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Outdoors

Smart Growth grant gives Keene Community Trails a boost

KEENE — A transformational trail project in Keene is getting a boost from a $125,000 Smart Growth grant from the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The funding will allow the town, in partnership with the nonprofit Barkeater Trails Alliance and the Keene Youth Commission, to ...

DEC announces 2024 Bird Challenge

ALBANY — The state Department of Environmental Conservation recently announced the start of the 2024 “I BIRD NY” Challenge for birders of all ages and abilities. The challenge provides opportunities to identify birds and learn about bird life and awards program finishers with a ...

Wilmington readies for Ausable Two-Fly Challenge

WILMINGTON — The Ausable Two-Fly Challenge is set to take place from May 16 to 18 along the West Branch of the AuSable River. The event, now in its 24th year, brings more than 100 anglers to the Adirondack Park. The Ausable Two-Fly Challenge promises some of the best fishing in the region ...

DEC: Spring turkey hunting season opens May 1 in Upstate New York

ALBANY — The state Department of Environmental Conservation recently announced that the regular spring turkey season for all licensed turkey hunters opens May 1 and ends May 31 in Upstate New York north of the Bronx-Westchester County boundary and in Suffolk County on Long ...

Ski. Season. Over. (mic drop)

WILMINGTON — It’s strange to see — after 141 days of downhill skiing and snowboarding at the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center this winter — the whiteface.com conditions report say 0 lifts (of 13) and 0 trails (of 96) were open on Monday, April 15. The last runs on the mountain were on ...

Adirondack Mountain Reserve parking system starts May 1

ST. HUBERTS — The state Department of Environmental Conservation and Adirondack Mountain Reserve this week announced the parking reservation system to promote safe access to trails in the state Route 73 corridor will resume May 1, following a successful season in 2023. Since the launch ...