Outdoors

State forest rangers, members of Search and Rescue of the Northern Adirondacks and soldiers from Fort Drum gather in the St. Regis Mountain parking lot shortly after a missing 40-year-old soldier was found this morning. Richard Guinan was missing since Saturday and was found alive and responsive early this morning by two rangers in a state police helicopter. Reporter Justin Levine is on scene and will continue to report from the scene.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Hiker found alive on St. Regis Mountain

Richard Guinan, 40, who was missing since Sunday, was found alive and responsive early this morning by two rangers in a state police helicopter on St. Regis Mountain. Reporter Justin Levine will continue to report from the scene.

State forest rangers, members of Search and Rescue of the Northern Adirondacks and soldiers from Fort Drum gather in the St. Regis Mountain parking lot shortly after a missing 40-year-old soldier was found this morning. Richard Guinan was missing since Saturday and was found alive and responsive early this morning by two rangers in a state police helicopter. Reporter Justin Levine is on scene and will continue to report from the scene.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Rescued hiker in stable condition

PAUL SMITHS — A missing 40-year-old soldier from Fort Drum was found alive and conscious early Monday morning by forest rangers in a state police helicopter. Richard Guinan last had contact with his wife midday on Saturday when he called her from the summit of St. Regis Mountain, near Paul ...

The emerald ash borer is an invasive beetle native to Asia that kills ash trees.
(Photo provided from Wikimedia Commons)

Ash-tree-killing bug found in northern New York

The emerald ash borer, an invasive insect responsible for the deaths of hundreds of millions of ash trees in the last decade-and-a-half, has been found in Franklin County. The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Forestry Resources Program and the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal ...

Richard Guinan
(Photo provided)

DEC searches for lost St. Regis Mt. hiker

PAUL SMITHS — A 40-year-old soldier from Fort Drum has been lost in the vicinity of St. Regis Mountain for more than a day. Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers said Sunday evening their search efforts to locate the man, Richard Guinan, will continue this morning. ...

State Department of Environmental Conservation vehicles are parked at the Paul Smiths-Gabriels Volunteer Fire Department Sunday afternoon when forest rangers were in the midst of a search for a missing man near St. Regis Mountain. No more information was available at the time.
(Enterprise photo -- Justin A. Levine)

Forest rangers search for man near St. Regis Mountain (update)

PAUL SMITHS — A 40-year-old soldier from Fort Drum has been lost in the vicinity of St. Regis Mountain for more than a day. Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers said Sunday evening their search efforts to locate the man, Richard Guinan, will continue into Monday morning. ...

“Keene Lake” at the base of Spruce Hill in Keene, reappeared for several days after Tropical Storm Irene ripped through the area in 2011.
(Provided photo — Joe Hackett)

Destructive forces of nature

After witnessing the incredible power and natural force of heavy rains, blizzards, floods and electrical storms, I can empathize with residents of Texas and other southern states who have recently weathered the great damage natural events can deliver in the blink of an eye. Tropical ...

The emerald ash borer is an invasive beetle native to Asia that kills ash trees.
(Photo provided from Wikimedia Commons)

Ash-tree-killing bug found in northern New York

The emerald ash borer, an invasive insect responsible for the deaths of hundreds of millions of ash trees in the last decade-and-a-half, has been found in Franklin County. The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Forestry Resources Program and the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal ...

oHighPeaksPoems

Poetic mountain reflections

A book of poetry by a nature-inspired poet will help transport you to the Adirondack High Peaks, even if you’re feet or the weather can’t get you there in person. David Crews, an author and teacher from New Jersey is out with his second book of nature-inspired poetry, and this ...

oBuswacking

Morrissey shares images from the field in latest book

Cranberry Lake-based author, guide and photographer Spencer Morrissey came out with a new book, his fifth, but most likely not his last. In a departure from his usual format, Morrissey recently released “Bushwhacking Your Way to Great Landscape Photography.” The book, which is ...

DEC warns of heavy backcountry use over holiday weekend

RAY BROOK — The state Department of Environmental Conservation is warning hikers and paddlers that the holiday weekend will bring plenty of people to the High Peaks and northern Adirondacks. In its weekly High Peaks backcountry conditions report, the DEC said “popular interior campsites ...

Peg Olsen

Peg Olsen to lead Nature Conservancy

KEENE VALLEY — The Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy is tapping a conservationist with local ties and expansive international experience to lead its future efforts. The Keene Valley-based organization announced Tuesday that Peg Olsen, 56, of Saratoga Springs will begin as its ...

Smartphone compass fails High Peaks hiker

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers continued to help people in the backcountry last week, including a boating death and a woman who got lost when her smartphone proved to be insufficient for navigation. --- Town of Harrietstown A woman who was using Google ...

CATS celebrates new trail

WESTPORT — Champlain Area Trails announced the opening of its newest offering in the Champlain Valley last week. The Hemlock Hill Trail is 1.5 miles long and situated on private land, where it’s allowed due to a conservation easement. The trail goes through upland forest and is dotted ...

Rock climbing routes open

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has opened numerous rock climbing routes that had been closed due to peregrine falcon nesting sites. These include routes on Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain in the town of Chesterfield and Chapel Pond in the town of Keene, as well as in the Lake ...

Colby Foundation gets grant to uproot milfoil

SARANAC LAKE — The Colby Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to maintaining water quality in the Lake Colby watershed, has received a $50,000 matching grant from the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The foundation and the Lake Colby Association plan to use this ...

Biologists hold trout stream management meetings

ALBANY (AP) — State biologists are holding public meetings around the state about trout stream management. The meetings will start with a presentation describing how the Department of Environmental Conservation currently manages trout streams, and will include findings of a statewide ...

A young male moose munches on some leaves in the Dix Mountain Wilderness Area a couple weeks ago.
(Photo provided — Sam Perkins)

Moose encounter

A Lake Placid native had a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with a moose in the Adirondacks two weeks ago, but research suggests the moose population may be on the decline. Sam Perkins was bushwhacking in the Dix Mountain area, walking up a semi-dry streambed when he looked up to the surprise of ...