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What's New In the Adirondacks

May 2016 Archives

It's no secret the Adirondacks is a national and local treasure for outdoor recreation enthusiasts - but you essentially have to pick and choose where you go, simply because the Adirondack Region is so large.

What if you wanted to hike from one town to another? How about staying in one area one night, and another the next? 

Thanks to Governor Andrew Cuomo's most recent initiatives to promote outdoor recreation and tourism in the Adirondacks, visitors and residents will now have even more opportunities for activities and lodging through a destination-based trail system.

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Over the years, many planes have crashed down in the Adirondacks, but a lot of the crash sites are remote, undocumented, or a mystery. To tell their stories, one forest ranger is investigating and documenting plane crash sites throughout the Adirondacks.

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If you live in a rural area of the Adirondacks, you have likely experienced the frustration of having little or even no internet connection

Thanks to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's New NY Broadband initiative program, internet access in the Adirondacks is expected to increase substantially by the end of 2018.

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The Town of Minerva has been attempting to rid their prized lake of the invasive plant species milfoil for the past decade with little success. This year, the removal method is being switched up for something new.

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Photo credit: Aurelia Straub  
By now you've probably heard about the decision to replace 34 miles of state-owned railroad track between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid with a recreational trail, but are you confused by all the different groups involved in the debate? To help you make sense of the ongoing controversy, we've outlined the key players on both sides of the track

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Planning on camping this Memorial Day weekend? Make sure you know all the regulations regarding the transportation of firewood.


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Emerald ash borer in wood, photo provided by DEC  
Looking for things to do this Memorial Day weekend? Our list of the top 12 events happening in and around the Adirondacks includes parades and ceremonies to honor our fallen soldiers, local Memorial Day events, and more.

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Photo provided by Fort Ticonderoga
The Adirondack Museum, located in beautiful Blue Mountain Lake, is about to enter its 59th season! When the museum opens its doors on May 20, it promises a season full of more exhibits and fun events for anyone interested in the Adirondacks.

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Photo courtesy of the Adirondack Museum
Earlier this week, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that he, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), and the Department of Transportation (DOT) all approve of the controversial plan to remove 34 miles of railroad track between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake and build a multi-use trail in its place. Mere hours after the announcement of state support, a lawsuit that has been filed against the plan was publicized

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Rowers can rejoice - the Village of Champlain's summer rowing program on the Great Chazy River is set to resume next month.

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Back in 2012, Plattsburgh's paved, multi-use Saranac River Trail opened and increased accessibility throughout the city for walkers and bicyclists. Now, the city of Plattsburgh is ready to move forward with the next stage of the trail's development, which will ultimately double its length!

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Photo courtesy of Friends of Saranac River Trail
Plans for a walking and biking trail between two Adirondack villages are set to be wrapped up within the next month or two, as funding details are ironed out. The proposed trail will allow pedestrians a safe place to commute from one municipality to another.

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Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out these top six events happening throughout the Adirondacks!

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Photo Credit: Mountainman Outdoor Supply Co.
Editor's Note 5/18/16: This story has been updated to reflect approval by Governor Cuomo, the DEC, and the DOT.

Three months ago, the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) approved a plan to replace 34 miles of railroad track between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake with a multi-use trail, seemingly putting an end to the lengthy rails vs. trails debate. After taking time to review the plan and consider public opinion, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that he, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), and the Department of Transportation (DOT) have all signed off on the final plan.

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Many know the name Thoreau and are familiar with his book Walden; or, Life in the Woods (1854), but here in the Adirondacks, a different name is associated with wilderness living: "Woodswoman" Anne LaBastille. LaBastille lived on a 32-acre tract in the Adirondacks, and her Twitchell Lake "West of Wind" property was recently donated to New York State so it may be preserved and protected, as LaBastille wished.

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Summer is the perfect season to go camping, particularly in the Adirondack Park where campsites are plentiful. If you've already reserved a spot at Caroga Lake Campground, be aware, because the DEC plans to close down 51 of 161 of the area's campsites so they can conduct a major renovation.

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To see a historic site restored to its former glory is always a welcome sight. Thanks to the New York State DEC, one of the most distinguished and popular landmarks in the Adirondacks will undergo maintenance and renovations to preserve it for future generations.

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Photo courtesy of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
If you're an organic (naturally grown) producer, whether you're a new farmer or well established, consider checking out the reputable Warrensburgh Riverfront Farmers Market. The Market is currently looking for additional vendors who follow organic practices to help it keep up with the demand.

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They say history repeats itself, and in a recent court decision regarding paddlers' rights in the Adirondacks, that saying proved to be true. New York's highest court, the Court of Appeals, cited a lack of evidence in its decision to send a case back to a lower court for trial, the same fate that met a similar case in the 1990s.

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The next chapter in the eternal debate over state-owned land in the Adirondacks involves increasing the number of mountain biking trails within the 19,600-acre Essex Chain Lakes Complex. This expansion affects areas in the tract designated as "primitive," so people are worried the plan has the potential to set a precedent for future developments elsewhere.

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Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out these top five events happening throughout the Adirondacks!

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The Essex Chain Lakes Complex Unit Management Plan (UMP) has been in the works for nearly a year, and has attracted both positive and negative attention throughout that time. In a statement last month, Governor Cuomo officially announced that the plan has been approved, and as expected, the reactions were mixed.

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Photo credit: Carl Heilman II
Many of us gaze into the woods and wonder if anything is staring back. Most of the time, it's likely a tiny bird in a far off tree, but according to new reports, cougars still lurk within the Adirondack Park.

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Do you have a stockpile of old items in your home, garage, or storage shed? Is a much-needed dump run in your future? If so, you may want to wait a few more months! Two of the country's favorite treasure hunters will return to the region this summer, and they may find some gems you didn't know you had. 

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Photo Credit: oldbike via photopin (license)
It's starting to seem like ticks just can't lose! Last winter, the abundant snowfall helped to insulate deer ticks, and this most recent winter, the abnormally warm temperatures helped the tiny pests get off to an early start.

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You might remember stories about the successful reintroduction of gray wolves to Yellowstone Park, but are you aware of the, albeit very small, gray wolf population in the Adirondack Park? Yes, there is a possibility that flash of fur in the woods is not a coyote or a stray dog. However, the status of these local gray wolves is in a state of flux with no clear decision about their future in sight.

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The weather is warming up and many of us are gearing up for a great Adirondack hiking season. While trails are drying up in the lower elevations, the DEC is asking hikers to stay clear of certain high peaks and higher elevation trails for the time being.

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Photo credit: Carl Heilman
This past winter season was a mild one for the Adirondacks, with relatively high temperatures a common occurrence. While many of us appreciated fewer sub-zero days, the warmer temperatures were not ideal for one of the Adirondacks' most iconic birds, the loon.

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Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out these top five events happening throughout the Adirondacks! (And don't forget Sunday is Mother's Day!)

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As temperatures throughout the Adirondacks begin to warm up, the region's coyote population increases its foraging activities and prepares for new pups to arrive. Although coyotes are well adapted to suburban and urban environments and generally avoid contact with humans, they are more likely to be territorial around their dens throughout the spring and mid-summer

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Photo: Gerry Lemmo

To minimize the likelihood of conflict between people, pets, and coyotes during this time, the Department of Environmental Conservation has issued the following 10 tips.
Actions will be taken towards increasing both non-motorized and motorized public access to a contiguous tract of lands in Franklin County.

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Photo credit: Ethan Miller