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Outdoors

New York attorney general seeks to dissolve NRA

NEW YORK — New York’s attorney general sued the National Rifle Association on Thursday, seeking to put the powerful gun advocacy organization out of business over claims that top executives illegally diverted tens of millions of dollars for lavish personal trips, no-show contracts for ...

Crua launches tent rental program

SARANAC LAKE — Crua Outdoors, an Irish tent company with its U.S. headquarters in Saranac Lake, has announced the launch of Crua Rentals, the company’s first-ever tent rental program. Crua Rentals is available in the United States and European Union. As a precaution amid the COVID-19 ...

DEC: Emerald ash borer in Warren County

CHESTER — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced on Tuesday that emerald ash borer has been confirmed in Warren County. This marks the first confirmed case of EAB within the Adirondack Park, according to a press release from the DEC. The affected trees ...

Adirondack invasive control improving, according to AWI

Adirondack waters were included in a state comptroller’s office audit that found gaps in Department of Environmental Conservation’s invasive species monitoring and prevention program. However, Adirondack Watershed Institute Executive Director Dan Kelting says, despite the ...

DEC confirms emerald ash borer in Warren County

CHESTER — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced on Tuesday that emerald ash borer has been confirmed in Warren County. This marks the first confirmed case of EAB within the Adirondack Park, according to a press release from the DEC. The affected trees ...

Danger at the boat launch

The state comptroller’s office has asked the state Department of Environmental Conservation to ramp up its efforts to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species. Several issues with DEC’s boat launch monitoring and prevention programs came to light in a comptroller audit of the ...

Rangers conduct fire training, rescue hikers in distress

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers responded to the following incidents in the Adirondack area this past week: --- Town of Potsdam --- On July 26 at 3:30 p.m., Region 6 Forest Rangers responded to assist eight fire departments with suppression of a ...

Boat shops booming

As many small businesses across the state and the country shutter, some permanently, in the wake of the ongoing pandemic, a thankful group of local boat shop owners is not only surviving but thriving. Traffic may be down on the roads and in the skies, but the water is ...

Whiteface opens for hiking, gondola, disc golf

WILMINGTON — State Olympic Regional Development Authority officials announced Friday that the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center will open for scenic gondola rides, hiking and disc golf today. These activities will be available daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the summer. Additionally, ...

Hunting, trapping licenses go on sale Aug. 10

ALBANY — Hunting and trapping licenses and Deer Management Permits for the 2020-21 season will go on sale Monday, Aug. 10, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced Friday. Licenses and permits can be purchased at any one of DEC’s license-issuing agents, ...

Green groups call for state preservation of Whitney Park

Shortly after the owner of a historic 36,000-acre Long Lake estate announced on Wednesday that he plans to sell the property for $180 million, conservationists said they wanted the state to step in and buy it. The Whitney Park property — which John Hendrickson, the widower of Saratoga ...

Whiteface opens for hiking, gondola rides and disc golf Saturday

WILMINGTON -- State Olympic Regional Development Authority officials announced today that the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center will open for scenic gondola rides, hiking and disc golf on Saturday. These activities will be available daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the summer. Additionally, ...

‘Restore Mother Nature Bond Act’ postponed

The $3 billion Restore Mother Nature Bond Act will not be seen on the ballot Nov. 3. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday confirmed the state would postpone a voter referendum on the bond act — one piece of a larger $33 billion, five-year plan to fight climate change — until 2021. If ...

90-Miler alternatives are ruled out

SARANAC LAKE — When it was announced in June that this year’s Adirondack Canoe Classic had been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, race organizers Brian and Grace McDonnell left the door open for possible alternative events if conditions improved. That door is now officially ...

Green groups call for state preservation of Whitney Park

Shortly after the owner of a historic 36,000-acre Long Lake estate announced on Wednesday that he plans to sell the property for $180 million, conservationists said they wanted the state to step in and buy it. The Whitney Park property — which John Hendrickson, the widower of Saratoga ...

Governor postpones $3B ‘Restore Mother Nature Bond Act’ to next year

The $3 billion Restore Mother Nature Bond Act will not be seen on the ballot Nov. 3. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday confirmed the state would postpone a voter referendum on the bond act — one piece of a larger $33 billion, five-year plan to fight climate change — until 2021. If ...

Diving for milfoil

SARANAC INN — The Upper Saranac Foundation, having greatly reduced the invasive Eurasian watermilfoil in Upper Saranac Lake, has turned its attention to clearing the waterways that feed the lake. A three-person dive team has already pulled 3,600 pounds of milfoil from Follensby Clear Pond ...