Outdoors

DEC issues final management plan for Saranac Lake Wild Forrest

RAY BROOK — The state Department of Environmental Conservation has finalized its plan for about 75,000 acres in and around the Tri-Lakes area after nearly two decades in the works. The unit management plan for the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest includes dozens of miles of new trails, the ...

Concern mounts as APA faces year without full board

RAY BROOK — The state Senate session ended last week with four nominees to the state Adirondack Park Agency board left in limbo, and while local government and environmental groups remain at odds, everyone seems to agree that the APA needs a full collection of board members. The APA board ...

Bathrooms coming to boat launch

SARANAC LAKE — A pause in Tuesday’s gray drizzle allowed for the announcement that a bathroom will be built at the Lake Flower Boat Launch and that the Lake Flower remediation project is complete. For many years village officials have been asking the state Department of Environmental ...

New York makes progress fighting giant hogweed, which has toxic sap

ALBANY (AP) — New York officials say statewide efforts to control a giant invasive plant with toxic sap are making headway. The Department of Environmental Conservation’s Giant Hogweed Program is in its 12th year. Commissioner Basil Seggos says the program has eradicated the plants from ...

Early bird gets the parking spot on 73

KEENE VALLEY — Parking restrictions on state Route 73, aimed at limiting the number of cars and hikers, may be having an effect, even if the message isn’t getting to everyone. On Sunday morning, parking lots along the 4-mile stretch of Route 73 — from the Rooster Comb parking lot ...

DEC reopens river after dam vandalism

SARANAC LAKE — A section of the Saranac River has reopened after vandals damaged the sluice gate at the Lower Locks last week, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The department closed the river Thursday between Second Pond and the Lower Locks when the sluice ...

Summer on the trail

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Barker exploration in Township 19

Barker Mountain is apparently an unofficial name for this small 2,100-foot peak east of Barker Pond in the recreational easement referred to as Township 19. I have only seen it named on a large green Central Adirondack Mountains wall map produced in Keene Valley. Aside from that, there is ...

‘Eager’ details the inner and outer workings of beaver

Beavers are an almost ubiquitous sight within the Blue Line. There are few river paddles that don’t take one over or around a beaver dam, and the large stick and earth lodges can be seen on hundreds of Adirondack waterways. But it wasn’t always this way, as a book by Ben Goldfarb ...

Stellar tourism

Every year the Adirondack Mountains attract tourists from around the world for their renowned hiking and camping opportunities, but in the past month, several have hiked them with a different purpose in mind: photographing the Milky Way. On clear nights, far away from the light pollution ...

Conservation Fund protects 51,000 acres of timberland

The Conservation Fund, which works to conserve working forests around the country, recently put more than 50,000 acres of Adirondack forests under protection so the land can continue to support local jobs and allow recreational access. The nonprofit purchased about 33,000 acres and ...

DEC improves Elephant Head road

RAY BROOK — The state Department of Environmental Conservation has reopened the Elephant Head trail road after extensive improvements. Elephant Head is a short hike just outside the Blue Line, about 9 miles south of Malone on state Route 30. From Route 30, the road leads 1.5 miles into the ...

Volunteers needed for Saranac River cleanup Sunday

SARANAC LAKE — The annual Saranac River cleanup will take place on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m., followed by a barbecue. Volunteers planning to attend should show up in the village parking lot at Dorsey Street at the start of the cleanup. Organizers say they need people who are willing to ...

APA nominations fall by wayside

RAY BROOK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has nominated four people to the state Adirondack Park Agency board — including a Lake Clear business owner — but some holdup in Albany means the agency will conduct business without a full board for the rest of this year at least. APA board members are ...

DEC closes portion of Saranac River due to vandalism

SARANAC LAKE — The state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced that part of the Saranac River will be closed due to the work of vandals on Wednesday night. The river will be closed to boating from the Second Pond boat launch on state Route 3 to the dam at the Lower Locks ...

Senate, Assembly pass unruly camper bill

In the past two days the state Senate and Assembly have passed a bill clarifying the legal grounds for a campground to remove disruptive guests, and the legislation now will be sent to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for final consideration. Under the proposed law, a campground owner could request a law ...

Rangers help lost, injured hikers

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers helped locate lost hikers, a missing man and a woman with a leg injury. --- Town of Tupper Lake On Saturday, June 15 at about 1:30 a.m., police in Tupper Lake requested forest ranger assistance for a missing 62-year-old ...

Public invited to comment on rule changes for hazardous materials

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced a public comment period on more than 100 changes to state law regarding hazardous waste. “DEC is proposing to revise the 6 NYCRR Parts 370, 371, 372, 373, 374, and 376 regulations to incorporate thirty-eight (38) federal ...