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Cascade Mt Trailhead and Parking – Temporary Relocation and Reroute for Columbus Weekend / Canadian Thanksgiving

September 28th, 2017 · No Comments · Adirondack News

NOTICE TO HIKERS

Temporary Major Trailhead Relocations and Trail Reroutes
Effective Columbus Day and Canadian Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend (Fri, October 6 through Mon, October 9 2017)

DEC is taking the following actions to protect public safety at a very popular trailhead parking area in the Adirondacks during the busy holiday weekend.

Trailheads and trailhead parking for Cascade Mountain, Porter Mountain, and Pitchoff (West) Mountain will be relocated to the Mt. Van Hoevenberg Olympic Sports Complex at 220 Bobsled Lane, Lake Placid, NY.

Pull-offs along State Route 73 in the vicinity of the current trailhead will be blocked and roadside parking will be prohibited.

State Police and County Sheriff Deputies will enforce the parking prohibition. Drivers may be ticketed and vehicles towed.

Temporary Access to Cascade Mountain Map
Temporary Access to Cascade Mountain Map – PDF

Hiking Trails

Cascade Mountain – A 2.0-mile marked route on the Olympic Sports Complex’s cross country ski trail system will connect hikers to the Cascade Mountain Trail via a newly constructed 0.6-mile connector trail. A round-trip hike using this route to the summit of Cascade Mountain is 8.6 miles long, a round-trip hike to the summit of Porter Mountain is 9.4 miles long.

Pitchoff Mountain – A 2.0 mile marked route across much of the same ski trail system will connect hikers to State Route 73. A 0.15-mile hike along the shoulder and across Route 73 will bring hikers to the access the current trailhead. A round-trip hike to the summit of Pitchoff Mountain using this route is 8.4 miles long.

Mt. Van Hoevenberg – The 1.6-mile trail (3.2 miles round trip) through the Olympic Sports Complex ascends 840 feet to 2,940-foot summit which provides amazing views of much of the High Peaks Wilderness and its many mountains.

Hikers seeking shorter hikes can check Hikes Outside the Adirondack High Peaks for hikes that will provide a similar experience and scenic views.

Mt. Van Hoevenberg Olympic Sports Complex
In addition to a safe place to park, hikers will be able to enjoy amenities such as bathrooms, food, and drink at the Cross Country Lodge is open 9:00 am to 4:30 pm daily. Also bobsled rides, mountain biking, and bus tours of the complex are available for a fee. (Olympic Sports Complex | Whiteface Mountain).

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Hiking, Camping and Paddling in the Adirondack Backcountry

June 16th, 2017 · Comments Off on Hiking, Camping and Paddling in the Adirondack Backcountry ·

NYSDEC Web Resources

General Information

Adirondack Forest Preserveon.ny.gov/2s6leBO
Camping and Hiking Ruleson.ny.gov/2s6m41q
State Land Regulationon.ny.gov/2rB65oj
State Land Interactive Mapperon.ny.gov/2s6bE1I
Avoiding Conflicts with Bearson.ny.gov/2rAX92e
Hikingon.ny.gov/2s6i9BL
Hiking Safelyon.ny.gov/2s6hLTN
Paddlingon.ny.gov/2s5XU6U
Primitive Campingon.ny.gov/2rDnMna
Campfire Safety Tipson.ny.gov/2rDlvIW
Bikingon.ny.gov/2rDHLSF
Horseback Ridingon.ny.gov/2rDn75r
Rock and Ice Climbingon.ny.gov/2rDywlA
Rock Climbing Route Closureson.ny.gov/2rDC4o1
Geocachingon.ny.gov/2rE0q0U
Skiing and Snowshoeingon.ny.gov/2rDz7nf

Social Media

Facebookbit.ly/nysdec-fb
DEC Delivers (listserv)on.ny.gov/2s8Q7Ft
Twittertwitter.com/@NYSDEC
YouTubeyoutube.com/user/nysdecvideos
Flickrflickr.com/photos/nysdec
Instagraminstagram.com/nysdec

