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Outdoors

Senate OKs full board for APA

The state Adirondack Park Agency now has a full board for the first time in a while, after the state Senate approved seven nominations — four new and three returning — from Gov. Andrew Cuomo Wednesday. The new board members are Zoe Smith of Saranac Lake, assistant director of the ...

No overnight summer camps in NY this year, health commissioner says

ALBANY (AP) — New York state’s health commissioner on Friday said overnight summer camps will not be allowed to operate over coronavirus concerns. Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said it would be too difficult to manage the risks in overnight camps and maintain practices like ...

ORDA eyes new riverside trail

LAKE PLACID — The state Olympic Regional Development Authority is exploring the possibility of constructing a new river walk trail at the ski jump complex. The preliminary plans follow a series of planned upgrades at local Olympic facilities, in collaboration with the state Department ...

Ranger report: wilderness rescues in the Adirondacks

This month, forest rangers with the state Department of Environmental Conservation assisted several groups of disoriented or injured hikers, a man with a rope-swing-related foot injury, and a father and daughter who were caught in a storm while paddling. --- Town of Fort Ann ---- On ...

‘I BIRD NY’ challenge is underway for 2020

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos on Monday announced the start of the 2020 “I BIRD NY” challenges for beginner and experienced birders. The I BIRD NY program was launched by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2017, to build on the state’s efforts to ...

US moves forward with plan to end wild bird protections

BILLINGS, Mont. — The Trump administration moved forward Friday with plans to scale back a century-old law protecting most American wild bird species despite warnings that billions of birds could die as a result. Officials said in a draft study of the proposal that it could result in ...

‘90-Miler’ paddling race canceled for this year

SARANAC LAKE — The Adirondack Watershed Alliance, in cooperation with the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, has decided to cancel the 2020 Adirondack Canoe Classic, originally scheduled for Sept. 11-13. The decision is based on the uncertainty of the direction of the COVID-19 pandemic and ...

Hikers hurt in the Adirondacks

Forest rangers with the state Department of Environmental Conservation took part in six wilderness rescues in the Adirondack Park this past week. Five of the rescues were of injured hikers — three for ankle injuries — and one was for a woman who got too cold while tubing on a ...

‘90-Miler’ paddling race canceled for this year

SARANAC LAKE — The Adirondack Watershed Alliance, in cooperation with the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, has decided to cancel the 2020 Adirondack Canoe Classic, originally scheduled for Sept. 11-13. The decision is based on the uncertainty of the direction of the COVID-19 pandemic and its ...

Florida woman discovers gators fighting by her home

The Associated Press FORT MYERS, Fla. — A woman in route to get her morning coffee was jolted awake with pounding on her front door she later discovered to be two alligators fighting in front of her home in Florida. The video of the surprising encounter in Fort Myers was posted on ...

The traces we leave

If you live in the Adirondacks, or anywhere with nearby wilderness, hopefully you’ve heard of “Leave No Trace.” If you haven’t, the term refers to the set of 7 Principles created by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. In their language, these “provide an easily understood ...

Rangers busy with fires, rescues, holiday patrols

Forest rangers with the state Department of Environmental Conservation were among the first responders who had their hands full with firefighting this past week in and around the Adirondack Park. Plus, rangers had multiple wilderness search-and-rescue missions to deal with. Rangers ...

Splish, splash, a loon was taking a bath, while getting rescued

RAY BROOK — Nina Schoch had a loon in her bathtub. It wasn’t the first time. Schoch, a wildlife veterinarian and executive director of the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation in Saranac Lake, rehabilitates injured animals from her home semi-regularly. This was the first loon this ...

Comment sought on new approach to managing state’s trout streams

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking angler feedback through June 25 on a proposed plan to manage trout in inland streams, with the goal of safeguarding wild trout and expand fishing opportunities. “New York is blessed with a wide array of trout stream ...

DEC cautions New Yorkers against disturbing young wildlife

ALBANY — New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos on Wednesday reminded New Yorkers to appreciate wildlife from a safe distance and resist the urge to touch or pick up newborn fawns and other young animals. Human contact with wildlife can carry ...