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Outdoors

High Peaks committee seeks input on overuse

A freshly created committee, tasked with advising the state on how to mitigate the impact of increasing hiker traffic in the Adirondack High Peaks, wants to hear questions and concerns from the public. The High Peaks Strategic Planning Advisory Group was created by the state Department of ...

Two mountain rescues for lost, injured hikers last week

Forest rangers with the state Department of Environmental Conservation made two mountain rescues last week in the Adirondacks: a pair of lost hikers on Whiteface Mountain and an injured hiker in the Dix range. --- Lost hikers on Whiteface --- It was 8:19 Monday morning, Jan. 13, ...

License revoked for wildlife rehab

WILMINGTON — A co-owner of the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge has had her state wildlife rehabilitation license revoked, forcing the organization to relocate some of its animals. The state Department of Environmental Conservation revoked the wildlife rehabilitation license for Wendy Hall, ...

Cuomo would give DEC a $145 million raise

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed a $145 million spending boost in the state Department of Environmental Conservation budget. As part of his 2020-21 Executive Budget proposal, released Tuesday, Cuomo has proposed a 10% bump in DEC spending, from $1.44 billion this year to $1.58 billion ...

Cuomo would give APA extra $1 million

RAY BROOK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed giving $1 million to the state Adirondack Park Agency to renovate its Ray Brook headquarters. The new capital funding, proposed Tuesday as part of the governor’s 2020-21 Executive Budget proposal, would increase the agency’s total spending ...

Cuomo would give APA extra $1 million to renovate headquarters

RAY BROOK -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed giving $1 million to the state Adirondack Park Agency to renovate its Ray Brook headquarters. The new capital funding, proposed Tuesday as part of the governor's 2020-21 Executive Budget proposal, would increase the agency's total spending from ...

Man dies in snowmobile accident

HOPKINTON — A Massena man died Sunday morning in a snowmobile accident on Jones Road in the town of Hopkinton, just on the northern edge of the Adirondack Park. The St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office said Dennis Binan, 49, was pronounced dead at the scene by county Coroner June ...

46 peaks in one icy trek

WILMINGTON — Mike Jaworski and Nick Glasser sat on a tailgate drinking champagne and eating prosciutto. They had 46 reasons to celebrate. Thirty minutes earlier, they had wearily hoofed it off the Esther Mountain trailhead. A few hours before that, they had become 46ers on the summits of ...

Mother, daughter lost and found on hike in Corinth

CORINTH — A mother and teenage daughter got lost on a hike and were found and escorted out by a state forest ranger and three Saratoga County sheriff’s deputies Sunday. At 1:15 p.m., Saratoga County 911 transferred a call to DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch reporting two lost hikers on Spruce ...

19-year-old hurt sledding behind pickup truck

Forest rangers and environmental conservation officers in Franklin and Washington counties helped a hiker find his way back to a trailhead and a teen who sustained a leg injury when he fell off a jet sled being pulled behind a pickup truck. - Town of Santa Clara - The Department of ...

Hiker shuttles planned for Route 73

KEENE VALLEY — Essex County is gearing up to launch a bus system to shuttle hikers to and from popular trailheads along state Route 73 this summer. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to announce approximately $1.2 million in state funding for the new system as part of his Executive Budget ...

State expected to help Essex County launch hiker shuttle bus system

KEENE VALLEY — Essex County is gearing up to launch a bus system to shuttle hikers to and from popular trailheads along state Route 73 this summer. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to announce approximately $1.2 million in state funding for the new system as part of his Executive Budget ...

Pisgah’s playground

SARANAC LAKE — After days of warm weather, ice and ... rain, Mount Pisgah finally saw its first layer of fresh snow in the new decade, and on Sunday, Saranac Lake’s kids were out in force, playing in the powder, building ramps and trying to fly, just for a moment. It was the ski ...

DEC releases new regulations for feeding of deer, moose

PLATTSBURGH — New regulations aim to reduce problems caused by wildlife feeding and lay out strict procedures for using tick-control devices designed to treat deer. According to a state Department of Environmental Conservation press release, prohibition of wild deer- and moose-feeding is ...

State plans to rebuild Whiteface Mid-Station, starting this spring

The state will rebuild the Mid-Station Lodge. The popular midway stop at Whiteface Mountain Ski Center, which was destroyed by fire Nov. 30, is slated to be rebuilt for an estimated cost of $14 million, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office told the Enterprise Saturday. It's one of the projects ...

DEC camper scholarships available

PLATTSBURGH — The Lake Champlain Chapter of Trout Unlimited will again provide scholarships for interested young men and women 11 to 17 years old to attend the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s popular summer camp program. The camps — located at Camp Colby, Pack Forest, ...

Skier, 21, dies from Whiteface injuries

WILMINGTON — A 21-year-old from Pennsylvania has died from injuries he suffered at Whiteface Mountain Ski Center on Dec. 23. Nicholas Koch of Danville, Pennsylvania, was injured after skiing down the Lower Northway trail and striking a cluster of trees, according to New York State Police. ...

Rangers rescue Mt. Jo hiker

LAKE PLACID — State forest rangers helped a group of hikers on Mount Jo get back to the trailhead after one of them was injured on their way down from the summit. On Sunday, Dec. 29 at 1 p.m., Essex County Emergency Services transferred a call from a group of four hikers on Mount Jo to ...

Pennsylvania man dies from Whiteface skiing injuries

WILMINGTON — A 21-year-old from Pennsylvania has died from injuries he suffered at Whiteface Mountain Ski Center on Dec. 23. Nicholas Koch of Danville, Pennsylvania, was injured after skiing down the Lower Northway trail and striking a cluster of trees, according to New York State ...