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Outdoors

Man charged in moose death

VERMONTVILLE — A Clinton County man has been charged with numerous counts related to the killing of a moose in the town of Franklin near Vermontville. On Dec. 4, state Department of Environmental Conservation officers charged Zachary Vaughn, 26, of Saranac following a month-long DEC ...

Professors weigh in during ‘Impeachment 101’ panel

PLATTSBURGH — As the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump moved to the House Judiciary Committee, students and some community members sat down for “Impeachment 101: How it Works and its Impact on American Politics” last Thursday evening, Dec. 5. The SUNY Plattsburgh ...

New study: Salt disrupts Mirror Lake turnover

LAKE PLACID — Road salt runoff into Mirror Lake is derailing its natural mixing process and posing a threat to its lake trout population, a new study released this week shows. The peer-reviewed study, co-authored by AuSable River Association Science and Stewardship Director Brendan Wiltse ...

New class of rangers, conservation officers

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday the graduation of 30 Environmental Conservation Police Officers and 14 Forest Rangers from the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s 22nd Basic School for Uniformed Officers. The 44 new officers received their diplomas in a formal ceremony at the ...

As ticks move north, research funding vanishes

PAUL SMITHS — Research by Paul Smith’s College professor Lee Ann Sporn and her students shows disease-carrying ticks are continuing to become more common throughout the North Country. At the same time, her research is threatened by a lack of funding from the state and federal ...

Fire on Whiteface

WILMINGTON — A beloved ski lodge at Whiteface Mountain is gone. The Mid-Station Lodge was destroyed by fire Saturday night. No one was injured. The blaze was reported by staff at the Mid-Station at 8:52 p.m. Saturday, according to Wilmington Volunteer Fire Department Chief Louis ...

Swap shopping for ski season

SARANAC LAKE — It’s cross-country ski season, and you know what that means. It’s time to go shopping. It’s easy to get cooped up inside when the winter cold settles in, so having a hobby like cross-country skiing to get out and enjoy the crisp winter air is a great thing. But ...

Herbicide on Lake George to foil milfoil?

LAKE GEORGE — It has been a conversation put aside for the past two decades, but the Lake George Park Commission could resurface an important invasive species management question. Could herbicide treatment of Eurasian watermilfoil work in Lake George? Executive Director David Wick ...

Fewer campers, longer stays at Adirondack campgrounds

State campgrounds in the Adirondack Park saw fewer overnight visitors this year, but more camping nights overall. New data released by the state Department of Environmental Conservation show 2,776 fewer visitors chose to stay overnight this year at the 44 Adirondack campgrounds managed ...

Green groups ask to join NY, NJ, NYC in suing EPA

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Defense Fund, the Adirondack Council and the Sierra Club want to join New York, New York City and New Jersey in suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over air pollution from other states. The groups filed a motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals ...

Campground ambassadors sought

ALBANY — State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the opening of the 2020 application period for the Campground Ambassador program Monday. As part of the state’s Adventure NY initiative to connect more New Yorkers with the outdoors, campground ...

Advocacy group glad for trails plan

ALBANY — Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) Saturday joined Assemblymember Patricia Fahy to praise Governor Andrew Cuomo for signing legislation, directing the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to develop a coordinated plan for linking existing trails with potential ...

Remembering Pilot Knob

It was a cold, rainy mid-November night 50 years ago, and state Forest Ranger George Stec was talking to three young men who stopped by his house to report seeing a wolf around Queensbury’s Butler Pond when the phone rang. It was around 8:30 p.m. “It was the Sheriff’s Department ...

14-point buck shot in Massena area

Adam White said his hands would have been shaking a little more had he known the deer he was aiming at was a 14-point buck. White was sitting in a deer blind last Tuesday afternoon in the Massena area. It was windy, which makes it easier for mature bucks to scent nearby humans. But ...

Clearing the air over GAIN Act

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand opposes the Growing American Innovation Now Act, a bill that would loosen air pollution regulations for coal plants. Supporters of this bill say it will allow power companies to better protect the environment, as companies are currently “disincentivized” ...

Keene community forum on hiker parking issue scheduled for Wednesday

KEENE VALLEY — The town of Keene is hosting a community forum on hiker parking Wednesday night. The meeting, set for 7 p.m. at the Keene Valley firehouse, will focus on the current state of hiker parking and planning for the next hiking season. Town Supervisor Joe Pete Wilson Jr. said he ...

Whiteface opens today

WILMINGTON — Today marks the start of the ski season at Whiteface Mountain. The first chair lift disembarks at 8:30 a.m., according to a news release from the state Olympic Regional Development Authority, which manages the mountain alongside several other sports venues, including the Gore ...

Paddlers not allowed, after all

After 10 years, the issue of whether a paddler can pass through a stretch of private waterway is over after he and a state agency declined to appeal a previous ruling on the matter. For the past decade, Phil Brown of Saranac Lake, former Adirondack Explorer editor, and the Brandreth Park ...