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News and events around the Lake Champlain Valley of northern New York and Vermont and southern Quebec

Fort Ticonderoga Buys Carillon Cruise Boat, Will Offer Water Tours This Spring

Fort Ticonderoga Buys Carillon Cruise Boat

Waterway tours to begin in spring 2015

Fort Ticonderoga announced last week that it purchased the ‘Carillon’ cruise boat. The Carillon had been based across Lake Champlain in Shoreham, Vermont, and is a replica of a 1920’s cruise boat, typical of thre style found in the Thousand Islands. The 60 foot luxury vessel was previously owned by Paul and Rene Sanger, who operated the boat from a dock in Shoreham. They offered scenic and educational tours of southern Lake Champlain highlighting the history, beauty, and nature of Lake Champlain. Fort Ticonderoga plans to complete ownership this spring and plans to provide waterway tours of Lake Chaplain during the 2015 season.

Fort Ticonderoga Buys Carillon Cruise Boat, Will Offer Water Tours This Spring

Fort Ticonderoga Buys Carillon Cruise Boat

“We are extremely pleased to acquire this iconic vessel. My wife and I were privileged to be guests of Captain Paul Saenger and his wife Rene, the Carillon’s prior owners, on Captain Paul’s last Carillon cruise prior to his passing. Captain Paul clearly wanted the boat to stay in the southern part of Lake Champlain, and we at Fort Ticonderoga are exceedingly pleased that we will fulfill that wish while greatly enhancing the Fort Ticonderoga experience.”Sanford W. Morhouse, Fort Ticonderoga Chairman of the Board. 

Fort Ticonderoga began a major waterway recreation and transportation initiative that is expected to continue over the next several years. The acquisition of the Carillon is a key part of those plans. Fort Ticonderoga also recently received a funding from the New York State Regional Economic Development grant awards to support the first phase of development in a waterway transportation and recreation system. Specifically, the funding will be used to construct a dock. Fort Ticonderoga continues to seek philanthropic support to fund the development of this waterway initiative and related educational programs.

 

Fort Ticonderoga Buys Carillon Cruise Boat, Will Offer Water Tours This Spring

Fort Ticonderoga

“Fort Ticonderoga is thrilled to have the opportunity to expand its cultural destination experience to the internationally significant waters of Lake Champlain. The lake is a tremendous asset for our region and with Fort Ticonderoga’s 2 miles of shoreline and story that is intricately linked to Lake Champlain, the development of a water experience is an obvious next step in our program development. Thanks in part to a New York Empire State Development grant and other generous supporters, Fort Ticonderoga’s waterway experience will expand our tourism demographic, increase the length of stay of our guests, connect our historic properties on both sides of Lake Champlain, and highlight Ticonderoga’s epic story in a new and exciting way. We are particularly enthusiastic about this project as it is directly linked with a Town of Ticonderoga priority to increase access and waterway experiences through tourism development.” ~ Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga, President and CEO

Fort Ticonderoga: America’s Fort

Located on Lake Champlain and nestled in the beautiful 6 million acre Adirondack Park, Fort Ticonderoga is an independent not-for-profit educational organization, historic site, museum and cultural destination whose mission is to ensure that present and future generations learn from the struggles, sacrifices, and victories that shaped the nations of North America and changed world history. Serving the public since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga engages nearly 70,000 visitors annually and is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Fort Ticonderoga’s history. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, Fort Ticonderoga offers programs, historic interpretation, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year and is open for daily visitation May 9 through November 1, 2015. The 2015 season will feature four new exhibitions, two new gardens in the King’s Garden, and the French story highlighting the year 1756. Visit www.FortTiconderoga.org for a full list of ongoing programs or call 518-585-2821.

America’s Fort is a registered trademark of the Fort Ticonderoga Association.

 

 

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Vermont’s 2nd Annual Statewide Free Ice Fishing Day

Vermont’s 2nd annual statewide Free Ice Fishing Day will take place Saturday, January 31, featuring an activity-filled ice fishing festival hosted by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and the Champlain Valley Hardwater Tournament Series (CVHTS).

