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Outdoors

Land trust protects Vanderwhacker inholding

MINERVA — The Adirondack Land Trust has purchased 60 acres surrounded by the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest, closing a gap in the New York state-owned Forest Preserve. An inholding is privately owned land inside the boundary of publicly conserved land such as a state-designated ...

Annual spring burn ban begins next week, will last through May

Fire danger may not be at the top of Adirondack residents’ minds right now, given the amount of snow on the ground. But spring is coming, and that’s when most wildfires occur, as last year’s dead leaves, brush and grass dry out. Therefore, the state Department of Environmental ...

Rescues on lakes and snowmobile trails

This past week in the Adirondacks, the state Department of Environmental Conservation rescued fishermen from a floating ice sheet, helped an injured snowmobiler and and rescued a couple whose vehicle got stuck on a snowmobile trail. - Lake Champlain rescue - On Mar. 1 at 3 p.m., ...

Trump policy that weakened wild bird protections is revoked

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Biden administration on Monday reversed a policy imposed under former President Donald Trump that drastically weakened the government’s power to enforce a century-old law that protects most U.S. bird species. Trump ended criminal prosecutions against companies ...

More overnight camps will reopen this summer

PORTLAND, Maine — There are going to be more happy campers this summer as more camps choose to reopen despite the pandemic, providing millions more kids an opportunity to gather around a campfire. Most camp directors sat out last summer as the virus raged across the country, either ...

Saranac Lake Classic fills ice derby void

SARANAC LAKE — An ice fishing derby was held in and around Saranac Lake over the weekend to fill the void left after the annual Colby Classic was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Although no one is looking to replace the Saranac Lake Fish and Game Club’s Colby Classic, which ...

Two die in Old Forge snowmobile collision

OLD FORGE — Two men died from a snowmobile collision Thursday night near Old Forge, a popular snowmobiling destination with an extensive trail network. The town of Webb Police Department said the cause of the collision “appears to be imprudent speed for conditions, alcohol ...

Northville subdivision up for APA decision

RAY BROOK — A proposed 1,169-acre subdivision near Northville will be up for discussion and a decision as the state Adirondack Park Agency board holds its monthly meeting on Thursday and Friday, March 11 and 12. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the public is asked to watch the meeting by ...

Trout tickets teach legal lesson

SCHROON LAKE — A ticketing last month is a reminder that anglers are not allowed to keep lake trout shorter than 18 inches. The state Department of Environmental Conservation provided the following report. On Feb. 18, Environmental Conservation Officer George LaPoint received a ...

Ausable River Association hires new stream restoration associate

WILMINGTON — After a nationwide search, the Ausable River Association (AsRA) announces the hire of Peru, New York, resident Gary Henry for the position of stream restoration associate. Working closely with Executive Director Kelley Tucker, Henry will transition to lead the survey, ...

NYC firefighter dies in Lake George snowmobile crash

A 35-year-old firefighter from the Bronx died when a snowmobile he was riding crashed into a dock on Lake George on Thursday, Feb. 25. The crash ejected the rider, and he landed in the water under an ice shelf. Carmine J. Barresi was a member of the New York City Fire Department, ...

Time to prepare for all kinds of conditions

As much as I hate to admit it, this spectacular winter is starting to wind down. Last week’s warmer weather marked the first major thaw of a season that has held out admirably for those of us who like to play in the snow. While we hopefully have plenty of winter fun to look forward to, ...

Man dies in 3-snowmobile collision

BELLMONT — State Police released the names of the three people involved in a Friday morning snowmobile collision that resulted in one fatality. Richard Button, 56, of Gansevoort, was killed in the collision, which occurred in the area of Wolf Pond Road in Bellmont. State Police were ...

Town wrestles with parking problem at Baker trailhead

SARANAC LAKE — For years, the trailhead to Baker Mountain has been an area of concern for pedestrians, drivers and residents. Hikers park by the dozens on Forest Hill Avenue around Moody Pond to hike the popular small peak. On Tuesday, the St. Armand town board agreed to formalize two ...

Ex-APA board member joins green group’s board

NISKAYUNA — After quitting the state Adirondack Park Agency board in frustration, wilderness advocate Chad Dawson has joined the board of Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve, one of the park’s environmental groups. Dawson, of Onondaga County, is a professor emeritus at ...

Adirondack Council offers farmers $1,500 grants

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Adirondack Council’s Essex Farm Institute will offer grants up to $1,500 per applicant for environmentally beneficial and sustainable projects on Adirondack farms and by value-added producers. The environmental advocacy group and its agricultural institute are ...

Adirondack Council hires governor’s advisor for energy, environment

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Adirondack Council has hired Megan Phillips of Albany to be the environmental advocacy group’s vice president for conservation. Since November 2018, Phillips has been Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s senior policy advisor for energy and the environment, overseeing 12 state ...

Rangers rescue unprepared snowshoers

KEENE VALLEY — New York state forest rangers guided a trio of unprepared snowshoers out out the High Peaks Wilderness last week. On Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 5:37 p.m., DEC’s Ray Brook dispatch was notified of three overdue snowshoers who left from the Garden parking area in Keene Valley ...