Outdoors

State forests keep sustainable certification

The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced last week that its state forest management programs had won national sustainable certification for the 11th year in a row. The DEC manages more than three-quarters of a million acres of forests outside of the Catskill and ...

Green groups sue over snowmobile bridge plan

Two Adirondack environmental groups have sued the state Department of Environmental Conservation over a planned snowmobile bridge in the central Adirondacks. Protect the Adirondacks and Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve, sued the state in January over a 12-foot-wide ...

DEC announces increased access in Grass River area

A trio of parcels in St. Lawrence County — including state land and two conservation easements — have new access and recreation plans, the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced last week. The DEC has approved the three plans, which include an expansion of recreational ...

Ice fishermen return to Tupper for Northern Challenge

TUPPER LAKE — With 1,200 people out on the ice of Simond Pond for the Northern Challenge Saturday, the usually-empty frozen pond was covered from shore to shore with tents, fires and tip-ups with people from 16 states catching around 190 fish throughout the day. Other ice fishing derbies ...

13 injured in N.Y. hunting accidents in 2018

Hunters across New York had just 13 shooting-related incidents last year, tying a low set in 2016 and halving the number of shootings from a decade ago. The state Department of Environmental Conservation released its statistics from 2018, and while there were three fatalities related to ...

Fishing for an answer

TUPPER LAKE — “Why are we here?” It’s one of the essential mysteries of life, a question facing everyone from time to time. I asked myself this while sitting out on an icy pond on a cold Sunday morning. The official answer was to fish for smelt. The reality was the wind ...

Breaking down the Bloomingdale Bog Trail

SARANAC LAKE — The Bloomingdale Bog Trail is a snowmobile trail that is also popular with cross-country skiers, fat tire bikers and walkers during the winter, when snowmobile grooming keeps the trail in good shape. Stretching 8.25 miles from its start near Saranac Lake to its end in ...

The cost of driving 55 mph in snow and ice

SARANAC LAKE — New York salts its roads more than any other state — not only in higher amounts, but also at the highest rate. This has resulted in salinization of this region’s lakes, streams and groundwater downslope from roadways, according to research by Dan Kelting, executive ...

The good ol’ days of snowball hooliganism 

My ears are still ringing, and I can’t stop chuckling after engaging in some of the long, lost fun I enjoyed as a kid. Admittedly, I was somewhat of a delinquent, but not in the classic sense. We may have thought we were really bad apples at the time, but in comparison with the havoc others ...

13 injured in N.Y. hunting accidents in 2018

ALBANY (AP) — State officials say 13 people were injured last year in hunting accidents involving guns. Three of them died. The Department of Environmental Conservation says Thursday that the 13 recorded hunting-related shooting incidents ties the record-low mark for New York first ...

Environmental Protection Fund change prompts outcry

A change to the wording of the state’s Environmental Protection Fund — a pool of money used for capital projects that benefit the environment — has raised concern among environmental groups and elected officials. “If all is well with staffing resources ... why is the budget proposal ...

Ranger academy staying put for now

During a joint state Senate and Assembly hearing on environmental conservation in Albany last week, a central New York assemblyman asked if the forest ranger academy would be moving. And the answer was essentially “not yet.” The state Department of Environmental Conservation hosts ...

Rangers help rescue snowmobile groomers

SANTA CLARA — State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers and environmental conservation officers assisted a pair of snowmobile trail groomers after one was out of contact for an extended period of time on Tuesday, Jan. 22. The first groomer operator had been out of ...

DEC seeks comments on one of NY’s most remote areas

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is beginning a public comment period for one of the most remote wilderness areas in the Adirondacks next month, with an online survey and public meeting scheduled. The Pepperbox Wilderness Area is nearly 24,000 acres in the western ...

Christmas Count spots 40 species

SARANAC LAKE — The annual Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count took place late last month, and although a few species of expected birds were not seen, volunteers counted 40 species during the course of the event. The CBC is in its 63rd year in the Tri-Lakes, and is organized by Larry ...

Legislators asked to add forest rangers

During a joint legislative committee hearing on environmental conservation in Albany on Wednesday, Ray Brook-based forest ranger and union delegate Scott van Laer called on the state government to add more forest rangers. In the latest effort to add more forest rangers to the state ...

Highlighted hike: Snowy Mountain

Snowy Mountain Trail, part of the Jessup River Wild Forest, ascends 2,000 feet and 3.8 miles from the Snowy Mountain Trail parking area to the fire tower at the summit. The fire tower is a 47-foot tall, restored Aermotor LS-40 tower at 3,897 feet elevation. The trail crosses the West ...

DEC helps Maine game wardens ticket Glens Falls man

Earlier this month, state Department of Environmental Conservation officers George Lapoint and Alan Brassard assisted the Maine Warden Service in its investigation of a deer shot from the road in Allagash, Maine. The MWS investigation determined the deer was shot by a Glens Falls man who had ...

DEC kicks off state budget hearings

ALBANY (AP) — New York state’s environment is being threatened by Donald Trump’s policies, with the president’s efforts to rollback longstanding regulations constituting “an unprecedented assault on the environment,” a top Cuomo administration testified Wednesday at a state budget ...