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DEC Seeks to Amend Wilmington Wild Forest Management Plan

October 29th, 2014 · No Comments · Adirondack News

Public Meeting Scheduled for Wednesday November 12 at Whiteface Mountain Ski Center

NYSDEC LogoWilmington Wild Forest Unit Management Plan (UMP) is under review for a possible amendment to identify improvement and expansion of trails within the unit, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Regional Director Robert Stegemann announced today.

“We are responding to requests from local government and other organizations to provide additional trails in the Wilmington Wild Forest,” said Director Stegemann. “DEC continues to work to ensure that the forest preserve lands we manage are an asset to Adirondack communities, while continuing to protect and conserve the natural resources of those lands.”

A public meeting will be held at the Base Lodge at the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center, 5021 Route 86 in Wilmington on Wednesday, November 12 beginning at 6 pm. DEC staff will provide a brief presentation on the current trail system after which the public is asked to share information and ideas regarding improvements and expansion of the trail system. The lodge is wheelchair accessible. Please provide any requests for specific accommodation in advance to DEC at 518-897-1248.

DEC has partnered with local governments and volunteers to build a number of trails and trail systems since the UMP was approved in October 2005. Currently, there are approximately 33 miles of trails with 23 miles open to mountain bikes and eight miles of snowmobile trails – including a connection to the Adirondack/North Country snowmobile trail network.

Mountain biking has become a very popular activity in the Wilmington Wild Forest with bike trail systems concentrated around the Wilmington Flume and Hardy Road. Visitor comments have indicated that there is a need for improvements to the trail system in the unit. Improvements mentioned include the need for trail connections with the hamlet area, more trails that would be considered less difficult, and the relocation of some trail segments to better protect natural resources.

The Wilmington Wild Forest is located in the towns of Wilmington and Keene in Essex County and the town of Black Brook in Clinton County. The unit covers about 14,000 acres across several detached Forest Preserve parcels. The core area is located on the east-facing slopes of Whiteface Mountain between the Whiteface Mountain Ski center and the Whiteface Veterans’ Memorial Highway.

Comments may also be provided in writing to Steve Guglielmi, Senior Forester, P.O. Box 296, Ray Brook, NY 12977 or by e-mail to The current Wilmington Wild Forest UMP can be found at

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Whiteface Re-opens this Weekend and Gore Opens for the Season

November 21st, 2012 · No Comments · Adirondack News

Whiteface - Lake PlacidWhiteface Mountain, in Wilmington, N.Y. is slated to re-open for the 2012-’13 season Friday, Nov. 23, with three trails (Upper Valley, Lower Valley, and Fox) and one lift, the Facelift quad.

Whiteface boasts the East’s greatest vertical drop, and for 20 consecutive years, readers of Ski Magazine have tabbed Whiteface Lake Placid, N.Y. as the number-one destination for Off-Hill Activities. Whiteface, Wilmington and Lake Placid also received high marks from the magazine’s readers for its scenery (#3), resort dining (#3), après ski (#3), challenging terrain (#7) and mountain character (#8).

Whiteface Lake Placid was also chosen by SnowEast Magazine readers as the East’s Destination Village. The publication’s readers also tabbed Whiteface Lake Placid New York State’s Favorite Ski Resort and the East’s Most Scenic Resort.

Lift ticket prices this holiday weekend are $39 for adults, teens and seniors and only $25 for junior skiers and riders. As always children six and under ski for free.

Trails and lifts are subject to change this holiday weekend. Please log on to before coming to the mountain for the latest conditions.

Gore MountainGore Mountain, in North Creek, N.Y., is also slated to open for the season, Friday. Gore, home to 2,537 vertical feet and the most skiable acreage in New York State, will open with six trails (Ruby Run, Foxlair, Sunway, Quicksilver, 3B and Jamboree) and the gondola.

Readers of Ski Magazine also tabbed Gore as one of the East’s top-10 mountains for value, lifts and overall satisfaction. Early season rates, through Dec. 14, are $52 for adults, $43 for teens and seniors and $29 for juniors.

For the most up to date conditions, visit

Belleayre was slated to open Saturday, however; due to temperature inversions the past few nights, the mountain has been unable to continue blowing enough snow to reach its goal of opening this weekend. Belleayre will resume snowmaking as soon as conditions allow and will open soon after.