High Peaks

Backcountry Informationon.ny.gov/25S3fKS
Hikes Outside the High Peaks1.usa.gov/jThw5K
High Peaks Wildernesson.ny.gov/2s8YLDY
High Peaks Wilderness Zoneson.ny.gov/2s8ABcE
Bear Resistant Canisters1.usa.gov/hTpvZU
Avalanche Preparednesson.ny.gov/2s8Yu3V

Adirondack Backcountry Information

Adirondack Backcountry Informationbit.ly/135BPiU
Northwestern Adirondackson.ny.gov/2s8FQcj
Northern Adirondackson.ny.gov/2s8zGZK
Northeastern Adirondackson.ny.gov/2s8Z4ik
Western Adirondackson.ny.gov/2s8LbR4
West Central Adirondackson.ny.gov/1eNnfsu
East Central Adirondackson.ny.gov/2s8HDhQ
Eastern Adirondackson.ny.gov/2s8Vqol
Southwestern Adirondackson.ny.gov/2s8GmHf
Southern Adirondackson.ny.gov/2s95FJt

E-mail Questions: r5.info@dec.ny.gov

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Leave No Trace in the Adirondack Forest Preserve

May 23rd, 2017 · No Comments · Adirondack Life

How to be a Low-impact Ninja in the Woods

PLAN AHEAD AND PREPARE*

TRAVEL AND CAMP ON DURABLE SURFACES *

DISPOSE OF WASTE PROPERLY*

  • Use pit privies provided near popular camping areas and trailheads. If none are available, dispose of human waste by digging a hole 6″-8″ deep at least 150 feet from water or campsites. Cover with leaves and soil. (video)
  • Do not use soap to wash yourself, clothing or dishes within 150 ft of water.
  • Carry out what you carry in.

LEAVE WHAT YOU FIND*

MINIMIZE CAMPFIRE IMPACTS*

RESPECT WILDLIFE*

BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHER VISITORS*

Taking it another step

  • Practice, demonstrate, and share the things you have learned.
  • Embrace minimalism, efficiency, and a low-impact lifestyle
  • Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose whenever possible
  • Consider the larger impact of food, equipment, and clothing choices
  • Minimize waste, Reduce energy consumption
  • Contribute to conserving and restoring the places you love

More Resources

NYSDEC Hiking, Camping and Paddling Resources
Leave No Trace – Wikipedia
The Leave No Trace Seven Principles
Ethics & Low Impact Camping
Negative Trace – Going Beyond Leave No Trace

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Status of Seasonal Access Roads in the Adirondacks

June 4th, 2015 · No Comments · Adirondack News

As of June 3, 2015:

See the Adirondack Trail Information web pages for more information.

Blue Mountain Lake Wild Forest/Township 19 Conservation Easement

  • O’Neill Flow Road is open to motor vehicles to the gate at Barker Pond Road.
  • Barker Pond Road is be open to motor vehicles to the Barker Pond parking lot.

Moose River Plains

  • Moose River Plains (Limekiln Lake-Cedar River) Road is open to motor vehicles its whole length from the Limekiln Lake gate near Inlet to the Cedar River Gate near Indian Lake.
  • Otter Brook Road is open to motor vehicles to the Squaw Lake barrier.
  • Rock Dam Road remains closed.

Perkins Clearing/Speculator Tree Farm

  • All roads designated for public motor vehicle traffic on the Perkins Clearing and Speculator Tree Farm Conservation Easements are open.
  • The section of Jessup River Road, in the Perkins Clearing Conservation Easement, leading to the Spruce Lake Trailhead is soft and should only be traveled by four-wheel drive trucks, SUVs and other high axle vehicles.

Essex Chain Lakes Complex

  • The Shadow Dam Gate and the Cornell/Deer Pond Road will be closed for 1-2 weeks beginning Monday, June 8 to allow for replacement of one of the bridges on the road which is in poor condition.
  • Chain Lakes Road South is open for motor vehicle access to the Old Gooley Club Parking Area.
  • Chain Lakes Road North and Drakes Mill Road are open to allow for public motor vehicle access to the Hudson River/Polaris Bridge Parking Area.

