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Spiny water fleas. Photo: National Park Service
Spiny water fleas. Photo: National Park Service

Gunky, icky spiny water flea spreads in Adirondacks

Scientists and activists studying invasive species say the spiny water flea is spreading to more lakes in the Adirondack Park.

The organism had already been found in Great Sacandaga and Lake George. This summer, the invasive creature was found in Lake Pleasant and Piseco Lake.  Go to full article
Freshwater drum. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/noaa_glerl/4045950503/">NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory </a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Freshwater drum. Photo: NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory , Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Fisherman reels in record drum on Lake Ontario

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A fisherman from western New York has been credited with catching a record-breaking freshwater drum in Lake Ontario.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation says James VanArsdall of West Henrietta caught the fish in Irondequoit Bay in Monroe County on June 14. The fish measured 33.5 inches and weighed 26 pounds 9 ounces.  Go to full article
Is there a pond out there calling you to cool off? Brian Mann in Bone Pond. Photo: Brian Mann
Is there a pond out there calling you to cool off? Brian Mann in Bone Pond. Photo: Brian Mann

Adirondack Summer 101: Pond swimming!

One of our Adirondack Bureau Chief Brian Mann's assignments is to bring details of his beat to the larger regional audience. So we can forgive him when he turns a long lunch hour into a chance to bag a new pond for a cooling swim - especially if we get some vicarious enjoyment out of it. On a hot, muggy day last July, he sent this quick postcard from Bone Pond, near Tupper Lake. Today seems like a perfect day to go there again.  Go to full article
On Camelot Island. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/midnightlounge/157504297/">Jason Roberts</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
On Camelot Island. Photo: Jason Roberts, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Thousand Islands controlled burn will protect rare pitch pines

MALLORYTOWN, Ont. - Parks Canada is to start a controlled blaze today in Ontario's Thousand Islands National Park to help protect rare fire-dependent species. It says a 16-member team will descend on Camelot Island to set fire to an area of just over one hectare that is home to about 50 pitch pine trees.

The fire will help them regenerate and open the canopy, giving more light for seedlings to grow. The federal agency says years of fire suppression has upset the balance of natural and essential processes needed to support healthy mixed forests in the park.  Go to full article
Rafting the Hudson River. Photo: Beaver Brook Outfitters
Rafting the Hudson River. Photo: Beaver Brook Outfitters

Recreational projects funded for Adirondacks

INDIAN LAKE, N.Y. (AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced funding for several projects to expand and improve outdoor recreation in the Adirondacks.

The Town of Indian Lake will receive $750,000 to repair and upgrade the Lake Abanakee Dam on the Indian River to bring the dam into compliance with state dam safety regulations. The upgrade will also allow continued water releases from the dam for rafters who paddle down the Indian River into the Hudson River.  Go to full article
Mark Ellis in front of his camera obscura. Photo: Sarah Harris
Mark Ellis in front of his camera obscura. Photo: Sarah Harris

Capturing the North Country, one pinhole photo at a time

Say you want to take a picture. You whip out your smart phone or your digital camera, take a bunch of shots. Maybe you add a filter or dress it up in photoshop. We've gotten accustomed to taking lots of photos fast.

But Saranac Lake photographer Mark Ellis is interested in slower, older methods of photography. He's a master of the pinhole camera and he has a giant camera obscura in his front yard.  Go to full article
Healthy porcelain garlic, after a successful growing season..
Healthy porcelain garlic, after a successful growing season..

How to harvest and keep garlic

Garlic is easy to plant, and doesn't usually require a whole lot of attention as it grows. It comes up, nice and green, first thing in the spring, like daffodils. Timing the harvest is trickier, though. And treating it right can help keep the bulbs fresh and firm for months.

Cooperative Extension's Amy Ivy has the do's and don'ts.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/sarki982/6997264737/"> Steve Sarkisian</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Steve Sarkisian, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Meetings planned on Lake Champlain waterfowl

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The status of waterfowl populations and hunting seasons on and along Lake Champlain will be discussed at two publics meetings next month in Vermont and New York.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will hold its meeting on Aug. 5 at the Skenesborough Rescue Squad building in Whitehall, New York. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department meeting takes place the following day, Aug. 6, in Essex at Memorial Hall. Both meetings run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Go to full article
Assemblyman Dan Stec (R-Queensbury) speaking in Long Lake at a meeting of the Adirondack Common Ground Alliance.  Photo:  Brian Mann
Assemblyman Dan Stec (R-Queensbury) speaking in Long Lake at a meeting of the Adirondack Common Ground Alliance. Photo: Brian Mann

A golden age of dialogue and cooperation in the Adirondacks?

This week, the Adirondack Common Ground Alliance met in Long Lake. It was the eighth annual meeting of a group that formed in an effort to improve dialogue and reduce the amount of rancor and fighting in the Adirondack Park.

The idea seemed far-fetched at first. For decades, state and local officials, environmentalists and business leaders had been at loggerheads, trading harsh words and sometimes trading blows over everything from land conservation to new resort development.

But a growing number of leaders in the Park across the political spectrum say the Park's political climate has changed. And they say the Common Ground Alliance is part of the transformation.  Go to full article
Architect rendering:view from Kiwassa Road across Lake Flower. Image: Lake Flower Lodging LLC
Architect rendering:view from Kiwassa Road across Lake Flower. Image: Lake Flower Lodging LLC

New design for Saranac Lake resort and spa

The company that wants to build a controversial high-end waterfront hotel in the Village of Saranac Lake has revised its design.

Lake Flower Lodging has reoriented the building on the lakefront site and dropped its height by roughly 12 feet. The changes come in response to concerns raised by village residents and members of Saranac Lake's Planning Board.

But some still aren't convinced that the Lake Flower Spa and Resort's is a fit for the community.  Go to full article

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