Outdoors

TNC partnered with Paul Smith’s vets for Earth Day work project

KEENE VALLEY — The Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy partnered for the second year in a row with veterans attending Paul Smith’s College to get a nature preserve open for spring. Eighteen people, including six Conservancy staff and a dozen people from the college, worked ...

DEC seeks public input in plan for Fulton Chain Wild Forest

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking public comment on more than 15,000 acres in the southwest Adirondacks. The DEC is asking the public to submit written comments or attend a public meeting on an upcoming revision to the unit management plan for the Fulton Chain ...

’Round the Mountain kicks off paddling season

SARANAC LAKE — When the water temperature and the air temperature combined don’t add up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, you know it’s cold. But that didn’t stop dozens of boats from tackling the first big canoe race of the season on Saturday. The ’Round the Mountain canoe, kayak and ...

Strolling through history at Owen and Copperas

WILMINGTON — With the state Department of Environmental Conservation asking hikers to stay below 2,500 feet in elevation during mud season, Monday’s sunshine and summer-like weather provided a good chance to check out a pair of ponds, even if the water was too cold to go swimming. Owen ...

Delving deep into the kill vs. kiln debate

So, is it Cooper Kiln Pond or Cooper Kill Pond? I have seen it both ways. The USGS map for the region reads “Cooper Kill Pond,” while other maps and writings call it “Cooper Kiln Pond.” A kill is a Dutch word meaning creek. It is commonly used where the Dutch settled — the ...

APA to tackle zip line, travel corridor amendment

RAY BROOK — After taking the month of April off, the state Adirondack Park Agency board will convene next week and take on a couple of high-profile agenda items. Starting at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 16, the Regulatory Programs Committee will convene and vote on approval of a permit for zip ...

ECO busts man for taking turkeys before season started

ESSEX — On Thursday, April 25, state Department of Environmental Conservation Officer Maxwell Nicols received a tip about a Facebook post that showed several turkeys shot in Essex County before the turkey hunting season opened on May 1. Nicols tracked down the man who had posted the ...

DEC postpones reopening Nicks Lake Campground near Old Forge

OLD FORGE — The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced that Nicks Lake Campground and Day-Use area near Old Forge will be closed through May, with an opening date to be announced in the coming weeks. The DEC has been engaged in a $1.5 million upgrade to the facility, ...

Tourist ambassadors taught ethics of the woods

LAKE PLACID — The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism is readying a team of ambassadors to get on social media and promote the Adirondacks, but the group was given a quick course in Leave No Trace ethics before they hit the trail. On Tuesday, the Adirondack Mountain Club’s Seth ...

Ranger Report: DEC helps lost, injured hikers

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers assisted a group of hikers in the High Peaks Wilderness and used a boat to rescue a lost hiker in the central Adirondacks this past week. - Town of North Elba - On Wednesday, May 1 at 8:43 p.m., DEC dispatch received a ...

Declining waterfowl numbers lead to lower bag limits

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced waterfowl hunting seasons for this fall, but hunters will be allowed to take fewer of some species due to declining populations. The DEC has reduced the number of mallards, pintails and Canada geese hunters can take, while ...

State reps update lake associations on harmful algal blooms

LAKE GEORGE — The state Department of Environmental Conservation is gearing up for harmful algal bloom season with a new notifications website to air later this month and continued monitoring of new ways to combat the blooms. Harmful algal blooms are the layman’s term for ...

UN report: Humans accelerating extinction of species

People are putting nature in more trouble now than at any other time in human history, with extinction looming over 1 million species of plants and animals, scientists said Monday. But it’s not too late to fix the problem, according to the United Nations’ first comprehensive report ...

Whitewater feature would be built to last

SARANAC LAKE — A whitewater feature under a downtown bridge could draw paddlers from around the region if the state funds for a Downtown Revitalization Project sponsored by AdkAction is funded. “It’s a big project and the price tag is around $400,000,” said AdkAction Chairman Tom ...

An Adirondack paddle with an Everglades feel

As many of you know, Lake Placid is a hub for hiking mountains of all sizes and trails of all abilities. But what about its close proximity to countless lakes, rivers and ponds? On this spring trip we decided to explore the waters out of Axton Landing. Axton Landing, as many might ...

High-water moments on the Saranac River

The Saranac River can be paddled much of the year, including late in summer when water levels are low. But with the high water of spring flooding the river and its low-lying areas, it seemed like a good chance to get out and explore a little. My friend Jason and I set out from Pine Street ...

Ad’k Council: Boat washing should be mandatory park-wide

A state law requiring boaters to take “reasonable” care not to spread invasive species is set to expire June 1, and the Adirondack Council wants to not only see it renewed but wants state legislators to require mandatory boat washing across the Adirondack Park. Some local lawmakers, ...

DEC issues muddy trail advisory

RAY BROOK — The state Department of Environmental Conservation has issued a muddy trail advisory for the High Peaks and other wilderness areas, asking hikers to refrain from going above 2,500 feet in elevation. “Backcountry trails in the highest elevations are still covered in slowly ...

Rangers help lost, injured, tired hikers

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers were busy last week helping a number of hikers around the Adirondacks. - Town of Saranac - On Monday, April 22, DEC dispatch in Ray Brook was contacted by a 22-year-old Burke man who was worried he would not be able to ...