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Outdoors

Trailheads will get a holiday brake

For the third year in a row, the state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced that it will take measures to increase safety during the busy Columbus Day weekend — including reducing the highway speed limit near some hiking trailheads. The DEC, along with the state ...

Road to Boreas opened

NORTH HUDSON — After about a year of construction, Gulf Brook Road — which provides access to the interior of the Boreas Ponds Tract — is now open to the public. And a wide variety of users are taking advantage of it. The state bought the Boreas Ponds Tract from the Nature ...

State will reduce speed limits near some trailheads Columbus Day weekend

For the third year in a row, the state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced that it will take measures to increase safety during the busy Columbus Day weekend — including reducing the highway speed limit near some hiking trailheads. The DEC, along with the state ...

Court upholds Cross State Air Pollution Rule

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld the Cross State Air Pollution Rule, which regulates states’ pollution emissions to keep them from harming downwind states. The decision also came with a requirement of the Environmental Protection Agency to set a ...

MudRat dives deep into Panther Gorge

SARANAC LAKE — Kevin “MudRat” MacKenzie spends much of his free time photographing, hiking and climbing on both ice and rock within the High Peaks. But one place in particular piqued his interest, and after a couple of years of research and writing, MacKenzie is out with his first ...

Leaves are starting to change, and peepers are coming

Leaf peeper season is here. The state released its first Fall Foliage Report of the year this week: Roughly 10% of fall foliage throughout the Adirondacks is expected to change by this weekend. Local watchers in Saranac Lake are predicting that people will see “touches of red leaves ...

Options on the Kettle Trail

The Kettle Trail is a lovely trail located in the Debar Mountain Wild Forest. The trail is best used as an out-and-back hike but with a second car and an added road walk along McColloms Road on the north end, it could be a one-way. McColloms Road is not drivable with most vehicles and ...

APA opens public comment period on Sentinel Range Wilderness plan

RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency board on Friday unanimously approved a public comment period for the Sentinel Range Wilderness Area outside of Lake Placid, but there was some debate over the review process. The state Department of Environmental Conservation recently ...

APA approves campsite guidance, with changes

RAY BROOK — On Friday, the state Adirondack Park Agency approved a guidance document that will help determine how primitive campsites in backcountry locations should be designed, monitored and managed. The guidance — created by the state Department of Environmental Conservation — is ...

More Asian clam sites found in Lake George

The annual effort to determine whether invasive Asian clams have spread in Lake George led to the discovery of three new sites with clams earlier this month, bringing the total number of infested areas to 27. The small clams, which can cause water quality problems, were found at Fort Ann ...

Small game seasons to start

RAY BROOK — The state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced that numerous small game hunting seasons will begin on Oct. 1. Turkey, rabbit, hare and pheasant hunting all begin in the Northern Zone, which includes the North Country, on Tuesday, Oct. 1. Squirrel season ...

Hiker, drivers, kayaker rescued this past week

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers helped people in their late 60s and early 70s this past week in the Adirondacks. - Town of Brighton - On Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 9:18 p.m., a 71-year-old Easton, Connecticut, man was reported overdue from a hike on St. Regis ...

A good year for monarch butterflies

If you’ve noticed a lot of monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) lately, you’re not alone. From my own observations and from what people have been telling me, this summer appears to have been a very successful one for them, at least in this part of the Northeast. Monarchs have four ...

APA reviews plan for Sentinel Wilderness

RAY BROOK — The state Department of Environmental Conservation has released its unit management plan for the Sentinel Range Wilderness Area near Lake Placid, and the state Adirondack Park Agency is poised to approve a public comment period for the plan later this week. The Sentinel ...

APA to talk primitive campsites, Sentinel Range Wilderness

RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency will meet for the first time in two months this week, tackling a full agenda at its headquarters in Ray Brook. The regular monthly meeting was not held last month. It is scheduled for Thursday and Friday this week, and the board — which has ...

37th 90-Miler leaves paddlers tired, happy

SARANAC LAKE — The Adirondack Canoe Classic — better known as the 90-Miler — arrived in Saranac Lake on Sunday as about 250 boats finished the three-day race on the shore of Lake Flower. The 90-Miler is in its 37th year, and began on Friday in Old Forge. After paddling to Long Lake ...

Early bear hunting season opens in part of upstate

ALBANY (AP) — Early bear hunting season is open in some southeastern parts of upstate New York. State environmental officials say early bear season started Saturday and runs through Sept. 22 in southeastern New York. Early black bear seasons will open next weekend in northern New York ...

A quick trip to the Washbowl

The Roaring Brook trailhead for Giant Mountain is often packed full, but for good reason. From there, a number of pleasant hikes begin, including up the 12th-highest mountain in New York, the top of Roaring Brook Falls and the lone named pond in the wilderness area, Giant Washbowl. During ...

Hiker shuttle follows federal funds to Wilmington

Why are state and local government agencies sending hiker shuttle buses from Lake Placid to Wilmington instead of to Keene, where the busing might alleviate a persistent parking crunch at trailheads along state Route 73? One reason is federal funding. Essex County receives State ...