Outdoors

Little rippers

SARANAC LAKE - Josh Wilson laughed."As soon as we put these bridges in, all the kids wanted to do was jump off them," he said.Wilson is executive director of Barkeater Trails Alliance. He was talking about the group of 10 or so kids who were mountain biking the trails at Dewey Mountain ...

Land conservancy hosts symposium, adds workshops

LAKE PLACID - "Protection isn't going to be measured by the yard; it's going to be measured by the inch," Rocci Aguirre of the Adirondack Council said."Some of the really critical stuff is in these small patches," added the Wildlife Conservation Society's Michale Glennon.And The Nature ...

Eddie Bauer challenge guides climb Mount Marcy

KEENE VALLEY - Following a seven-hour round-trip hike up Mount Marcy, the U.S. women's speed record holder for Mount Everest was happy to have a slice of pie at the Noonmark Diner, just like everyone else."It's fun to eat at places like that with so much history," Melissa Arnot said.Arnot and ...

Noonmark summit

Reporter Antonio Olivero hiked to the summit of Noonmark Mountain near Keene Valley Saturday.

DEC warns black bears more active than usual

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is warning Adirondack visitors and residents that black bears are more active than usual due to the dry conditions. The state is currently under a drought watch.DEC reminds people that feeding bears is always illegal and dangerous for both ...

Forest rangers rescue hikers

State forest rangers are responsible for locating and assisting lost and injured people on both public and private land in New York. These rescues occurred in the last week in the Adirondacks.---Town of Lake GeorgeTwo hikers from Brooklyn became lost while hiking Prospect Mountain in Lake ...

Work continues on St. Regis fire tower

PAUL SMITHS - A nonprofit group continues to rehabilitate the nearly 100-year-old fire tower that sits atop one of the area's most popular hikes.Last week, Friends of St. Regis Mountain Fire Tower got help from forest rangers and a state police helicopter to bring in new materials and remove ...

Millions of orchids grow on former mine site in Star Lake

STAR LAKE - Millions of orchids are now growing in a hundred-acre wetland in the Adirondack Park that developed on waste from a vast open-pit iron mine, a transformation scientists say is most impressive because it happened naturally."It's a testament to nature's ability to heal itself," said ...

Symposium for lake and river associations Friday

PAUL SMITHS - Lake and river associations within the Adirondack Park will convene Friday at Paul Smith's College for the annual Adirondack Lakes Alliance Symposium.One of the major issues to be addressed at the symposium is the arrival of a terrestrial invasive species, the woolly adelgid ...

Conservationists hope to bring loons back to Massachusetts

WINDHAM, Maine - The common loon's haunting wail that pierced the dusk on Massachusetts lakes disappeared long ago.Today, the birds number fewer than 50 pairs in the Bay State and conservationists are hoping to rebuild their population, starting with a handful of chicks from Maine and New ...

Luckhurst takes on 52-peak challenge

Neil Luckhurst is no stranger to hiking in the Adirondacks and has done multiple single-season assaults on the 46 High Peaks. He has even bushwhacked all of them too.Now Luckhurst is coming back to the Adirondacks to complete a 15-day, 52-peak hike to raise money for Lower Adirondack Search and ...

Friluftsliv is alive and well in the Adirondacks

Recognizing the human need for a comfortable coexistence in the outdoors is an example of what the concept of "friluftsliv" has to offer.Despite the rigors of a daunting landscape and the inescapable and ominous winter season, Norwegians are widely known for their good cheer and positive ...

Appeals court upholds tree-cutting injunction

A mid-level state appeals court has upheld a temporary injunction that prohibits the state Department of Environmental Conservation from cutting additional trees for a community connector snowmobile trail in Essex County.The State Supreme Court's Appellate Division, Third Department, granted a ...

Young NY hunters can now wear pink instead of orange (update)

ALBANY - New York has authorized fluorescent pink as alternate protective coloring for young hunters in an appeal to girls who'd rather not wear blaze orange.Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the law this week making solid or patterned pink optional for the typical fluorescent orange worn by ...

More salt, sand than expected in Mirror Lake

LAKE PLACID - The AuSable River Association was surprised to find high concentrations of road salt and suspended solids such as sand in unexpected locations along the southeast shore of Mirror Lake, which Mayor Craig Randall has described as the "crown jewel" of this village.Brendan Wiltse, the ...

Tupper board hopes to bid on invasive program

TUPPER LAKE - This town's government has agreed on a partnership with an award-winning invasive plant program to stop the spread of Japanese knotweed here.Town Councilman John Quinn tabled the topic at the town board's last meeting, citing concerns of the knotweed growth along town roads and ...

Rangers rescue nearly a dozen people

Each week, the state Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers perform search and rescue duties on both public and private land in New York.Town of KeeneOn Monday, July 11, an assistant forest ranger radioed for help with a 55-year-old man from Palmetto, Florida, who had suffered ...