Outdoors

Rangers find teen on mountain after he fled Keene school

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers recovered the body of a missing snowmobiler, searched for a local runaway and helped injured skiers last week. - Town of Hadley - On Wednesday, March 20, state police requested forest ranger assistance in looking for a ...

Garden parking closed this summer

KEENE — The town of Keene has announced that the Garden parking lot in Keen Valley, which provides access to the High Peaks through the Johns Brook Valley, will be closed for the summer hiking season due to road work. This summer, all parking will be directed to Marcy Field as the town ...

As bruins awake, DEC advises taking down bird feeders

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is advising homeowners that bird feeders should be taken down by April 1, as bears begin to leave their winter dens and look for food. The DEC said in a press release that bears have already begun coming out of hibernation in some parts ...

Debar, with a side of Black Peak

Debar Mountain resides in the Debar Mountain Wild Forest (go figure), which resides in Franklin County. However, the pond came before the mountain — in naming that is, kind of like the chicken or the egg debate, but this one seems to be clearer. Debar Pond, which rests to the northeast ...

Heilman brings the Adirondacks to life

SARANAC LAKE — The Adirondack Mountain Club may be known for its guidebooks and maps that detail virtually every corner of the Adirondack Park, but a new book, called The Trails of the Adirondacks, is not something you’d want to carry in your pack. It’s far too nice for that. The ...

Liftopia awards Titus #2 best overall ski area in North America

MALONE — Liftopia, a ski mountain aggregate website, ranked Titus Mountain Family Ski Center as its second best overall resort in North America in its 2018-19 Best in Snow awards Friday. Titus also earned awards for being the top resort for beginners in North America, the second most ...

Essex County leads DEC spring fish stocking list

RAY BROOK — The state Department of Environmental Conservation has released information on its spring fish stocking schedule, and Essex County leads the way statewide with 97 locations. Most of the stocking will occur starting in mid-April. A mix of rainbow, brook and brown trout will ...

$1M for tick-borne illness research back in state budget

The New York state Senate reinstated $1 million in funding for Lyme and tick-borne illness research in its draft budget for 2019-20. While that funding is still not guaranteed, the line item had been zero earlier this year. Researchers such as Lee Ann Sporn at Paul Smith’s College ...

2 hikers die in three days in Adirondacks

Two hikers died in just three days this past weekend in the Adirondacks. The state Department of Environmental Conservation, in its weekly forest ranger highlights bulletin, said a 51-year-old male hiker from Plattsburgh died at the Blueberry Hill trail system in Essex County and a ...

Missing snowmobiler found dead in southeast Adirondacks

HADLEY — A snowmobiler who was the subject of a search in the Hadley area when he was reported missing Tuesday night was found dead Wednesday morning not far from his home, police said. Authorities said Jon A. Brockway, 50, of Old Corinth Road, Hadley, died from a rollover snowmobile ...

Two hikers die in three days in Adirondacks

Two hikers died in just three days this past weekend in the Adirondacks. The state Department of Environmental Conservation, in its weekly forest ranger highlights bulletin, said a 51-year-old male hiker from Plattsburgh died at the Blueberry Hill trail system in Essex County and a ...

Rangers recover 2 deceased hikers, help unprepared hikers

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers recovered the bodies of deceased hikers in two separate incidents last week, and helped a trio of unprepared hikers in the Giant Mountain Wilderness. --- Town of Elizabethtown On Friday, March 15, DEC dispatch received a call ...

Groups to split $450K state grant to support parks, sites

ALBANY (AP) — Nearly two dozen groups that support and promote New York state’s parks, historic sites and public lands will be splitting $450,000 in state grants. The Cuomo administration says 22 organizations that perform maintenance tasks and provide educational programming will ...

Northern New York bear hunting up, down in south

The state Department of Environmental Conservation released its bear hunting numbers from 2018, and despite taking more than 1,500 bears, hunters harvested fewer than they did in 2017, statewide. However, in the northern zone of New York state, which covers all of the Adirondacks, hunters ...

John Pond hike offers glimpse at old days in ‘Little Canada’

John Pond is an odd-colored gem in the backcountry of the Siamese Ponds Wilderness, whose shores and waters are split by Hamilton and Warren counties. According to the “Property Rights Foundation of America,” John Pond gained its name from a Canadian, John MacKenzie, who moved to the ...

Easy entry into heart of the High Peaks

LAKE PLACID — The High Peaks, particularly the Marcy Dam area, may be one of the most visited places in the entire Adirondack Park. But on a warm day with hardly a cloud in the sky, I only saw three other people out enjoying one of the easiest entries into the High Peaks. Setting out ...

ECOs bust illegal dumpers, help with bank robbery arrest

State Department of Environmental Conservation officers in the North Country were busy over the last month busting illegal dumping near Malone and assisting with an arrest from a bank robbery in St. Lawrence County. --- Franklin County On Wednesday, Feb. 27, ECO Jennifer Okonuk ...

Ban on hunting contests proposed, wouldn’t affect fishing tournaments

A bill submitted in the state Assembly and Senate would ban hunting derbies in New York, and would penalize those who organize them with a fine or even jail. “In animal killing competitions, individuals compete to kill the most animals, the heaviest animals, or the largest animal,” the ...

DEC: Ice shanties need to be removed this week

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is reminding anglers that ice fishing shanties must be removed by this Friday, regardless of how thick the ice may be on their favorite frozen waterways. “State regulations that require ice shanties to be removed are based on the average ...