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Outdoors

DEC updating rules for wildlife management areas

ALBANY — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation on Thursday released a draft proposal for public comment that would update regulations governing public use of the state’s vast network of 120 Wildlife Management Areas. There are 15 WMAs in DEC Region 5, which covers ...

Body of father missing two months recovered from Black Lake

BLACK LAKE — The body of a St. Lawrence County man was recovered Friday, two months after he was last seen snowmobiling with his daughter near Black Lake. The multi-agency search for David R. Redmond Jr., 37, and Larissa Redmond, 13, began Jan. 18, after the Ogdensburg pair was ...

State’s top court hears tree-cutting case

The highest court in New York heard arguments on Wednesday for a case that could redefine what “timber” means in state law, and change what size of trees can be cut on state Forest Preserve land. Lawyers for the Protect the Adirondacks environmental group and state Department of ...

Paul Smith’s College names trail in honor of Caroline Draper Lussi

PAUL SMITHS — Ardent skiing supporter Caroline Draper Lussi, matriarch of the Lussi family of Lake Placid and 1960 graduate of Paul Smith’s College, will have the Red Loop Trail named after her at the college’s Visitor Interpretive Center. It will be known as the Draper Lussi ...

Adirondack Council adds to growing staff

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Adirondack Council announced it has hired three new staff members for an expanded fund development and communications team. The Adirondack Council is a privately funded nonprofit organization, the largest environmental group focused solely on the ...

Forest rangers find lost people

Forest rangers helped several lost people — teenage hikers and a woman with her horses — get back home this past week in the Adirondacks. - Lost on Buck Mountain - On Saturday at 8:11 p.m., the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s Ray Brook dispatch received a ...

DEC gives tips to avoid bear contact

ALBANY — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation on Monday reminded New Yorkers to avoid conflicts with bears by taking down bird feeders and securing garbage. DEC has already received a few reports of bear sightings across the state. “As bears emerge from their ...

Well-known forest ranger moves from DEC to VIC

PAUL SMITHS — After a quarter-century with the state Department of Environmental Conservation, Forest Ranger Scott van Laer is retiring and returning to work for his alma mater, Paul Smith’s College, to lead its Visitor Interpretive Center. Today, cross-country skiers and snowshoers ...

Common Ground Alliance opens Winter Meeting registration

LAKE PLACID — The Common Ground Alliance and Northern Forest Center’s free, virtual, one-hour winter meeting will be held Thursday, March 25 at 12:30 p.m. over Zoom. Advance registration is required at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2ucnk9vdQe66hbT_xINi6A. Attendees will be ...

VIC to host free ski-snowshoe day, Nordic races

PAUL SMITHS — The Paul Smith’s College VIC will mark the first day of spring, this Saturday, with free cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, and two races open to the public. A 7.5-kilometer, classic interval start race will begin at the VIC main lodge at 10 a.m., as well as a separate ...

Ranger helps unprepared hiker exit High Peaks Wilderness

LAKE PLACID — A forest ranger helped a hobbled hiker reunite with his party this past weekend, the state Department of Environmental Conservation reported. On Saturday at 6:41 p.m., DEC’s Ray Brook dispatch received a call from a 27-year-old man from Rochester suffering from a sore ...

New state entity for outdoor rec is good idea

The Final Report from the High Peaks Advisory Group has been released for public consumption, and if you haven’t read it through already, you should. The document reflects a year-long process of distilling and diagnosing some of the most pertinent issues we face here in the Adirondacks. ...

Deal could add hiker parking on Loj Road

LAKE PLACID — A proposed agreement between the town of North Elba and state Department of Environmental Conservation could pave the way for more hiker parking on two local roads, including Adirondack Loj Road. The 20-year agreement, authorized by the North Elba Town Council last week, ...

APA approves major lakeshore subdivision

The state Adirondack Park Agency board voted 9-0 with one abstension Friday to approve a permit for a major, 1,170-acre housing subdivision involving Woodward Lake in the towns of Mayfield and Northampton. Most of the comments backing the decision came during a Regulatory Programs ...

Familiar advice for fixing hiker crunch

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has released a committee’s recommendations for how to address ever-increasing hiker traffic in the High Peaks. The 55-page report — which was more than a year in the making — mostly includes suggestions that look familiar to longtime ...