Lake George Wild Forest

  • Gay Pond Road in the Hudson River Recreation Area is open to motor vehicles but is rough.
  • Buttermilk Road Extension in the Hudson River Recreation Area is closed to all motor vehicles.
  • Lily Pond Road off State Route 8 south of Brant Lake is open to motor vehicles.
  • Jabe Pond Road off Split Rock Road and State Route 9N west of Lake George is open to motor vehicles.
  • Dacy Clearing Road is open to motor vehicles from the Hogtown Parking Lot to Dacy Clearing, it may be rough in spots.

Reminder: Seasonal access roads are rough, dirt or gravel roads. Four wheel drive trucks, SUVs and other high axle vehicles are recommended.

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DEC Seeks to Amend Moose River Plains Management Plan to Improve Mountain Bike Trail System

December 4th, 2014 · No Comments · Adirondack News

Public Meeting Scheduled for December 18 in Raquette Lake

NYSDEC LogoThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is seeking comments to amend the Moose River Plains Wild Forest (MRPWF) Unit Management Plan to improve its mountain bike trail system, Regional Director Robert Stegemann announced today.


“The 2011 Unit Management Plan called for DEC to create a working group consisting of mountain bikers, local governments and other interested parties to develop a comprehensive mountain bike plan for Moose River Plains,” said Director Stegemann. “A meeting of stakeholders in July 2013 resulted in DEC contracting with the International Mountain Bicycling Association to create a mountain bike trail system concept plan. The concept plan has been completed.”

The next step in the process to develop a high-quality mountain bike trail system in the Moose River Plains Wild Forest is to consider an amendment to the UMP.

DEC is initiating a public review to determine which elements of the concept plan to adopt in a UMP amendment, which will also define how a mountain bike trail system will be implemented on the ground. A public meeting will be held in the gymnasium of the Raquette Lake Union Free School, 115 State Route 28, Raquette Lake, on Thursday, December 18, beginning at 7 p.m. The school is wheelchair accessible. Please provide any requests for specific accommodation in advance to DEC at 518-897-1248.

DEC staff will provide a brief presentation on the proposals in the concept plan, identifying the proposals that may be acted on without amending the UMP; proposals that require a UMP amendment; and proposals that cannot be undertaken due to physical or regulatory restrictions. DEC will then seek thoughts and ideas from the public on the proposals in the plan.

Mountain Biking in the AdirondacksMountain biking has become a very popular activity in many places. Residents and local government officials in the communities around the Moose River Plains seek to improve their local economies by developing high-quality mountain bike trail systems to attracting mountain bikers to the area.

Comments may also be provided by January 30, 2015 in writing to McCrea Burnham, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY, 12233-4254 or e-mailed to: Adirondackpark@dec.ny.gov.

The Moose River Plains UMP and the mountain bike trail system conceptual plan can be viewed and downloaded at:
Moose River Plains Wild Forest – Unit Management Plan

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DEC to Prepare Management Plan for Northern Franklin County State Forests

December 3rd, 2014 · No Comments · Adirondack News

Public Meeting Scheduled for December 17 in Malone

NYSDEC LogoThe state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will develop a unit management plan for 21,239 acres of public lands in the Northern Franklin County State Forests, DEC Region 5 Director Robert Stegemann announced today.

The Northern Franklin State Forest includes five state forests (St. Regis River, Deer River, Titusville Mountain, Valley View and Trout River), seven detached forest preserve parcels, a state fish hatchery and over 50 miles of public fishing rights. The lands are located in the towns of Bangor, Bellmont, Brandon, Chateaugay, Constable, Dickinson, Malone, Moira and Westville.

“DEC is seeking public input on how to best manage these lands and provide access for outdoor recreational activities including hunting, fishing, trapping, hiking, camping, wildlife watching and other activities,” said Director Stegemann.

A public meeting will be held at the North County Community College Campus, Resheketina Hall, Room RH-208 at 75 Williams St. in Malone on Wednesday, December 17, beginning at 6 p.m. The facility is wheelchair accessible. Please provide any requests for specific accommodation in advance to DEC at 518-897-1248.

The meeting will provide an opportunity for the public to meet with DEC staff and share thoughts, ideas and suggestions regarding management of State lands within this particular unit. This will be the first of several opportunities for the public to be involved in the planning process.

