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Outdoors

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 ...

Road to potential well site is laid in Tupper Lake

TUPPER LAKE — Village officials hope a road laid to a potential well drilling site off the shore of the Raquette River last week will be a path out of the water quality issues that have plagued the municipal water department for years. Water department Superintendent Mark Robillard says if ...

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 ...

Gorgeous day saw ‘probably the highest use in High Peaks history’

With blue skies and the reds, yellows and oranges of fall leaves at their peak, hiking in the Adirondacks this weekend was at levels as high as, or higher, than ever before — and with high usage came higher levels of injuries, parking issues and misuse of the wilderness. State Department ...

Man sentenced in 2019 moose poaching case

VERMONTVILLE — A Saranac man has been sentenced to 60 days in Franklin County Jail, fined $5,525 and had his hunting privileges revoked for five years following charges that he illegally poached a moose in the town of Franklin in October 2019. The state Department of Environmental ...

Tree killer outbreak is worse than thought

LAKE GEORGE — An infestation of hemlock woolly adelgid discovered at a campsite off Lake George last month is more widespread than initially anticipated, an official from the state Department of Environmental Conservation said Tuesday. Last month’s discovery of the invasive species at ...

AuSable Club tries to help manage overuse

In the beginning of September, the news that the AuSable Club will pilot access restrictions to Adirondack Mountain Reserve land this coming Columbus Day weekend evoked some frustration in the wilderness recreation community. This action will see yet-unspecified restrictions to hiker traffic ...

View from the summit

LAKE PLACID — Her daily commute finds her scaling a mountain. Syracuse native Kayla White is in her seventh year as a summit steward for the Adirondack Mountain Club. It’s a job that brings her to high heights — literally. But it’s also a position that has become increasingly ...

Advocates try to unfreeze road salt bill

ALBANY — Adirondack environmental groups are asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign the Randy Preston Road Salt Reduction Act, which passed the state Legislature two months ago and awaits the governor’s signature before it can become law. The bill is named in honor of the late Randy ...

Small game hunting opening dates

ALBANY — Small game hunting season will open on Oct. 1, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced Friday. Several small game hunting seasons will open on Oct. 1 across the state, including special youth hunts. Ruffled grouse hunting season runs from Oct. ...

Fall colors getting brighter every day

The best thing that happened to me on Thursday was finding the long-lost hex wrench I use to raise and lower the seat on my bicycle. After riding all summer long with my seat a little too low, I brought it up a couple inches, and on Friday, I took off on a three-hour ride on crisp, sunny ...

Planning on hiking in the Adirondacks this fall? Expect a crowd

LAKE PLACID — Most days this summer, long before the sun peeks out over the tops of the Adirondack Mountains, the parking lot at the Adirondak Loj trailhead is full. The spots in the gravel lot, some 200 of them, quickly fill with cars. Out spill ambitious hikers, many experienced and ...