I appreciate the Adirondack Council’s recent press release TAC Press Release, Aug. 26 which highlights the many benefits of permit reservation or limited entry systems and how such a system is needed and necessary now in parts of the High Peaks Wilderness Area. Support from the Adirondack Council for such a system comes at an important moment, as overuse of the peaks continues to spike during this pandemic summer. [Read more…] about Calls For Adirondack Park Permits In Historical Perspective
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that a Draft Unit Management Plan (UMP) for Fish Creek Pond Campground and Day Use Area located in Franklin County is now available for public review.
DEC encourages the public to provide input on the draft plan, which will guide future management of the facility over the next five years. [Read more…] about Fish Creek Pond Campground Management Comments Sought
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has encouraged the public to comment on a draft Unit Management Plan (UMP) and a supplemental generic environmental impact statement for the Hinckley Reservoir Day Use Area.
The draft UMP includes additional recreational opportunities to create a full-scale DEC Campground at this location. [Read more…] about Input Sought On Hinckley Reservoir Area Management
When the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics conducted a park-wide survey of overuse problems in the Adirondack Park last fall, it produced a set of more than 50 recommendations for state officials, based on its experience with similar problems in wild places and preserves around the world.
In sum, Leave No Trace is an educational organization that teaches wildlands ethics to hikers and campers, and teaches wilderness stewardship and natural resource protection to government officials and other land managers. [Read more…] about Adks Report Highlights Overuse Concerns, Confusion Over Permits
A recent Williams College graduate has designed a multi-media “StoryMap” that explains the overuse issues facing the Adirondack Park in simple terms, using interactive maps, info-graphics, video, audio clips, and viewer-manipulated photographs. [Read more…] about Storymap Explains Adirondack Park Overuse Issues
Improvements to the Kenneth L. Wilson Campground and Day Use Area in Ulster County have been completed.
Updates to the campground’s shower house and three comfort stations include several accessible features to make camping fun for people of all abilities, will help connect more New Yorkers to the outdoors and reduce the facility’s environmental footprint. [Read more…] about Accessibility Improvements Made At Wilson Campground
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
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 Recent Statewide Forest Ranger Mission Highlights
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that the Licensed Guides exam for anyone currently registered is now scheduled for Saturday, August 1st. [Read more…] about Exam Set Dates for NYS Licensed Guides
DEC and the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) have launched PLAY SMART * PLAY SAFE * PLAY LOCAL Campaign to encourage safe, responsible and local recreation this summer.
The campaign invites people to take the pledge, and promise to use common sense to protect themselves and others when enjoying the outdoors. [Read more…] about State Launches ‘Play Smart, Play Safe, Play Local’ Campaign