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DEC Opens New Snowmobile Trail Segment in Wilmington

January 13th, 2012 · No Comments · News

Trail Connects Essex County Hamlet’s Business District with Cooper Kiln Pond
A new snowmobile trail segment has been completed connecting the hamlet of Wilmington’s business district with a snowmobile trail that leads to the remote and scenic Cooper Kiln Pond, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC ) Regional Director Robert Stegemann announced today.
Wilmington Wild Forest Snowmobile Trails - Map
“DEC is pleased to provide this improved snowmobiling opportunity for Wilmington’s visitors and residents,” said Director Stegemann. “DEC continues to work with local communities to increase tourism and economic activity by providing and improving recreational opportunities in the Adirondacks.”

“The Town of Wilmington is looking forward to some snow to try out and promote our recently finished snowmobile trail,” said Randy Preston, Supervisor of the Town of Wilmington Supervisor. “This trail will become an economic boon for the Town of Wilmington, now and for years to come. DEC Forester Rob Daley has been hard at work all summer to make this a reality. We are very fortunate to have him working with us.”

The new three-mile trail segment will allow snowmobilers to travel from the Essex County hamlet, connect with the previously existing Cooper Kiln Pond Trail and travel another three miles to the pond. It creates a 12.6-mile round trip snowmobiling opportunity.

Cooper Kiln Pond is located below the summit of Stephenson Mountain in the Wilmington Wild Forest. Situated at an altitude of more than 3,000 feet the pond sits in a pass surrounded by the peaks of Stephenson Mountain. A lean-to next to the pond makes a great place to have a meal and enjoy the serenity of the mountains.

The new trail segment is part of DEC’s effort to develop a connector trail from the hamlet of Wilmington to the snowmobile trail system to the north. Once the connector trail is completed snowmobilers will be able to travel from Wilmington to Plattsburgh, Malone and throughout the Adirondacks.

DEC constructed the new trail segment with significant help from the Student Conservation Association Adirondack Program, the Department of Corrections Moriah Shock Camp inmate crews, and staff and volunteers from the town of Wilmington.

The hamlet of Wilmington, 12 miles north of Lake Placid, NY, is located in the Town of Wilmington – the home of the Whiteface Mountain Ski Area.

Download: Wilmington Snowmobile Trails Map (PDF)

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Wilmington Wild Forest Beaver Brook Trail System

June 20th, 2011 · No Comments · News

Beaver Brook Trail System
The Beaver Brook Trail System is comprised of approximately 3.6 miles of trails in the town of Wilmington, NY. The trails are open to mountain biking, hiking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing.

Download: Beaver Brook Map and Info Sheet (PDF)

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DEC and Partners Celebrate Opening of Bike Trail System

June 18th, 2011 · No Comments · Adirondack News

Expands Mountain Bike Trail System in the Wilmington Area

NYSDEC LogoThe Beaver Brook Trail System officially opened today, adding 3.5 miles of mountain bike trails to the Wilmington area. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and its partners celebrated the opening of the trails at the Wilmington Whiteface Bike Fest, which includes four days of bike races, rides and other entertainment.

“This trail system expands on the Flume Trail system and, combined with other trails and facilities in the Wilmington area, demonstrates how DEC can partner with municipalities and organizations to develop outstanding recreational opportunities for the public and economic opportunities for local communities in the Adirondacks,” said DEC Regional Director Betsy Lowe.

Representatives and staff from DEC, the Town of Wilmington, the Wilmington Mountain Peddlers, and the Barkeater Trails Alliance (BETA) were joined by the general public in a ribbon cutting ceremony at the trailhead in the Wilmington Wild Forest.

The Beaver Brook Trail System currently includes approximately 3.5 miles of trails for recreational activities in all seasons including mountain biking, hiking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing. The trails were designed to meet the specifications of the International Mountain Bicycling Association and include trails rated as easy, moderate and hard. An additional 3.5 miles of trails are proposed for the Beaver Brook Tract. These trails should be completed in the near future.

The Town of Wilmington has been involved in mountain bike trail development through the DEC’s unit management planning process and has contributed town resources to construct and maintain facilities at the Beaver Brook Tract and the Flume.

