Outdoors

DEC asks that anglers help fish beat the heat

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is asking anglers to help cold-water fish stay alive in serious summer heat. “Trout and salmon are coldwater sportfish that can experience serious physical stress whenever water temperatures climb above 70 degrees Fahrenheit,” the DEC ...

DEC changes environmental review rules

The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced last week the first major changes to environmental permitting rules in more than 20 years. The changes, which will take affect on Jan. 1 next year, will help streamline permitting for green projects. After several years of ...

DEC creates two new birding challenges

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is using the popular “hiking challenge” model in an effort to encourage more New Yorkers to go birding. “I Bird NY” has two challenges: one for beginner birders 16 years old and under, and one for more experienced birders. The youth ...

Beyond the fog: A morning paddle on Osgood

It was so foggy that we basically paddled until we saw land in front of us and then turned. Sure, I could have gotten out the map and compass, but that’s no fun. So as Aaron and I made our way into the gray, we kept an eye out for land and only had to make a couple of course corrections ...

A presidential visit and a look back at sport casting

Congratulations to Vince Wilcox, the owner of Wiley’s Flies, a small flyshop located in Ray Brook. Wilcox recently guided former President Barack Obama for an afternoon of fly fishing on the backwoods waters of the Adirondacks. Historically, whenever a sitting US President is featured with ...

Invasive species program launches new education effort

KEENE VALLEY – The Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program is celebrating its 20th anniversary by trying to educate more people about the dangers of invasive species, and the steps that can be taken to limit the impacts non-native species can have. With the Keep Invasives Out initiative, ...

Forest rangers busy with hiker rescues this week

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers in the Adirondacks, rescuing lost and injured people all over the Blue Line, as well as battling a fire in the southeast part of the park. Town of North Elba On Monday, June 18, staff at the Adirondack Loj reported an overdue ...

DEC warns of heat, nuisance bear and trail changes

The state Department of Environmental Conservation warned hikers and backcountry users of high heat, packed trailheads and a bear issue in the High Peaks in its weekly backcountry conditions report. “A nuisance bear with an ear tag has been active in Eastern High Peaks recently,” the ...

First female to solo thru-paddle NFCT to speak in Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKE — Laurie Chandler daydreamed about moving to Maine for years. In 2003, she and her two children finally did, beginning a new chapter in life in a log cabin near the coast. Changing careers from forestry research to special education, she remarried, and discovered a new ...

DEC improves roads for outdoor access

The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced the completion of two projects in the Adirondacks intended to help improve outdoor recreation. The two projects — one in Peru and one in Hopkinton — had a combined cost of $214,000. The DEC repaved the bulk of the access ...

Mount Arab centennial celebration slated

TUPPER LAKE — The fire tower atop Mount Arab outside of Tupper Lake will be the subject of a birthday celebration in August as the lookout turns 100 years old. Friends of Mount Arab have organized an occasion on Saturday, Aug. 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the mountain, with members of the ...

Volunteers pull loads of trash out of Saranac River

SARANAC LAKE — Despite lack of sunshine and a threat of heavy rain, volunteers came out to support the Saranac River Clean Up Sunday. Guide Nick Brainerd, who also manages St. Regis Canoe Outfitters, and Tyler Merriam of Adirondack Lakes and Trails organized the river clean up. ...

Summer of towering centennials

SARANAC LAKE — The North Country will be home to celebrations for three centennials this summer, allowing the outdoors to mix nicely with history. Two of the centennials are for fire towers that were erected in 1918, and one is for a hiking group that few who have visited the Adirondacks ...

Chasing chills, thrills and bass on the waterways

Hot, muggy weather has finally arrived in the Adirondacks, as have deer flies, horse flies, mosquitoes and the little bugs with a big bite — the no-see-ums. Although summer remains the shortest of all seasons, locals and visitors alike continue to pack a whole lot of fun into the brief ...

DEC announces free fishing today, Sunday

State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos reminds anglers that Saturday and Sunday are part of the Free Fishing Weekend in New York state. Each year, New York offers six free fishing days. The two-day Free Fishing Weekend takes place during the last full ...

Lighter than expected crowd for High Peaks meeting

LAKE PLACID — A lot of empty chairs filled a ballroom at the Olympic Conference Center in Lake Placid Thursday as the state Department of Environmental Conservation held its third and final public meeting on proposed changes to the High Peaks and Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest. About ...

DEC lifts muddy trail advisory; Boreas road to close weekdays

RAY BROOK — The state Department of Environmental Conservation lifted its muddy trails advisory Thursday that urged hikers to stay off high elevation and sensitive trails in the Adirondacks. While not a prohibition on higher elevation and wet trails, the DEC had been encouraging ...

Rangers rescue an injured hiker, arrest unlicensed gun possessor

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers located a lost hiker and rescued an injured hiker in the Adirondacks last week, while also issuing a couple of tickets to a law-breaking group. --- Town of Inlet On Friday, June 15, Herkimer County 911 requested forest ranger ...

DEC to offer falconry, rehabilitator and tracking dog exams

The state Department of Environmental Conservation will offer three licensing exams in August, with a registration deadline near the end of July. Exams for wildlife rehabilitator, leashed tracking dog handler and apprentice falconry licenses will be held around the state on Aug. 10 at most ...

ADK hosts Northeast backcountry stewards

RAY BROOK — The Adirondack Mountain Club hosted wilderness stewardship programs from around the Northeast at the end of May as the summer tourist season begins in earnest. The ADK put on a one-day training at state Adirondack Park Agency headquarters in Ray Brook for a number of groups, ...