Adirondack-related news this week includes the results of a survey, grants awarded, property purchased for preservation, and more. Keep scrolling to the end to find fun in-person and virtual events happening!
News Tidbits to Know: Survey Results, Trailhead Parking Issues & More
Shocking Survey (Not Really) Reveals People Want to Move to the Adirondacks
A recent survey conducted by the Warren County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) aimed to gauge interest in relocating to the Adirondack region. Not surprisingly, interest was reported as high!
Survey respondents were mostly from the Northeast, but not all, and nearly 25% said they were “very likely” or “somewhat likely” to relocate to the Park within the next five years. Lake George, Saranac Lake, and Lake Placid were mentioned specifically as desirable locations.
With more and more employees working remotely, many are better positioned to live where they want to, and not necessarily within commuting distance of their employer. Many want to come to the ADK, and that’s a good thing.
“They bring their jobs with them and provide a new economic base and year-round economy less dependent on the seasonal swings of tourism,” ROOST CEO James McKenna smartly commented in a statement.
The survey results are fascinating, and you can find the full report here.
Heads Up Hikers: Parking Issues at Baker Trailhead
Parking for Baker Mountain, much like at Cascade Mountain and other trailheads in the Park, has been a problem for years. Recently the town board of St. Armand agreed to initiate new efforts to address the issue, including two new volunteer parking enforcement officers who will issue tickets and warnings to drivers of improperly parked vehicles. Don’t end an exhilarating hike with a parking ticket!
Micro-Grants Available for Adirondack Farms, Can Apply Through March
The Adirondack Council Essex Farm Institute (EFI) has two micro-grants allotted for Adirondack farms and value-added producers. Up to $1,500 per applicant will be put towards environmentally beneficial and sustainable projects.
Interested parties can apply now through the end of the month here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RTRXBZM
Champlain Area Trails Awarded Two Grants for New Website & Trail Project
In other grant-related news, the Champlain Area Trails (CATS) has been awarded two grants from the New York State Conservation Partnership Program (NYSCPP) totaling $63,225. The first one consists of $28,500 to create a new website, and the second grant is $34,725 and will go towards their Essex Quarry Nature Preserve and Trail Project.
Open Space Institute Purchased Property Near Lake Champlain
The Open Space Institute (OSI) has purchased a 37-acre property along Trembleau Mountain, near Ausable Chasm and Keeseville. This plant- and animal-species-filled land has been found by The Nature Conservancy to have an above-average resiliency to climate change, according to the Adirondack Explorer. At some point the property will be open to the public for hiking.
And did you know? OSI owns other protected areas in the Adirondacks, including the famed ghost town Tahawus.
Things to Do, Upcoming In-Person & Virtual Events
Paul Smith’s Announces a Spring Webinar Series
Each Friday this month, Paul Smith’s will host a Landscapes & Legacies in the Adirondacks-themed webinar. They encourage audience participation and questions, and you can send questions in ahead of time. The first one is tomorrow, March 5, and it’s on Enduring Footprints in the Adirondacks.
Nationally Acclaimed Metalworks Artist to Give ZOOM Lecture
Artist Stephen Saracino is scheduled to host a ZOOM lecture entitled Narratives: Ideation Generated for a Troubled Era, on March 6. The virtual event will highlight his series of metalworks that have been exhibited nationally, and that relate to themes of pervasive violence. He also has work on display at The View in Old Forge through March 27.
Here’s what else is happening…
- Ticonderoga End of Winter Carnival: March 5 – 7 (also has virtual components)
- Introduction to Maple Sugaring at Paul Smith’s: March 6
- Schroon Lake Ice Fishing Derby: March 6 – 7
- Cascade Pond & Waterfall Hike: March 11
- Ski Whiteface Landing: March 11
- Cross-Country Ski to Boreas Ponds: March 13
- Easter Basket Weaving Workshop at The View: March 27 (plan ahead for Easter!)
- Wild Lights at the Wild Center: Fridays and Saturdays through March 27
- Into the Wild – Gallery Exhibit at Tannery Pond Community Center: through March 28
- Virtual Discussion on Managing Recreation in the High Peaks: March 4
- Virtual Walk Around Winter Circle With Adirondack Sky Center: March 4
- Virtual Trivia Night With Rotary Club of Lake Placid: March 4
- Virtual Ball With Fort Ticonderoga: March 5
- Virtual Program – SHOT: Beyond the Cannon Ball: March 7
- ZoomFest – A Celebration of Short Plays From the Lake Placid Film Festival: through March 26