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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) recently released four bulletins that caught our attention. Check them out!

It seems like every year, Lake Placid receives recognition for its stunning beauty and abundant activities, and this year is no different. The quaint Adirondack village was recently named to Condé Nast Traveler's list of The Most Beautiful Towns in America!

Photo: Sara Goodrow via Adirondack.net Facebook Page
In June, the Department of Environmental Conservation released a draft of the Essex Chain Lakes Complex Unit Management Plan (UMP) that called for an expansion of recreational opportunities on 19,600 acres of lands and waters in the Central Adirondacks. Last month, the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) approved the plan, but many environmental groups and opponents are pushing back.

Photo: Elaine Supp via Adirondack.net Facebook Page
The Adirondack Region will have its voice heard for the next two weeks as three individuals from the area are attending a United Nations conference on climate change in Paris.

Jen Kretser, Gina Fiorile, and Shannon Bartholomew; photo provided by The Wild Center
Last summer, the Department of Environmental Conservation closed a worn out bridge on the Perkins Clearing Easement Tract to motor vehicle traffic, but a replacement project was recently completed, and the bridge is once again open!

This winter, North Warren Central School District will become the place to go for anyone who wants to do research on the Adirondacks, thanks to a generous contribution by a Chestertown native.

In 2013, New York State released a proposal to remove a 34-mile section of railroad track between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake and establish a multi-use recreational trail in its place. Since then, a debate has been raging between trail advocates and railroad supporters over the desirability of the proposal.

Although all parties may not be in agreement, the Department of Environmental Conservation and Department of Transportation took a big step last week when they released their final proposal on the matter.

To give hunters and outdoor enthusiasts better access to sporting and recreational opportunities, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) recently announced that it has opened thousands of acres of land and miles of roads in the Adirondacks for public use.

In response to the State of New York's plan to convert 34 miles of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad into a multi-use recreational trail, those in support of the railroad will be joining together for a rally this weekend.

Sugar maples are one of the most important types of trees in the eastern United States and Canada on account of many factors, including their central role in the multi-billion dollar syrup industry. 

A recent study conducted by scientists from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), though, suggests that in the Adirondacks these trees are experiencing a significant and startling decline.