Outdoors

A lone whitetail doe stands on watch while assessing the danger poised by the scent of humans in the cool morning air.
(Provided photo — Joe Hackett)

Muzzleloader season to kick off amid rainy forecast

Foul weather always seems to mark the opening day of muzzleloader season, which will kick off over the weekend of Oct. 14. Hunters should prepare accordingly by weatherizing their firearms to ensure a reliable discharge despite the foul, wet weather that’s typical of the season. It is ...

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro (Official photo)

Stefanik treads lightly on coal

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, whose northern New York district includes the Adirondack Park, has a nuanced response to the Trump administration canceling the Clean Power Plan, which would have reduced emissions from coal-fired power plants. The Republican from Willsboro never supported the Clean ...

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Rangers stay busy as warm fall brings hikers to Adirondacks

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers helped with wildfires and prescribed burns in the Capital Region last week as well as rescuing numerous lost and injured people throughout the Adirondack counties. --- Town of Moriah Five forest rangers responded to ...

Ron Konowitz, a trailhead steward with the Adirondack 46ers organization, shows a family of hikers a map of the rerouted Cascade Mountain trail on Sunday morning. The state temporarily rerouted the trail for the busy Columbus Day and Canadian Thanksgiving weekend.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Cascade reroute works, offers other possibilities

LAKE PLACID — An often overcrowded parking area outside of Lake Placid was a sea of traffic cones and police officers this weekend, as several state agencies partnered to temporarily reroute what is arguably the busiest trail in the Adirondacks. The state departments of Environmental ...

The Upper Saranac Lake Foundation is using a $100,000 grant, along with shore owner’s matching funds, to harvest invasive milfoil in Fish Creek Ponds, which feed into the upper lake. Two crews of divers are currently working to hand-pick 25-pound bags in an effort to get the ponds to a much lower density of harmful milfoil.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Multi-year milfoil removal underway

SARANAC INN — The Upper Saranac Lake Foundation, which has been in a more than decade-long battle against invasive milfoil, is back in the business of harvesting tons of the devastating aquatic plant. This time at the source. The group first began harvesting Eurasian Water Milfoil in ...

Autumn brookies typically display colors that reflect the fall season.
(Provided photo — Joe Hackett)

Loon migration is a sure sign of transition

Whether you choose to spend your time in the company of a lake, river or pond, or upon a lonely mountaintop deep in the forested wilderness, the first few weeks of October always usher in the high holy days of the sporting season. It’s a time of ever-changing landscapes backdropped by dark ...

Joseph DeFuria of the Harrietstown Highway Department grades new ski trails at Dewey Mountain Recreation Center just outside Saranac Lake.
(Enterprise photo — Glynis Hart)

Dewey Mountain cuts new trails on new land

SARANAC LAKE — For the first time in almost 20 years, completely new ski trails are being added to the Dewey Mountain Recreation Center. Thirty acres, once slated for a housing development near Mulflur Road, is becoming ski and mountain biking terrain. Adirondack Lakes & Trails ...

Environmental conservation officer busts bear baiter

On Friday, Sept. 22, three state environmental conservation officers began an investigation into the possible illegal shooting of a black bear in the town of Day, in north Saratoga County in the Adirondacks. ECOs Shaw, Higgins and Kelley interviewed a man who said he had shot the bear in ...

Cascade Mountain is seen from the Mount Van Hoevenberg cross-country ski center, where hikers will access the trails this holiday weekend for Cascade, Porter and Pitchoff mountains.
(Enterprise photo — Andy Flynn)

New trail to Cascade Mountain cuts through private land

LAKE PLACID — Hikers will walk through private as well as public land as they hike to some of the state’s most popular mountains this Columbus Day weekend. To avoid overcrowding of cars and people at the trailhead for Cascade, Porter and Pitchoff mountains on state Route 73, state ...

A sign posted at the Lake Placid village beach Wednesday informs people of a sewer leak and asks them to avoid swimming in the water.
(Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

Hole in old sewer line leads to leak into Mirror Lake

LAKE PLACID — A sewage leak into Mirror Lake occurred recently due to a hole in an old, unused pipe within the more than century-old sewer line infrastructure underneath this village’s Main Street. The village’s Department of Public Works has since repaired the hole, effectively ...

A flooded area of southeast Texas is seen from a drone piloted by New York state Forest Ranger Bruce Lomnitzer of Indian Lake during his work last month assisting people and locations damaged by Hurricane Harvey. The state Department of Environmental Conservation has also deployed rangers and drones to help with efforts in Puerto Rico after it was ravaged by Hurricane Maria.
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Drones will transform what DEC can do

KEENE — Six years after Tropical Storm Irene stalled above the Adirondack High Peaks region and deluged the area with rain — to the point where numerous bridges buckled and communities flooded — the potential of another devastating flooding event of this magnitude is on the minds of ...

WCS to conduct multi-year, half-million dollar Ad’k study

SARANAC LAKE — The Wildlife Conservation Society, with an office in Saranac Lake, was recently awarded a federal National Science Foundation grant that will allow local staff to conduct a four year study on the impacts of protected spaces. WCS will be studying “the connection between ...

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Rangers battle wildfires, save hikers with serious injuries

By the Enterprise staff Several state Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers are in the western U.S., still helping to battle ravenous wildfires. Meanwhile, the rangers who are still in New York have been busy saving lost and injured people in the Adirondack ...

Randal Swanson, center, instructs Paul Smith’s College students in the treatment of Emerald Ash Borers on a tree at the campus. Swanson said over the last decade, treatment of invasive species has become a larger part of the curriculum for forestry and tree management students.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Gillibrand visits Paul Smith’s to push new invasives law

PAUL SMITHS — New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited Paul Smith’s College on Monday to announce a new law that she hopes will pass with bipartisan support. Gillibrand, along with several environmental leaders, talked about the need to adopt the Invasive Fish and Wildlife Prevention ...

Tupper Triad Challenge on Oct. 21

TUPPER LAKE — Big Tupper Brewing has announced the first Triad Challenge to be held on Saturday, Oct. 21, beginning at 9 a.m. This timed event will require participants to run, walk, or crawl up the three mountains that make up the Tupper Lake Triad. Starting at 9 a.m. at the trailhead ...

OSI opens new trails on historic central Ad’k land

NEWCOMB — The Open Space Institute announced this week that it had opened two new trails on its interpretive land in the historic, now ghost-town of Tahawus, near Newcomb. OSI bought about 10,000 acres of land in 2003 in the Tahawus area, which was once a bustling mining and smelting ...

The summit of Loon Lake Mountain is about half open, offering views of the High Peaks. The tower, which is unsafe to climb and has the bottom set of steps removed, was originally installed in 1917, but was rebuilt in 1928 after being blown over in hurricane-force winds.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Century-old tower with mountain views

LOON LAKE — Just four years ago, the state Department of Environmental Conservation opened a new trail up Loon Lake Mountain, which had been off limits to the public for years, except for those willing to bushwhack the entire way up the mountain on unimproved state land. However, after ...

Flyrodders work their craft on a remote section of the Raquette River, where the tumbling waters provide plenty of oxygen, and plenty of fish.
(Photo — Joe Hackett)

User conflicts are unnecessary and avoidable

In recent days, I’ve fished my way through a variety of ponds, lakes and streams in search of species of all sorts. On Upper St. Regis Lake, we landed both largemouth and smallmouth bass, a few northern pike and a very healthy land-locked Atlantic salmon that danced across the still ...