Outdoors

A hiker makes her way up Owls Head Mountain in Keene in April. (Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

DEC: Avoid icy, muddy High Peaks trails

KEENE (AP) — Hikers are being warned that the Adirondack High Peaks are muddy and icy. The state Department of Environmental Conservation on Wednesday urged hikers to be cautious and asked that they postpone hikes on trails above 2,500 feet. Officials say those high-elevation trails need ...

The Wakely Mountain fire tower is seen in September 2016. (Enterprise photo — Morgan Ryan)

State closes Wakely Mountain trail and fire tower, citing safety

INDIAN LAKE (AP) — New York state officials have closed a trail in the Adirondack Mountains until further notice because of safety concerns with the Wakely Mountain Fire Tower . The 92-foot tower was closed to public access last December because of structural problems, and the ...

The Wakely Mountain fire tower is seen in September 2016. (Enterprise photo — Morgan Ryan)

State closes Wakely Mountain trail and fire tower, citing safety

INDIAN LAKE (AP) — New York state officials have closed a trail in the Adirondack Mountains until further notice because of safety concerns with the Wakely Mountain Fire Tower. The 92-foot tower was closed to public access last December because of structural problems, and the tower's ...

APA to review campgrounds, UMPs, but no Boreas

RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency Board of Commissioners will take on a full agenda at its regular monthly meeting this week, but an eagerly awaited decision on classifying the state’s new Boreas Ponds property is not on the list. Board committee meetings begin at 9 a.m. ...

Rangers rescue woman separated from group, couple of dogs

By the Enterprise staff In addition to conducting wildfire work around New York, state Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers also rescued numerous people, and a couple of dogs, last week. --- Town of Long Lake A woman who became separated from her group while hiking ...

From left, Marty Shubert, Henry Hann, Molly Hann with Lewis, and Mary Shubert work together as a family at the Peninsula Trails in Lake Placid Saturday.
(Photo provided by the Department of Environmental Conservation)

Volunteers worked on I Love My Park Day Saturday

The state Department of Environmental Conservation, along with the state office of Parks and Recreation, teamed up to encourage volunteers to come out on I Love My Park Day Saturday. While there were locations around the state, locally, work was done at Fish Creek Campground and on the ...

Man convicted in fatal Lake George boating crash

QUEENSBURY (AP) — An upstate New York man was convicted Monday in the boating death of an 8-year-old California girl who was vacationing with her family on an Adirondack lake last summer. A Warren County jury found Alexander West, 25, guilty of second-degree manslaughter, criminally ...

DEC to take comments on rail trail plan

The state Department of Environmental Conservation will take public comments and answering questions on the conceptual plan for the Adirondack Rail Trail at two public meetings this week. The DEC will host the public in Tupper Lake in the Community Room of the Tupper Lake Emergency Services ...

Deliberations to resume in boating trial

QUEENSBURY (AP) — Jurors will resume deliberations in the case of an upstate New York man charged in the boating death of a California girl who was vacationing on an Adirondack lake with her family. The Warren County Court jury began deliberations Friday morning but failed to reach a ...

35-pound channel catfish sets record

WATERTOWN (AP) — A 35-pound, 3-ounce channel catfish caught in Lake Ontario this spring sets a new state record for that species. State environmental officials say Eric Scordo of Watertown caught the 38-inch catfish on Lake Ontario in Jefferson County on April 29. He used just a ...

John O’Connor of the DEC shows North Country Community College environmental science students a stuffed kestrel before the class installs a kestrel nesting box at the school’s soccer field Friday, April 28 in Saranac Lake.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

NCCC students hope to attract rare bird

SARANAC LAKE — American kestrels are a type of falcon that is rarely found in the Adirondacks, but a group of environmental science students thinks it may have found an ideal location to attract the birds to Saranac Lake. Last week, students in Julie King’s environmental science lab ...

Sawyer Fenton of Elizabethtown reaches out to hug a goat during Kidding Day. Farm staff regularly released a few baby goats at a time into the crowd so that kids like Fenton could pet, play and interact with the newborns.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Kids at play

For the fourth time in as many years, Asgaard Farm and Dairy in Ausable Forks opened its doors to allow the public to play with dozens of rambunctious kids on April 22. The kids were just a couple of days old, but were bouncing all over the place, rough-housing and generally causing a ...

Take your time and move slowly through early season

In recent days, I’ve spent a good deal of time in the woods and on the waters. Despite the muddy trails and a few flash rainstorms, the spring season has remained relatively bugless to date. However, I expect combined crops of black flies and mosquitoes will soon be in the air. The ...

Jury gets case man charged in 2016 fatal boat crash

QUEENSBURY (AP) — Jury deliberations will continue Monday in the trial of a New York man charged in the death of an 8-year-old California girl who was killed in a boating accident on an upstate lake last summer. Prosecutors and Alexander West’s attorney wrapped up their cases Thursday in ...

Jury gets case of man charged in fatal boat crash

QUEENSBURY (AP) — Jury deliberations are starting in the trial of a New York man charged in the death of an 8-year-old California girl who was killed in a boating accident on an upstate lake last summer. Prosecutors and Alexander West’s attorney wrapped up their cases Thursday in Warren ...

Park near Albany opens $3.8M center

VOORHEESVILLE (AP) — A popular state park that offers panoramic views of the Albany area is opening its new $3.8 million visitors’ center. A ceremony to officially open the 8,240-square-foot (765-sq. meter) Thacher State Park Center will be held Thursday. State parks commissioner Rose ...

Rangers rescue woman, child

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers rescued a mother and her son while they were on a local hike last week. --- Town of North Elba A forest ranger was able to help a woman and her 4-year-old son after they became lost while hiking Haystack Mountain on Saturday, ...

Two members of the public look over maps of the proposed Adirondack Rail Trail during the first in a series of public meetings on the conceptual plan released by the state last week.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Series of rail trail meetings underway

SARANAC LAKE — About 30 people gathered at the Saranac Lake Free Library Monday evening for the first in a series of public information sessions on the proposed rail trail that would connect the villages of Lake Placid, Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake. Saranac Lake village Trustee Rich ...

Updates made to DEC hunting app

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is touting some new additions to its free hunting app for smartphones. Hunters who use the free app will now be able to upload harvest information and access their hunting license information even if they are out of cellphone service ...