Natural features in the Northern Franklin Unit include the St. Regis River, Deer River, Salmon River, Trout River and Chateaugay River; Titusville Mountain, Mount Immortelle and Elephant’s Head; and Huckleberry Marsh. The primary recreational uses are hunting and fishing, hiking, camping, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and bird and wildlife watching. The trails to Elephant’s Head and High Falls on Titusville Mountain State Forest and the campsites on Deer River State Forest are used often by the public.

Management issues under consideration by DEC’s planning team include public recreational access, habitat management, and forest management and forest products sales. Upon completion of a thorough resource inventory, an analysis of current and potential uses, and review of public comments, the Northern Franklin planning team will prepare a draft UMP. The public will have the opportunity to review and comment on the draft UMP.

Proposed management actions will be guided by DEC’s Strategic Plan for State Forest Management which focuses on ecosystem health and diversity, economic benefits, recreational opportunities, forest conservation and sustainable management. The completed draft plan will be widely distributed for public review and comment and a public meeting will be scheduled to discuss the draft.

Any interested individual or organization wanting to submit comments may contact Forester Ethan Pierce by mail at NYSDEC, P.O. Box 296, Ray Brook, NY 12977; by telephone at 518-897-1291; or by e-mail at R5.UMP@dec.ny.gov.

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DEC Releases Draft Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan for Public Comment

October 30th, 2014 · No Comments · Adirondack News

Public Comments Accepted Through December 15

NYSDEC LogoThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today released its Draft Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) strategy to prevent the introduction and spread of AIS in New York State for public comment. Comments will be accepted through December 15.


Aquatic Invasive Species threaten the ecology of New York’s rich abundance of waters and can harm water-based recreational opportunities and economies. New York is particularly vulnerable to AIS due to its vast marine and fresh water resources, major commercial ports and the easy access that ocean-going vessels have to the Great Lakes via the State’s canal system. Managing an infestation is extremely costly, so prevention is the most cost-effective strategy.
Attention - Invasive Species

“Prevention of aquatic invasive species is critical to the long-term vitality of waterways across New York State,” said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens. “This strategic plan details proposals to further our efforts to help ensure AIS-free waters remain free and additional AIS are not introduced to other waters. We welcome the public’s ideas and feedback on the draft strategy.” This action-based Strategic Plan updates DEC’s “Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Management Plan,” which was written in 1993. The draft plan includes more than 50 actions designed to address prevention, detection, and response to AIS. Proposed actions identified in the strategy include:

  • Expand the boat launch steward program statewide;
  • Develop an AIS response framework to guide decision making when AIS are detected, and communicate the reasoning for the response selected;
  • Implement an AIS public awareness campaign and evaluate its effectiveness in reaching target audiences;
  • Expand the use of AIS disposal stations at waterway access sites;
    Establish regional “first responder” AIS teams to incorporate local expertise in planning and implementing appropriate AIS responses; and
  • Identify and evaluate risks associated with pathways for AIS introduction and movement within New York.
    Aquatic invasive species arrive by many pathways including direct introduction, live animal trade, the nursery and landscape trade, recreational boating and cargo transportation. Northern Snakehead, Sea Lamprey, Round Goby, Hydrilla and the New Zealand Mudsnail are examples of aquatic invasive species present in some New York waters, which can prey upon or displace native species, alter habitat or otherwise harm native species.

The Draft Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan can be viewed on DEC’s website. Public comments will be accepted from October 30 through December 15. You can send comments to the address below or email them – enter “AIS Management Plan” in the subject line.

Philip Hulbert
NYSDEC Division of Fish, Wildlife, and Marine Resources
625 Broadway, 5th Floor
Albany, New York 12233-4753

To help slow the spread of both aquatic and terrestrial invasive species, DEC asks all citizens to clean, drain and dry watercraft and gear after boating and fishing; use non-invasive plants in gardens and landscaping; use local firewood; and learn about, look for and report invasive species. Invasive species can be reported online to New York’s Invasive Species Database, a partnership with the Natural Heritage Program and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, by clicking the link to “Report an Invasive.”

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