RAY BROOK, N.Y. – The Adirondack Park Agency will consider a formal recommendation at its December meeting that Gov. Andrew Cuomo establish two large motor-free areas on recently purchased public lands.
The lands are part of the “forever wild” Forest Preserve, located in Essex and Hamilton counties, including parts of Indian Lake, Minerva and Newcomb, in the central portion of the state’s six-million-acre Adirondack Park. The APA is scheduled to meet Dec. 11.
One of the motor-free areas would be composed of approximately 10,000 acres surrounding and including the Essex Chain of Lakes, recently purchased from The Nature Conservancy. The other would protect the Hudson River Gorge with a new 23,000-acre Wilderness Area.
Friday, December 6, 2013
Friday, November 29, 2013
By John MillionGoing to the local farm stand was a normal part of life when my wife Katie and I were growing up; she in the fertile lands along the shore of Lake Ontario in Central New York and I in the Rondout Valley nestled between the Catskills and Shawangunks just south of Kingston, NY. Both of us had close high school friends who were vegetable and dairy farmers. In fact, to this day we good naturedly debate over whether Oswego or Ulster County sweet corn is the best!
Thursday, November 21, 2013
|Jack Coleman just below Algonquin’s tree line|
By Christine BourjadeWhile the rest of us plan our June to October weekend activities to get the most enjoyment from short summers, several hikers volunteer as Summit Stewards and spend a number of days above tree line, weather be damned. During the 2013 season eleven individuals* brought the right combination of enthusiasm and stamina to climb Algonquin, Cascade, Marcy and Wright back to back days, again and again! These volunteers provide a necessary complement to the eight-member, full-time, Professional Summit Steward crew**. And a special mention to Frank Krueger whose 2013 volunteering season made for a total of 12!
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
By Ryan DoyleTraveling through and spending time in the backcountry in winter can be one of the most exhilarating experiences a person can have, but it’s certainly not without risks. While well-used routes are often “paved” with snow making the tread of the trail easier to negotiate than summer, the challenges offered by winter remain numerous. Cold temperatures, limited daylight, deep snow, slippery footing, cold-weather illnesses and injuries, and changing and varied conditions all conspire to test our knowledge and abilities. Here are a few fundamental concepts and tips for enjoying the backcountry in winter.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
By Laurie SchweighardtAs the membership director for the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) it is part of my job to answer the question, “Why should I be a member of ADK?” It might be helpful for me to share my story.
Way back in the late 1980’s, I purchased an ADK guide book and dabbled in hiking a few of the high peaks in the Adirondacks. A glorious fall day on Big Slide, the autumn colors deep and brilliant, hooked me in, even if I didn’t realize it at the time. There was a lag of 5 or 6 years, but after a life-changing event I felt the need to reconnect with the mountains. I joined ADK in 1997 primarily because I wanted to hike and none of my friends did. It took me a couple of years to muster the courage to actually sign up for a hike though. I was initially a bit nervous. Can I do the hike? Will I be too slow? Will anybody talk to me? I shouldn’t have worried! ADKers are a great bunch of folks. They made me feel instantly comfortable. I got all sorts of great information about what gear to buy, what to wear, and what to put in my pack. From that moment on I was off and running (or should I say hiking)!
Thursday, October 31, 2013
By Rachel KesslerI grew up in a concrete jungle, also known by some folks as New York City. Some days for recess, we would be herded out onto the fenced-in roof, where there was a playground and hopscotch boards drawn on the asphalt. Other days, they would close off the side street with barricades, and bring us out there with hula hoops, jump ropes, chalk, and soft balls. At the end of the day, my mother would pick me and my brother up, and we would skip down Hudson Street, avoiding sidewalk cracks and waiting for walking signals, until we reached the large metal steps leading to our building’s doorway. We spent days at a time without setting foot on real earth- the soil that ultimately creates life. Fast forward 15 years, and I’m sitting in the offices of the Adirondak Loj, in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains. I just moved indoors, after having slept in a tent for five months, and have gone hiking and/or biking every weekend since I arrived here in late May. I come into contact with real earth every single day. What I’ve been asked countless times this summer, and what I’ve been forced to ponder is, “How on earth did this city girl end up in a landscape so rugged and wild?”
Thursday, October 24, 2013
By Cathy PedlerOn September 20 and 21, I visited the Lost Clove Trail in the Catskill Park to do some field investigation on the 2013 Amendment to the Catskill Park State Land Master Plan (CPSLMP).
The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has presented a proposal for a new amendment to the CPSLMP that classifies 940 acres of New York State’s recent land acquisition of approximately 1200 acres on Belleayre Mountain. However, a total of 1349 acres is being classified and reclassified in planning decisions (1200 acres of the acquisition and 149 acres that is being moved from an Intensive Use classification to Wilderness).