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Invasives, electric motors and great photos

October 19, 2011
By MIKE LYNCH, News Outdoors Writer
The Northern Forest Canoe Trail organization based in Waitsfield, Vt. is looking for input from the public as it drafts guidelines for combating invasive species along the 740-mile canoe route from Old Forge to Fort Kent, Maine.

“It is extremely important that we come together as a paddling community to manage aquatic invasives,” trail director Walter Opuszynski said in a press release.

NFCT is working with land and water resource managers, aquatic invasive experts and the paddling community to identify simple, effective steps paddlers can take to do their part to prevent the spread of aquatic invasives. These steps will result in signage placed at areas where paddlers make land-to-water transitions.

Opuzynski said there are 39 transition points that his organization is evaluating as potential places to put signage. The public is being asked to help develop a clear paddler-specific message explaining how to effectively prevent the spread of invasive species.

“This is all about being effective stewards of the trail and the lakes, rivers and streams of our region,” Opuszynski said. “As more people head out for a day of paddling we need to take care that we help keep these amazing resources available for the next generation.”

This project is being funded through a Lake Champlain Basin Program grant that has allowed NFCT to hire Landslide Natural Resource Planning. The organization will facilitate a process that will allow all stakeholders to be involved and heard. If you would like to participate in this process by giving feedback through a survey or by serving in a work group, contact Amy Sheldon at or 802-388-9278.


13th Lake for electric motors only

The state Department of Environmental Conservation adopted a regulation on Wednesday that will prohibit all motor boats on Thirteenth Lake, except those powered by electric motors.

The regulation becomes effective on Jan. 1.

DEC announced it was proposing the regulation in late May when the rules were opened to public comment.

Thirteenth Lake lies in the northeastern portion of the Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area in the town of Johnsburg in Warren County. The lakeshore is predominately state-owned lands classified as wilderness. Some privately owned parcels adjoin the lake.

During the development of the unit management plan for the Siamese Ponds wilderness area, DEC received numerous comments from private homeowners on the lake and from other users requesting that motorboats be prohibited on Thirteenth Lake due to noise, air pollution and water pollution issues, according to the DEC. In response to these concerns, the Siamese Ponds Unit Management Plan calls for limiting motorized boating on the lake to electric motors only. This regulation implements that directive.

The use of electric motors will allow anglers to troll for trout and people with mobility disabilities to access the lake and adjoining wilderness lands.


Parks photo contest

The state’s Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and state DEC are holding a camping photo contest to highlight the best of New York’s great outdoors.

The contest runs through Nov. 30, with prizes that include a week-long stay at any state-owned campground with weekend stays for top runners-up. In addition, images will be used in statewide publications, on the web and highlighted through promotional campaigns.

“There is no better way to tell the story of New York’s environment than through photos of a special place,” said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens. “Our state campgrounds offer world-class outdoor recreation experiences to thousands of visitors each year and we’d like campers to share their memories to inspire all New Yorkers to take time to connect with nature.”

The six categories for the photo contest are: camping set-up, water sports, campfire, sunrise/sunset, seasons and nature.

Finalists will be determined by a process that includes top vote-getters through social media and a selection committee. Hosted through ReserveAmerica and Liveshare, additional information regarding contest rules, eligibility and prizes is available at

OPRHP operates 178 state parks including 65 campgrounds with 8,400 campsites, 750 cabins and 50 vacation rentals across 11 park regions. DEC operates 52 campgrounds in the Adirondack and Catskill regions of the state.

Article Photos

Mike Lynch/Lake Placid News
A canoe enters the takeout area on Fifth Lake in the town of Inlet, which is part of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. The paddlers in this photo are taking part in the Adirondack Canoe Classic held in September.



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