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Outdoors

Ski areas can open at 50% capacity

NEW YORK (AP) — Ski resorts in New York will be allowed to open next month at half their indoor capacity with restrictions on sharing gondolas and face coverings required off the slopes, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday. The governor said ski resorts can open Nov. 6 during a briefing in which ...

Ski areas can open at 50% capacity, governor says

NEW YORK (AP) — Ski resorts in New York will be allowed to open next month at half their indoor capacity with restrictions on sharing gondolas and face coverings required off the slopes, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday. The governor said ski resorts can open Nov. 6 during a briefing in which ...

Local leaders urge Cuomo to sign salt reduction bill

Adirondack environmental groups and local government leaders don’t always agree, but both want the state Department of Transportation to reduce the amount of road salt it dumps on roads in winter. In September, green groups pressed Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign an Adirondack road salt ...

DEC warns drivers moose are on the move

RAY BROOK — The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation is advising the public to be alert for moose on the roadways in the Adirondacks and surrounding areas. It’s “peak moose activity” time, as early fall is moose breeding season in the North Country. “While ...

Rescues range from lost hikers to flipped kayaks

Forest rangers with the state Department of Environmental Conservation carried out six backcountry rescue missions in the Adirondacks in the past week. That week included the Columbus Day long weekend, which is commonly the busiest of the year for hiking in the Adirondack High Peaks ...

Dewey closed to public while hosting race

SARANAC LAKE — The trails at Dewey Mountain Recreation center will be closed to the public on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. because the Saranac Lake High School cross country running team will be hosting a meet at that time. Mountain bike trails, walking trails, disc golf and other ...

Will things slow down this fall?

“When things finally slow down” is a line I’ve heard repeated fairly often lately. Having more or less acclimated to a crazy summer, this fall has followed a fairly predictable pattern in the High Peaks Wilderness, though the amount of cars passing through Keene Valley at 4:30 in the ...

Hikers again flock to High Peaks for Columbus Day

KEENE VALLEY — The smell was one that candle makers have tried to capture for generations. In the early morning hours on Saturday, the unmistakable scent of fall in the Adirondacks permeated the trails in Keene Valley: pine, fresh air, the slightest hint of dampness. At the Rooster ...

7 more ranger rescues last week

Forest rangers with the state Department of Environmental Conservation responded to seven backcountry search and rescue calls in the Adirondacks in the past week. That is the same number as the week before. This week rangers were also busier than usual in other parts of New York, with ...

Don’t move firewood when camping, DEC warns

ALBANY — October is National Firewood Awareness Month, and the state Department of Environmental Conservation is reminding campers to prevent the spread of invasive species by following firewood requirements when obtaining wood for campfires. Many people take wood from their properties as ...

NFCT raffles 20th anniversary canoe

WAITSFIELD, Vt. — The Northern Forest Canoe Trail is raffling off a special 20th anniversary Wenonah Adirondack tandem canoe. The custom-made boat features a map of the entire 740-mile water trail that runs from Old Forge, New York, to Fort Kent, Maine, inlaid on the inside of the canoe. ...

DEC chief warns of cuts if federal gov doesn’t step in

SARANAC LAKE — New York Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos warned of cuts to state departments, such as his, if the federal government doesn’t come through with aid for states in its next coronavirus relief package. Pressed on what, specifically, the DEC ...

Adirondacks remain on drought watch

The Adirondack Park remains listed on the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s drought watch list. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the Adirondacks had been added to the state’s drought watch list on July 28, along with Long Island, the Upper Hudson/Mohawk area and the Great ...

Seven backcountry rescues this past week

The last week has been busy for state forest rangers. They performed seven backcountry rescue operations in the Adirondacks, in addition to hiker education and enforcement of state regulations over the past weekend, which with peak fall foliage and blue skies was widely considered one of the ...

Jeep at Marcy Dam is a stunning violation

Last Tuesday, on my way down from the summit of Mount Marcy, I came across a sight I hope to never see again. Right next to the trail register at Marcy Dam was a white Jeep Cherokee, parked as if that were a trailhead lot. Perplexed, I assumed that this vehicle belonged to a ranger, though ...

Please don’t geotag your photos

A million years ago it seems, before quarantine, my husband was asked about guiding a hiking group to a specific spot in the Adirondack Park. The people had noticed a particular view from an Instagram account and only wanted to go to that location to replicate that photo. After numerous ...

Northern Forest Canoe Trail improves Saranac River carries

SARANAC LAKE — The Northern Forest Canoe Trail completed several stewardship projects this summer along New York sections of the 740-mile waterway trail connecting Old Forge, New York, to Fort Kent, Maine. “Each stewardship season presents us with challenges, and this year was certainly ...