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Outdoors

Clearing the air over GAIN Act

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand opposes the Growing American Innovation Now Act, a bill that would loosen air pollution regulations for coal plants. Supporters of this bill say it will allow power companies to better protect the environment, as companies are currently “disincentivized” ...

Keene community forum on hiker parking issue scheduled for Wednesday

KEENE VALLEY — The town of Keene is hosting a community forum on hiker parking Wednesday night. The meeting, set for 7 p.m. at the Keene Valley firehouse, will focus on the current state of hiker parking and planning for the next hiking season. Town Supervisor Joe Pete Wilson Jr. said he ...

Whiteface opens today

WILMINGTON — Today marks the start of the ski season at Whiteface Mountain. The first chair lift disembarks at 8:30 a.m., according to a news release from the state Olympic Regional Development Authority, which manages the mountain alongside several other sports venues, including the Gore ...

Paddlers not allowed, after all

After 10 years, the issue of whether a paddler can pass through a stretch of private waterway is over after he and a state agency declined to appeal a previous ruling on the matter. For the past decade, Phil Brown of Saranac Lake, former Adirondack Explorer editor, and the Brandreth Park ...

Fall weather is a guessing game

In lieu of the off-and-on frigid temps we typically have in the fall it can be crapshoot as to what you might find, especially in higher elevations. I got to thinking that many cold-weather issues come with unpreparedness and a misinterpretation or misunderstanding of the weather patterns. ...

Van Ho ski center set to open next Saturday

LAKE PLACID — The cross-country ski center at Mount Van Hoevenberg is set to open for the season Saturday, Nov. 16. Snowmaking ramped up at the facility Friday, according to state Olympic Regional Development Authority Communications Director Jon Lundin. Between the snow manufactured ...

Peak planners picked

State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos on Thursday announced the creation of a committee to recommend solutions to problems spurred by increased tourism to the Adirondack High Peaks region. The 13-member committee is being asked to put together a ...

DEC: Some trails closed; others being assessed

The state Department of Environmental Conservation’s call for hikers to stay off Adirondack trails remains in effect. The department announced its advisory last Friday following a bout of high winds and flooding along the AuSable and Schroon rivers that ravaged upstate New York ...

DEC reminds trappers of requirements to help manage fisher, marten

Trapping and hunting seasons for fur-bearing animals have begun in northern New York, and the state Department of Environmental Conservation wants trappers to know about special permit requirements for fisher and marten. Trappers provide data to DEC’s expert wildlife biologists, which ...

Ego tripping … and falling

RAY BROOK — “Today is all about ego.” That’s according to a shoeless man at the junction of the Haystack and McKenzie mountain trails. This was a warning, not a celebration of ego. It was mid-day during the third annual 6er Relay, and the man, Mark Boyce, had just descended ...

DEC: Avoid trails, summits this weekend due to flooding

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is warning hikers to avoid trails and mountain summits throughout the Adirondacks this weekend. The department announced the advisory Friday afternoon amid widespread reports of road closures, power outages and flooding throughout Essex, ...

Hiker rescued from truck amid Keene Valley flooding

KEENE VALLEY — A hiker was rescued from his vehicle shortly after midnight Friday after he awoke to find the truck he’d been sleeping in was surrounded by water. The rescue came as high winds and rising water levels rocked North Country infrastructure, closing roads, downing utility ...

DEC: Avoid trails, summits this weekend due to flooding

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is warning hikers to avoid trails and mountain summits throughout the Adirondacks this weekend. The department announced the advisory Friday afternoon amid widespread reports of road closures, power outages and flooding throughout Essex, ...

Study examines reasons for decrease in boreal birds

PAUL SMITHS — Two new scientific studies recently released by Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute and Shingle Shanty Preserve and Research Station have detected continuing patterns of decline in boreal birds in the Adirondacks, possibly the result of impacts from climate ...

Hiking season over, planning isn’t

KEENE VALLEY — The steady stream of hiker traffic through this hamlet has slowed to a trickle as the colored fall leaves drop to the ground. But efforts to accommodate the rising tide of tourists, while protecting the natural landscape, aren’t losing steam. Local leaders and the ...

DEC aids lost and stranded hunters, hikers

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers assisted hikers and hunters in Hamilton and Saratoga counties, and used a boat to rescue a group of five men in the central Adirondacks this past week. - Town of Morehouse - Rangers located a missing man in the ...

Snow jobs: In tight labor market, ski areas up the ante

WARREN, Vt. -- It used to be that a free ski pass was enough to lure workers to seasonal jobs at mountain resorts. No longer. In the current tight labor market, ski areas across the country are having a tough time filling jobs, so they’re upping the ante by boosting wages, providing ...

DEC seeks input on changes to state’s endangered list

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking input on changes to the state’s list of endangered and threatened species. The department is looking to remove 19 species from the list, including the bald eagle, the peregrine falcon, northern harrier and the humpback ...

Tree-killing emerald ash borer found in Jefferson County

WATERTOWN — The emerald ash borer beetle has crept into Jefferson County. The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced Friday two tree samples, one from a tree on South Massey Street in the city of Watertown and another from the village of Clayton, have tested positive ...

Ruling allows snowmobile use on contested road

INDIAN LAKE — A court ruling this week should allow the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s plan to use one mile of a road near the Hudson River for a snowmobile trail, even though that stretch of river is classified as ‘Wild.’ Several years ago, the DEC proposed a ...