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The Essex Chain Lakes Complex Unit Management Plan (UMP) has been in the works for nearly a year, and has attracted both positive and negative attention throughout that time. In a statement last month, Governor Cuomo officially announced that the plan has been approved, and as expected, the reactions were mixed.

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For all you hunters out there, you know that when spring comes, so too does turkey season. The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced this year's turkey season will begin on May 1st and continue until the end of the month. They are also predicting it will be a more prosperous one than in years' past.

The central Adirondacks will be welcoming mountain bikers on about 9 miles of existing logging roads in the Essex Chain tract in Newcomb. A broader alternative that would have opened far more of the Adirondacks to bicycles was rejected.

Hunting seasons have opened for several different species of small and big game in New York State. The Adirondacks provide many opportunities to hunt and trap all kinds of different animals: Deer, bear, beavers, rabbits, coyote, upland game birds, waterfowl, and more.

Hunting and trapping are important for managing herd populations around the state. The sale of licenses, equipment, accessories and guide services also brings tens of millions of dollars to state and local economies each year, according to the NYS DEC.

When you go trout fishing in the Adirondacks, you're generally after one of four types of fish: Brook Trout, Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout, or Brown Trout. 

You might already be aware that two of these fish are not native to the area, and were introduced by outsiders for sport. What if I told you that no trout is native to the Adirondacks?

Hunting season is right around the corner, and to prepare for the sale of this year's licenses, the Department of Environmental Conservation recently announced that it has made enhancements to the license-issuance process.

The third Saturday in June is like a holiday to fishermen (and women) in and around the Adirondacks. Since November 30th of last year, we've had to throw back all the Black Bass we could catch, but not for much longer!

The main hiking trail on Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain in Chesterfield will receive renovations come this fall. 

Registration for the popular ididaride! Adirondack Bike Tour opened today. Last year, 495 riders from 21 states and two Canadian provinces rose to the challenge and cycled through the beautiful Adirondacks. Will you be among this year's group?

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It's a fact that tends to get overlooked, but hiking is a dangerous activity. In order to ensure their safety, hikers must be physically strong with great stamina and must also be equipped with adequate food, water, compasses, maps, gear, and proper clothing based on the current and projected weather conditions. Unfortunately, hikers sometimes overestimate their abilities and their preparedness and find themselves lost in the wilderness, thereby requiring the assistance of others. 

New York State has a long history of lost and injured hikers that have been rescued from small treks to the High Peaks. This month alone, there have been nine rescue missions carried out by DEC Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks ranging in severity from a lost snowshoer who was safely returned to his vehicle an hour after he was reported missing to a mother and her two sons who were lost overnight on Mount Marcy. The frequency of these rescues leads us to the following question: When hikes go wrong, who is responsible?