Adirondack Explorer

Adirondack Explorer January/February 2020

Seven issues a year devoted to the enjoyment and protection of the Adirondack Park. In-depth writing and vivid photography bring the Adirondacks to life in tales of recreational adventure, coverage of environmental and policy issues and exploration of the communities that make up this unique six-million acre park.

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5 min
more rails considered for recreation

Two connected railroad corridors, long mired in uncertainty, inched closer to a potentially recreational future in the past two months. In October, New York State reached an agreement with Saratoga & North Creek Railway (owned by Iowa Pacific Holdings of Chicago) seeking a “voluntary abandonment” designation of the line that runs from North Creek to the old Tahawus Mine in Newcomb. Then in November, the Warren County Public Works Committee voted 9-2 to begin the abandonment process for the 40-mile stretch of tracks the county owns from North Creek south to Hadley. Warren County also owns the land beneath the tracks. The voluntary abandonment, which has to be approved by the federal Surface Transportation Board (a process that takes about six months), frees the state, counties and municipalities involved to explore other uses…

2 min
diversity director to focus on inclusion

The Adirondack North Country Association in November announced Nicole Hylton-Patterson’s hiring as Adirondack Diversity Initiative director. Hylton-Patterson arrived at her Saranac Lake office Dec. 2, moving north from Westchester County and a job as acting director of Manhattanville College’s social justice center. The Adirondack position was created with approval of $250,000 from New York State’s Environmental Protection Fund. A 2018 study by the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism found that about 94 percent of Adirondack Park visitors were white. The program is meant to create a welcoming atmosphere for all. Born in Jamaica into abject poverty, Hylton-Patterson did not sleep on a mattress until she was 10 years old. Her father died when she was young because the family couldn’t afford the insulin he needed to live. Because of the difficulties she has…

2 min
brief bio: racey henderson

Age: 41. Birthplace: Boston. Residence: Reber Rock Farm, Essex. Occupation: Mother of 2-year-old Lovett and 4-year-old Lewis. Farmer, farmer advocate and international humanitarian consultant. Accomplishments: Surviving the sleeplessness, worry and intensity of small children. Three years of Peace Corps in Mauritania. Cofounder and owner of two small businesses (Reber Rock Farm and Ndara). Favorite hike: Our family and friends do the South Boquet CATS trail in Essex every year for our son’s birthday (he’s 4). It’s perfect for a gaggle of under-10s and a great place to sit and eat a birthday treat at the top. Sage’s Folly in the AMR, just west of the Upper Ausable Lake, is a close second. It’s more challenging for kids, but doable and gives a great feeling of accomplishment once at the top (although I wished you still…

9 min
branching out

Every Wednesday morning around 6:30, a refrigerated van from the Adirondacks stops at the corner of 135th Street and Riverside Drive in Harlem, where its contents—a week’s supply of fresh food from Essex Farm for 40-50 households in Manhattan and Brooklyn—are transferred into two more vans, one headed for each borough. The Adirondack vehicle, having traveled down the Northway and Thruway through the night, returns to The Hub on the Hill in Essex, a nonprofit local foods promoter that recently added delivery to the list of services it offers local farmers to help them get products to market. MORE PHOTOS Essex County’s farming revival of the last decade or so, which primarily fed regional markets at first, is increasingly supported by sales in urban markets elsewhere in the state—often in New York City.…

7 min
‘crossroads’ for tupper?

A Connecticut multimillionaire who uses a seaplane to reach his remote waterfront property in Tupper Lake is seeking to seize control of the insolvent Adirondack Club and Resort project. In one of the biggest foreclosure actions in the history of the Adirondacks, Stanley Hutton Rumbough moved to capture the project site, which borders his 25-acre lakeside compound. If successful, he would wrest a giant undeveloped landscape from the development team that has failed to build the massive project even after gaining Adirondack Park Agency approval. The legal maneuver could result in propelling the dormant development forward, perhaps even clarifying the future of the shuttered Big Tupper Ski Area that has been planned as a feature of the resort. Some Adirondack conservationists hope it will also result in a change of plans to reduce…

12 min
a lake in crisis

A few billion years ago, cyanobacteria were creators. The colorful bacteria produced much of the planet’s early oxygen. Now, they are increasingly known as something else—destroyers. PREVIOUS COVERAGE In lakes around the world and close to home, the tiny floating cells threaten public health and property values. That’s because toxic outbreaks or “blooms” of cyanobacteria, often mistaken for and even called algae, are getting worse. In Ohio, residents of Toledo couldn’t drink their water for several days in 2014, because it was drawn from a bacteria-filled Lake Erie. In New Jersey, bacteria blooms closed beaches around the state’s largest lake last summer. New York has put a dozen lakes on a cyanobacteria watch list, including several of the Finger Lakes and two Adirondack lakes. The first local lake, Lake George—assiduously guarded for decades by strict environmental…