October 13, 2013

Outdoors Briefs: Oct. 13, 2013


---- — Randorf, CATS, Davis honored by Adirondack Wild

WHALLONSBURG — Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve presented its highest honor, the Paul Schaefer Wilderness Award, to Gary Randorf for a lifetime of achievement in protecting and educating the world about the wild Adirondack Park.

The award was presented in absentia to Randorf’s close friends at a ceremony during the organization’s Annual Meeting at The Grange in Whallonsburg Oct. 5. Randorf now lives in North Carolina, but used to live in Essex.

In addition, Adirondack Wild presented its Wild Stewardship Award to Champlain Area Trails (CATS), headquartered in Westport, for that organization’s effectiveness in creating and stewarding trails in the Champlain Valley to link communities and ecosystems. Chris Maron, executive director and Katharine Preston, board chair, accepted the award.

John Davis — a resident of Essex and former conservation director for the Adirondack Council, former staff for the Foundation for Deep Ecology, former editor of Wild Earth, and land manager with the Eddy Foundation — also received the organization’s Wild Stewardship Award.


Forestry Workshop slated for Oct. 15

PAUL SMITHS — The Adirondack Research Consortium has announced that the 2013 Forestry Workshop will be held at Paul Smith’s College from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 15.

According to a press release, the purpose of the workshop is to promote an understanding of current forest practice issues on privately owned and managed land in the Adirondacks, consider how their ownership, condition and management practices have evolved over the past 30 years and what law and policy recommendations would enhance forest practices and forest health in the future.

To register or for more information on the event, go to or call the consortium’s office at 327-6276.


Rod and Gun Club schedules Top Shot match, Open House

PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh Rod and Gun Club will be hosting an Open House and Top Shot match at its indoor range on Route 9 at 5:50 p.m. Oct. 22.

Events will include archery, air pistol, air rifle, sling shot, running boar, and zombie targets. Cost is $5 per person, and the club will provide all equipment.

For more information about the club or event, call Peter at 298-7776.

Laurentian Mountain Club to hold outing to Debar Mountain

The Laurentian Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club is offering an outing to Debar Mountain Oct. 19.

Named after Quebec native John Debar, renowned hunter and 19th-century guide, the outing will start from Meacham Lake state campground through forest and past kettle holes at gentle slopes, except for the final half-mile, which is quite steep. The route is 7.4 miles, with more than 1,600 feet of climb; a press release lists the climb as “strenuous” with “great views to the west.”

For more information, contact David Trithart (315) 265-8117 or

All chapter outings are free and open to the public and range in level from “easy” to “very strenuous.” In order to learn the details of a given outing, it is necessary to contact the trip leader before the trip. Leaders are happy to discuss particular needs for their specific trips. Also, information on these outings can be found at