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Entries from September 29th, 2011

Northern Green Frog

September 29th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Adirondack Life

Northern Green Frog
Lithobates clamitans (Rana clamitans melanota) – Lake Alice WMA

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Adirondack Foliage

September 17th, 2011 · 4 Comments · Adirondack Life

Yup, it’s started.

Adirondack Foliage 2011

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Plattsburgh welcomes the FLW Tour to Lake Champlain this week

September 13th, 2011 · No Comments · Adirondack News

FREE Family Fun Zone and Outdoor Expo Saturday and Sunday

The Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau and the City of Plattsburgh welcome the Walmart FLW Tour to Lake Champlain on Thursday, September 15th -Sunday, September 18th. Known as one of the most elite and competitive bass fishing tournaments hosted by FLW, there is sure to be a lot of excitement as more than 350 anglers battle for roughly $150,000 in cash and prizes.

Free Family Event
The Walmart FLW Tour’s very popular Family Fun Zone will be at Walmart in Consumer Square in Plattsburgh on Saturday, September 17th and Sunday September 18th from 12-4pm. The Family Fun Zone is free to the public and perfect for all ages featuring:

  • Interactive kids games
  • Meet and greet with the pros
  • Samples from sponsors
  • Ranger boat simulator rides
  • Casting and trout pond
  • Walmart Kid’s Zone
  • Chance to appear on national television
  • 300 rods and reels giveaway

Saturday and Sunday will conclude with the top anglers weighing in at 4pm.
Bass Pro Vic Vatalaro - FLW Lake Champlain
A Decade of Tournaments
This final tournament of the 2011 season also marks the end of Lake Champlain’s tenth year of welcoming pro anglers to the Adirondack Coast. “Lake Champlain is always a favorite stop among our anglers, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be visiting with the Walmart FLW Tour stop in September,” said Kathy Fennel, FLW Outdoors president of operations. “The incredible hospitality extended to FLW Outdoors and our anglers is one of the reasons we continue to come back year after year.”

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North Country Regional Economic Development Council Adopts Vision Statement

September 13th, 2011 · No Comments · Adirondack News

Council also approves its Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) Endorsement Standard and its Public Participation Plan

The North Country Regional Economic Development Council met today and conducted its third meeting, which was open to the public. The meeting at SUNY Potsdam was attended by Lt. Governor Robert Duffy and led by North Country Regional Economic Development Council co-chairs Garry Douglas, President of the North Country Chamber of Commerce, and Anthony Collins, President of Clarkson University.

During today’s session, the Council presented and adopted its vision statement, which is intended to guide the council’s long-term strategic planning process moving forward. The vision statement can be found on the North Country Regional Economic Development Council’s website at www.northcountryopenforbusiness.com and is as follows:

“The North Country will lead the Economic Renaissance of New York State’s Small Cities and Rural Communities by:

  • Energizing our micropolitan cities, building on growth in the aerospace, transit equipment, defense, biotech, and manufacturing industries
  • Attracting and nurturing entrepreneurial pioneers to cultivate innovative clusters in our rural communities
  • Mobilizing the creativity, capacity and graduates of our outstanding and collaborative places of higher education
  • Catalyzing the highest per capita rate of small business start-ups in the state
  • Elevating global recognition of the region as one of the special places on the planet to visit, live, work and study
  • Activating tourism as a pathway to diversify our economies
  • Propagating an agricultural revolution as we help feed the region and the world
  • Creating the greenest energy economy in the state

Actualizing this vision will create family-sustaining jobs and build an inventive economy, capitalizing on our abundant natural capital – pristine waters, productive forests and agricultural lands; the rare splendor of the Adirondacks; and our dynamic international border.”

“The vision statement drafted for the North Country Region is bold, comprehensive and inclusive,” said Anthony Collins, Co-Chair of the Regional Council and Clarkson University President. “Taking action on the statement is a strong indication that the region can rapidly reach consensus views to drive our strategies, which bodes well for the future of the Council and the region.”

“The vision statement we are putting forward truly captures the great diversity of assets and opportunities of our unique region,” said Garry Douglas, Co-Chair of the Regional Council and President of the North Country Chamber of Commerce. “It also represents an important piece of the multi-faceted economic development plan for the North Country, which is starting to come together through our working groups. With the work of all of our volunteers and the upcoming input we will be welcoming through our public forums and other means, I expect us to see an exciting strategy come together over the next several weeks.”

In addition, the council detailed and approved its public participation plan, which includes: public comment period during regular scheduled council meetings; a series of public forums; the use of the council’s website, www.northcountryopenforbusiness.com, to provide information to the public about the council, its members, meetings, its strategic plan, as well as surveys to seek public input; and the use of social media, among others. A Facebook page has been created, “North Country Open for Business”, to amplify the council’s message, to engage regional community stakeholders and encourage public participation in the development of strategies and initiatives to promote growth and economic development in the North Country.

