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Fall has arrived in the Adirondacks, and what's better than a hike to see the beautiful foliage? The High Peaks Wilderness is always a popular destination, and the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) expects the peaks to see a lot of hikers this season. If you'd like to hike a more private peak with the same great foliage views, then pick one of these hidden gems!

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From Crown Point, NY to Chimney Point, VT, there's a lot of history to discover on both sides of the Lake Champlain Bridge. Now, there's a new way to see all the historic sites, learn a little about them, and be rewarded for completing a unique treasure hunt - the Lake Champlain Bridge Quest!

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Photo provided by LakeChamplainRegion.com
New York State's plan to remove a 34-mile section of track between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake has been anything but smooth. The approval by multiple state departments and Gov. Cuomo sparked controversy this past May, and a lawsuit was filed to prevent the track's removal. Although the original plan would have had the track removed in November, the rail-trail project has been delayed until summer of next year.

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Have you been hiking in the High Peaks recently? Did you encounter a lot more people than usual? If so, you're not alone. The High Peaks Area has become extremely popular for tourists, and not only are they crowding the mountains, but trails are being damaged by leftover waste. Unfortunately, the solution to these issues won't be simple.

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Photo Credit: Mike Tracy
Many of New York's hunting seasons are on their way, but will we see a moose hunting season added to the list soon? In 2015, the New York State Senate passed a bill that would have led to the creation of moose hunting guidelines. Although the bill died in the State Assembly last year, it has once again been approved this year by the State Senate.

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Photo Credit: Gerry Lemmo
Invasive species are an ongoing problem in New York State. While boating regulations and programs have helped to prevent some from spreading, it's difficult to detect every species. Unfortunately, the aquatic invasive species known as the spiny water flea has recently been discovered in Indian Lake.

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Photo Credit: Lake George Association, courtesy of Jeff Gunderson of Minnesota Sea Grant
Since 1905, the family-owned Pok-O-MacCready Camps in the Town of Willsboro has welcomed campers to spend the summer enjoying activities and taking part in a living history program at the 1812 Homestead Farm & Museum. Sadly, on the evening of August 27, 2016, a fire burned down the original farmhouse and 19th century barn. Although the buildings are irreplaceable, with your support, this historic and educational site will be rebuilt.

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Photo Credit: Pok-O-MacCready Camps
With 2016 marking the 15th anniversary of 9/11, the Capital Region and North Country are remembering that day with numerous events, ceremonies, and more. Honor those who lost their lives in one of America's biggest tragedies by attending one of these events with your loved ones.

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We've seen Shaquille O'Neal dominate the basketball court, but can he tame the Adirondack wilderness? Tune in to NBC's "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" this coming Monday and find out if Shaq has the skills to survive the Adirondacks!

Last year, one of the most iconic animals in the Adirondacks, the moose, was at the center of a trademark lawsuit between two brewing companies - Lake George's Adirondack Pub & Brewery and Canadian company Moosehead Breweries. The lawsuit was filed by Moosehead Breweries, and now, the battle over the use of the moose has been brought to a Syracuse court!

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