Outdoors

Avalanche Lake in the High Peaks Wilderness is seen in June 2016.
(Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

DEC adds trail crew to High Peaks Wilderness

LAKE PLACID — An additional team will work in the High Peaks Wilderness this summer, tackling projects from replacements on the Avalanche Pass trail to campsite relocations in the Lake Colden and Flowed Lands area. State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos ...

OSI buys Lake Champlain land for transfer to state

CHESTERFIELD (AP) — A preservation group has purchased 600 acres on the shore of Lake Champlain for future addition to New York’s Adirondack Forest Preserve. The Open Space Institute says the acquisition enhances boating and mountaintop hiking opportunities while protecting water ...

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Trump withdraws from climate pact; world leaders push back

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's supporters on Friday cast his decision to abandon the world's climate change pact as a "refreshing" stance for the U.S. that would save jobs, unburden industry and save money. International leaders and scientists pushed back, pointing to jobs that ...

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

Stefanik says Trump made a mistake

North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik criticized President Donald Trump Thursday for his declaration to pull the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement. “United States innovation and business leadership have been key drivers to lowering our carbon emissions over the last 20 ...

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Forest rangers discover meth at campsite

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers discovered two methamphetamine labs in separate parts of the state last week, as well as rescuing numerous hikers in the Adirondacks. - Town of Fine - On Thursday, May 25, two rangers found the remnants of a homemade meth ...

Piseco Lake is seen from Echo Cliffs on May 27. The lake has three state campgrounds whose management plans are being reviewed. (Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

DEC to close Adirondack campground, make it day-use area

ARIETTA (AP) — New York environmental officials have extended the public comment period for proposed changes to three state campgrounds on Piseco Lake in the southeastern Adirondacks. The new management plan for Poplar Point, Little Sand Point and Point Comfort campgrounds calls for ...

From left, developer Tom Lawson, his son Tom Lawson Jr. and local real estate broker Jim LaValley pose behind a model of the proposed Adirondack Club and Resort project on July 3, 2014, in Tupper Lake.
(Enterprise photo — Shaun Kittle)

Tupper resort makes progress on road permits

Paperwork is beginning to fall into place for developers to build a road to the Adirondack Club and Resort’s “great camp” luxury building lots in Tupper Lake. Pond Road, which would branch off the end of Lake Simond Road, needs permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the ...

Quick criticism for withdrawal from climate pact

North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik criticized President Donald Trump Thursday for his declaration to pull the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement. "United States innovation and business leadership have been key drivers to lowering our carbon emissions over the last 20 years," ...

ECOs relocate nuisance bear from Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKE — The state Department of Environmental Conservation relocated a bear that had repeatedly broken into a Saranac Lake garage. The bear had broken into the garage several times over the last two years to raid the homeowner’s garbage cans. Wildlife staff from the DEC’s ...

A bear cub is stuck in a tree in Lake Placid in 2014.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

DEC asks public to track bears with app

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is encouraging the public to engage in citizen science as it seeks to gather more information on black bears. The project is a joint effort between the New York Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Cornell University and DEC. ...

2 rescued from chilly Lake Champlain after boat capsizes

PERU (AP) — Authorities say two people have been rescued after their boat overturned near Lake Champlain’s New York shoreline. The Clinton County Emergence Service’s Office tells the Press-Republican of Plattsburgh that a lakeside resident reported a possible vessel in distress around ...

Couple charged with polluting river

KEESEVILLE — A couple in Keeseville was charged with numerous crimes after state Department of Environmental Conservation officers and investigators served a warrant at their business on the banks of the Ausable River. Elizabeth Smith, 54, and Roger Smith, 56, were each charged with a ...

A group of hikers stands at the top of Big Hollow/Coot Hill, one of four hikes that make up the new Moriah Challenge.
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New hiking challenge in Moriah area

Champlain Area Trails and the Port Henry/Moriah Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to create a new hiking challenge that will kick off on National Trails Day, Saturday, June 3. The Moriah Challenge includes four hikes in that area: Belfry Mountain, Big Hollow/Coot Hill, Cheney Mountain and ...

Marsh Marigolds are currently blooming in local bogs and wetlands, which is a sign that the fishing season is ready for a breakthrough weekend.
(Photo — Joe Hackett)

Who will fill the boots of the old-timers?

As noise from vehicles and similar human contraptions continue to intrude on our everyday life, the solitude and silence of wild lands continues to attract travelers to the region. The opportunity to fully escape evidence of the modern world is no longer achievable in more than 95 percent ...

A flock of Lesser Scaup ducks take off from over Lake Clear.
(Enterprise file photo — Lou Reuter)

DEC announces waterfowl hunting dates, regulations changes

The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced the waterfowl hunting season dates for this year, as well as several changes to hunting limits and how to report banded birds. One big change that many waterfowl hunters will be excited about is an increase in bag limit for black ...

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Trump ‘evolving’ on climate action, pressured by Europeans

TAORMINA, Italy — Forceful face-to-face talks this week with fellow world leaders left President Donald Trump “more knowledgeable” and with “evolving” views about the global climate accord he’s threatened to abandon, a top White House official said Friday. Trump also was ...

Muskie fishing season set to open

The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced the fishing season for muskellunge, or muskie, will open in most parts of the state Saturday. Fishing for muskellunge in the St. Lawrence River won’t open until June 17. Muskie is one of the state’s premiere trophy fish, ...