Outdoors

APA, with new board, reviews Ray Brook gas station

RAY BROOK - The state Adirondack Park Agency will have its first regular meeting since three new commissioners and a new chairman were approved by the state Senate.Sherman Craig will sit in the chairman's seat, while John Ernst, Chad Dawson and Saranac Lake resident Barb Rice join him at the ...

Vigilance slows invasive species

NORTH CREEK - As time marches on, the prospect of the invasive species problem dying down in the Adirondacks does not seem likely.However, through a combination of enforcement and education, experts hope the spread of invasives can at least be slowed down.With that thought in mind, the ...

Rangers continue busy summer

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers and interior caretakers continued a busy summer of rescues with almost a half-dozen rescues in the last week.---Town of KeeneJust before sundown on Monday, July 4, DEC dispatch in Ray Brook received a call about a 22-year-old woman ...

Ernie Coons: A pioneer of outdoor education

Every kid needs an old timer to kick around with It's the way of the woods, especially when it comes to outdoor pursuits. Hands-on mentorship is as important as the availability of wild lands, and the tools necessary to enjoy them. I've been very fortunate in this regard, since I was able to ...

Rock snot is a native that’s a nuisance

Rock snot is the not-so-sexy name of a slimy goop that can be found clinging to rocks in streams of the Northeast.And until recently, it was treated as an invasive species, which led the state Department of Environmental Conservation to recommend that anglers not use felt-soled waders. Anglers ...

Tupper man collects, displays insects

TUPPER LAKE - With help from friends, Michael Keeler of Tupper Lake has amassed quite the collection of local critters.Keeler has been preserving bugs found around Tupper Lake on a display board for nearly a decade. He has found them inside of businesses and apartments, on the roadway, at ...

DEC asks for help with nuisance bears

Bears have already been a nuisance in several towns in the Adirondacks this year, and the state Department of Environmental Conservation is asking the public for help in reducing and reporting the number of problem bears in the state.The DEC asks that if you or your neighbors are having issues ...

DEC will host wildlife, falconry, tracking dog exams

The state Department of Environmental Conservation will be holding exams for those who want to become licensed wildlife rehabilitators. There will also be an exam to earn a leashed tracking dog license or to be a licensed falconry handler.The exams will be held on Aug. 12, and the deadline to ...

Knotweed fighters win award

KEENE VALLEY - An invasive plant program has won an award for its efforts to eradicate Japanese knotweed, an invasive and fast-growing plant.The Regional Inlet Invasive Plant Program received the Adirondack Conservation Hero award from the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy for its ...

Wild fire on Lower Saranac Lake quickly contained

SARANAC LAKE - State forest rangers responded to a wild fire on an island in Lower Saranac Lake Tuesday afternoon.The fire was on Goose Island, home to one of the camp sites of the Saranac Lake Islands state campground, and was spotted and reported by an off-duty forest ranger.The off-duty ...

DEC plans new trail near Newcomb

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has planned a new multi-use trail in the 92,000-acre Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest.The Newcomb to Minerva multi-use trail would be located along state Route 28N, near the Boreas River. The trail will be about one mile in length.According ...

Rangers have busy holiday weekend with rescues

State forest rangers had a busy holiday weekend, helping lost and injured people throughout the Adirondacks.---Town of Fort AnnJust before noon on Wednesday, June 29, the state Department of Environmental Conservation dispatch received a call for assistance for a man on Buck Mountain.The ...

New campground planned near Sevey Corners

A proposed 200-site campground near the intersection of state Routes 3 and 56 is moving to state review after passing the St. Lawrence County legislature.Salvatore DiCiaccio, president of a Rochester investment firm, is the developer behind the project. He says the campground is the next step ...

Boy, 12, dies after slipping into deep area of lake

NORTHAMPTON (AP) - Authorities say a 12-year-old boy has died after he went into a deep area of an upstate New York lake.Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino says the incident unfolded around 4 p.m. Monday when the boy slipped from shallow water into a deeper area of the Great Sacandaga ...

Annual Hike-a-Thon highlights trails around Lake George

LAKE GEORGE (AP) - More than 600 people will head for the hills around Lake George in the southeastern Adirondacks for the Hike-a-Thon, held annually on the 5th of July.The Lake George Land Conservancy held the first Hike-a-Thon in 2013 to celebrate its 25th anniversary. It was so popular, the ...

Face-to-face with a gypsy moth baby boom

HARTFORD, Conn. - Last year's dry spring, coupled with the recent stretch of dry weather, has helped to fuel the resurgence across parts of southern New England - and the Adirondacks - of the gypsy moth caterpillar, a furry nuisance blamed for defoliating an estimated 9 million acres from Maine ...

DEC adopts conservation plan for bald eagles

The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced this week a finalized plan for protecting bald eagles in New York.A draft of the plan was released last year, and 120 comments from the public were considered. The final plan takes into account concerns raised by the public ...