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Outdoors

Giving climate change a voice in the Adirondacks

Nicholas LaScala says he’s not a typical conservationist. He rides snowmobiles and knows he pollutes. But he cares about climate change, and for an internship with Clarkson’s Institute for a Sustainable Environment, he’s producing a video series to bring the realities of climate ...

Warmer weather brings hikers to High Peaks

KEENE VALLEY — Threat of exposure to the novel coronavirus and recommendations to steer clear of popular trails deterred some hikers from the High Peaks this weekend, but nature-seekers still flocked to a few trailhead parking lots here. On Saturday clusters of cars — at one point ...

DEC marks 50th amid pandemic

The 50th anniversary of Earth Day, April 22, also marked the 50th anniversary of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, but while the department is celebrating all year, it also has been working as hard as ever, assisting in the state with its coronavirus response. “DEC ...

Keene uses parking ban to divert hikers

KEENE VALLEY — The town of Keene implemented a roadside parking ban for three local roads on Friday. The town plans to step up enforcement this weekend in an effort to limit the number of hikers congregating at trailheads and in residential areas. Parking on Johns Brook, Market and ...

Camp Guggenheim cancels sessions for this summer

SARANAC LAKE — A youth summer camp on the shore of Lower Saranac Lake will be closed this summer, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Camp Guggenheim, owned and run by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ogdensburg, was scheduled to run for six week-long sessions from June 28 to Aug. 7, with the ...

Ranger issues rare tickets for climbing at falcon nest site

KEESEVILLE — For the first time since the early 2000s, a state forest ranger ticketed rock climbers for ignoring falcon protections. On April 11, Forest Ranger Sarah Bode cited two rock climbers for failure to obey a DEC sign at Poke O Moonshine, a mountain near Keeseville famed for its ...

Winter wins a round, but spring is coming

SARANAC LAKE -- While spring has had its moments so far this year, winter has not gone away yet. Tri-Lakes residents awoke on Wednesday, Earth Day, to find a solid blanket of snow had fallen overnight. That's fairly normal for April in the Adirondacks. At present, eastern states -- ...

Tourism ‘reopening’ will roll out in phases

Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism officials on Tuesday announced a plan to transform the way they market the Adirondack region as the state lifts its “New York on PAUSE” social distancing restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic. Getting the economy back on track is the ultimate ...

How we go chasing waterfalls

There is a specific type of frustration that only comes from watching other people behave with flagrant disregard. On a little hike last Saturday, my partner and I got a taste of it. Having wandered a few miles through the woods to an incredible veil waterfall, we were standing on a vista ...

Sharing our public spaces responsibly

There has been a lot of talk recently about what it means to “recreate locally” and “recreate responsibly.” As I’ve mentioned more than once before, we’re fortunate enough to have a broad variety of options for recreation available to us at any given time. When considering what ...