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What's New In the Adirondacks

Explore the Adirondacks this weekend at a coastal summer wine fest, an arts and antiques show, and four other awesome events!

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Over the past month, development of the Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) Newcomb-Minerva snowmobile trail has stalled due to legal issues. Although the DEC was able to resume work last week, as of August 19, logging and work will be suspended until New York's Appellate Division, Third Department decides to issue an official injunction or not. Here's the latest on this continuing story.

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From museums to old ruins, the Adirondack coastal region of Lake Champlain is home to many historic sites. This September, Friends of Crown Point State Historic Site will sponsor for the first time a "Five Museums Sampler" tour of sites located around the Lake Champlain Bridge.

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Photo of Crown Point State Historic Site
There's a fantastic week-long bike tour, an Americana music fair, and five other awesome events going on in the Adirondacks this weekend!

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Photo Credit: Cycle Adirondacks/L.E. Baskow/Left Eye Images.
Last month, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) was forced to temporarily halt development of a new snowmobile trail between Newcomb and Minerva due to an injunction. However, a New York State Supreme Court decision on August 12 rejected the injunction, and now the DEC will be able to resume work on the trail.

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If you want to add something truly unique to your bucket list, then look no further than Cycle Adirondacks. Recognized as the first fully supported week-long bike tour of the Adirondack Park, this year's Cycle Adirondacks is set to be an unforgettable experience for all those involved.

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The historic 36-foot high lighthouse on Valcour Island in Lake Champlain has recently undergone a $280,000+ restoration. It's now a museum as well as a functioning lighthouse, and you can visit this special attraction before the summer is over!

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Photo provided by Roger Harwood           
Reintroduce cougars into this state, and human lives will be saved - does that sound like a crazy notion? It's actually not! 

Wildlife scientists recently conducted a study that sheds light on the potential benefits of allowing this animal to once again thrive in the Northeast and surrounding states.

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If you've ever been interested in the 46er Challenge - hiking all 46 high peaks in the Adirondacks - you'll definitely want to check out the High Peaks Wilderness Area hiking challenge.

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Mt. Marcy, part of the HPWA hiking challenge, photo credit to Kelsey Schumacher 
A crew of over 100 dedicated volunteers restored a historic fire tower in the western Adirondacks over a period spanning several years. Designated an Adirondack Historical site, the tower's grand reopening was celebrated in early July and you can take the one-mile hike to check out the amazing views for yourself!

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