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Notes from the North Woods

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

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.

Joe Hackett is a guide and sportsman residing in Ray Brook. Contact him at brookside18@adelphia.net.

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