Outdoors

Whiteface Mountain Ski Center in Wilmington makes snow on Monday.
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Skiing starts Saturday

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that the state Olympic Regional Development Authority will open the Whiteface and Gore mountain ski centers on Saturday, almost a week ahead of schedule. Crews at Whiteface in Wilmington and Gore in North Creek began making snow on Nov. 7, giving them a ...

Whiteface Mountain Ski Center in Wilmington makes snow on Monday.
(Photo provided by ORDA)

Skiing starts Saturday

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that the state Olympic Regional Development Authority will open the Whiteface and Gore mountain ski centers on Saturday, almost a week ahead of schedule. Crews at Whiteface in Wilmington and Gore in North Creek began making snow on Nov. 7, giving ...

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Rangers find lost hunter, hikers

By the Enterprise staff State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers searched last week for a man who was worried about winter conditions in the High Peaks but walked out on his own, as well as locating a missing hunter, a lost and hypothermic teenager, and other ...

DEC closes Prospect Mountain road

LAKE GEORGE — The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced late last week that it was closing the Prospect Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway for the season. The 5.5-mile road closes for the winter due to ice and snow, but the public can expect it to reopen in the spring. ...

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Brighton is first town to endorse forest ranger hiring

PAUL SMITHS — At its board meeting Thursday, the town of Brighton became the first Adirondack municipality to pass a resolution in favor of increasing the number of forest rangers that patrol the state’s backcountry, most of which is inside the Adirondack Blue Line. Scott Sabo, the ...

Hundreds of cars line the sides of state Route 73 outside of Lake Placid during Labor Day weekend last year. The DEC is proposing a 50-car parking area at Mount Van Hoevenberg to alleviate the congestion at Pitchoff and Cascade mountains.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

DEC examines Sentinel Range Wilderness

LAKE PLACID — The state Department of Environmental Conservation released its proposed unit management plan for about 23,000 acres of land in Jay, Wilmington and North Elba this week, and is seeking public input on the UMP until late December. The Sentinel Range Wilderness area outside ...

Sue Capone, a long-time Adirondack Lake Survey Corporation employee, takes a water sample at Heart Lake in the High Peaks in mid-October.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Sampling shift

RAY BROOK — A corporation responsible for conducting long-term monitoring of Adirondack lakes, ponds and streams is likely to cease operations at the end of the year, but one state agency is planning to continue the sampling in a reduced capacity. The Adirondack Lake Survey ...

A doe feeds on low-hanging apples in this trail cam photo.
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Hunters need to think outside the box

Each breath appeared to crystallize in the cold morning air as I trudged across a long, open field on the way to camp. The view was only slightly infringed by the steam of my own breath. The entire landscape was illuminated by a brilliant full moon that hung high in the dark sky. ...

Weather Service testing new snow squall warnings

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The National Weather Service is testing a new snow squall warning system designed to help motorists in whiteout conditions avoid deadly chain reaction crashes at high speeds. During the winter, the agency now issues advisories and warnings involving storms that can last ...

ECOs catch night-time hunter with bait

On Monday, Oct. 23, state Department of Environmental Conservation officer George LaPoint received a second tip about a hunter shooting at deer from a second story window of his home. ECOs LaPoint and Alan Brassard responded to the suspect’s home and immediately noticed a pile of corn ...

DEC upgrades St. Lawrence Co. snowmobile bridges

The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced this week that two snowmobile bridges in St. Lawrence County had been upgraded in anticipation of this winter’s sledding season. The DEC determined that the Chap Hill Bridge — in the Grass River Conservation Easement in Colton ...

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Hiker dies; rangers back from fires in western U.S.

A hiker in the Siamese Ponds Wilderness area died while being evacuated by state Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers last week, but rangers also rescued two lost people and returned from battling wildfires in California. --- Town of Johnsburg On Wednesday, Nov. 1, a ...

Adirondack-Catskill land bank passes, narrowly

New York voters have approved a ballot question that tweaks conservation rules in the Adirondacks and the Catskills to make it easier for local governments to use land for public projects. The constitutional amendment approved Tuesday will set aside 250 acres for communities to use for ...

Canadian ticketed for operating drone in High Peaks

LAKE PLACID — In what’s likely a first-of-its-kind case, a Canadian man has pleaded guilty to operating a drone in a wilderness area. The Adirondack Explorer reported that Keven Descheneaux of Trois Rivieres, Quebec, was issued a ticket in June for launching and operating the aircraft ...

A Northern long-eared bat with visible white-nose syndrome is seen here in a mine in 2009. 
(Photo provided by Larry Master, masterimages.org)

Bat Week celebrates misunderstood mammal

RAY BROOK — The annual Bat Week celebration culminated this week on Halloween, but bats — one of the world’s most abundant mammals — are still facing threats. Bat populations in New York have taken a huge hit in recent years due to white-nose syndrome, and the state is reminding ...

Big-game hunting season is a time like no other

While traveling from Saranac Lake to Tupper Lake earlier this week, I happened upon a most welcome sign. In fact, I discovered several signs that offered historic reminders of the popularity that Adirondack big-game hunters enjoyed from the 1930s through the 1970s. I actually recall visiting ...

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Hiker parking is top election issue in Keene

Hiker parking is the hottest topic among Keene Town Council candidates this election. Councilman Bob Biesemeyer called it “the number-one issue right now,” and it was the first thing fellow Councilman Paul Martin and challenger Teresa Cheetham-Palen brought up in interviews this ...

A summit steward talks to two of numerous hikers atop Mount Marcy, New York’s highest point, on Sept. 23.
(Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

46ers pledge big money to ADK High Peaks programs

LAKE PLACID — The Adirondack 46ers hiking group has pledged more than $70,000 over the next three years to help support the Adirondack Mountain Club trail crew and summit steward programs. The ADK announced the plan Monday, saying that the 46ers will provide $15,000 per year for the next ...

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Rangers rescue injured mountain biker in Wilmington

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers and volunteers returned from a two-week deployment to California to fight wildfires this week, while other rangers rescued an injured mountain biker at a popular local trail system, found a lost hiker and located a hunter in ...

Tanker cars from the UTLX train car company are stored on ancillary lines in Minerva, north of North Creek. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has opposed the storage of these 28 cars, saying they are out of place in the Adirondacks.
(Photo provided — Brendan Wiltse)

Cuomo condemns tanker car storage north of North Creek

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has spoken out against the Saratoga and North Creek Railway’s storage of tanker cars on its unused tracks near North Creek, siding with environmental groups after the controversial train cars rolled into the Adirondacks Oct. 17. “We oppose it 100 percent, and we will do ...