The North Country Regional Economic Development Council will be holding three public forums around the region that get underway today. They are as follows: Monday, September 12, Plattsburgh; Wednesday, September 14, Tupper Lake; and Monday, September 19, Watertown. The Council’s goal is to integrate the public into the strategic planning process to design an economic development plan that reflects the local communities’ vision for job creation and economic opportunity. The Council encourages public participation and feedback through outreach, community meetings, forums, and online at www.northcountryopenforbusiness.com.

The Council also adopted its Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) Endorsement Standard, which will serve as a guideline for the review and ranking of future applications. By developing these endorsement standards early in the regional council’s strategic planning process, applicants can take them into account when preparing applications.

The next regular scheduled North Country Regional Economic Development Council will be Friday, September 30 at SUNY Potsdam.

The North Country Regional Council, which is comprised of a diverse group of 30 area leaders from the private and public sectors, labor, chambers of commerce, higher education, and community-based organizations, is working to create a five year strategic plan for economic development in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties.

Created by Governor Cuomo, the Regional Economic Development Councils represent a fundamental shift in the state’s approach to economic development—from a top-down development model to a community-based approach that emphasizes regions’ unique assets, harnesses local expertise, and empowers each region to set plans and priorities.

The North Country Regional Economic Development Council is one of ten regional councils across New York that will serve as a single point of contact for economic activity in the region. Through their strategic planning process, the Councils will identify and expedite priority projects that demonstrate the greatest potential for job growth. As part of the initiative, up to $1 billion in state resources will be accessible to eligible economic development projects through existing program grants and tax credits.

Each Regional Council will develop a plan for the development of their region, which will provide a regional vision for economic development, address critical issues and opportunities, and lay out an implementation roadmap for future growth. The state will work with the Regional Councils to align state resources and policies, eliminate unnecessary barriers to growth and prosperity, and streamline the delivery of government services and programs to help the Regional Councils carry out their plans for development.

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Adirondack High Peaks Trail Status

September 8th, 2011 · 1 Comment · News

Here is a map of the Adirondack High Peaks Wilderness Area and Trail Status.
No Changes as of 9/29/2011. (Red-dotted trails are CLOSED)

More detailed information here: Trail Information for the High Peaks
Adirondack High Peaks Trail Status - as of 9/16/2011

Full-resolution PDF here: Adirondack High Peaks Trail Map

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Lake Champlain Fish and Wildlife Management Cooperative Will Treat Four Rivers and a Delta to Control Sea Lamprey Populations

September 2nd, 2011 · No Comments · Adirondack News

The Lake Champlain Fish and Wildlife Management Cooperative will be applying lampricide to portions of four tributaries to Lake Champlain and a delta complex during the months of September and October.

NYSDEC LogoThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will be treating the delta complex at the mouths of the Little Ausable and Ausable rivers, and the Boquet River, Mount Hope Brook, and Putnam Creek in New York. The Poultney River, which borders both states, including its Hubbardton River tributary in Vermont, will also be treated. Treatments are scheduled to begin with the delta complex in New York on September 7th. Lake level and weather conditions may affect scheduling and could result in the last treatment extending into October. These treatments are part of the Cooperative’s long-term sea lamprey control program for Lake Champlain. While trout and salmon populations of the lake are the primary beneficiaries of these efforts, lake sturgeon, walleye, and many other species also profit from sea lamprey control.

Larval sea lamprey live in rivers and on deltas for four years before transforming to their parasitic phase and emigrating to Lake Champlain where their effect on the fishery becomes apparent. One of the Cooperative’s Integrated Pest Management approaches is to apply selective pesticides (lampricides) to rivers and deltas in prescribed and precise concentrations. The concentrations used are carefully chosen and monitored to ensure effective elimination of sea lamprey larvae and protection of non-target species. TFM (3-trifluoromethyl-4-nitrophenol) will be applied in the rivers for 12-14 hours depending on conditions.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife ServiceThis year, for the first time in the Lake Champlain Basin, a second lampricide, Bayluscide 20% Emulsifiable Concentrate, is being included in the application on the Boquet River. The use of 1% Bayluscide with TFM reduces the amount of TFM needed by about 40%, resulting in a reduction of total lampricide applied and substantial cost savings. The delta area around the Little Ausable River and Ausable River mouths will be treated with Granular Bayluscide: lampricide-coated sand grains that dissolve after sinking to the bottom where they effectively kill sea lamprey larvae.

