Outdoors

The Goodman Mountain trailhead is seen Thursday. Goodman is one of three Tupper Lake area mountains that are part of the Tupper Triad challenge Saturday that asks hikers to traverse Mount Arab, Goodman and Coney Mountain in one day.
(Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

Tupper Triad to challenge trekkers Saturday

TUPPER LAKE — Nearly two years after the designation of the Tupper Lake Triad, the three peaks around this village will host their first one-day challenge race Oct. 21. The race, presented by Big Tupper Brewing, will begin at 9 a.m. at the Mount Arab trailhead in the town of Piercefield. ...

Erin Hanczyk, a public participation specialist with the state Department of Environmental Conservation, looks at an oil sheen on the Saranac River Thursday afternoon in downtown Saranac Lake.
(Enterprise photo — Glynis Hart)

DEC handles oil spill in Saranac River

SARANAC LAKE — State Department of Environmental Conservation staff worked to contain a mysterious oil spill in the Saranac River Thursday afternoon. The spill, which spread from the Broadway Bridge past the pedestrian bridge behind Left Bank Cafe, smelled like and appeared to be fuel ...

Jed Dukette, left, and Rep. Elise Stefanik look over data at the Adirondack Lake Survey Corporation’s lab behind the state Department of Environmental Conservation headquarters in Ray Brook.
(Photo provided by ALSC)

Water testing may end soon

RAY BROOK — The long-running field operations of the Adirondack Lake Survey Corporation are likely to cease at the end of the year due to a lack of funding. Beginning in the 1980s, ALSC began collecting water quality samples from around the Adirondack Park. Since then, it has conducted ...

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Rangers still busy with rescues

The state Department of Environmental Conservation sent another crew of forest rangers and volunteers to help battle wildfires out west this week, but those who are still in New York were kept busy helping lost and injured people throughout the Adirondack counties. Town of Indian Lake On ...

Rangers help battle wildfires out west

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is sending 20 employees and volunteers to California to help battle wildfires that are raging out of control. The crew includes at least two Tri-Lakes forest rangers. The DEC regularly sends rangers and others trained in wild land fire ...

Jordan Hosmer and Stephen Cerbone stare into the fog as they sit on the top of Haystack Mountain after knocking the Saranac 6er peak off the list of mountains needed to complete the 6er Relay.
(Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

6er Relay: Trials, ‘goats’ and pies

One-hundred-and-fourteen people gathered in Berkeley Green on a chilly Saturday morning, waiting for the signal to spread out and conquer the mountains surrounding this village. The first ever Saranac 6er Relay race drew hikers from British Colombia, Canada, Elmira and around the North ...

Measure would cut red tape on ‘forever wild’ land

PISECO LAKE — This tiny mountain town in New York’s Adirondack Mountains wants to add a bike lane to a narrow lakeside road, but it would need the permission of voters from Brooklyn to Buffalo to do it. That’s because of a provision in New York’s constitution protecting state-owned ...

A forest tent caterpillar
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Caterpillars bite into syrup production

LAKE PLACID — A native caterpillar is wreaking havoc on sugar maple trees across northern New York, and one local expert said it could have a big impact on maple syrup production next year. The forest tent caterpillar is a native species that normally spends its days quietly munching ...

NCCC instructor Tyler Meriam teaches, from left, Tarah Schlueter, Julie Landry, Henry Uzdavinis, Aaron Rosati, Mike Woolheater, Garett Winters and Mike Brewer the anatomy of a tandem canoe in Blue Mountain Lake.
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Learning, Adirondack style

SARANAC LAKE — When people think of college education, thoughts of crushing debt, library study sessions and raucous parties may come to mind. But one local college turns those ideas on their heads by throwing students into the wild for a 30-day stretch twice a year. Students at North ...

A lone whitetail doe stands on watch while assessing the danger poised by the scent of humans in the cool morning air.
(Provided photo — Joe Hackett)

Muzzleloader season to kick off amid rainy forecast

Foul weather always seems to mark the opening day of muzzleloader season, which will kick off over the weekend of Oct. 14. Hunters should prepare accordingly by weatherizing their firearms to ensure a reliable discharge despite the foul, wet weather that’s typical of the season. It is ...

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro (Official photo)

Stefanik treads lightly on coal

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, whose northern New York district includes the Adirondack Park, has a nuanced response to the Trump administration canceling the Clean Power Plan, which would have reduced emissions from coal-fired power plants. The Republican from Willsboro never supported the Clean ...

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Rangers stay busy as warm fall brings hikers to Adirondacks

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers helped with wildfires and prescribed burns in the Capital Region last week as well as rescuing numerous lost and injured people throughout the Adirondack counties. --- Town of Moriah Five forest rangers responded to ...

Ron Konowitz, a trailhead steward with the Adirondack 46ers organization, shows a family of hikers a map of the rerouted Cascade Mountain trail on Sunday morning. The state temporarily rerouted the trail for the busy Columbus Day and Canadian Thanksgiving weekend.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Cascade reroute works, offers other possibilities

LAKE PLACID — An often overcrowded parking area outside of Lake Placid was a sea of traffic cones and police officers this weekend, as several state agencies partnered to temporarily reroute what is arguably the busiest trail in the Adirondacks. The state departments of Environmental ...

The Upper Saranac Lake Foundation is using a $100,000 grant, along with shore owner’s matching funds, to harvest invasive milfoil in Fish Creek Ponds, which feed into the upper lake. Two crews of divers are currently working to hand-pick 25-pound bags in an effort to get the ponds to a much lower density of harmful milfoil.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Multi-year milfoil removal underway

SARANAC INN — The Upper Saranac Lake Foundation, which has been in a more than decade-long battle against invasive milfoil, is back in the business of harvesting tons of the devastating aquatic plant. This time at the source. The group first began harvesting Eurasian Water Milfoil in ...

Autumn brookies typically display colors that reflect the fall season.
(Provided photo — Joe Hackett)

Loon migration is a sure sign of transition

Whether you choose to spend your time in the company of a lake, river or pond, or upon a lonely mountaintop deep in the forested wilderness, the first few weeks of October always usher in the high holy days of the sporting season. It’s a time of ever-changing landscapes backdropped by dark ...

Joseph DeFuria of the Harrietstown Highway Department grades new ski trails at Dewey Mountain Recreation Center just outside Saranac Lake.
(Enterprise photo — Glynis Hart)

Dewey Mountain cuts new trails on new land

SARANAC LAKE — For the first time in almost 20 years, completely new ski trails are being added to the Dewey Mountain Recreation Center. Thirty acres, once slated for a housing development near Mulflur Road, is becoming ski and mountain biking terrain. Adirondack Lakes & Trails ...

Environmental conservation officer busts bear baiter

On Friday, Sept. 22, three state environmental conservation officers began an investigation into the possible illegal shooting of a black bear in the town of Day, in north Saratoga County in the Adirondacks. ECOs Shaw, Higgins and Kelley interviewed a man who said he had shot the bear in ...