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Outdoors

It’s not yet clear how verdict will change tree cutting on state land

Since New York’s top court ruled the week before last that the state violated its own constitution by cutting trees for Class II snowmobile trails on the Forest Preserve, state agencies have given scant response on what this might mean for the future of trail cutting in the ...

All-day Marcy rescue one of 3 over weekend

Ice and snow in the High Peaks led to a hiker’s injury on the summit of Mount Marcy Saturday morning, and then made for a grueling mission that took more than 14 hours and involved more than a dozen rescuers — one of whom suffered what appeared to be heart problems during the ...

Solar farms, Fish Creek on APA agenda

RAY BROOK — Solar farms, Fish Creek Campground and visitor use management are on the agenda of the state Adirondack Park Agency’s monthly meeting this coming Thursday and Friday. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the public must watch the meeting by live webcast. Remote access information is ...

Adirondack Mt. Reserve hiking reservations begin

ST. HUBERTS — Hikers looking to summit mountains from the St. Huberts parking lot, owned by the Adirondack Mountain Reserve, must now get a reservation. Saturday, May 1, was the first day of the parking reservation pilot program. State Department of Environmental Conservation Deputy ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Try hiking the Whiteface Mountain ski slide

The clouds were low and hopes were high as we set off for the summit of Whiteface Mountain. However, on this day we decided to try something different; we would summit using the slides at the ski area. We spotted a second car at the Atmospheric Science Research Center in Wilmington and returned ...

NY ski numbers rise despite pandemic challenges

It seems like a paradox, but it’s true. New York ski areas generally reported more skiers than usual this winter — in some cases many more — despite challenges such as state-imposed capacity restrictions meant to slow coronavirus spread. This pandemic winter was good to the downhill ...