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Outdoors

ADK chapter offers scholarships for kids to attend DEC’s Camp Colby

SARANAC LAKE — The Laurentian Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) will sponsor two children, who would not otherwise be able to have a summer camp experience, to attend the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s environmental education camp on Lake Colby in Saranac ...

Protection group: Adirondack snowmobile trails are like roads

ALBANY — New snowmobile trails being carved through the Adirondacks violate the "forever wild" clause of the state's constitution because tens of thousands of trees are being cut and the forest's character is being altered, an environmental group argued before a trial level state Supreme ...

Court to decide if snowmobile trails violate NY constitution

ALBANY (AP) — The definition of a tree is at the heart of a lawsuit claiming new snowmobile trails being carved through the Adirondack forest violate the “forever wild” clause of New York’s constitution. The environmental group Protect the Adirondacks sued the state in 2013 over ...

Big Tupper in a holding pattern

TUPPER LAKE — Normally during this time of year, Jim LaValley, chairman of the Adirondack Residents Intent on Saving their Economy, a volunteer group started in 2009, would be gathering up the team to run the Big Tupper Ski Area, but as the group faces weather and funding challenges, ...

Brown offers early look at Finch lands

Phil Brown, the editor of the Adirondack Explorer and author of the “Short Hikes” series, has come out with a new book on the recently acquired Finch, Pruyn and Co. lands. “12 Adventures on New State Lands: Exploring the Finch, Pruyn tracts” follows the same pattern as ...

Snow lovers celebrate fresh season

Skiers, boarders, snowshoers, sledders and hunters celebrated as the first major winter storm of the season delivered more than a foot of fresh powder just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The winter season offers some of the most satisfying outdoor experiences available in the ...

Officials to discuss hunting safety after 4 fatalities

ALBANY (AP) — State officials are planning to discuss hunting safety issues after a spate of accidents that killed four New York hunters and left an enforcement officer wounded. Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos and other DEC officials will hold a news ...

Environmental conservation officer wounded while probing illegal hunting

GALLATIN (AP) — Authorities say a New York state environmental conservation officer is hospitalized with a gunshot wound after being shot while investigating reports of illegal hunting. The Department of Environmental Conservation says two of its enforcement officers were checking out ...

DEC taking comments on proposed hunting regs

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is asking the public to submit comments on several proposed changes to state hunting regulations. Comments will be accepted until Dec. 23. There are five proposed changes to rules, including several on white-tailed deer, bobcat hunting and ...

USA Luge to hold Running of the Balls 2 at World Cup

LAKE PLACID — USA Luge will hold its second annual Running of the Balls fundraiser, a quirky Adirondack take on Spain’s dangerous Running of the Bulls, during this year’s Viessmann World Cup races this weekend. Instead of setting cattle free in the streets of Pamplona behind a group ...

Local governments call for access and wilderness for Boreas lands

A local government coalition of towns in the central Adirondacks is calling for both wilderness and access as the state Adirondack Park Agency prepares to decide the make-up of land within the Boreas Ponds tract. The Five Towns, made up of Minerva, North Hudson, Newcomb, Long Lake and ...

Missing hunter found dead

ELLENBURG CENTER – A Vermont man who has been missing for more than a week was found dead this morning on the eighth day of looking for him. Volunteers and forest rangers found Ira Munn Boardman, 58, of South Hero, Vermont, early Sunday morning after hundreds of searchers had previously ...

Turkeys rebound with help of DEC

At just about the end of World War II, there were no wild turkeys in New York state. But a concerted effort by the Conservation Department (now the state Department of Environmental Conservation) reversed this trend. New York now boasts one of the most robust populations of wild turkeys in the ...

Whiteface opens for season with fresh snow

WILMINGTON — Whiteface Mountain Ski Center was able to push its opening day up by 24 hours thanks to fresh snow fall earlier this week. The mountain was slated to open Friday, but with more than a foot of snow falling Sunday and Monday, it opened on Thanksgiving Day with a decent ...

Son kills father in Thanksgiving hunting accident

SANDY CREEK (AP) — State police say a 24-year-old man mistook his father for a deer and fatally shot the older man while hunting near the family’s central New York home on Thanksgiving. Troopers say Kristopher Paro was in a tree stand in the woods behind his home in the Oswego County ...

Adirondack Lakes Alliance receives stewardship award

FULTON — The Adirondack Landowners Association has named the Adirondack Lakes Alliance the recipient of the 2016 ALA Stewardship Award. The alliance won the award for helping organize lake and river associations throughout the Adirondack Park, and for creating awareness of the threats to ...

Will Rogers’ Senior Outing Club goes to Macomb State Park

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Village at Will Rogers Senior Outing Club’s November event will be on Tuesday to Macomb State Park in Schulyer Falls. Naturalist Ed Kanze will lead a 1 to 1-and-a-half-mile flat nature walk along the shore of Davis Pond in the park. The Saranac Village at ...

Whiteface opens with fresh snow

WILMINGTON — Whiteface Mountain Ski Center was able to push its opening day up by 24 hours thanks to fresh snow fall earlier this week. The mountain was slated to open Friday, but with more than a foot of snow falling Sunday and Monday, it opened on Thanksgiving Day with a decent ...

DEC warns of winter conditions in backcountry

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is warning visitors to the Adirondacks to be wary of dangerous winter conditions. Recent snowfall has led to snow depths of more than a foot in most places, with deeper snow in certain areas. Backcountry users should be prepared for snow ...