Our toll-free number (888-596-0611) provides information on the treatment schedule for each of the treatments, progress reports, updates on treatments, and water use advisories.

Temporary water use advisories will be in effect for each of the treatments to minimize human exposure to affected waters. Each state’s Department of Health recommends that the treated river and lake water not be used for drinking, swimming, fishing, irrigation, or livestock watering while the advisories are in effect.

Vermont Department of Fish and WildlifeThe treatments and water use advisories will have no effect on most residents in the Champlain Basin and no municipal water supply systems will be affected. Cooperative staff have identified all landowners with property in the affected areas. A letter was sent to residents informing them of the planned treatment and asking them if they or their livestock use water from a surface supply that will be affected by the treatment. Days before the treatments begin, another letter will be sent to inform residents of the impending treatment and to arrange any water usage accommodations.

Local television and radio stations will broadcast the dates when advisories begin and expire. The treatment schedule is subject to change as weather conditions, stream flows, or logistical issues may arise during the treatments. Residents will be kept apprised of any such changes through these media.

Annual assessments show sea lamprey wounding rates have been reduced from a high for landlocked Atlantic salmon of 79 wounds per 100 fish in 2003 to our management goal of 15 per 100 fish, reached for the first time in 2010. The lake trout wounding rate of 99 wounds per 100 fish seen in 2006 has been brought down to 40 per 100 fish in 2010. Several control initiatives are underway that will further reduce the sea lamprey population and reduce their impacts on Lake Champlain’s fish populations.

Sea lamprey control generates a favorable economic benefit/cost ratio by increasing angling opportunities and the time that boaters and anglers spend in the Lake Champlain area.

Communities and residents that utilize the following bodies of water should consult the advisory table below:

WATER USE ADVISORY AREAS
Stream Length of Advisory Area in Miles
Application Point to Stream Mouth Lake Area North of Stream Mouth Lake Area South of Stream Mouth
Ausable/Little Ausable Delta, NY NA 2.0 2.0
Boquet River, NY 2.6 2.0 2.0
Poultney (NY-VT) / Hubbardton River, VT 10.5/2.0 20.0* NA
Mount Hope Brook, NY 2.4 4.0** 2.0
Putnam Creek, NY 9.2 1.5 1.0

* includes the South lake from South Bay outlet to Larabees Point
** includes all of South Bay

Please contact Bradley Young, of the US Fish & Wildlife Service at (802) 872-0629 x19 if you have any questions.

Previously: Sea Lamprey Control Improves Lake Champlain Fisheries

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Places to Hike Outside of the Eastern High Peaks, Dix Mountain, and Giant Mountain Wildernesses

September 1st, 2011 · No Comments · News

HikingAs we approach Labor Day Weekend, many people are wondering what the status of the backcountry is post-Irene. Simply said, the High Peaks Region is in a bit of a mess and should be avoided. Here is a worthy-list of alternative places to hike this weekend:

Mountain Hikes

  • Hurricane Mountain from US-9N only, not from the Hurricane Road/The Crows
  • Whiteface Mountain from Whiteface Landing/Connery Pond or Marble Hill/Wilmington
  • Baxter Mountain from US-9N or Beede Road (off Route 73)
  • Pitchoff Mountain from Route 73
  • McKenzie Mountain from Route 86
  • Haystack Mountain from Route 86
  • Scarface Mountain from the Old Ray Brook Road off Route 86
  • Mt. Baker from Moody Pond Road in the Village of Saranac Lake
  • Ampersand Mountain off Route 3
  • Panther Mountain from Route 3
  • Jenkins Mountain from VIC at Paul Smiths off Route 30
  • Floodwood Mountain from the Floodwood Road off Route 30
  • St.Regis Mountain from Keese Mills Road off Route 30
  • Vanderwhacker Mountain from Route 28N
  • Goodnow Mountain from 28N

Non-mountain Hikes

  • Brewster Peninsula Nature Trails in the Village of Lake Placid
  • Bloomingdale Bog from Route 86
  • Raquette Falls from Corey’s Road off Route 3
  • Deer Pond Loop from Route 30 or Route 3/30
  • Fernow Forest-Wawbeek Plantation from Route 30
  • VIC at Paul Smiths Trails on Route 30
  • Hoffman Notch from the Boreas Road
  • Great Camp Sanatanoni from Route 28N
  • Adirondack Interpretive Center Trail System on Route 28N

Visit the Adirondack Trail Information web page for current weather forecasts, regulations, safety tips, trail conditions, and more.

(If you need help or have questions, contact @VisitAdks on Twitter, or Visit Adirondacks on FB)

Courtesy of: DEC Region 5

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