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Outdoors

New ‘Trail Supporter’ patch available

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is encouraging people to purchase a new, yellow “Trail Supporter” patch to support the cost of trail improvement projects. The patches cost $5 and are available at all fishing and hunting license retailers, as well as online. The ...

‘This weekend we were prepared’

KEENE VALLEY — The Columbus Day and Canadian Thanksgiving holiday weekend brought a now-familiar scene to this hamlet. On Saturday and Sunday, hikers walked in packs along Route 73 as cars sped past. Trailhead parking lots overflowed, and vehicles were parked illegally at the ...

Stefanik: Feds should enforce air pollution Good Neighbor rule

KINGSBURY — A rule in the Clean Air Act that keeps states from polluting their neighbors should be enforced, said U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, in a press briefing Friday at the Kingsbury Volunteer Fire Department. Called the Good Neighbor rule, the provision allows the U.S. Environmental ...

Tarzanian trip to Tomany’s dismantled fire tower

Corenne and I have this unique quest to climb all the fire tower peaks in the Adirondacks, even if the fire tower has been removed. This unusual vision brought us to the Arietta region of Hamilton County on a trek that would gain us the summit of Tomany Mountain, with an added adventure of ...

DEC stresses safety this hunting season

SARANAC LAKE — The fall hunting season is upon us, as several early hunting seasons have already begun in the state’s Northern Zone, while regular hunting season starts later this month for big game. In the Northern Zone, which covers the Adirondack Park and Champlain and St. ...

DEC pitches primitive campsite changes

LAKE CLEAR — Members of the state Adirondack Park Agency board ventured away from agency headquarters Thursday afternoon for a field trip to look at how the state Department of Environmental Conservation evaluates primitive campsites. The APA board, along with DEC and APA staff and a ...

APA addresses subdivision, boat wash, utility poles, rail trail

RAY BROOK — At the second day of its regular monthly meeting on Friday, the state Adirondack Park Agency board approved a subdivision in Black Brook, a comment period for a boat wash and a general permit for the replacement of utility poles. The agency board also learned that a state ...

Keene supervisor: Holiday weekend hikers should do research

KEENE — Last weekend was unexpectedly the town of Keene’s busiest of the year for hikers. “It was just a tremendous number of visitors,” said town Supervisor Joe Pete Wilson Jr., who, along with Deputy Supervisor Bob Biesemeyer and Councilor Teresa Cheetham-Palen, spent all day ...

Rangers take part in multiple cliff rescues in the past week

RAY BROOK — In addition to the state forest ranger rescue incidents reported in Wednesday’s Enterprise, here are more that rangers responded to this past week in the Adirondacks. These included two rope rescues from cliffs in the Old Forge area, plus a high-angle rope rescue reported ...

Acid rain consensus cloudy

Last week the Adirondack Council issued a statement on acid rain in the Adirondacks, linking increasing pollution from Midwest power plants to a rise in the acidity of clouds here and saying, “It is troubling to see acid rain re-emerge as a threat to the Adirondack Park.” The ...

Keene puts together plan for holiday hiker response

KEENE — A wave of hiker traffic in the High Peaks this past weekend taxed local resources, putting this town on high alert as the holiday weekend approaches. At their town council meeting Tuesday, Keene officials pieced together a plan to accommodate High Peaks visitors during the ...

Latest court ruling leaves Cedar River bridge project in limbo

A state Supreme Court judge continued to put the brakes on the state’s plan to build a bridge over the Cedar River, which would connect Indian Lake and Minerva. Judge Robert Muller issued a stay and a preliminary injunction on Tuesday, in the pending case against the state Department of ...

True fish tale gives hope

ALBANY — A reproducing population of brook trout has been discovered in a tiny lake in the Adirondack High Peaks Wilderness for the first time since the lake was declared fishless because of acid rain 32 years ago, New York state officials said. Department of Environmental Conservation ...

Acid rain explained

The Adirondacks have seen less acid rain and snow since the start of the Acid Rain Program in 1995, both in data and physical rejuvenation of waters. - How it happens - Acid rain in the Adirondacks is caused by pollution coming from many states south and west of New York. When ...

Rescues by rope, and by helicopter

Recently in the Adirondacks, state forest rangers joined several other agencies in rescuing a woman and her dog who fell off a cliff on the St. Regis River; plus, rangers helped fly a teenage hiker with a heart condition out of the High Peaks Wilderness. - Town of ...

Council sues over ATV trail through state land in western Adirondacks

The Adirondack Council filed a lawsuit Monday against the town of Clare in St. Lawrence County over its use of a road through Forest Preserve for an all-terrain vehicle trail. In a press release on Monday, the Council said it does not want to keep litigating the issue of where ATVs are ...

Exploring Hamilton County’s wet and wild side

The Moose River Plains area is by no means a stranger in my life. However, the end of its massive expanse is a bit more on the unfamiliar side, and eventually we found ourselves set back in the secluded realm of the West Canada Lakes Wilderness. The “Wet and Wild” side of Morehouse ...