We are a group of college students at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry who are going to be trying something new in our writing class. Environmental awareness is something we would like to spread, so we are going to be publishing weekly installations about the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. We will be posting pictures and writing about some of the problems that the Park faces today.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Element 5: Recreation in the Adirondacks

How to Pack for a Winter Hike:
For our final element we made a short video highlighting some things you should know for going on a winter backpacking trip. It was the first time we did any video editing and it was shot with a cell phone, so bear with us on this one folks.

We're also asking participants to tweet their favorite picture of time that they've spent in the Adirondacks. Tweet the pictures using #nifkin #blueline and we'll make a storify of everyone's pictures on Thursday. Remember to say where in the ADK your pictures are from!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Element 4: Private and Public Land

This week we will be talking about the public and private land in the Adirondack park.  We have set up a informational document to let you know about some of the different land classifications and divisions.  In addition to the info document, we have  a document composed of questions that are open to discussion. Feel free to leave a response!

Here is the link to the informational document : Private vs Public Land Information

And here is the open discussion:Private vs Public Land Open Discussion

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Element 3: The Cranberry Lake Adventure

Our third element is about Alex and Josh's trip to the Adirondacks over spring break. We've included a few pictures from the trip so you can see what it was like. In addition we wrote a narrative of the trip that can be read here: Hiking the Cranberry Lake 50

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Element 2: Acid Rain in the Adirondacks

  Jeopardy: Adirondack Edition

Hey everyone! It's time for our second installment on the Adirondacks. For this element we have decided to talk about a big problem that the Adirondacks has faced for a long time. This issue is acid rain. You can find some useful information about the disastrous affects that acid rain has had on the lakes and forests of the Adirondacks on our Google Doc: Acid Rain in the Adirondacks 

After you've read about the harmful affects of acid rain, feel free to play our new game this week, Jeopardy: Adirondack Edition!     

If you read the Google Doc or play Jeopardy leave a comment with your name and where you're from.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Element 1: Adirondack History

Hey everyone! This is the first of five installments that we'll be posting on the blog about the Adirondacks. For those of you that aren't as familiar with the Adirondack region, we've decided to have our first element be a history of the region, with a particular focus on the history of the Adirondack Park. You can find some valuable information about everything from when the Park was first started to the current management and recreational uses available in the Park today on our Google Doc:
Adirondack History

After you've brushed up on your history, feel free to play our game, Who Wants to be a Millionaire: Adirondack Edition! (After clicking the link below, hit the present button in the top right hand corner to start the game.)
Who Wants to be a Millionaire: Adirondack Edition

Friday, March 21, 2014

Hike Update

Well, spring break is over.  The hike was cut short due to some pulled leg muscles.  Our travel was slowed considerably, and with bad weather on the way, we decided to play it safe and head home.  The last thing that we wanted to do was get stuck out in the woods in a blizzard.  We did say out for one night and hiked about 15 miles.  This just goes to show that even the best plans can change unexpectedly.  We took quite a few pictures and still were able to have a good time.  Maybe we will try again in warmer weather.