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DEC Adirondack Outdoor Recreation Bulletin – September 5, 2019

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DEC Adirondack Outdoor Recreation Bulletin

September 5, 2019

Have a safe and enjoyable outdoor recreational experience on the lands and waters of the Adirondacks. Properly plan and prepare for your outdoor adventure. Minimize the impact on the mountains and forests, rivers and brooks, ponds and lakes, and the wildlife of the Adirondacks.

Check the Backcountry Information for the Adirondacks [ http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7865.html ] web pages for more detailed information on access, outdoor recreation infrastructure, and conditions for those planning to recreate in the Adirondacks. This bulletin provides only the most recent notices.

*Emergency Situations:* If you get lost or injured, keep calm and stay put. If you have cell service, *call 911* or the DEC Forest Ranger Emergency Dispatch, *518-891-0235*.

Check mountain weather conditions [ http://www.weather.gov/btv/mountain ] before heading out this weekend.

*Packing the proper gear for a hike* is very important, and you should be prepared to encounter all conditions. See our recommended packing list and safety tips [ http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28708.html ]. Watch DEC’s HikeSmartNY [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85YPOp4tuUA&t=9s ] video for more.

*Bear Advisory:* While preparing for your camping or hiking trip, check area notices for active bear advisories. If there are active bears present where you are planning to go, either choose an alternative trip or thoroughly educate yourself on proper food storage, disposal of food waste, andwhat to do if you happen to encounter a bear. Learn more about avoiding nuisance bears [ http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/6995.html ].

*Parking restrictions along Route 73:* Be safe, enjoy your hike, and avoid a parking ticket [ http://www.dec.ny.gov/press/117106.html ]. Do not park on the shoulders of State Route 73 in the four-mile section of 73 between Chapel Pond and the Rooster Comb Trailhead. Parking is allowed at trailheads and other designated pull-offs. Hikers planning to use the AMR parking lots and hike any of the nearby trails should identify alternate hikes before arriving as the lots fill quickly.

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