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This week, the Department of Environmental Conservation announced that it will accept public comments on a revised Draft Recreation Management Plan (RMP) as it moves forward with expanding opportunities on the Kushaqua Tract Conservation Easement Lands.

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Photo Credit: Ethan Miller
Earlier this month, the Department of Environmental Conservation announced that its Community Connector Trail Plan has been finalized, and that construction would begin on the 40-mile multiple-use trail system immediately. This week, another step was taken toward connecting the towns of Newcomb, Minerva, Indian Lake, Long Lake, and North Hudson, as the DEC announced that it will develop a lodging network to further link those communities.

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A recent addition to Ticonderoga's Bicentennial Park will make it much easier for those with kayaks, canoes, and small motor boats to access the LaChute River. A community dock has been installed by the Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership (TMSP), and it is ready to be used by locals and visitors alike!

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After undergoing extensive improvements and upgrades, Ticonderoga's Super 8 will be having a grand re-opening celebration next week!

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Yesterday evening, a man from Troy, NY was walking with his unleashed dog in the Stewart's Landing area of the Ferris Lake Wild Forest. The dog came upon a bear, and both man and dog suffered bites, scratches, and puncture wounds when the man attempted to separate the two animals

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In order to more adequately address the needs of deer populations in various parts of New York State, the Department of Environmental Conservation recently announced that it has adjusted its antlerless deer hunting regulations, and the new rules will be in effect for this upcoming hunting season. You may hear that due to overabundant deer populations, the number of anterless deer that can be hunted has increased. But be careful, this change is only for specific counties, or areas within counties, and for two counties in the Adirondacks, permits within certain areas are not being issued at all.

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Before the rails vs. trails debate has even been resolved, a railroad in the Adirondacks has already found itself at the center of a brand new controversy. It was recently announced that owners of the Saratoga & North Creek Railway plan to store hundreds of decommissioned oil tanker cars on unused sections of track within the Blue Line, and the announcement has environmental groups and concerned citizens up in arms.

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Last year, a symposium called Toward a More Diverse Adirondacks was held in Newcomb. It brought together civil rights leaders, activists within the community, and social scientists to help examine the diversity that exists among residents and visitors within the Adirondack Park and develop strategies for enhancing that diversity going forward. 

Because the symposium was such a success, it will be held again this year, and participants will seek to build on last year's accomplishments. 

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After aggressive fundraising efforts and a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing were unable to save National Sports Academy, the prestigious private school in Lake Placid that churned out 23 Olympians in 38 years was forced to close its doors last spring. Recently, it was announced that the former school's 25,000-square-foot facility could have a new lease on life if its sale to an investor group goes through.

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Photo Credit: Jeffrey Kellogg
Last week, the first Lake Association Symposium was held at Paul Smith's College. It brought together a variety of stakeholders - officials, scientists, steward program representatives - for the purpose of revealing the current state of Adirondack bodies of water. While there was lots to discuss, the overwhelming conclusion reached was that there is undoubtedly still work to do, but things are looking up.

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Photo: Suzy Gerbe via Adirondack.net Facebook Page