Patagonia Helps Protect Adirondack Waterways

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The Mountaineer, in partnership with Patagonia, Inc., announces a $10,000 donation to the Ausable River Association (AsRA). The funds will be put to work this summer reconnecting prime habitat for brook trout and reducing community flood risks by replacing a deteriorating culvert in the Town of Jay.

The site is on a tributary of Rocky Branch, an amazing natural stream system that descends from a designated wilderness area and supports an abundance of wildlife. Five genetically distinct native strains of brook trout have been identified in its waters. But in several locations where the stream meets rural roads, its clear waters are forced under those roads through 20-30” steel or plastic pipes. These undersized culverts degrade habitat and stream function, block connectivity for species diversity, and cause serious roadway flooding, cutting off access for residents. When the project is completed at summer’s end, flooding will be minimized and the stream will flow uninterrupted below the road with room for fish, turtles, amphibians, and small mammals to pass through.

“Protecting the clean waters of the Ausable River and its many small streams is a priority for Mountaineer employees,” said Vinny McClelland of the Mountaineer. “We’re excited to join with Patagonia to make a difference in our community by supporting fish-friendly, flood-resilient culverts like the one AsRA is building.”

Since 2014, the Ausable River Association and partners, including several town highway departments, The Nature Conservancy’s Adirondack Chapter, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, have replaced or retrofitted seven culverts in New York’s Lake Champlain Basin with climate-ready, fish-friendly designs. The new structures connect over 90 miles of river habitat.

“Fish-friendly, flood resilient culverts like this one make a big difference for people and for wildlife,” said AsRA’s Executive Director, Kelley Tucker who is coordinating the survey, design, and construction of the project. “Building a critter-friendly culvert that can manage a 100-year stream flow with room to spare takes many hands. AsRA relies on partnerships with local road crews, town officials, engineers, non-profit partners, and exceptional supporters like Patagonia and the

A culvert restoration on Otis Brook Left photo courtesy: Kelly Turner Right photo courtesy: Larry Masters

A culvert restoration on Otis Brook
Left photo courtesy: Kelly Turner
Right photo courtesy: Larry Masters


Fly Fishing Report 5/22/17


The Mountaineer’s Fly Fishing Report



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Date Posted: 05/22/2017

Average Air Temp: 65 Degrees

Average H20 Level: 600-700 CFS


Suggested Flies: Wooly Buggers(6-8), Muddler Minnow

(4-8), Soft Hackle Bead Heads(10-12), BWO Parachute (16-18), Adams Parachute (14-16), Olive Matuka (8-10), Hoppers (4-8)

Hatches of Interest: Caddis 14-16, Hendrickson’s 14-16, Blue Wing Olives 16-18

Average Water Temp: 55 Degrees

Notes: Rainy week ahead, keep an eye on water levels. Although, waters levels haven’t been fluctuating as dramatically this spring.

Fly Fishing Report 5/15/17


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Date Posted: 5/15/17

Average Air Temp: 70 Degrees

Average H20 Level:1100 CFS- running slightly cloudy


Suggested Flies: Articulated Streamers, Large Wooly Buggers(2-6), Muddler Minnow

(4-8), Soft Hackle Bead Heads(10-12)

Hatches of Interest: Some Caddis Flies and Stones

Average Water Temp: 52 Degrees

Notes: The river continues to improve with lower level waters and higher water temps.

2017 Garden Parking/Shuttle Schedule

Chuck Bruha hiking in the High Peaks

Chuck Bruha hiking in the High Peaks

Once again the Town of Keene will manage the Garden Parking Lot in Keene Valley in acordance with the Adopt a Resource Agreement with New York State Department of Conservation. The Town of Keene will also serve as operator of a public transportation system that will serve hikers and the general public.

This program was initiated in response to illegal and unsafe parking that prevailed. The parking fees pay for attendants on weekends, maintenance and winter snowplowing of the Garden, Rooster Comb and Roaring  Brook Parking Lots, portable toilets, information kiosks and donations of rescue equipment.

Commencing Friday, Mat 12th, a fee of $10.00 American (Candaian @$13.00) per calendar day, 12:01 AM Midnight to Midnight, will be assessed for parking at the Garden Lot . The daily fee will continue through the month of October. An attendant will be at the Garden Lot from 1:00 PM until 7:00 PM on Fridays and from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays during the period. Town Employees and DEC Rangers will monitor the lot during the week.

The shuttle will operate from the Southwest corner of Marcy Field, off Route 73, when the Garden Parking Lot is full, beginning with the two Holiday periods in May, from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM, as follows:
Victoria Day Weekend – May 20th, 21st & 22nd
Memorial Day Weekend- May 27th,28th& 29th

Shuttle operation will resume on Saturday, June 17th, operating on Saturday, Sundays and Holidays. Sunday, October 15th will be the last day of operation.

A fee of $10.00 American (Canadian @$13.00) will be changed per person for a rounds trip.

Thank you for the continued support of this project. We hope that reasonable management will ensure continued access the the High Peaks Wilderness.

-The Town of Keene
(Adopt a Natural Resource Manager for the NYSDEC)

Fly Fishing Report /5/1/2017


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Date Posted: 5/1/17

Average Air Temp: 65 Degrees

Average H20 Level: 1200 CFS- Running clear


Suggested Flies: Articulated Streamers, Large Wooly Buggers(2-6) and Muddler Minnow


Hatches of Interest: N/A

Average Water Temp: 45+ Degrees

Notes: N/A