Vermont’s 2nd Annual Statewide Free Ice Fishing Day

Vermont’s Free Ice Fishing Day allows residents and non-residents to ice fish anywhere in Vermont without a fishing license on that day.

“Ice fishing is a fun way for people of all ages to get outside and enjoy Vermont’s natural resources during the winter months. It’s also a great family activity and we hope that the public will take advantage of this opportunity to try out the world-class ice fishing that Vermont has to offer.” ~ Louis Porter, commissioner of Vermont Fish & Wildlife.

The ice fishing festival will be held at the Malletts Bay Fishing Access Area on Lake Champlain in Colchester – is free of charge and open to the public. The event begins with registration and giveaways at 1 p.m and will feature a variety of activities including knot-tying demonstrations, an underwater fish-viewing station and a fish filleting and frying booth.

Vermont’s 2nd Annual Statewide Free Ice Fishing DayAttendees will be also beable to watch the CVHTS weigh-in at 2 p.m., and later fish with CVHTS professional anglers who will stick around to share their skills and knowledge of ice fishing.

Warming huts and snacks will be available to keep people comfortable, and there will be ice fishing equipment giveaways to the kids in attendance, while supplies last. Information will also be provided on ice fishing tips and tactics, ice safety, fish identification and fish habitat.

“This festival is a great event for anyone interested in ice fishing, including individuals and families who might want to participate in the sport for the first time. Aside from fishing, it’s also a wonderful chance to get outside, have a cookout, play games and simply enjoy quality time with kids.” ~ Bernie Pientka, fisheries biologist with Vermont Fish & Wildlife.

“The neat thing about ice fishing is just about anyone can do it and you’re not limited to the shore as can be the case with open water fishing,” added Jud Kratzer, fisheries biologist with Vermont Fish & Wildlife. “Furthermore, freshly harvested, tasty Vermont fish is hard to beat. We hope that folks will enjoy the free fishing day all over the state and that many will join us at the festival to celebrate ice fishing in Vermont.”

To learn more about ice fishing in Vermont, visit http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com/fish_icefishing.cfm.

To preregister for the ice fishing festival, go to http://tinyurl.com/2015IceFishingFestival. For additional information about the event, please contact Nicole Corrao with Vermont Fish & Wildlife by calling 802-318-1347 or emailing nicole.corrao@state.vt.us.


 

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$1.5 Million USDA Funding to Improve Water Quality for New York State

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $1.5 Million USDA Funding to Improve Water Quality in Greater Adirondack Conservation Projects

Funding Will Support Projects to Improve Water Quality and Soil Health for the Upper Hudson River, St. Lawrence River, Black River, and Lake Champlain Watershed

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced last week that $1.5 million in federal funding has been awarded for Greater Adirondacks agricultural conservation projects. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) to be used for improving water quality, soil health, and resolve habitat issues in and around the Upper Hudson River, St. Lawrence River, Black River and Lake Champlain Watershed. The award is part of four grants totaling $30.5 million awarded across New York State, aimed at protecting and supporting wildlife and the environment, as well as improving our water quality.

 

$1.5 Million USDA Funding to Improve Water Quality for New York State

“The Upper Hudson River, St. Lawrence River, Black River and Lake Champlain Watersheds are all critical resources for citizens, farmers and landowners throughout the Adirondack region and the tourists who come from all over the state and country to visit the Adirondacks. These federal funds will go a long way toward ensuring conservation efforts are effective and prepared to handle whatever is on the horizon. I am pleased the USDA has awarded these funds so these Greater Adirondack watersheds can continue to be centers for recreation, tourism and economic development for generations to come.” ~ Senator Charles Schumer

 

$1.5 Million USDA Funding to Improve Water Quality for New York State

Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer

“The Upper Hudson River, St. Lawrence River, Black River and Lake Champlain Watershed are natural resources and key economic anchors in upstate New YorkThis critical funding is an important step in the right direction as we work to protect these watersheds and improve soil and water quality. I will continue to push for these types of investments that support New York farmers, foresters, and businesses and will work to ensure the Upper Hudson River, St. Lawrence River, Black River and Lake Champlain Watershed remain healthy recreational and economic landmarks for our families.” ~ Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Under this new USDA program, resources are provided to farmers, non-industrial forest land owners, and producers for conservation planning and education. The goals of the program include reducing sediment, bacterial and nutrient loading into surface waters and recovering habitat within the selected areas.

The Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) promotes coordination between the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and its partners to provide federal assistance to farmers and landowners. Regions must apply in order to be eligible partners in the program and access federal funding. The program was authorized under the latest Farm Bill.

 

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Vermont NRCS Conservation Funding Focused on Most Impaired Watersheds

Vermont NRCS Conservation Funding : EQIP Funds to Most Impaired Watersheds

 

Vermont NRCS Conservation Funding Focused on Most Impaired Watersheds

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack with Vermont US Senator Patrick Leahy and Vermont Secretary of Agricluture Chuck Ross announcing $45 million in Lake Champlain cleanup funds August 28, 2014.
(Photo by Taylor Dobbs, VPR) 

The Lake Champlain Basin will benefit from $45 million dollars of conservation funding through the Environmental Quality Incentives Programs (EQIP) over the next 5 years. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack announced last August that in 2015, the NRCS will be implementing over $8 million dollars in conservation practices. 60% of the money available for 2015 will be targeted for the most heavily impaired watersheds, including: the South Lake, St. Albans Bay, and Missisquoi Bay. The remaining 40% will fund projects in other areas of the Lake Champlain watershed.

 

“We’ve found at USDA that voluntary conservation is particularly effective with agricultural interests.” ~ Tom Vilsack, United States Secretary of Agriculture

Vermont NRCS Conservation Funding Focused on Most Impaired Watersheds

Aerial Photographs Capture Sediment Loading to Lake Champlain

 

Funding Priorities Encourage Voluntary Conservation

In all areas, priority for funding  will be given to agronomic practices that reduce soil and phosphorus losses, followed by improvements to manure storage and handling on farmsteads. Manure Injection is again included as a practice eligible for funding in Vermont. Farmers in the Lake Champlain Basin will also be allowed an option to receive five years of payments, instead of the usual three years, for specific agronomic practices that include: Cover Crops, Nutrient Management, Conservation Crop Rotation, Prescribed Grazing, Feed Management, and Residue Management.

Vermont NRCS Conservation Funding Focused on Most Impaired WatershedsProducers who are interested in funding to support conservation improvements on their farm are encouraged to contact their local NRCS office.

 

Information based on release from:

Vicky Drew, State Conservationist, USDA NRCS, 356 Mountain View Drive, Suite 105, Colchester, VT 05446, (802 )951-6796, Ext. 242

 

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Imperial Dam Modifications to Improve Fish Habitat

Imperial Dam Modifications

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is taking public comments on plans to modify a dam on the Saranac River a few miles upstream from Lake Champlain.

Imperial Dam Modifications to Improve Fish Habitat

Imperial Dam behind the Plattsburgh High School

The proposal for the Imperial Dam in Plattsburgh calls for decreasing the height of the spillway by 8-½ feet and building a concrete fish ladder to allow salmon and trout to swim nine miles upstream to spawn.

Anglers and conservationists have asked that the dam to be removed or modified for years, saying that it serves no purpose and is a barrier to spawning fish. Derrick Miller, President of the Lake Champlain Chapter of Trout Unlimited, says the dam proposal is great news.

The Saranac River is also part of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail.

A public information meeting is planned Wednesday evening at Plattsburgh Town Hall.

 

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‘The Field Guide to Lake Monsters, Sea Serpents, and Other Mystery Denizens of the Deep’ is a casebook and field guide to the world’s mysterious sea creatures offers insight into pop culture and scientific beliefs, as well as advice on how to investigate such phenomena firsthand.