Outdoors

Southern Adirondack hunters make easy work for ECOs

State environmental conservation officers recently busted some allegedly illegal hunters in the southern Adirondacks, with one hunter leaving a bloody path straight to his door. - Fulton County - On Saturday, Nov. 17, ECOs Paul Pasciak and Shane Manns received a tip about two bucks ...

DEC taking comments on Oswegatchie plan

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is taking public comments on a proposed plan that would allow seasonal all-terrain vehicle use on private lands at the western edge of the Adirondack Park. The Oswegatchie Conservation Easement Tract contains roughly 17,000 acres in St. ...

ECOs charge hunters with trespassing on nuclear site

WEST MILTON — On Wednesday, Nov. 7, state Department of Environmental Conservation officers in Saratoga County received a tip that some hunters may trespass on federal property the following morning. ECOs Rob Higgins and Steve Shaw met on the morning of Nov. 8 at the Knolls, Kesselring ...

Find the cure on a pair of skis

Although it is easy to forget or overlook the Adirondack region’s long-lasting legacy of providing guests with an opportunity to benefit from the “healing woods,” there was a time when such efforts were known worldwide. Fortunately, we were recently reminded of that impact when a ...

Embark to get a facelift

Embark, which is has been published by the Adirondack Daily Enterprise six times a year as a free outdoors adventure magazine, will undergo some major changes early next year. In an effort to increase readership and the overall attractiveness of the magazine, we will be going to a glossy, ...

Stefanik votes to remove wolves from endangered list

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik voted in five roll-call votes last week, the first time in more than a month that Congress has held a session. Stefanik, R-Willsboro, voted for a resolution to bring the Manage our Wolves Act forward for discussion. The bill would remove gray wolves from the list ...

Titus to open Friday

MALONE — Titus Mountain Family Ski Center will be open for skiing and snowboarding this Friday, starting at 10 a.m. The Nov. 23 opening marks Titus’ second earliest opening date ever, surpassed only in 2014, when it opened on Nov. 22. Titus plans to be open Friday, Saturday and ...

Ski season starts its run

LAKE PLACID — All of the state Olympic Regional Development Authority ski centers opened this past weekend. With plenty of man-made, as well as natural, snowfall, both the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center in Wilmington and the nordic center at Mount Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid had ...

DEC taking public comments on central Adirondack snowmobile trail

LONG LAKE — The state Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking public input on an amendment for the Blue Ridge Wilderness Area in the central Adirondacks which would see the DEC build a community connector snowmobile trail. The department has scheduled a public meeting for ...

DEC asks for input on Hinckley Reservoir

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking public input on recreational opportunities at its Hinckley Reservoir Day Use Area, just outside the southwestern Adirondacks. “The Hinckley Reservoir Day Use Area is on the south shore of the 2,880-acre Hinckley Reservoir (in) ...

Easy access to big views on Baxter

KEENE VALLEY — For a short, relatively easy hike, Baxter Mountain near Keene Valley can tick a lot of boxes on various checklists. The mountain, which is 2,440 feet above sea level, offers views of the High Peaks, Hurricane Mountain and Keene Valley, and is also part of a hiking ...

DEC advises backcountry visitors of winter conditions in the Adirondacks

Although the early snow and cold weather are providing good conditions for winter outdoor recreation in the Adirondack Park’s backcountry, state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos said visitors to the region should be prepared with proper clothing and equipment ...

Skiing starts sooner

WILMINGTON — All four state Olympic Regional Development Authority ski centers will open Saturday for the first time this season, instead of the following weekend as previously announced. The Whiteface, Gore and Belleayre mountain ski centers in Wilmington, North Creek and Highmount, ...

Gore wins DEC environmental award

The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced winners of the 15th annual Environmental Excellence Awards this week, and Gore Mountain Ski Resort in North Creek was given one for its large solar array and energy-efficient snow guns. The DEC said in a press release that Gore ...

Hunter trick-or-treats with spotlight and gun, gets busted

HORICON — On Halloween, state Department of Environmental Conservation officer Sean Dewey received a complaint that someone had shot a deer from a road in Horicon. After interviewing nearby homeowners, ECO Dewey was able to identify the suspect. ECOs Dewey and Maxwell Nicols determined ...

ORDA ski centers open Saturday and Sunday

WILMINGTON — All four state Olympic Regional Development Authority ski centers will open Saturday for the first time this season, instead of the following weekend as previously announced. The Whiteface, Gore and Belleayre mountain ski centers in Wilmington, North Creek and Highmount, ...

New leader for Local Government Review Board

RAY BROOK — The Local Government Review Board has a new head, although he is quite familiar with the post. Beginning in October, Saranac town Councilman Jerry Delaney took the helm of the LGRB, replacing longtime head Fred Monroe, who semi-retired. “The Adirondack Park Local ...

Locals attend multi-state outdoor rec symposium

SARANAC LAKE — About two dozen Adirondackers are traveling to a multi-state outdoor recreation symposium in New Hampshire this week, and several local projects will be highlighted. The Northern Forest Regional Symposium runs from Wednesday through Friday in Bretton Woods, New ...