged during Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, causing the pond above it to drain.The dam across Marcy Brook is located along the Van ...

Test of toughness

SARANAC LAKE - Everyone who paddles the Adirondack Canoe Classic faces a different kind of challenge.On Sunday, Prescott Park was populated with hundreds of paddlers - some embracing loved ones, others relaxing on their backs - who had just finished the three-day race.For Vermont resident Amy ...

Marcy Dam will be dismantled

LAKE PLACID (AP) - Work is slated to begin shortly on the first stage of removal of Marcy Dam in the Adirondack High Peaks.The log dam was a favorite photo and camping spot for generations of Adirondack hikers, who took in the view of mountains reflecting in the dam's pond. But state officials ...

Transforming outdoor skills into life skills

Although summer-like weather continues to hold sway across the region, there are already many natural signs to indicate autumn is looming on the near horizon. Although I have yet to scent the familiar mustiness of fall, there is plenty of evidence as the trees begin to take on their fiery fall ...

DEC Search and Rescue Report

RAY BROOK - State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers responded to the following search-and-rescue incidents the week of Aug. 31 to Sept. 7.---Clinton CountyTown of Black Brook, Taylor Pond Wild ForestOn Sept. 5 at 3 p.m., DEC's Ray Brook dispatch received a call from the ...

Deceased paddler will do another 90-Miler

SARANAC LAKE - Norm Goldstein will cross the Adirondack Canoe Classic finish line one last time.The Syracuse resident was an enthusiastic participant in the 90-mile paddle for the last 29 years. He died June 13. He was 79 years old."We're bringing his ashes across the finish line with us," his ...

Safe passage

LAKE PLACID - It's a way of rethinking culverts that could benefit everyone involved, including fish.This summer, a portion of River Road in Lake Placid has been closed to accommodate work crews who have been busy replacing a culvert there.The old, steel tube that once carried water from one ...

Tahoe bear problem prompts questions about cubs’ bad habits

RENO, Nev. - Are some bears just born to be bad? Or do they learn from other bears that raid garbage cans, break into cars and homes and eventually have to be killed because they've lost their fear of humans?Scientists have researched this classic debate over "nature" and "nurture" among black ...

APA to weigh Essex Chain plan Thursday

RAY BROOK - An overall plan for the Essex Chain Lakes and a Bay Pond fish overhaul are on the agenda of the state Adirondack Park Agency's monthly public meeting, which will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the agency's Ray Brook headquarters.At 10:30 a.m., state Department of Environmental ...

Hopeful on mercury

Adirondack loons aren't out of the woods yet.Nina Schoch, coordinator of the Biodiversity Research Institute's Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation, said the iconic Adirondack birds are still exhibiting the detrimental effects of mercury pollution, although some of her colleagues say the ...

DEC updates Kushaqua plan

RAY BROOK - The state Department of Environmental Conservation is accepting another round of comments on its proposed revisions to the Kushaqua Tract resource management plan through Sept. 18.The 18,989-acre parcel consists of a working forest owned by Lyme Timber Company of Hanover, New ...

Humans stake claim as ultimate predator

I recently received a press release from the Maine Department of Fish and Wildlife regarding the state's annual bear season that began Monday, Aug. 31 and concludes after Thanksgiving. It is one of the longest bear seasons in the country, in a state with the largest bear population in the ...

DEC Search and Rescue Report

RAY BROOK - State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers responded to the following search-and-rescue incidents the week of Aug. 24 to 30.---Warren CountyTown of Chester (private land)On Aug. 24 at 7:30 p.m., DEC Ray Brook dispatch received a transferred call from Warren County ...

Study: NY benefits most from EPA regs

Environmental scientist Charles Driscoll says the federal Clean Power Plan will benefit New York state the most in terms of health.The Environmental Protection Agency move, announced Aug. 3, sets standards for states to meet to reduce the nation's carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 32 percent of ...

Fire risk for holiday weekend

State officials say warm and dry weather could spark more wildfires, so they advise residents and visitors to be cautious with campfires this Labor Day weekend.As of Friday, state forest rangers were battling six small wildfires across New York that have been contained to a combined 3.4 acres. ...

Vt. farm pollution settlement could be blueprint to Champlain cleanup

MONTPELIER, Vt. - The Vermont Agency of Agriculture and an environmental group announced Friday their blueprint for reducing farm pollution flowing into Lake Champlain, a plan they put in the form of a signed agreement to settle the group's lawsuit.Under the agreement with the Conservation Law ...