When you visit www.ElkLakeLodge.com, you may notice a 30-second filmed piece put together by a group called "Informed." You'll also find a lengthier 5-minute film featuring many shots of our guests' experiences at Elk Lake - from land and air - with commentary by John and Margot Ernst, as well as Mike Sheridan. The longer piece, hosted by actor Rob Lowe, is scheduled to air on public television stations in New York City, Boston, Albany, and Philadelphia starting in May 2018 to coincide with our season opening.
Our purpose in doing the piece is not only to promote Elk Lake, but to spread awareness and understanding of the Adirondack Park. The film highlights the park's enormous size and wilderness treasures, and its place as a great conservation experiment. The park itself is bigger than the National Parks of Glacier, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, and Great Smokies combined. Its unique protection as a state park was established by Article Fourteen of the New York State constitution.
It's an important story and one we think is worth sharing.
Wildflowers on Elk Lake Trails
Ed Kanze wrote this piece for our newsletter about the abundant wildflowers found on our Adirondack Mountain trails. He provided many beautiful wildflower photos for our newsletter which are evidence of his photography skills. He is well known as a naturalist, author, and Adirondack guide. Ed's recent books include: In the Wild Wild East and Over the Mountain and Home Again which are excellent reading. His guiding work is devoted to introducing visitors and locals alike to the flora, fauna, geology, prehistory, and history of the Adirondack Mountains and the Adirondack Park. Contact: www.edkanze.com
Trail to Richard's Fen
One of the Ernst family favorites is Richard's Fen. It is named after Richard Ernst who purchased the property in the 1960's. It is said that he tore off pieces of a pink shirt he had to mark a trail to it. The fen has primarily ground surface water fed by springs and meandering streams. Such wetlands were formed by glaciers 13,000 years ago, where it now hosts beaver, moose, trout, and other wildlife. It is a peaceful spot where one can pause on a bench at the edge surrounded by wild cranberry and acres of grasses which sway in even the slightest breeze.
The 45 miles of private trails in the Elk Lake preserve cover a variety of these northern forest habitats. In 2006, Jerry Jenkins, author, botanist, and ecologist of the northern forest, made a biological survey of the Elk Lake property to determine protected areas for lumber management operations.
This survey included natural communities, plants, and birds. For more information on such habitats, visit www.northernforestatlas.org, where you can learn about the great forests of northern North America. Jerry Jenkins, director, and Ed McNeil are the authors, photographers, and producers of this outstanding project.