NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo admires his daughter's catch, while fishing on the Saranac Lakes. The Governor recently signed legislation that will permit the DEC to host additional Free Fishing Clinics throughout the state. It is expected the introductory clinics will attract newcomers to the sport, and generate additional licenses, fishing equipment sales and additional expenditures
Summer is now in full swing with a slate of events and activities available for almost everyone’s enjoyment. Whether it includes hiking a mountain, paddling a stream or boating the lakes, the season provides a wealth of traditional outdoor opportunities and adventures.
Although there are numerous outdoor attractions to provide entertainment, travelers should also take note of the many indoor events of interest. After spending a hot day in the sun, it is always nice to take in a local lecture or an evening program, in the early evening hours.
The Adirondack History Center Museum will be offering the second lecture in their “Adirondack Rivers: A Mind of Their Own” series on Thursday, July 19 at 7 p.m., with SUNY Plattsburgh Geologist David Franzi presenting a program focused on the landscape impacts of stream erosion and flooding in the Keene area. The Thursday night lecture series will be hosted at the History Center Museum in Elizabethtown.
The History Center’s lecture series will continue with Ecologist Tim Mihuc on July 26 speaking on river dynamics in the Adirondack watershed. On Aug. 2, environmental scientist Curt Stager will present a lecture on potential impacts of a changing climate on the Adirondack watershed.
On Aug. 9, Commissioner Wayne Reynolds of the Delaware County Department of Public Works will speak on mistakes and lessons learned rebuilding bridges and highways following severe flooding.
On Aug. 16, Dr. John Braico, Trout Unlimited, will speak on stream morphology and assessment following Irene. On Aug. 23, Carl Schwartz, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will speak about stream restoration in the Adirondacks.
On Aug. 30, there is a reenactment of testimony against the State of New York after the 1856 flood. All lectures begin at 7 pm.
On Thursday evenings, the Raging River Exhibit will be open from 6 - 7 p.m. displaying historic photographs from past floods and contemporary photographs and video from the 2011 Tropical Storm Irene and Lake Champlain floods. Photographers include Nathan Farb, Carl Heilman II, Nancie Battaglia, Jack LaDuke, Naj Wikoff, Lohr McKinstry, Alvin Reiner and others. Call 518-873-6466 or email http://webmail.roadrunner.com/do/mail/message/mailto/to=echs/40adkhistorycenter.org for reservations. The price for the lecture is $5 members, $8 non-members, or $30 full series (7 lectures). The museum is located at 7590 Court Street, Elizabethtown. For more information contact the museum at 873-6466 or visit the website at www.adkhistorycenter.org.
In conjunction with the annual Elizabethtown Days Celebration, Margaret Bartley, author, historian and current town supervisor will present a historic slide presentation featuring, “Old Time E’Towners: At Work & At Play.” The event will be hosted at the Adirondack History Center Museum on Sunday July 22, at 3 p.m. as part of the Elizabethtown Weekend Celebration.
Although there are many larger museums in the region, including the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, and The Natural History Museum, aka The Wild Center in Tupper Lake; travelers interested in learning more about the region’s vast history should take the time to travel to the small hamlet of Onchiota. Located just down the road from the NYSDEC Buck Pond is the Six Nations Museum. The small, seasonal museum was founded in 1954 by the late Ray Fadden, and it is only open during the summer and autumn months. It is open July 1 through Labor Day, and by appointment. For further information, contact the museum at 891-2299.
It is a small intimate facility that is bursting at the seams with information. Ray Fadden, and his Six Nations Museum are likely better known among members of the Iroquois Confederacy, than by the general public. It’s a shame, for the true beginning of all Adirondack history start with the native people. Featuring a vast collection of wampum belts, tools and numerous other native American artifacts including a dugout canoe, the museum continues to carry on the legacy of Ray Fadden. It is one of the hidden Adirondack locations that you won’t want to miss.
Learn to fish for free
In a continuing effort to get people fishing, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo recently signed legislation that will expand the opportunities for the NYSDEC to host free fishing clinics across New York State. This governor gets it, he understands the value of outdoor recreation, and the importance of providing children and adults with the skills and knowledge to truly enjoy the local environment.
"Summer in New York is a fantastic time for families and individuals to take advantage of the numerous outdoor opportunities offered in each of our state's beautiful regions," Governor Cuomo said. "This new law will allow more New Yorkers to take advantage of free fishing clinics, so our young people and other outdoor enthusiasts can get learn to fish without having to purchase a license. Fishing is both a fun, outdoor activity, and an economic generator for communities across the state. I thank the bill sponsors for their leadership in helping this bill become law."
The initiative will allow more New Yorkers to experience fishing for the first time by increasing the number of free clinics that can be held throughout the state. The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) conducts these fishing clinics to introduce individuals and families to recreational angling. Participants are not required to have a fishing license in order to attend these clinics. Under previous law, only four free sport fishing clinics could be held annually in each of DEC's nine regions and DEC employees were required to provide at least part of the instruction at the events.
The new law will permit DEC to hold more clinics, and it will also allow fish and game clubs and other groups to conduct fishing clinics with DEC authorization. By allowing additional free sport fishing clinics, the law is designed to promote participation in recreational angling across New York State. Many local sporting federations and recreational groups run similar fishing clinics and enabling these groups to administer free clinics with DEC guidelines will benefit all New Yorkers who may be interested in fishing and enjoying the outdoors.
Joe Hackett is a guide and sportsman residing in Ray Brook. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.