2017 May 20

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Albany Pine Bush
Appropiate Roads
Bulldozing the Albany Pine Bush
Silver Hill State Forest
The Woods

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Good evening! Sitting out back under the reading lamp that I bought last month. It’s such a brilliant white light for being just USB powered. Clear and 55 degrees in Delmar. There is a north breeze at 7 mph. A bit chilly this evening with the breeze but it’s not bad for May. It would probably be rather chilly up north for sure. I’m sure I would have gone camping if not for the Lupine Festival. That’s the one big thing I do for Save the Pine Bush every year. 

Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low of 45 degrees at 4am. Four degrees below normal. North wind 3 to 7 mph. A bit chilly but not unreasonably cold. Still I’m going to close the windows upstairs.  In 2016, it got down to 45 degrees with rain and patches of fog and cloudy skies. The record low of 32 occurred back in 1949.

Waning Crescent Moon tonight with 34% illuminated. The moon will rise around 1:34 am. The New Moon is on Thursday night with showers is likely expected. The Full “Strawberry” Moon is on Friday, June 9th. The sun will rise at 5:27 am with the first light at 4:54 am, which is 52 seconds earlier than yesterday. Tonight will have 9 hours and 9 minutes of darkness, a decrease of one minute and 48 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will be mostly sunny, with a high of 70 degrees at 3pm. One degree below normal. Light east wind becoming south 6 to 11 mph in the morning. Nice day for the Save the Pine Bush hike. A year ago, we had rain, patches of fog, cloudy skies and a high of 69 degrees. The record high of 92 was set in 1941. There was a dusting of snow in 1895.

In four weeks on June 17 the sun will be setting at 8:36 pm, which is 19 minutes and 23 seconds later then tonight. Almost the latest sunset of the year. In 2016 on that day, we had mostly sunny skies and temperatures between 81 and 56 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 79 and 57 degrees. The record high of 94 degrees was set back in 1994.

Looking ahead, 15 Hours of Daylight is Next Saturday, 50th Gas Up in Gallupville is in 3 weeks, Eat Your Vegatables Day is in 4 weeks, Latest Sunset of Year (8:37 PM) is in 5 weeks, July 1st is in 6 weeks, Cow Apprechiation Day (Moo?) is in 8 weeks, Ugly Truck Day is in 2 months, Hottest Time of Year Ends (83 Average) in 9 weeks, National Lasagna Day is in 10 weeks, Last Sunset After 8 PM is in 12 weeks, National Dog Day is in 14 weeks, Lowville Cream Cheese Festival is in 17 weeks, Beaver Moon is in 24 weeks and Inaugeration Day 2021 is in 43 months.

The lupine festival was good, maybe a bit busy but I got to talk to a lot of people. I’m not the most outgoing person but I got the job done. Hopefully we will recruit some people to our Wildflower Hike tomorrow and our upcoming dinners. I was super pissed about the lack of recycling bins at the festival. Government hates being green or recycling because most government officials aren’t very bright. I just hate seeing all those cans and paper going to the soon to be closed landfill down the street. What do they care, the landfill pours millions into their budget every year. I got a bit sun burnt and would have preferred to go camping but so be it. That’s for next week. 

In parts of the Pine Bush the lupine are really flowing but other parts not so much. I didn’t see any Karner Blue but there were definitely a lot of butterflies and wildlife around. I took a bunch of pictures and made some videos from my hike in the evening at Blueberry Hill. Didn’t see another soul up there but there was still the constant drone of passing automobiles on the expressways and local roads. Birds had to compete with the noise of suburbanites mowing their lawns. If I ever own a home, I’m skipping the big lawn thing. Lawns are good pastures for livestock in my book or for that matter just let the land grow back to wilderness. Then you can burn the wood. I think burning ones lawn like they do in the Midwest with prairie grasses seem pretty neat. 

Next week it will be second night camping. A lot of people in my neighborhood tonight have camp fires, including a big one at the farm down the road. Wouldn’t be a bad night but cool up north. The forecast now looks pretty good for the whole long weekend, almost tempting me to go to Moose River but I think I’ll hold off in favor of the Green Mountains. Moose will be good for Independence Day Weekend.  This will probably be the only time I go to Vermont this year. The following weeks will likely be Schoharie County or Brookfield or maybe Pisceo Powley Road. I want to do more camping although after Memorial Day Weekend, I need to do an oil change or take it somewhere and pay to have it done. Probably the later as it will not cost me that much more to have done professionally. 

Weather otherwise looks stormy during the work week and somewhat cool, but what do I care if I have to be in the office all week. I guess there won’t be much walking down to the park or sitting out back this week. Oh, well. 

It’s getting late. I should get some sleep. Good night! 

Acres of Developed Land in Northeastern States

Estimates presented here are based upon the latest information from the National Resources Inventory (NRI). The NRI is a longitudinal sample survey based upon scientific statistical principles and procedures. It is conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), in cooperation with Iowa State University’s Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology. These results are based upon the 2007 NRI, which provides nationally consistent data for the 25-year period 1982–2007. Estimates here cover the contiguous 48 states. Separate estimates include Hawaii, Alaska, and the Caribbean.

Data Source: 2007 National Development Resources Inventory, National Resource Conservation Service. https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/national/cntsc/?cid=stelprdb1083373

Map: Silver Hill State Forest

Map: Silver Hill State Forest

Silver Hill State Forest is composed of 783 acres located in the town of Russell in southwestern St. Lawrence County.


There are currently no developed trails on this state forest. The property does provide large undeveloped areas well suited for hunting, hiking, and nature viewing.

Camping - There are two designated campsites located on the Silver Hill and McCarthy Roads. Backcountry camping is allowed. Camping for more than three nights or in a group of ten or more requires a permit from a Forest Ranger. Camping is prohibited at any location within 150 feet from water, roads or trails, unless specifically marked as a campsite.

Hunting and trapping are permitted on the property in accordance with all game regulations, unless otherwise posted. Fishing is allowed on Plum Brook.

Geo-caching is allowed although caches must be marked with the owner's contact information and may not be placed in dangerous or ecologically sensitive locations.

Field Notes

The topography is variable with upland areas supporting a mixture of northern hardwood, hemlock, and white pine forests. Pine and spruce plantations were established on what were formerly farm fields and pastures. Flatter ground supports open wetlands and shrub swamps, which gradually transition to swamp hardwoods and white cedar in seasonal flooded areas.

Beautiful Plumb Brook flows through the center of this state forest. It provides many scenic waterfalls, pools, and riffle areas which are well suited for both fishing and nature photography.
A river running through Silver Hill State Forest.
Driving Directions

This forest can be accessed from the Cook, Curtis, Lawrence, McCarthy, and Silver Hill Roads in the town of Russell.


TZ Bridge deck panels to be reused

"The 61-year-old Tappan Zee Bridge, scheduled for demolition this summer, is going to live on in Orange County.

In a new twist on reuse-reduce-recycle, the county has asked the New York State Thruway Authority for 14 of the 150 prefabricated deck panels that will be salvaged from the bridge before it is dismantled.

“We have one bridge – the Corwin Bridge - already in design to accept the panels,″ said Chris Viebrock, the county’s public works commissioner.

The bridge, which carries County Route 11 (Mount Hope Road) over the Shawangunk Kill in the Town of Mount Hope, is getting an estimated $690,000 makeover. The panels will shorten the construction timetable and shave the cost.

Viebrock, praising the Thruway for making the panels available, said he is also evaluating the feasibility of using them on three other bridges as well as two crossings on the new extension of the Heritage Trail between Goshen and Middletown."