This week’s news to know around the ADK includes an update about trout season, a Look for the Zero campaign from the DEC, a change in ownership at a popular campground, and some news from the art world. Plus, upcoming events!
Newsy Tidbits From Around the ADK
Trout Season Underway, New Management Plan in Place
“This year’s opening day represents the beginning of a new era in trout stream management for New York,” DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said in a statement about the April 1 start of trout fishing. “After more than two years of committed work with our angling public, the DEC will begin implementing the Trout Stream Management Plan.”
He went on to say that there will be newer and fewer types of regulations, significant progress has been made towards their fish production objectives, and anglers can continue to enjoy the activity past the summer; there is also a new catch and release season that will run October 16 through March 31.
DEC Launches “Look for the Zero” Campaign to Promote Sustainable Lawn Care
The DEC is asking homeowners to “Look for the Zero” when it comes to lawn care – 0% phosphorus in fertilizer, that is. Fertilizer bags have three numbers on them, and the one in the middle is the percentage of phosphorus. Please “look for the zero.”
“Excess phosphorus is a threat to many New York waterbodies, triggering algae blooms and sometimes rendering waters un-swimmable and un-fishable,” DEC Commissioner Seggos said in a statement. “If New Yorkers implement sustainable lawn care methods, we can help dramatically reduce phosphorus and pesticide use on lawns, which will protect water quality and public health while maintaining healthy backyards.”
You can see a somewhat amusing, but also serious, video explaining the effects of phosphorus here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziqnpCPA-o4
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Under New Ownership, New Name Coming
On Tuesday, Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in North Hudson posted on Facebook that its owners, Mike and Gina Lenhard, are retiring and have sold the campground. Effective immediately the campground is no longer a Jellystone Park location, and the new owner will be operating under a new name.
On Wednesday, the Albany Business Review reported that the Lenhards have sold the campground to FGC Paradise Pines Investors LLC of Austin, Texas. No word yet on the new name.
We wish Mike and Gina the best as they transition to retirement!
View Incredible Works of Art From Home Through This Virtual Competition
Sometimes events or exhibitions being moved to a virtual space is a good thing, because it opens up the experience to more people. The Adirondack Artists Guild has decided to host their 23rd annual juried art competition virtually this year. It started on April 1 and runs all month.
Entries came in from around the world in addition to local and regional artists – again, a benefit of the virtual format, as artists could submit pieces without the hassle of having to deliver it or have someone pick it up.
A quick scroll through will show how stunning these submissions are. Check it out: https://www.adirondackartistsguild.com/collections/158912
Enjoy a Virtual Spring Concert From a Prize-Winning Pianist
Speaking of great virtual events, the View Arts Center in Old Forge is presenting a virtual concert with pianist Nicole Wang that was recorded at The View in December 2020 and January 2021.
Yes, that is a bird in the photo, and yes, Ali the rescue robin is a part of the show. It will be available for viewing starting April 18.
Upcoming In-Person & Virtual Events to Check Out
Here’s what’s going on:
- North Country Live: Backcountry Preparedness 101: April 8
- Mountain Moxim Hike with Adirondack Mountain Club: April 10
- Fort Ticonderoga’s Virtual Garden & Landscape Symposium: April 10+17*
- The View Virtual Series: Madama Butterfly: through April 13
- The View Virtual Series: Kinky Boots: April 14 – 20
- Virtual Springtime Plein Air Limited Palette Painting: April 15
- Virtual Making Butter Class With Adirondack Experience: April 15
- North Country Live: Beginner Birding in the Adirondacks: April 15
*Fort Ticonderoga’s King’s Garden and greenhouse is pictured above, although it doesn’t do the gorgeous grounds justice. If you want gardening tips, these folks know what they’re doing!
- Albany Business Review: Adirondacks campground acquired by Texas investor group