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For Broadalbin, NY residents, the long wait is finally over - construction of a new town park is underway! However, you'll find more than just picnic tables and benches at this park. Once complete, this large-scale park project is expected to include everything from recreational fields to a public pavilion.

For many years, the American elm was common throughout the northern U.S., including the Adirondacks, and southern Canada. Unfortunately, the tree population diminished in the 1970s from the destructive Dutch-elm disease, and since then, it has not recovered. However, one tree found in the Adirondack Park may be key in restoring the American elm population.

Photo: The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut
It's migration season for mole salamanders and wood frogs in the Adirondacks and the Northeast at large! Migration starts first in the southern part of the region, but as the weather warms up here in the Adirondacks amphibians begin to migrate.

Unfortunately, many of these little creatures don't make it to their destination - here's why and how you can help out.

Spotted salamander, photo credit: Laura Heady 
Spring fever is beginning to spread throughout the Adirondacks, but as many of us know, warm weather means ticks will become more active. It may be tough to resist rushing outside to enjoy spring, but it's important to prepare for the growing dangers of tick season.

Ice out is quickly approaching in the Adirondacks, which means it's time to guess when the ice will be off of Schroon Lake again. The Schroon Lion's Club hosts an ice-out contest each year, where entrants guess the date and time that the ice will melt on the lake.

In the Town of Willsboro, the pristine Long Pond is recognized as one of the hidden gems in the Adirondacks. Much of the surrounding area is privately owned, and over the years, the Long Pond Conservancy has worked to protect the land for future generations. To further this cause, a local family has donated a scenic parcel at Long Pond to the conservancy.

Photo Credit: Champlain Area Trails (CATS)
Since 2007, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has sold special Trail Supporter patches to help raise funds for non-motorized trail maintenance and development throughout the state. This year, the DEC is set to release a newly redesigned patch starting Wednesday, March 1st.

Photo Credit: NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Back in May 2016, the Adirondack Park Agency (APA), the NYS Departments of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Transportation (DOT), and Gov. Cuomo had all approved of a plan to remove 34 miles of historic railroad track to build a recreational rail-trail. Now, the future of the rail-trail is unknown due to multiple delays and issues that must be resolved.

Are you planning on exploring the Adirondacks during this week's February Break? Although recent snowfalls have made backcountry trails prime for snowshoeing and skiing, the fluctuating temperatures have also increased the risk of avalanches in the High Peaks Region.

President's Day is coming up, and next week, many schools will be closed for a mid-winter recess. Looking for a fun and free activity you and your kids can enjoy? Participate in the 20th annual Great Backyard Bird Count, a worldwide survey of birds: February 17-20, 2017.