On August 13th, 1689, New York Governor Leisler wrote “Scharachtoge [Saratoga]…there are six or seven families all or most rank French papists that have their relations at Canada and I suppose settled there for some bad designe and are lesser to be trusted there in conjunctione of tyme than ever before the bad creatures amongst us gives me great occupatione.” [Read more…] about When Saratoga Was An American Frontier
Adirondacks & NNY
Aside from humans, perhaps no other species can modify its surroundings for its own purposes as much as beaver.
Throughout much of North America, these busy critters take down trees and dam streams to create waterways safe from predators and to lay up enough woody food stores to last the winter.
This exuberant activity is why beavers are known as “ecosystem engineers,” or species that profoundly change their environment in out-sized proportion to their numbers. [Read more…] about How Beavers Modify Forests: New Understandings
Adirondack scientist, photographer, and conservation advocate Brendan Wiltse has joined Paul Smith’s College as Visiting Assistant Professor with its new Masters of Science program and Water Quality Director with the college’s Adirondack Watershed Institute (AWI). Wiltse is a graduate of Paul Smith’s College and earned his Ph.D. from Queen’s University in Ontario. [Read more…] about Brendan Wiltse Moves to Adirondack Watershed Institute
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that several otherwise restricted Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties will be opening to the public from Saturday, August 15th, through Sunday, August 30th, 2020.
Portions of these WMAs are normally marked as “refuge” or “wetlands restricted areas” to allow waterfowl and other listed species to breed and raise young without interference from people. [Read more…] about Wildlife Management Areas Open for 16-Day Window
An infestation of invasive Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (Adelges tsugae) has been confirmed on Lake George in the town of Dresden, Washington County.
The affected hemlock trees were located near a campsite within Glen Island Campground on the shore of Lake George. This is the second known infestation of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) in the Adirondacks. The first was located at Prospect mountain near Lake George three years ago. [Read more…] about Another Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Infestation Found At Lake George
Originally planned as a weekend-long in-person gathering at Paul Smith’s College, Werifesteria 2020 has been shifted to a worldwide virtual camping event, set for September 4-6. [Read more…] about Werifesteria Worldwide Camping Celebration Sept 4-6
The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and Preservation League of New York State have announced that applications are now available to eligible municipalities and nonprofit organizations to compete for 2020 Technical Assistance Grants (TAG). [Read more…] about Historic Preservation Funding Available
The Adirondack Foundation has announced their annual summer party will be held online this year. “Toast the Adirondacks: An Online Celebration of Community and Philanthropy” will stream live on Friday, August 14th starting at 4:30 pm. [Read more…] about Adirondack Foundation to #ToastADK on August 14
View, the Center for Arts and Culture in Old Forge, is set to host their 11th Annual Ice Cream Social on Friday, August 14th, from 11 am to 3 pm. [Read more…] about View’s Annual Ice Cream Social At Point Park In Old Forge
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in the around New York State. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people.
What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers. [Read more…] about Airlifts, Swift Water, Bears, Ill and Lost: A Busy Week For NYS Forest Rangers