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Existing and emerging trails in the Adirondacks are being added to what will become the longest hiking trail in the entire country.

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The Crown Point Historic Site has been mysteriously and erroneously left off the Knox Cannon Trail for nearly 90 years - until now.

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We know that the Adirondacks is the place to be when looking to escape into the outdoors, but how does it compare to the rest of the country? Well according to a recent Buzzfeed article listing the 15 best places to reunite with your college friends, the Adirondack Mountains ranked in the top ten at number eight, beating out some popular adventure destinations!

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Photo credit: Mike Tracy

In 2013, a controversial project was announced by the New York Departments of Environmental Conservation and Transportation to remove a 34-mile section of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid and transform it into a multi-use trail. To combat this proposal, the Preservation League of New York State has recently included the endangered track in its annual "Seven to Save" list to help encourage negotiations about the track's future.

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Small businesses are an essential part of the local economy, but they are also friends, neighbors, and members of the community. It's important to take the time and appreciate their positive effect on the region. In celebration of 2016's National Small Business Week, and to remind everyone to Think Local, The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC) is holding a Spring Shopping & Dining Night on Friday, May 6, from 4:30pm - 9:00pm at participating businesses in Ticonderoga.

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Alice the Moose's 570-km (354-mi) journey in 2000 from the Adirondacks to Algonquin Park has inspired the development of an international nature trail following her footsteps. This trail would include existing routes and be available for locals and tourists alike.

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On April 5th, the Boreas Ponds tract, a 20,758-acre tract in the Adirondacks, was sold by The Nature Conservancy to New York state for $14.5 million. This purchase is the final part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to buy 69,000 acres of Adirondack forest land and put them under state protection.

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Photo credit: Mike Tracy
Have you ever checked the weather forecast online or on an app and had a good laugh about the differences between the report and what's happening outside your window? Thanks to a growing network of environmental monitoring systems that is spreading throughout New York State, those reports will be growing more and more reliable throughout this year and beyond.

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Data from NYS Mesonet (www.nysmesonet.org)
After determining that measures to control predatory sea lamprey populations in tributaries of Lake Champlain were successful in 2015, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will continue the program this year.

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Do you wish it was possible to spend multiple days hiking and exploring in the Adirondacks without having to camp, carry large quantities of equipment, or battle moisture and bugs while you're trying to sleep? If all goes as planned, this dream could soon become reality in three areas of the Adirondacks.

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