“This is very exciting to have the grand opening of the Beaver Brook Trail System,” said Randy Preston, Supervisor of the Town of Wilmington. “This project should serve as a model for other recreational projects in the Park. The partnership between the Town of Wilmington and DEC has been very positive and ongoing. People of all ages and abilities can enjoy the trails whether it be mountain biking or a walk in the woods, this is truly a beautiful spot which will add very nicely to our Town’s network of mountain bike trails. This joint partnership continues to secure our spot as a mountain bike destination.”

BETA volunteered many hours to help construct and maintain mountain bike trails in Wilmington, and lead trail building efforts at the Beaver Brook Tract.

“The trail development project at Beaver Brook in Wilmington has proven to be a great place for our local community of trail building volunteers to come together and build some great bike-friendly trails, said Matt McNamara of BETA. “It’s rewarding to see our collective efforts bearing fruit, and we’re excited to continue our work at Beaver Brook and elsewhere in the Whiteface region.”

The Wilmington Mountain Peddlers have been involved from the early days of trail development at the Beaver Brook Tract, and strongly advocated for mountain bike trails. The group has volunteered many hours to construct and maintain mountain bike trails in Wilmington under DEC’s Adopt-A- Natural-Resource program.

“The new Beaver Brook trail system represents just the latest step in trying to make Wilmington the mountain biking capital of the Adirondacks,” said Bert Yost of the Wilmington Mountain Peddlers. “ It could not have happened without the support of DEC, the local community including all of the volunteers, the Wilmington Mountain Peddlers, the Barkeater Trails Alliance, the Whiteface Mt. Regional Visitor’s Bureau, and all of the area businesses that have supports our efforts over the years. It’s a great new area with riding for all abilities including some fantastic vistas.”

Combined with the Flume Trail System, which opened in 2009, and the bike trails on the Whiteface Mountain Ski, which are connected to the Flume Trail System, there are now more than 20 miles of bike trails in the Wilmington area. This Wilmington area bike trail system was developed through the combined efforts of the DEC, Town of Wilmington, Wilmington Mountain Peddlers, Barkeater Trails Alliance, the Olympic Regional Development Authority’s Whiteface Mountain Ski Center and the Adirondack Mountain Club’s Trails Program.

More Info:
Bike Wilmington
Barkeater Trails Alliance

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Fran Betters, Our Fly Fishing Legend – Roundup

September 10th, 2009 · 3 Comments · News

Adirondack Sport Shop - Original Location

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Adirondack Sport Shop For Sale

March 13th, 2009 · 1 Comment · News

THIS IS HUGE – Adirondack Sport Shop For Sale

Adirondack Legend Fran Betters’ Plea for Help

I AM ASKING FOR HELP It is simply time to be very straight forward. I am in difficulty. Too many things happened at the same time. Number One: I was FORCED to move my business and decided since I HAD to, I would do it the correct way which took everything I had. Number 2: I came down with congestive heart failure which is now in its end stages and Number 3, the economy decided to tank all at the same time. How about that for a bit of luck? I cannot QUIT until I find a buyer for my business of forty seven years. I have to try and survive somehow. So I am asking for some help. If you have been considering buying one of my rods, please do so now. It could possibly be one of the last ones made. I know my days are numbered. Or one of the framed collectibles with a dozen of the flies I created, let me make one for you now. I could definitely use the business. Some of you say I am a legend but I have always considered myself just one of you all. I never sought the limelight nor took advantage of many opportunities I had over my forty seven years of business. Money never really motivated me. Big money at least. Perhaps I made a mistake. The place I find myself in right now seems to indicate that. So what I would like to ask of you all is this. I know my days are very limited and I MUST find a buyer so would everyone please network and if you know of anyone who would be interested in being my successor, please send them my way. I want to meet them before I pass on. The price is very low and the deal is absolutely turnkey. It is listed with a wonderful agent in Lake Placid, Margie Philo who is Adirondack Premiere Properties. Here is a link to see the information. Thank you everyone in advance for any help you can give. Fran

This is so sad. via Maggie’s Farm (via Tigerhawk)

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Fly Fishing the Adirondack Range with Fran Betters

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