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News stories tagged with "high-peaks"

Follensby Pond: context and reaction

A deal for the Follensby Pond acquisition has been sought by environmental groups, paddlers and hikers for a long time. Martha Foley talked with Phil Brown, editor of the Adirondack Explorer magazine, about the significance of the purchase, and local reaction. He said local concerns focus on property tax revenue (which could increase) and public access.  Go to full article

State adds Tahawus tract to forest preserve

Less than a week after the state unveiled a plan to add more than fifty thousand acres of the former Finch, Pruyn land to the Adirondack forest preserve, the Spitzer administration has unveiled the purchase of another big chunk of land. State officials say New York has acquired nearly 7000 acres of land around Tahawus, in the Essex County town of Newcomb. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
Grosbeaks near a backyard feeder in Bloomingdale
Grosbeaks near a backyard feeder in Bloomingdale

Counting birds in the backyard

Bird watchers are out in force this weekend for the annual Great Backyard Bird Count. This year's event calls on birders to "Count for Fun, Count for the Future." Backyard reports this weekend will help biologists spotlight changes in bird populations and distribution from year to year. Todd Moe spoke with avid birder John Thaxton, in Keene. He and his wife became serious bird watchers after a bike trip and a stop at a bed of wild roses, 25 years ago.  Go to full article
The view from Marcy Dam (Photos:  Bob Martin)
The view from Marcy Dam (Photos: Bob Martin)

Winter dash to Avalanche Pass

Last weekend, winter finally arrived in the Adirondack Mountains. In the High Peaks, snow covered the trails and temperatures plunged to double-digits below zero. Brian Mann snuck away for a day with his friend Bob Martin, from Saranac Lake, to ski the trail to Avalanche Pass. They sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Forest rangers, Keene fire crews rescue hikers

State forest rangers and volunteers with the Keene Valley Fire Department rescued two injured hikers Tuesday night in the High Peaks Wilderness. The crews braved bitterly cold temperatures that plunged to more than 20 degrees below zero. As Chris Knight reports, DEC officials say they also had help from New York City firefighters who were hiking in the area.  Go to full article
A view of Lower Ausable Lake
A view of Lower Ausable Lake

Audio Postcard: At Lower Ausable Lake, Searching For Winter

It's been a tough year for winter sports. Snowmobile riders, skiers, ice fishers, snow shoers -- they've all struggled with warm rainy weather. Another big thaw is expected over the next couple of days. But even in a sketchy year, the north country offers some rare outdoor experiences, if you know where to look. Brian Mann sends this audio postcard from Lower Ausable Lake in the high peaks.  Go to full article

Finch Pruyn Land Sale Alarms Environmental Groups

One of the region's biggest timber companies is selling a 4,900 acre parcel of land in the town of Newcomb. According to a report published yesterday in the Glens Falls Post-Star, Finch Pruyn has agreed to sell the property for nearly $6 million. As Brian Mann reports, environmental groups say the deal could signal a new wave of housing development in the Adirondack Park.  Go to full article

Park Agency Restricts Wilderness Recreation

The Adirondack Park Agency has approved new restrictions on outdoor recreation in the Dix and Giant Mountain wilderness areas. The plan is designed to cut over-use in one of the Park's most popular alpine zones. As Brian Mann reports, pro-environment and recreation groups say the changes will help protect the seventy thousand acre area, which includes eleven of the Park's 46 high peaks.  Go to full article

New Tract in Adirondacks' High Peaks is Open

New York Governor George Pataki was in Newcomb Tuesday to announce the opening to the public of 6,000 acres in the Adirondack High Peaks region. The land is part of parcel recently acquired by the Open Space Institute. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article

Tourism Numbers Down In The High Peaks

There's no official count yet, but preliminary figures show that the number of visitors to the high peaks was down again this year. The decrease has been happening steadily since 1998. Jody Tosti spoke with the Adirondack Mountain Club's Director about why he thinks the number of campers and hikers is continuing to drop.  Go to full article

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