Outdoors

Conservation groups want private ATVs banned in some parts of the Adirondacks

ALBANY (AP) — A coalition of conservation groups say New York state must do more to address the impact of all-terrain vehicles in the Adirondacks. The group, which includes organizations such as the Adirondack Council and the Sierra Club, published a report Monday detailing the impact ...

Splash into spring

WILMINGTON — The Whiteface Mountain Ski Center hosted its annual International Pond Skimming Contest on Saturday, and despite the lack of sunny blue skies, a field of nearly 100 participants showed up to entertain the large crowd of spectators that gathered at the base of the slopes for ...

From Marcy ski to shining sea

SARANAC LAKE — Many people hike the state’s highest mountain each year. But one local guide recently went from the roof of New York to its lowest point in one day, just to see if he could. Jeff Murray, who lives in Saranac Lake and works as a licensed guide, recently skied up Mount ...

A different approach to familiar Blueberry Mountain

I have lived in the Adirondacks all my life, and never at any moment resided too far from the High Peaks Region. But, for some reason, I had never climbed Blueberry Mountain from the Marcy Field trailhead. I have, of course, descended down from “the blueberry” a few times while ...

Wildfire risk up in New York amid windy and warm weather

ALBANY (AP) — New York state officials say the risk for wildfires is up due to rising temperatures, gusty winds and low relative humidity. Department of Environmental Conservation officials on Wednesday urged New York residents to obey the statewide burn ban amid the heightened wildfire ...

Wilmington bears still on the loose

Do not, under any circumstances, feed the bears. If Luvey and Ahote, the pair that escaped from the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge, are filling their stomachs elsewhere, they may not head for home, explained Steve Hall, who with his wife Wendy owns and operates the center in ...

Rangers help injured woman

FORT ANN — On Sunday, March 30, state Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers responded to a call for an injured woman in the town of Fort Ann. The 47-year-old female suffered an ankle injury while hiking on an icy trail on Lake George Land Conservancy ...

Police ID 2nd hiker who died in March

RAY BROOK — In the middle of March, two hikers died in separate incidents just three days apart, and State Police have now identified the first man who died. On Friday, March 15, 51-year-old Kevin Riggs of Plattsburgh died while hiking on Blueberry Hill in Elizabethtown. According ...

Bears escape from wildlife refuge in Wilmington

WILMINGTON — The state Department of Environmental Conservation is asking the public to be on the lookout for two bears that escaped from the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge over the weekend. A press release from the department said the bears may not be as cautious around humans as their ...

Two I Love My Park Day events held at Adirondack campgrounds

The state Department of Environmental Conservation will hold two events in the Adirondacks for I Love My Park Day. The events will be on Saturday, May 4, and are free and open to the public, though work gloves and appropriate clothing are recommended. “I Love My Park Day is a ...

Anti-tick funds dry up

PAUL SMITHS — The New York state budget passed Monday did not renew $1 million in funding for Lyme disease research, including $30,000 used by Paul Smith’s College students to track the spread of ticks and the diseases they carry in the North Country. The research of ticks was ...

High Rock side trip worth the diversion

The snowpack in the Adirondacks was steady this winter, making the skiing quite good for much of the season. This was especially the case in the Five Ponds Wilderness Area. A couple of the access trails into the wilderness follow old railroad grades from the time of the Rich Lumber ...

Evening grosbeak continue to appear in the North Country

VERMONTVILLE — Local volunteers spent about six days combing the Tri-Lakes region for birds during the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count late last year, and despite spotting 40 species, one somewhat common winter bird was not seen: the evening grosbeak. But even as the species is in ...

Trout season to open Monday, if you can find open water

SARANAC LAKE — Although winter may still be fresh in our minds, trout fishing season opens Monday across New York. And with the state planning to stock millions of fish this spring, there should be plenty of opportunities for anglers. Once the ice melts, that is. Essex County has the ...

Backcountry rules change as mud season begins

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is reminding backcountry users that winter conditions still exist in the Adirondacks, even as some access roads have closed for mud season. On Monday, April 1, some rock climbing routes in the Adirondacks will close for peregrine falcon ...

DEC closing Lake Placid boat launch April 8

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Boat Launch on Mirror Lake Drive will close on April 8, likely until the weekend of May 24. The state Department of Environmental Conservation is closing the site to replace its deteriorating bulkhead. The DEC expects the work to be finished and the boat ...

Plastic bag ban comes close to reality in NY

ALBANY (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo and fellow Democrats who control the Legislature have reached a deal to make New York the third state with a ban on single-use plastic grocery bags as they worked to finalize budget agreements, officials said Friday. The ban would prohibit grocery stores ...

DEC warns of rabies in southeast Essex County

By the Enterprise staff The state Department of Environmental Conservation is asking the public to be on the lookout for animals acting strangely after numerous positive rabies tests in Moriah, Ticonderoga and Crown Point. “Wild animals infected with rabies may act tame, sick, or ...

DEC works with Keene on Garden parking closure

KEENE — The state Department of Environmental Conservation is coordinating with the town of Keene over this summer’s closure of the Garden parking area, a popular trailhead that provides access to the High Peaks via Johns Brook Valley. On Monday, the town announced that due to the ...