Outdoors

At work in the woods

RAY BROOK — Earlier this month, the Adirondack Council released a preliminary report saying that the High Peaks and surrounding areas have at least 130 miles of trail that need “major work.” The green group’s report said that in addition to the 130 miles of trail it deemed to be ...

Watershed Institute hires WCS staff

PAUL SMITHS — The Adirondack Watershed Institute at Paul Smith’s College has hired two former Wildlife Conservation Society staffers as WCS officially closed its Adirondack Program this week. Zoe Smith and Michale Glennon have a combined 40 years in Adirondack Conservation, according to ...

Warren County supervisors object to DEC rail ‘abandonment’ effort

QUEENSBURY — Warren County supervisors on Friday decided to formally oppose the state’s effort to have a section of rail line in Warren and Essex counties deemed “abandoned.” Supervisors on the county board’s Public Works Committee decided to send the U.S. Surface ...

Camp Santanoni receives federal funds

NEWCOMB — Adirondack Architectural Heritage received a federal award of $370,000 for conservation and restoration work at Camp Santanoni in Newcomb Sunday as the National Park Service announced the latest round of grant funding under its Save America’s Treasures program. This was one ...

DEC takes comments on St. Lawrence Co. easement

The state Department of Environmental Conservation will take public comments until Oct. 19 on proposed changes to a conservation easement in St. Lawrence County. The land is located west of Stark and south of South Colton. The proposed change would allow 15 camps to remain on the Long ...

Rangers rescue hikers with serious leg injuries, locate lost hikers

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers helped rescue several hikers with serious leg injuries while also locating lost hikers around the Adirondacks. --- Town of Newcomb At 5:03 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 17, Essex County 911 transferred a call to DEC dispatch from two ...

Barbecue fundraiser for search and rescue group Saturday

SARANAC LAKE — A barbecue will be held to benefit Search and Rescue of the Northern Adirondacks (SARNAK) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Coakley's Ace Hardware. SARNAK works closely with the state Department of Environmental Conservation, forest rangers and other law enforcement agencies ...

What does ‘Indian summer’ even mean?

SARANAC LAKE — Although the forecast doesn’t call for a heavy frost anytime this week, the North Country will no doubt have one soon. And if that frost is followed by warm weather, that will be what is commonly known as an Indian summer. It’s not just an extended summer, although we ...

Saranac Lake Superfund site featured on DEC video

ALBANY — The latest episode of “On the Front Lines” features environmental engineer Sarah Saucier on the cleanup of the Saranac Lake Superfund site. The video series is produced by the State Department of Environmental Conservation to profile staff and their work to conserve the ...

Rock Climbing Rendezvous coming this weekend

LAKE PLACID — The Adirondack Rock Climbing Rendezvous will return to the area this coming weekend for three days of climbing, clinics and camaraderie. Starting Friday, there will be parties, live music, lectures and climbing clinics around the Lake Placid area, with evening events at the ...

Placid waters for late-season paddle

It started back in June, when my friend Jason Labonte asked if I wanted to go paddle Lake Placid. I hadn’t been out on the Olympic village’s namesake in a long time, but the thought of paddling during the height of summer on one of the area’s most popular lakes was cause for ...

Learning to adapt to changing weather patterns

As another big game hunting season looms on the near horizon, hunters will again most likely be confronted and confounded by the obvious lack of snow on the ground, especially in the upper elevations. In the good old, pre-global warming days, Adirondack big game hunters could always count on ...

New York DEC releases annual forest ranger report

RAY BROOK — The state Department of Environmental Conservation released its annual report on how forest rangers spend their year, and, to no one’s surprise, search and rescue missions dominated rangers’ time. The report details virtually everything the 137 uniformed rangers did in ...

State warns of harmful algae bloom in Barnum Pond

PAUL SMITHS — The state Department of Environmental Conservation is warning people to avoid the waters of Barnum Pond due to a possible harmful algae bloom. A harmful algae bloom (which DEC refers to as an HAB) can be caused by a number of factors, but the DEC said in an email that there ...

Council report says the High Peaks trails ‘need major work’

LAKE PLACID — The Adirondack Council released a preliminary report on the condition of trails in the High Peaks Wilderness Area and found that well over 100 miles of trail “need major work.” The report, released earlier this month by the Elizabethtown-based green group, said that in ...

Upper Locks now open

SARANAC LAKE — The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced Thursday that the Upper Locks between Lower and Middle Saranac lakes has reopened. The DEC had closed the locks to perform maintenance last week, but said in its weekly Outdoor Recreation Bulletin Thursday that ...

Cascade hikers must shuttle on Columbus Day weekend

LAKE PLACID — Hundreds of cars parked along state Route 73 at the Cascade Mountain trailhead will not be a problem this Columbus Day weekend. The state Department of Environmental Conservation and Olympic Regional Development Authority announced, in a press release Wednesday, plans to ...