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Outdoors

Hunters this season are younger, brighter and earlier

The big-game hunters this year will be younger, brighter and earlier as deer season begins, thanks in part to new rules on hunters heading to the woods. Saturday morning, nearly 600,000 licensed big game hunters will be eligible to take part in firearm deer-hunting season statewide. New ...

Columbus Day hiker influx tests new shuttle, reservation systems

KEENE VALLEY — For the first time in years, Keene town Supervisor Joe Pete Wilson, Jr. was out of town on Columbus Day weekend. For the past several years, the town of Keene, which has a population of around 1,000 people, has seen a rush of hikers flocking to the High Peaks on long ...

Ausable River restored to cope with climate change

Ten years ago, Hurricane Irene dumped nearly a foot of rain in sections of the Adirondacks. Rivers and towns were flooded and roads and bridges were ripped apart. One of the rivers hit hardest by Irene has since been re-engineered to handle more extreme storms. Along a stretch of the Ausable ...

Why climate change is making it harder to chase fall foliage

PORTLAND, Maine — Droughts that cause leaves to turn brown and wither before they can reach peak color. Heat waves prompting leaves to fall before autumn even arrives. Extreme weather events like hurricanes that strip trees of their leaves altogether. For a cheery autumnal activity, leaf ...

Search and rescues down, fewer rangers patrolling

The number of search and rescues in the Adirondacks is down 27% since last summer, but there are also fewer rangers patrolling the park and 2021 is still outpacing 2019 in the number of search and rescues in the Adirondacks. On June 1, 2020, a man in his 40s was hiking in Washington County ...