Outdoors

Climate reality check: Global carbon pollution up in 2018

WASHINGTON — After several years of little growth, global emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide experienced their largest jump in seven years, discouraging scientists. World carbon dioxide emissions are estimated to have risen 2.7 percent from 2017 to 2018, according to three studies ...

DEC campground ambassador program continues

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced the campgrounds in the Adirondacks and Catskills that will have Campground Ambassadors stationed at them. The Campground Ambassador program was started in the summer of 2018, with the idea being that more experienced campers ...

Hemlock woolly adelgid workshop on Dec. 15

WARRENSBURG — The state Department of Environmental Conservation and Cornell Cooperative Extension will host a workshop on the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid here Saturday, Dec. 15. Charlotte Malmborg, a natural resources technician with the New York State Hemlock Initiative at Cornell ...

Case closed: Towns win back Old Mountain Road

LAKE PLACID — Old Mountain Road, a historic highway that was — until recently — part of a state wilderness area, has been returned to two local towns after more than a decade-long legal battle. The road became contested in 2003, when Lake Placid resident Jim McCulley drove his ...

Coroner IDs hiker who died on Long Lake mountain

LONG LAKE — A 51-year-old Canadian man died while hiking a popular fire tower peak in the Adirondacks on Saturday, Dec. 1. Mark Earle of Ottawa died about a half-mile from the summit on his descent with a group of snowshoers, according to Hamilton County Coroner Virginia ...

Canadian who died on Long Lake mountain identified

LONG LAKE — A 51-year-old Canadian man died while hiking a popular fire tower peak in the Adirondacks on Saturday, Dec. 1. Mark Earle of Ontario died about a half-mile from the summit on his descent with a group of snowshoers, according to Hamilton County Coroner Virginia ...

DEC closes roads for winter as hunting season ends

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced the seasonal closure of several roads for the winter, and regular season hunting has come to an end. In its weekly Outdoor Recreation Bulletin, the DEC said O’Neill Flow Road, Minerva Club Road and Pickwickett Pond Road in ...

Canadian dies hiking Owls Head Mountain

LONG LAKE — State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers recovered the body of a Canadian man who died while hiking in the town of Long Lake over the weekend. Rangers also rescued a Canadian woman stranded on Whiteface Mountain in the town of Wilmington. --- Hiker ...

Push for skate path on Lake Colby

SARANAC LAKE — A local group of skating enthusiasts are pushing to establish a “wild ice” skating trail on Lake Colby this winter. The group, called Saranac Lake Skate Path, formed a small committee and has met twice since October. John Dimon, owner of the Human Power Planet Earth ...

Photo contest promotes hunting among women

ALBANY (AP) — A state-sponsored photo contest is underway with the goal of inspiring more women to take up hunting in New York. The Department of Environmental Conservation is encouraging women to email photos to the agency by the end of December. Winning entries will be featured in next ...

Christmas Bird Count returns

SARANAC LAKE — The 63rd annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count will take place in late December this year, and locals with an interest in birding are encouraged to sign up to watch for birds at feeders or walk one of the prescribed areas. The annual event, which is part of a nationwide ...

Southern Adirondack hunters make easy work for ECOs

State environmental conservation officers recently busted some allegedly illegal hunters in the southern Adirondacks, with one hunter leaving a bloody path straight to his door. - Fulton County - On Saturday, Nov. 17, ECOs Paul Pasciak and Shane Manns received a tip about two bucks ...

DEC taking comments on Oswegatchie plan

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is taking public comments on a proposed plan that would allow seasonal all-terrain vehicle use on private lands at the western edge of the Adirondack Park. The Oswegatchie Conservation Easement Tract contains roughly 17,000 acres in St. ...

ECOs charge hunters with trespassing on nuclear site

WEST MILTON — On Wednesday, Nov. 7, state Department of Environmental Conservation officers in Saratoga County received a tip that some hunters may trespass on federal property the following morning. ECOs Rob Higgins and Steve Shaw met on the morning of Nov. 8 at the Knolls, Kesselring ...

Find the cure on a pair of skis

Although it is easy to forget or overlook the Adirondack region’s long-lasting legacy of providing guests with an opportunity to benefit from the “healing woods,” there was a time when such efforts were known worldwide. Fortunately, we were recently reminded of that impact when a ...

Embark to get a facelift

Embark, which is has been published by the Adirondack Daily Enterprise six times a year as a free outdoors adventure magazine, will undergo some major changes early next year. In an effort to increase readership and the overall attractiveness of the magazine, we will be going to a glossy, ...

Stefanik votes to remove wolves from endangered list

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik voted in five roll-call votes last week, the first time in more than a month that Congress has held a session. Stefanik, R-Willsboro, voted for a resolution to bring the Manage our Wolves Act forward for discussion. The bill would remove gray wolves from the list ...