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Outdoors

APA classifications under the radar

RAY BROOK — The state’s recently acquired 20,000-acre Boreas Ponds tract is up for classification this year, but more than 100 other parcels are also being classified or reclassified by the agency as well. And while Boreas may draw the most attention, the APA is looking for input on ...

Look to the sky for clues of animal movement

Back in the day, calendars were used to mark the passing of time by noting particular events and activities that were pursued during the various seasons. They also correlated the various phases of the moon with current natural events and activities that the new moon provided. Distinct ...

Forest rangers rescue hunters and hikers last week

Two hunters and four hikers needed to be rescued by state Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers last week. Town of Dannemora Just after 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2, state police requested help from forest rangers with finding two hunters who had been reported ...

ECO catches two separate families illegally spotlighting deer

A state Department of Environmental Conservation officer caught two separate families spotlighting deer in Washington County, according to a press release titled “the family that shines together, goes to court together.” ECO Matthew Krug was set up on Route 11 in the town of Hampton after ...

Saranac Lake marina permit may move forward

RAY BROOK — The developer of a marina on Lower Saranac Lake may have won by losing at a state Adirondack Park Agency meeting Wednesday afternoon. LS Marina LLC had appealed a third Notice of Incomplete Permit Application from the APA, but the agency and the developer’s lawyer said ...

First APA land classification hearing draws overflow crowd

RAY BROOK — The first of eight public hearings on classifying more than 100 parcels of land including the Boreas Ponds tract drew an overflow crowd to state Adirondack Park Agency headquarters Wednesday night. The overflow crowd spilled across the parking lot to the state ...

DEC seeks help locating bear dens

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is asking the public to be on the lookout for bear dens this winter. “DEC urges anyone who finds a bear den to not approach or disturb the den, but simply to note the location and move away from the den site,” the DEC said in a press ...

APA will talk land classification package this week

RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency will hold a public hearing on a huge state land classification package this week, at the same time as it meets to discuss, among other things, the Saranac Lake Marina and a biomass heating system for this hamlet’s state office ...

Bolster youth interest with outdoor education

Although the annual New York big game hunting season is currently in full swing, there appears to be a distinct lack of both deer and hunters in the local woods. Although I’ve seen a few whitetails, including an impressive buck that handcuffed me during the snowy season opener, ...

Peregrine falcon population holding steady in Adirondacks

Peregrine falcons, a top predatorial bird, nest high up on cliff-sides around the Adirondacks and are monitored each year by a combination of volunteers and state Department of Environmental Conservation staff. The DEC recently released its annual study of the birds, and found that the ...

DEC warns public to stay out of bat caves

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is reminding the public to stay out of seasonal bat caves this fall and winter."Anyone entering a northern long-eared bat hibernation site from October 1 through April 30, the typical period of hibernation for bats, may be subject to ...

Hikers were unprepared for winter conditions

A lost hiker and her dog, and three hikers who were not prepared for winter conditions were subjects of forest ranger rescues in the Adirondacks last week.---Town of North ElbaThree men from the Capital Region called for assistance after spending a night out camping near Mount Marcy on Friday, ...

Lake George sensor network to be completed with $917K grant

LAKE GEORGE (AP) - A high-tech sensor network for Lake George is on track for completion with a $917,000 National Science Foundation grant.The three-year-old Jefferson Project at Lake George aims to protect the Adirondack lake by increasing the information available about things like stream ...

Reasons for closed door rail-trail meetings

RAY BROOK - A stakeholder group says it wants the public to see its consensus rails-to-trails decisions and not be distracted by its members' disagreements along the way.That's one reason why it's reinforcing its decision to keep its meetings closed to the public and press, according to notes ...

Jackrabbit Trail anniversary

LAKE PLACID - The Barkeater Trails Alliance will celebrate the 30-year anniversary of the Jackrabbit trail next Saturday.The celebration will take place on Nov. 12 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Cascade Ski Center outside of Lake Placid.The event is free for BETA members, and BETA Executive Director ...

DEC: Remaining Deer Management Permits available

ALBANY (AP) - The New York Department of Environmental Conservation says there are still deer hunting permits available in several wildlife management units.Permits are available in units where the target quota has not been reached. The application process re-opens Tuesday and is on a ...

A pursuit firmly woven into our fabric

Hunting is an activity that permits enthusiasts to interact with the natural world in a manner that is difficult to achieve through any other means. It is a traditional, all-natural pursuit that allows woodsmen to utilize basic instincts that have been refined over the long course of human ...

American woodcock remains elusive and unique

With names like the timberdoodle, bog sucker, mud snipe and mud bat, the American woodcock can maybe draw some immature giggles when it's mentioned. But this reclusive little bird is a fascinating addition to the Adirondack wildlife repertoire.The only woodcock native to North America, it is in ...

Notes give view into private rail trail meetings

RAY BROOK - If a rail trail between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake is completed as it's now being planned, it may look similar to a plan previously put forward by Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates.State Department of Environmental Conservation officials were hesitant about using resources ...

Loon Lake Mountain trail closed

LOON LAKE - The Loon Lake Mountain trail will be closed until the end of the year due to logging activity, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said in a press release.The trail is on privately owned conservation easement lands, and Lyme Timber Company, which owns the land, is ...