Notes from the North Woods


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Spring is in the air, and so are the birds, thousands of them in every size, shape color and song. more

Mar 30, 2016 3:30 PM Community Columnists

As I begin my 40th season as an outdoor professional, I’ve come to recognize how fortunate I’ve been. Although I’ve had to deal with variety of natural and man made challenges over the years, I’ve never questioned my choice of occupations. more

Mar 23, 2016 6:00 AM Community Columnists


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Although the Adirondack region is well known for it’s soaring mountain peaks, clear, quiet lakes, and vast wild forests, it is easy to overlook one of the region’s most dynamic and captivating natural resource; our incredible waterfalls. more

Mar 16, 2016 6:00 AM Community Columnists


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For millenniums, prior to the arrival of Europeans, their annual spawning runs filled the Connecticut, Penobscot and a variety of other rivers on the Northeast coast with millions of fish. more

Mar 2, 2016 6:00 AM Community Columnists


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The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department recently announced four new all-time state record fish taken during 2015. more

Feb 24, 2016 6:00 AM Community Columnists


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The ‘barkeaters’ that originally ranged across the Adirondack region likely consumed tree bark for purposes of sustenance rather than as medicine. more

Feb 17, 2016 6:00 AM Community Columnists


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With a rash of Presidential wannabes waxing words on the television every evening, it may be time to consider credentials that should be required of anyone seeking to serve as the President of the United States of America. more

Feb 10, 2016 12:30 PM Community Columnists


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In recent years, the health benefits of spending time in the outdoors have been well documented. more

Feb 3, 2016 6:00 AM Community Columnists


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Memories are often cued by the physical environment. more

Jan 27, 2016 6:00 AM Community Columnists


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Looking back through the through the eyes of age, I’m often reminded of just how lucky I was to have to have survived my younger days. more

Jan 20, 2016 6:00 AM Community Columnists

As the ice fishing season finally gets underway, it may be an appropriate time to unveil the results of recent surveys that examined participation patterns and demographics surrounding outdoor recreation. more

Jan 13, 2016 6:00 AM Community Columnists

The season’s first ‘utilitarian snow finally arrived in the North Country, just in time for the New Year’s celebration. more

Jan 6, 2016 6:00 AM Community Columnists

As a youngster, the local woods and waters were my primary playground, and a Daisy Red Rider BB rifle was my constant companion. I took that old gun everywhere, and I used it for plinking’ tin cans, frogs, and red squirrels. more

Dec 30, 2015 12:00 PM Community Columnists 1 Comments

It appears weather forecasters were correct in their predictions for the coming winter season, which call for above average temperatures and below average snowfall. more

Dec 16, 2015 6:00 AM Community Columnists


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It appears the good old days of thick ice and deep snows that were deep enough to ‘slow a buffalo’ have gradually become nothing more than quaint memories, especially across the Northeast. more

Dec 9, 2015 12:00 PM Community Columnists 1 Comments


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I’m old enough to remember the days when open pit dumps were still considered a natural tourist attraction in many Adirondack communities. more

Dec 2, 2015 12:00 PM Community Columnists


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There is no doubt the current generation of NYS Forest Rangers and Environmental Conservation Officers are consummate professionals, as evidenced by their valuable service during the recent Clinton Correctional Prison break. more

Nov 4, 2015 12:05 PM Community Columnists


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With the annual, Big Game Hunting Season currently underway; it is a good time to review a few of the obvious, common sense precautions that should be practiced by both hunters, and all other woods wanderers at this time of year. more

Oct 28, 2015 6:00 AM Community Columnists


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As the first snow of season continues to dusts the High Peaks, Autumn has taken full command of the land. I always enjoy getting out at this time of year to take in the season’s cool, breezy winds, which come tainted with a heady mix of decaying leav more

Oct 21, 2015 12:09 PM Community Columnists


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It happens every year, just as the annual Big Game Hunting season is set to open. It’s as reliable as clockwork. It starts about a week before Opening Day. more

Oct 14, 2015 12:05 PM Community Columnists

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