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Outdoors

Forest rangers ask hunters for help locating man missing for almost a year

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers are asking hunters in northeastern Warren County to be alert for any signs or clues of the whereabouts of a hunter from Troy who went missing last November.Thomas Messick was last seen on Nov. 15, 2015, while hunting a short distance ...

2016 was another record year for camping at New York’s state parks

ALBANY (AP) - Campers flocked to New York State Parks in record numbers for the fifth year in a row this year.Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that campsites, cabins and cottages at state parks were occupied for more than 633,000 nights through Columbus Day, setting a new record.The ...

Village rail trail meeting draws questions, provides few answers

SARANAC LAKE - Village of Saranac Lake Trustee Rich Shapiro held the first open meeting related to the rail trail on Tuesday night at the town hall. About a dozen people filtered in and out, some leaving with the same number of questions they entered with.Shapiro held the meeting to gather ...

Backcountry rescues over Columbus Day weekend

New York state forest rangers again took to the woods over the Columbus Day weekend to rescue nine lost people and rescue other hikers who suffered injuries.Below is a wrap-up of two weeks' worth of ranger rescues.---Town of Fort AnnThree women became lost while hiking Sleeping Beauty Mountain ...

Peacock Mountain fire contained, not out

LAKE PLACID - A forest fire that's burned for more than five days on a remote mountain slope has been contained but not extinguished.Forest rangers from the state Department of Environmental Conservation, a crew of inmates from the state's Moriah Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility and a ...

APA releases first land classification package in five years

RAY BROOK - The state Adirondack Park Agency will begin classifying lands in the Park for the first time since the Essex Chain classification a little more than two years ago.The classification package the APA took up at its regular monthly meeting last week is a monster of a package as well. ...

Leadership change at Adirondack Nature Conservancy

KEENE VALLEY - Mike Carr, who has led the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and the Adirondack Land Trust for more than a decade, will leave TNC and move into the directorship of the land trust full time.For the last 16 years, Carr has directed the land trust part time and the ...

Rail trail advisory board member hosts open meetings

(Editor's note: This article has been corrected to reflect that the Adirondack Rail Trail Advisory Committee is not hosting open meetings; rather, the village of Saranac Lake representative to the committee, Rich Shapiro, will host the open meetings on his own. The Enterprise regrets the ...

Peacock Mountain fire contained, not out

LAKE PLACID - A forest fire that's burned for five days on a remote mountain slope has been contained but not extinguished.Forest rangers from the state Department of Environmental Conservation, a crew of inmates from the state's Moriah Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility and a state ...

Leadership change at Adirondack Nature Conservancy

KEENE VALLEY - Mike Carr, who has led the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and the Adirondack Land Trust for more than a decade, will leave TNC and move into the directorship of the land trust full time.For the last 16 years, Carr has directed the land trust part time and the ...

Making peace with Marcy

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Forty years is a long time to take to deliver thanks.Grief never really frees one from its grip. Pat Atkinson-Sirois knows better than most. It's haunted her for too many years.She's fortunate, though, to have a loving and supportive husband and great family and friends who ...

Soaking in every last bit of autumn

As autumn takes command of the local landscape, I have been forced to choose between a variety of outdoor activities that continue to unfold across a landscape that grows more magnificent with each passing day.As author E.B.White claimed, "I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve ...

Seven bee species added to endangered list

The federal government recently added seven bee species native to Hawaii to the endangered species list. The rule adding the bees goes into effect on Halloween this year.The news, although not local, is seen as a big deal. Bee colonies have been collapsing around the world. A study funded by ...

Rangers continue fighting wildfire

LAKE PLACID - Forest rangers and a crew from the Moriah Shock prison continued to contain a wildfire in the area near Nye Mountain, an Adirondack 46er, on Friday. The plan is for forest rangers and the Moriah Shock crew to continue that work today, this time with a state police helicopter.The ...

A ride in the rain to Boreas Ponds

NORTH HUDSON - I drove right by the entrance to Gulf Brook Road.It was marked with a green street sign, and it was the only turnoff on the north side of Blue Ridge Road for at least a mile, but I still didn't see it until it was too late."There it is," I said before hitting the brakes, making a ...

APA announces fourth, wilder option for Boreas Ponds

RAY BROOK - In a surprise move, the state Adirondack Park Agency announced a fourth alternative as it began the process of classifying the Boreas Ponds tract Thursday afternoon.The APA had previously released three alternatives, without specifing a preferred alternative.Alternative 4 is the ...

Forest fire near Nye Mountain contained

LAKE PLACID - Members of multiple fire departments and state Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers fought a wildfire in the area of Nye Mountain Thursday.As of 8 p.m. Thursday, firefighters and forest rangers had left the area of the fire, returning to the Lake Placid station ...

Group keeps planning rail trail behind closed doors

RAY BROOK - The state Department of Environmental Conservation hosted a third closed-door meeting Wednesday afternoon at its Region 5 headquarters, with the hope that a draft conceptual plan for a rail trail will be released in early December.Like the first two meetings held Sept. 6 and 22, ...

Saranac Lake seeks grant to make trail connections

SARANAC LAKE - The village Board of Trustees on Tuesday approved submission of a grant application to the U.S. Department of Transportation to make bicycle and pedestrian improvements in the village, including connections to a proposed trail where a railroad is now.A map provided with the ...