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Outdoors

CATS to open Essex Quarry trails June 26

ESSEX — The Essex Quarry Nature Preserve trails will open next Saturday. The nature preserve is located a short distance from the ferry dock in Essex. The property was purchased by Westport-based nonprofit land trust Champlain Area Trails, or CATS, in late 2019. Staff and volunteers have ...

Rangers tackle training on ropes, more rescues

Forest rangers with the state Department of Environmental Conservation responded to two rescue missions in the Adirondacks this past week, plus took part in a technical rope rescue course. - Technical rope training - From June 6 to 11, 17 forest rangers from across the state ...

Hiker parking reservation system adapts

ST HUBERTS — Hikers who choose to reserve parking at the Adirondack Mountain Reserve’s trailhead parking lot in St. Huberts will now be able to make reservations far later than before and leave their parking spots much later at night. AMR and DEC announced on Friday that a new ...

DEC will hold academies for new rangers, ECOs

ALBANY — State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos has announced that DEC will hold academies for its newest classes of environmental conservation police officers and forest rangers beginning in May 2022. The six-month training academies will prepare up ...