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Outdoors

Rescues and training keep state forest rangers busy

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers made five backcountry rescues in the Adirondacks in the past week and also took part in two training sessions: one with various agencies preparing for swift-water rescues, and another with the U.S. Air Force. DEC urges people to ...

Seeing the forest for the trees

There’s something about the changing of seasons that tends to prompt reflection. As we’ve had our first few chilly nights of the summer, fall feels right around the corner now. Maybe I’m looking too hard for signs of it, but it seems that leaves are already changing, 8 p.m. darkness still ...

Adirondack Council pushes for hiker permits

The Adirondack Council, an Elizabethtown-based environmental group, is again pressing for a hiker permit or reservation system that would let the state manage the number of hikers traveling through busy wilderness areas. The Council backed the creation of a hiker permit or reservation ...

DEC rangers to fight wildfires on other side of the country

Ten forest rangers from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation are on their way west, where for the next two weeks they will help firefighting crews battle massive wildfires. The team — a DEC forest ranger crew boss and nine rangers, all trained wildland ...

Adirondack Council pushes for hiker permits

The Adirondack Council, an Elizabethtown-based environmental group, is again pressing for a hiker permit or reservation system that would let the state manage the number of hikers traveling through busy wilderness areas. The Council backed the creation of a hiker permit or reservation ...

Combating unpreparedness

There’s something about being outdoors, whether its on a boat or a trail, climbing rock or biking, that leads people, in my experience to be more friendly than they normally would. Maybe it’s just the joy of being out in the open air, or maybe when you see someone else recreating in the way ...

A camp fit for a king … chipmunk

SARANAC LAKE — Up the hill from Moody Pond, past a pickup truck and the requisite snow plow, you first see a birdhouse the size of a file cabinet, made from a repurposed dollhouse that’s now perched on a tall tree stump. Then, in front of the Hagar family’s large house, you see a ...

State, developers barred from buying Whitney estate

LONG LAKE — The owner of a historic 36,000-acre estate in Long Lake says he will not sell the $180 million property to the state or people looking to develop it. John Hendrickson, the widower of Saratoga philanthropist and socialite Marylou Whitney, inherited the property following her ...

Ranger report: Wilderness rescues abound in area

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents statewide. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations, and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured, ...

‘An unfortunate sign of the times’

LAKE PLACID — Crews doing work on a section of the Jackrabbit Trail between McKenzie Pass and Lake Placid have been working this month to clear trees and improve drainage, but despite putting up signs telling recreators of the section’s closure — warning of danger and rangers — work ...

Pop-up High Peaks hiker info stations now open

KEENE VALLEY — Visitors to the High Peaks region have a new resource for hiking information here. Faced with historic levels of hiker traffic to the Adirondack Park — including many new visitors looking to get outdoors this summer following months of stay-at-home recommendations amid ...

New York attorney general seeks to dissolve NRA

NEW YORK — New York’s attorney general sued the National Rifle Association on Thursday, seeking to put the powerful gun advocacy organization out of business over claims that top executives illegally diverted tens of millions of dollars for lavish personal trips, no-show contracts for ...

Crua launches tent rental program

SARANAC LAKE — Crua Outdoors, an Irish tent company with its U.S. headquarters in Saranac Lake, has announced the launch of Crua Rentals, the company’s first-ever tent rental program. Crua Rentals is available in the United States and European Union. As a precaution amid the COVID-19 ...

DEC: Emerald ash borer in Warren County

CHESTER — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced on Tuesday that emerald ash borer has been confirmed in Warren County. This marks the first confirmed case of EAB within the Adirondack Park, according to a press release from the DEC. The affected trees ...

Adirondack invasive control improving, according to AWI

Adirondack waters were included in a state comptroller’s office audit that found gaps in Department of Environmental Conservation’s invasive species monitoring and prevention program. However, Adirondack Watershed Institute Executive Director Dan Kelting says, despite the ...