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Outdoors

Town wrestles with parking problem at Baker trailhead

SARANAC LAKE — For years, the trailhead to Baker Mountain has been an area of concern for pedestrians, drivers and residents. Hikers park by the dozens on Forest Hill Avenue around Moody Pond to hike the popular small peak. On Tuesday, the St. Armand town board agreed to formalize two ...

Ex-APA board member joins green group’s board

NISKAYUNA — After quitting the state Adirondack Park Agency board in frustration, wilderness advocate Chad Dawson has joined the board of Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve, one of the park’s environmental groups. Dawson, of Onondaga County, is a professor emeritus at ...

Adirondack Council offers farmers $1,500 grants

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Adirondack Council’s Essex Farm Institute will offer grants up to $1,500 per applicant for environmentally beneficial and sustainable projects on Adirondack farms and by value-added producers. The environmental advocacy group and its agricultural institute are ...

Adirondack Council hires governor’s advisor for energy, environment

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Adirondack Council has hired Megan Phillips of Albany to be the environmental advocacy group’s vice president for conservation. Since November 2018, Phillips has been Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s senior policy advisor for energy and the environment, overseeing 12 state ...

Rangers rescue unprepared snowshoers

KEENE VALLEY — New York state forest rangers guided a trio of unprepared snowshoers out out the High Peaks Wilderness last week. On Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 5:37 p.m., DEC’s Ray Brook dispatch was notified of three overdue snowshoers who left from the Garden parking area in Keene Valley ...

Jackrabbit Rally goes virtual, kind of

SARANAC LAKE — “‘Ski! Ski! Ski!’ like the Jackrabbit!” is the call to action from the Barkeater Trails Alliance in its ongoing Jackrabbit Rally, which started Jan. 21 and ends on March 21. BETA Executive Director Josh Wilson said the organization is asking people to get out on ...

Lake Placid Land Conservancy earns national accreditation

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid Land Conservancy announced it has been awarded accredited status, a significant honor in land conservation. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, granted this accredited after an intensive review of the Lake ...

DEC warns of avalanche danger in High Peaks

ALBANY — Backcountry downhill skiers, snowboarders, and others who may traverse slides or steep, open terrain in the High Peaks region of the Adirondacks should be prepared for avalanche conditions, the state Department of Environmental Conservation advised Saturday, Feb. 13. “Recent ...

Iced-in loons saved from eagles

SARANAC LAKE — The Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation successfully coordinated a rescue of three adult loons who were iced in on Lake George. On Sunday afternoon, local residents and birders contacted Dr. Nina Schoch, executive director of the Loon Center, to report the loons ...

UN: Huge changes in society needed to keep nature, Earth OK

Humans are making Earth a broken and increasingly unlivable planet through climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution. So the world must make dramatic changes to society, economics and daily life, a new United Nations report says. Unlike past U.N. reports that focused on one issue and ...

Landowners will discuss conservation at forum

KEENE — The Adirondack Land Trust will host an online forum featuring Adirondack landowners discussing why and how they’ve conserved their land. Landowner contributions to conservation are often overlooked. The Adirondack Park is renowned for its “forever wild” state-owned Forest ...

Managing hiker information in the High Peaks Wilderness

As of late last week, the Adirondack Mountain Club temporarily closed the Loj and the High Peaks Information Center due to COVID-19. This sort of closure is by no means a surprise at this point in the pandemic. We’ve seen it happen to a number of restaurants and stores in the area, and each ...

Town wants a say if Big Tupper is sold

TUPPER LAKE — The Tupper Lake town board is drafting a letter to the Franklin County Board of Legislators, letting the county know the town is interested in discussing the Big Tupper Ski Area property if the county forecloses on it this spring. In this letter the town board will express ...

DEC issues Great Lakes progress report

The state Department of Environmental Conservation this week released its two-year progress report on Great Lakes restoration, noting 103 of 124 actions have progressed since being written in 2015. The 20-page report details 2018-20 progress across several projects on Lake Erie, the St. ...

Big tourism week expected

LAKE PLACID — The outdoors winter recreation industry is gearing up for a busy President’s Day weekend and week following, amid a year which has seen record numbers of people recreating in the High Peaks during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are preparing for safety on the trail and ...

Champlain trails awarded state grants

WESTPORT — Champlain Area Trails has been awarded two grants totaling $63,225 from the New York State Conservation Partnership Program. One grant, for $28,500, is to help build a new website. “We’ve already reached out to designers and are working to have a much more interactive ...

Northwood School gets grants to monitor animals

LAKE PLACID — Northwood School has been awarded grants to support the Adirondack Wildlife Inventory and Monitoring Project, a long-term monitoring program focused on collecting wildlife occurrence and climate data in the Adirondack Park. Grants have been received from the Toshiba ...