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“Navigable waters” is an awkward mouthful. Not a very sexy topic to the average layperson. But for some landowners and paddlers, them’s fighting words. Why? Because if a waterway is considered navigable, that comes with...
This summer, Paul Smith’s College and the East Shore Schroon Lake Association are working on a program aiming to control the spread of aquatic invasive species. Researchers are trying to see how effective it is to flush a boat’s...
Every so often some new sinkhole makes the news. This week the local hole worth knowing about opened up in West Quebec and closed Highway 148 between Luskville and Quyon. That got me poking around the Internet on the subject of sinkholes in...
Several converging experiences over the last week got me to thinking about the role predators play in the food chain and even, it turns out, on the shape of our landscape. It began with my hen house, led to the ridge at the top of my hay field, and...
This is the time of year when all manner of critters are out and about with their offspring. And most of us just go “Aww!” when the oh-so-cute babies go by. But it bears remembering that parents can be very protective. Wild or...

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Jul 22, 2014 — South Portland, Maine, has blocked crude oil from being loaded onto ships at its port. Environmentalists are cheering, but the Portland Montreal Pipeline Corp. says the ban won't hold up in court.
Jul 22, 2014 — A plant in Tonawanda heats coal into material for the iron and steel industries, releasing toxic chemicals into the air. Residents have long blamed the pollution for several health problems.
Jul 22, 2014 — A program that provides food and shelter to migratory birds has enlisted immigrant women in the effort. "When I see them here," says one woman, "it reminds me of my garden back home in Mexico."


Consumer Consequences from APM: What would the world look like if everyone lived like you?
The Essex Chain of Lakes. Photo: Carl Heilman, courtesy Adirondack Nature Conservancy
The Essex Chain of Lakes. Photo: Carl Heilman, courtesy Adirondack Nature Conservancy

NY extends Essex Chain Lakes comment period

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The Department of Environmental Conservation is giving the public an additional seven days to comment on the management plans for the Essex Chain Lakes and nearby snowmobile trail in the Adirondacks.

The plan for the Essex Chain Lakes near Newcomb proposes to allow mountain bikes on some woods roads, allow seasonal motorized access for big game hunting, construct parking areas and designate canoe carries.  Go to full article
This 200-acre parcel of forest preserve land known as Lot 8 is likely to be mined under a deal approved by voters in November.  Photo: Dan Plumley, Adirondack Wild

Judge puts temporary halt on NYCO dig in Adirondack Park

A mining operation set to begin as early as tomorrow in the Jay Mountain Wilderness in the Adirondacks has been stopped by a New York state judge.

The temporary halt on NYCO Minerals' operation in the town of Lewis comes in response to a lawsuit filed by green groups who say the project needs more environmental review.  Go to full article
Instructors Brett McLeod and Bob Brhel teach the students how to saw down a tree. Photo: David Sommerstein

Ax throw, log climb at Adirondack lumberjack class

PAUL SMITHS, N.Y. (AP) Ax throwing is encouraged in lumberjack class.

The annual Adirondack Woodsmen's School is being held this summer amid the tall pines and placid waters of Paul Smith's College in New York. Despite the course's name, there are no bushy beards and no flannel shirts.  Go to full article
U.S. Rep. Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh)

Owens votes for highway funds

North Country Congressman Bill Owens voted yesterday in favor of a short-term spending plan that would replenish the national Highway Trust Fund.  Go to full article
DEC Commissioner Joe Martens hauls a canoe over one of the carry trails between the Essex Chain Lakes.  Photo:  Brian Mann

New to explore in the Adirondacks: the Essex Chain Lakes

This is the final week for public comment on the new management plan for the Essex Chain Lakes in the central Adirondacks.

The 11,000-acre chunk of wild forest...  Go to full article

Weather service: Tornado caused damage Sunday

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) -- Meteorologists with the National Weather Service have confirmed that a tornado touched down in the Finger Lakes during violent storms over the...  Go to full article
Photo: Innovation Trail

Court dismisses challenges to NY fracking review

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A state judge has dismissed two lawsuits challenging the state's delay in finishing its health and environmental analysis of the potential impact of...  Go to full article
Phosphorus used in gardens can contribute to algae blooms in lakes, like this one in 2012. Photo: Lake George Waterkeeper

For lawn and garden: the do's and don'ts of fertilizing

It's illegal to fertilize a lawn with phosporous in New York State. The Department of Environmental Conservation sent a press release around last week with that reminder...  Go to full article
Brett Lawson, superintendent at NYCO Minerals' Lewis mine, points in June 2013 toward a 200-acre parcel of state-owned land, above and behind the rock wall, where the company wants to mine Wollastonite. Also pictured, from left, are NYCO employees Dawn Revette and Brian Shutts. Photo by Chris Knight, Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Some green groups turn to courts in Adirondack fight

Four environmental groups say they plan to sue in state court to stop a mining project proposed for the Jay Mountain Wilderness in the Adirondacks.

NYCO Minerals...  Go to full article

Search to resume for 84-year-old missing hiker

FORESTPORT, N.Y. (AP) Authorities say they'll resume their search for an 84-year-old man who failed to return from a hiking and camping trip in central New York.
...  Go to full article

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