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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)
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
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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The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Celebration this week for a brand new entity: The Ticonderoga Natural Foods Co-Op!

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Fireflies are one of the quintessential elements of summer, with their flickering lights illuminating campsites, bonfires, and other outdoor activities. You may have noticed, though, that these unique beetles seem less abundant with each new summer. This isn't just your mind playing tricks on you; fireflies are indeed disappearing, and it's possible that they could even be completely gone in the not-so-distant future.

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Photo Credit: Fireflies via photopin (license)

In May, I wrote about the announcement that seven boat inspection sites that would be opening in the Adirondacks, then detailed the confirmation of 11 additional sites

Since the purpose of boat inspections is to prevent invasive species from spreading through Adirondack waterways, it is only fitting that Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced during Invasive Species Awareness Week that 12 new decontamination stations are now open throughout the Adirondack Park.

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Photo Credit: Ryan Rovito
Mathew Brady was a Civil War photographer, and is commonly referred to as the "Father of Battlefield Photography." Born in Johnsburg, Brady's images of the death, destruction, and daily life soldiers experienced provided proof to the public of the reality of war. 

To honor one of their own, the Johnsburg Historical Society placed a cast-iron marker near the site of his birth on State Route 28 last year, but after its mysterious disappearance, the Society has set its sights on a more permanent tribute.

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Last month, I wrote about a National Audubon Society report that predicted the disappearance of the common loon from Adirondack summers by as early as 2020. This month, more troubling news has come for some other Adirondack species, this time from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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Photo Credit: Trout via photopin (license)