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What's New In the Adirondacks

In honor of the structures that played an integral role in wildfire containment from 1909 until the 1970s, the Adirondack History Center Museum in Elizabethtown will be hosting a fire tower program next week.

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Those of us here in the Adirondack Park know that the best way to enjoy the beauty of nature is by floating in a kayak, standing on top of a mountain, or lounging in an Adirondack chair. Thanks to students and artists at Paul Smith's College, those who frequent a different park can now begin to appreciate their surroundings in one of the same ways we do.

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Last week, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced that the fall turkey hunting season in New York State would be shortened to a length of two weeks. This announcement has come on the heels of growing concerns about the size and stability of the wild turkey population throughout the state.

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Photo Credit: Wild Turkey via photopin (license)
Looking for something fun to do this weekend? We've got you covered! Our roundup has outdoor events, festivals, workshops, and more for you to choose from.

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Ride for the River, photo provided
On Saturday night, a fire broke out in a building in downtown Lake Placid, and it threatened one of the village's most popular events of the year.

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Photo Credit: Ironman Swim via photopin (license)
A small, private college tucked away in the northern Adirondacks has recently become the center of a big debate. On one side are those who believe a name can be purchased, and on the other are those who find it priceless.

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It sounds like an impossible feat: getting environmental groups, landowners, local government and state representatives, and business interests to agree on anything, besides agreeing to disagree. Last week, though, the 9th Adirondack Common Ground Alliance Forum took place in Long Lake, and these "oil-and-water" groups wound up mixing better than you'd think.

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Photo Credit: Lynn Sochurek Ammirato via Adirondack.net's Facebook Page
Are you a car fanatic? Whether you own a classic or cool ride or just enjoy looking at them, you'll be excited to learn that one of the region's best car shows is taking place in Ticonderoga next weekend!

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Photo Provided, 2014 Best of Show Car
Are you in need of weekend plans? Look no further! Our roundup has lots of sporting events, festivals, performances, workshops, and more for you to choose from.

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Photo provided by Gore Mountain
In the 19th century, unregulated hunting, the desire for pelts, and deforestation completely wiped out a number of species that were native to the Adirondacks. Some species, like beavers, have since repopulated the region with the help of public and private individuals, but others are still absent from the Park. 

As the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation works to finalize its Wildlife Action Plan Update, one group is calling for the DEC to consider reintroducing two formidable predators to the Adirondacks.

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Photo Credit: Mountain Lion via photopin (license)