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ADK releases 2nd edition fire tower book

The Adirondack Mountain Club is out with a new edition of its popular “Views from on High” fire tower guide book, with many updates for hikers to take in. This is the first time the 2001-book has been updated, and in addition to trail and condition updates, the newest fire tower book ...

Cowee, a black bear yearling at the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge, was brought to the rehabilitation center last week.
(Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

Black bear being cared for at Wildlife Refuge

WILMINGTON — The Adirondack Wildlife Refuge is caring for a yearling black bear it received from North Country Wild Care in Saratoga. Cowee, named so because she was found in the 23,000-acre Cowee Forest along the borders where New York, Vermont and Massachusetts meet, was found by hunters ...

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Man dies after fall through ice in Bolton

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers are conducting a massive search for a hunter who has been missing in the Oneonta area and were also involved in a search-and-recovery mission in the Adirondacks last week. The missing hunter was found dead on Tuesday this ...

Chair 2 will carry skiers and snowboarders up Big Tupper Mountain once again in 2018, according to  Adirondack Club and Resort developers and caretakers. Construction, including the addition of a new metal roof, will be finished on the chair lift enclosure in the spring.
(Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

Big Tupper scheduled to re-open for 2018-19 season

TUPPER LAKE — The developers of the Adirondack Club and Resort project developers and caretakers of the Big Tupper Ski Area say they plan to open up the currently dormant ski mountain at the start of the 2018 season. As construction continues on a road to the ACR’s “Great Camp” ...

Town of Franklin Supervisor Art Willman holds up the map of proposed Kate Mountain trails at the town hall Monday in Vermontville.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Town supervisor hopes to get trails built

VERMONTVILLE — The supervisor for the Town of Franklin has some big plans, ones which he hopes will help get the sleepy town on the map, literally. Art Willman, who has been Franklin town supervisor for eight years, was recently successful in getting a bond act approved for a community ...

The Old West rides again in the Adirondacks

It appears the winter season has finally arrived in the North Country, just in time for the looming holiday season. Although the snowpack has yet to set up a firm base, there is enough snow cover to ski in the woods, especially in the upper elevations, on tote roads and on the golf ...

A groomer makes its way across the slopes at Titus Mountain in Malone. The mountain will open for night skiing tonight.
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Titus Mountain to open today for night skiing

MALONE — After a short cold snap and 6 inches of natural powder, Titus Mountain will be opening their mountain today for night skiing and riding. “Our guys have been out on the mountain non-stop,” said Zach White, general manager at Titus. “The miracle of modern snow-making is ...

A smowmobile rides across Lake Colby. 
(Enterprise file photo — Lou Reuter)

Storms help snowmobile season

OLD FORGE (AP) — State officials say enough snow has accumulated to open some Adirondack snowmobile trails. The Department of Environmental Conservation says most gates and designated snowmobile trails in the western and central Adirondacks will be open by the weekend. That includes the ...

Paul Smith’s College snowshoe racers Joseph St. Cyr and Chloe Matillio test out the trails at Dewey Mountain Recreation Center in Saranac Lake Feb. 16, 2017 in preparation for the World Snowshoe Championships. 
(Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)

New two-day Adirondack Snowshoe Fest in 2018

SARANAC LAKE — One year after hosting the 2017 World Snowshoe Championships, the village of Saranac Lake will host a new snowshoe weekend called the Adirondack Snowshoe Fest, set for Feb. 24 and 25, 2018. “Through hard work and extraordinary volunteerism, Saranac Lake became highly ...

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Rangers help injured hiker in Keene

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers located a lost hunter near Syracuse and helped a group of hikers who became lost downstate this week in addition to a conducting a local rescue last week. Town of Keene At 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9, DEC dispatch got a call ...

Mud Pond, in Clinton County near Riverview, offers a pleasant view along with the potential to see a variety of wildlife. 
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Pleasant walk with a memorable otter show

REDFORD — I’d been walking for a while and it seemed like the hike might start to drag on, but I bent down to tie my shoe and noticed the silver slivers of a sun-dappled pond through the trees, and quickly bound off to reach the shore. As I took in the surprisingly nice view of Mud ...

Eagerly waiting for the first big snow of the year

With the conclusion of the annual big game hunting season in the bank, outdoor enthusiasts will be forced to seek alternative adventures until there is enough ice and snow to kick off the season for snowshoeing, ski touring, snowmobiling, free-skating, ice skating ice climbing, backcountry ...

The A-frame main lodge of the former Frontier Town theme park sits just off of Interstate 87’s Exit 29 in North Hudson in January.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

DEC plans $13M rec complex at former Frontier Town

NORTH HUDSON — Commissioner Basil Seggos of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced plans for the $13 million Frontier Town Campground, Equestrian and Day Use Area Thursday. The application for the plans was deemed complete by the state Adirondack Park ...

Class II snowmobile trails are wider and more heavily built than regular foot trails. 
(Photo provided by Protect the Adirondacks)

Judge dismisses snowmobile trail lawsuit

An acting New York Supreme Court justice dismissed a lawsuit over the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s cutting of snowmobile trails in the Adirondacks last week after several years of legal wrangling. Protect the Adirondacks, an environmental advocacy group, had sued the ...

Jed Dukett, left, and Rep. Elise Stefanik look over data at the Adirondack Lake Survey Corporation’s lab behind the state Department of Environmental Conservation headquarters in Ray Brook.
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Stefanik sends support for Lake Survey Corp. to EPA

RAY BROOK — Republican U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, along with seven other New York representatives, sent a letter today to the federal Environmental Protection Agency in support of the Adirondack Lake Survey Corporation, which is based in Ray Brook and slated to close at the end of the ...

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Rangers rescue hunters across New York

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers have been busy finding lost hunters this fall, and many of the lost people have been unprepared for the short daylight hours. --- Village of Constableville-West Turin Just before 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1, the Lewis County ...

Neil Luckhurst will attempt to raise money for the Adirondack High Peaks Foundation by hiking the 100 highest mountains in the Adirondacks between Dec. 21 and March 21.
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Luckhurst tackles another charity challenge

Neil Luckhurst, a chiropractor from Montreal, has done eight rounds of the 46 High Peaks, including three in winter, and has done two other self-imposed Adirondack hiking challenges. He has bushwhacked all of the 46 and completed a winter round of the High Peaks in just 10 days a couple of ...

‘Banner pines’ provide woods walkers with a reliable natural compass as the elongated limbs of tall pines generally point to the west, due to the prevailing westerly winds.
(Provided photo — Joe Hackett)

Nature’s compass never runs out of battery

Women are known to have a better sense of direction than men. It is a fact that has been proven scientifically. Of course, I believe this is due to the fact that  women tend to be better listeners, more attentive and generally more in tune with their surroundings. They are also willing to ...

Forest rangers and volunteers conduct a briefing before heading out to search for a missing Fort Drum soldier on St. Regis Mountain in September. The union that represents rangers has been pushing the state to hire more of them in response to the state adding more than a million acres of land to the Adirondack Park in the last few decades.
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Rangers seek more staff, but funding issues hold up progress

RangerResolution SARANAC LAKE — State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers have taken their message of increased staffing needs to the street, and have so far gotten more than a half-dozen Adirondack towns to support their efforts. New York’s forest ranger force ...