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Outdoors

Lost hunter found dead in southern Adirondacks

Forest rangers with the state Department of Environmental Conservation responded to three search-and-rescue missions in the past week for lost people in the Adirondack wilderness. Two were found cold but alive, but one hunter was found dead near the southern Adirondack ...

The joys of stick season

In my line of work, I often wind up on a trail with people who are stunned by how much there is to do in the Adirondacks. Many have never visited before, so when they learn about the huge variety of outdoor recreation opportunities that have been waiting mere hours from where they live, ...

Titus expects to start skiing in about 2 weeks

MALONE — North Country ski areas are getting ready for winter sports, prepping ski trails and waiting for some wintry weather. Titus Mountain Family Ski Center in Malone is shooting to open up its slopes in about two weeks, according to Bruce Monette III, Titus brand ...

Lawmakers and more celebrate road salt law

SARANAC LAKE — State legislators gathered amid light snowfall in Berkeley Green Friday to take a victory lap on a road salt reduction bill they sponsored, which the governor signed Wednesday night. Assemblyman Billy Jones, retiring state Sen. Betty Little and outgoing Assemblyman Dan ...

Governor signs Adirondack road salt reduction bill

After months of requests from North Country advocacy groups, local governments and state representatives, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Randy Preston Road Salt Reduction Act late Wednesday night. It is intended to reduce road salt pollution in the Adirondacks, and it becomes law just as ...

Governor signs Adirondack road salt reduction bill

After months of requests from North Country advocacy groups, local governments and state representatives, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Randy Preston Road Salt Reduction Act late Wednesday night. It is intended to reduce road salt pollution in the Adirondacks, and it becomes law just as ...

CATS hosts volunteer work day at Essex Quarry Nature Preserve

ESSEX — Champlain Area Trails (CATS) hosted a volunteer trail project at their new Essex Quarry Nature Preserve on Friday, Nov. 20. Volunteers helped staff cut brush and fallen trees along two separate paths that are part of a network of trails going in around the quarry. The day ...

When will the slopes open? Here’s the Northeast ski report

LEBANON, N.H. (AP) — Latest skiing conditions for the Northeast U.S., of of Monday, Nov. 30, supplied by SnoCountry Mountain Reports. Conditions are subject to change due to weather, skier/rider traffic and other factors. Be aware of changing conditions. For more information go to ...

Staying found this winter

By the time I heard about the ongoing search operation on Allen Mountain last week, the subject had been lost for the better part of three days. With nighttime temperatures in the valleys sitting in the low 20s Fahrenheit, it seemed fairly likely that those searching for the lost hiker were ...

Adirondack Wild honors Diversity Initiative director

SARANAC LAKE — Adirondack Wild awarded Adirondack Diversity Initiative Director Nicole Hylton-Patterson the 2020 Wild Stewardship Award on Friday. “We’re just getting started,” she said, saying she has a lot planned for 2021. David Gibson, managing partner of the environmental ...

Campers face charges for alleged wilderness violations with plane, chainsaw

Two hunters from Oneida County have been charged with misdemeanors and several violations after they allegedly landed a plane in a wilderness area and used a chainsaw to clear trails and cut trees for tent poles, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation They are ...

Whiteface pushes opening day to Dec. 4; Van Ho opens for Nordic skiing today

LAKE PLACID — Due to warm weather conditions, state Olympic Regional Development Authority officials will open the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center a week later than expected, spokesperson Elise Ruocco said Wednesday. However, the Lake Placid Nordic Center at Mount Van Hoevenberg will open for ...

Rangers find illegal camp in southwest Adirondacks

Forest rangers with the state Department of Environmental Conservation found two hunters illegally camping and clearing trees in a protected wilderness area they had flown into by floatplane earlier this month in the southwest Adirondacks. Rangers discovered an illegal camp at a remote pond ...

Hunting, trapping photo-essay contests

Hunters and trappers in New York are being asked to add two more tools to their backwoods arsenal through the rest of this year — a camera and pen. With these they can participate in the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s “Why I Hunt” and “Why I Trap” photo essay ...

Rocky the Christmas owl back in the wild

SAUGERTIES (AP) — Rocky the stowaway owl is back in the wild. The tiny Saw-whet owl was named Rockefeller after it was found by a worker setting up the holiday tree Nov. 16 at Manhattan’s Rockefeller Center. The owl was apparently trapped in the 75-foot-tall Norway spruce when it was ...

Whiteface changes opening day to Dec. 4

Due to warm weather conditions, state Olympic Regional Development Authority officials will open the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center a week later than expected, spokesperson Elise Ruocco said Wednesday, Nov. 25. "Our snowmaking team has been hard at work, but with the variable forecast this ...