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Outdoors

States, provinces warn boaters of invasive species

ALBANY — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, in cooperation with seven Great Lakes states and two Canadian provinces, has announced the second annual Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Landing Blitz, a regional campaign to inform boaters and others about the risks of ...

Elizabethtown stopped from clearing brook without permit

ELIZABETHTOWN — As its name implies, Roaring Brook, located 4 miles south of Elizabethtown, can at times be turbulent, with the narrow channel cutting away at the steep banks. During Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, the brook cascaded through its channel, undercutting its banks, which in ...

Rangers work to douse fires, rescue hikers … and help a pooch

Forest rangers with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation responded to a variety of calls in the Adirondack Park in the past week, including a fire, a hiker with an ankle injury and a golden retriever suffering from heat exhaustion. - Fire in Thurman On ...

High Peaks planners submit proposals

The state-appointed High Peaks Strategic Planning Advisory Group has released its recommendations for mitigating the impact of increased hiker traffic in the High Peaks wilderness. The group’s new 18-page report — supplemented by 25 pages of information from the state Department of ...

ESF Ranger School names first woman director

The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry named Dr. Mariann Garrison-Johnston director of its Ranger School. She is the first woman to lead the Ranger School. Garrison-Johnston has been a faculty member at the Ranger School since 2008, coming to the Wanakena, New York, campus ...

US honeybees are doing better after bad year: survey

American honeybee colonies have bounced back after a bad year, the annual beekeeping survey finds. Beekeepers only lost 22.2% of their colonies this past winter, from Oct. 1 to March 31, which is lower than the average of 28.6%, according to the Bee Informed Partnership’s annual survey ...

Utica teen drowns in Moose River

LYONS FALLS — A teenager from Utica drowned in the town of Lyonsdale after slipping on rocks Thursday afternoon. Abraham Whay, 16, of Utica, was walking on rocks at about 4:45 p.m. while crossing the Moose River near the concrete dam at Agers Falls when he slipped and fell into the ...

Cousins break 46er speed record

WILMINGTON — When cousins Mike Jaworski, Dan Fronhofer and Paul Fronhofer came out of the woods at the Esther Mountain trailhead Thursday, they were drained. They had not slept in over 24 hours, they had eaten all but a smidgen of their food, and they had hiked all 46 High Peaks in six ...

DEC reopens 16 Adirondack campgrounds

The state Department of Environmental Conservation on Wednesday announced that 16 of its campgrounds in the Adirondack Park and four more in the Catskill Park will open on Friday for the 2020 season. The Adirondack sites are as follows: •  Buck Pond Campground and Day Use Area, ...

Rangers help hikers and boaters, combat fires

Forest rangers with the state Department of Environmental Conservation participated in four wilderness rescues in the Adirondacks in the last week, and also helped extinguish two wildland fires north of the Adirondack Park boundary. --- Lost in Dix Range --- On June 7 at 1:12 a.m., ...

Free fishing June 27-28

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos Wednesday announced a free fishing weekend for June 27-28. The event is the second of six free fishing days offered in New York State every year. “This free fishing weekend could not have come at a better ...

Fighting exclusion, part II

It has been 22 days since George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police officers. Since then, as protests and demonstrations have erupted in every state in the country over police violence and systemic racism, many who had never paused to consider these daunting issues are now confronting them ...