AROUND THE REGION
Tell Your Legislators: We Need More NYS Forest Rangers
LAKE GEORGE – The Governor’s Executive Budget did not include the needed funding for New York State Forest Rangers. However, there is still time to request additional support from the Governor, and the Senate and Assembly. Adirondack Mountain Club members have sent over 1,800 letters so far!
The Forest Rangers protect NYS Public Lands and keep visitors to these wild areas safe. The Ranger force, with just 109 field-level rangers, oversees five million acres of state public land and 42 public campgrounds. Additionally, there are over 18 million acres of forest and wild lands within New York’s borders where the Forest Rangers often assist with search and rescue, or fire suppression operations. With search and rescue episodes exceeding 350 in 2017 and a higher trend in 2018, the Ranger Force is spread very thin. In 1970 the average acreage a Forest Ranger was responsible for patrolling was 28,516. Today that number is 53,752. The force has been exceeding overtime targets, which can cause fatigue and injuries. In the New York State Budget, there must be funding allocated for 40 additional Rangers and a Law Enforcement Academy to train them.
Learn more about NYS Forest Rangers: nysforestrangers.com. Please visit this link to send a letter to Governor Cuomo and your NYS Senator and Assembly member: adk.org/nys-forest-rangers.
Lake Placid and Saranac Lake: Winter Trails Map
SARANAC LAKE – They started by making maps for environmental research and discovered a need for beautiful maps that people could actually use. That’s how Green Goat maps was born. Their mission is to educate the public through high quality maps. They are researchers at heart, who’s partner company Adirondack Research does GIS mapping and environmental research all over the world. They are taking their experience and love for the environment to create world class maps. They include info about responsible recreation through their membership with Leave No Trace, they promote environmental stewardship, and are a member of 1% for the Planet.
The Lake Placid and Saranac Lake Winter Trails Map is the region’s go-to map for winter recreation, offering all of the cross-country ski, snowshoe and fat bike trails in one convenient place. The map highlights the beloved Jackrabbit Ski Trail and covers ski trails from Paul Smiths to Wilmington including the popular Hayes Brook Truck Trail, Deer Pond Trails, Moose Pond Trail, Brewster Peninsula Trails, Henry’s Woods, Heaven Hill and more. They’ve also included the ski centers including Paul Smith’s College VIC, Dewey Mountain, Cascade and Mt. Van Hoevenberg.
Other maps include Lake George Boating & Trails, Lake Placid & Saranac Lake Cycling Map, and Saranac Lake Boating & Fishing. Retailers include Adirondack Lakes & Trails Outfitters, Adirondack Mountain Club, Cascade Ski Center, High Peaks Cyclery, Placid Planet Bicycles and St. Regis Canoe Outfitters or visit greengoatmaps.com.
Adirondack Sports Summer Expo: Summer Starts Here for Outdoor Enthusiasts
SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Adirondack Sports Summer Expo is fast-approaching on March 16-17 at the Saratoga Springs City Center. Upstate New York’s must-do show is the annual preseason gathering of the outdoor sports, healthy living and travel community. The 14th annual Summer Expo attracts over 8,000 attendees from a wide area and this year’s show will be the largest ever with more than 150 exhibitors! Vendors include many running, biking, triathlon, hiking and paddling retailers, organizations, destinations and events – with dozens of new additions. In addition, the health, fitness, recreation and travel areas are represented well with new exhibitors, along with an increasing number of mind-body-spirt and green living vendors – healthy you, healthy planet.
Mountainman Outdoors will have a large presence at the Summer Expo with their Canoe, Kayak and SUP Preview Sale featuring the latest models from top brands, plus winter clothing and footwear on clearance and more. Exhibitors will have information on what’s new; sales on gear, clothing, footwear; discount entry to events/races; opportunities to join clubs; and much, much more! Activities will include in-booth seminars, clinics, demos and a variety of family activities. The prize table will be back with chances to win $10,000 in prizes. The free admission Summer Expo is on Saturday from 10am-5pm and Sunday from 10am-4pm. For more info, go to www.adksports.com/summer-expo-attendees. See you there!