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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.

Three months ago, Paul Smith's College announced that it would become Joan Weill-Paul Smith's College in exchange for a $20 million gift from the Weill family. The re-branding was contingent on a New York State Supreme Court decision about whether or not the change would be allowed by the college's charter, though. 

Earlier this month, the court issued its ruling and the school's name will remain the same, but the Weill family's donation will not be made.

St. Mary's School, an educational institution in Ticonderoga, experienced a devastating fire on September 5, 2014. After a year of hard work and community support, the school has been completely rebuilt, and the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce will be honoring the occasion with a Grand Opening, Ribbon Cutting, and Community Open House on Thursday, October 29!

Have you ever spotted a moose in the Adirondacks? If you see one in the future, the Department of Environmental Conservation wants to know about it as part of its moose study!

Photo Credit: Rhys Templar
It's that time of year when New York's bat population begins its seven-month-long hibernation. Although adventurers may be tempted to explore caves and mine sites where bats could be hibernating, the DEC recently issued a statement urging otherwise.

Photo Credit: Gerry Lemmo