Places We Go: The Champlain Hudson Power Express

Places We Go: The Champlain Hudson Power Express

 

Places We Go:

The Champlain Valley, New York

 

As-built and preconstruction work on new contracts is in full swing this spring. One really interesting project we’ve added is the Champlain-Hudson Power Express, a clean energy project and a massive part of New York State’s net-zero solution.

To get renewable power from Quebec to Queens, power will travel through cables buried under Lake Champlain, the Hudson and Harlem Rivers. In total, 192 miles of submarine and subterranean cable will be laid for the Champlain Hudson Power Express Project.

Allman Environmental Services Photography contracted with Caldwell Marine International to provide photo and video (including aerial) documentation for their HDD work on this project.

The Champlain Valley in way-north New York is one of the most beautiful areas of the state, and I was happy to be spending time along the shoreline of that peaceful lake.

And if there’s world-class hiking along the way, I’m in. En route to the start of the project, I stopped off at Hurricane Mountain, in the High Peaks region of the Keene Valley, in the Adirondacks.

The timing was perfect: still just a little chilly, a couple weeks before black fly season, with the promise of few hikers on the trails and abundant opportunities for utter solitude and silence in the mountains.

The Adirondack Mountains are like “home waters” for me; as a kid, we spent entire summers in an old timber cabin on Mountain Lake, in Bleeker. A constantly-slamming screen door on a rain-softened porch opened up to a shimmering hemlock forest overlooking Mountain Lake. We swam, fished, hiked, probably set things on fire, and fended off mosquitos during long nights on that porch.

But the hemlocks. Those trees give the Adirondacks their special mossy feel. Centuries of duff underfoot make the forest floor sound almost hollow. Nothing ever dries out there; it just hosts more moss, more fern, more mushrooms.

So it’s a little wrenching to see the injury caused to whole forests of standing hemlock by the wooly adelgid.

Dead hemlock trees in the Champlain Valley and Adirondack Mountain area of New York State

Wooly adelgid-infested, dead hemlocks on Hurricane Mountain, in the High Peaks Wilderness Area of the Adirondacks.

This was the scene along the south approach to the top of Hurricane Mountain; in four directions, a ghostly monument to a once-green forest.

Even in late April, I was caught in the spindrift of a spring snowstorm at the summit. I didn’t spend long there. An hour or so later, I set out from Route 9 to Round Pond, where spring had returned.

Clean image with a lot of negative space of Adirondack mountain lake in early spring, with spruce trees in distance.

Round Pond in the Adirondacks.

From there, off to Lake Champlain.

These are just some of the other projects we’re working on this month:

  • Renovation at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Design in Manhattan;
  • Continued work on two Catskill Mountain dam projects: one at Shawangunk Reservoir, the other at Honk Lake in Wawarsing;
  • Videography at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in Westchester County;
  • Aerial photography and videography at Wellesley Island State Park, in the Thousand Islands.

 

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Bureau of Land Management: Fire Preparedness Review

Bureau of Land Management: Fire Preparedness Review

 

Wildland Firefighting:

Preparedness Review for the Bureau of Land Management

 

A bee sting lays low a wildland firefighter in the Mojave Desert of St. George, Utah — or did it? This mock fire attack was part of the Arizona Strip District’s fire preparedness review at the start of the wildland fire season in the American Southwest.

Working and traveling with the Bureau of Land Management’s fire preparedness review team brought me to the Mojave and Sonoran deserts, 110-degree heat in Yuma, Arizona, and some pretty spectacular landscapes.

But the main purpose of the project was to capture the work of the Bureau’s Fire Preparedness Review Team: their mock fire exercises, equipment reviews, remote stations and helitack operations, and fuels management programs.

 

 

KINGMAN, AZ – MAY 15: Wildland firefighters from the Colorado River District wait for radio communications while attacking a mock fire in the desert east of Kingman, Arizona. The exercise was part of the 2022 Arizona Fire Preparedness Review in Kingman, Arizona on Sunday, May 15, 2022. Photo by Suzanne Allman, contract photographer for BLM

 

 

The picture of the “injured” firefighter was taken as part of one of these mock exercises in the Mojave Desert in the southwest corner of Utah. Firefighters of the Arizona Strip District practiced responding to environmental hazards — among them, the allergic reaction to a bee sting that required treatment, evacuation and calls for an airlift.

The ten-day photography project encompassed the Districts of the Arizona Strip, Colorado River and Phoenix area; we drove through desert, canyon, chaparal, and those gorgeous, butterscotch-scented Ponderosa pine forests.

 

 

A wildland firefighter deploys a hose to fight a mock fire in the desert east of Kingman, Arizona. Photo by Suzanne Allman, contract photographer for BLM

 

 

This project is part of a three-year blanket purchase agreement with the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management, to provide photo and video coverage of the BLM’s fire program on public lands.

 

 

A team of wildland firefighters from Kingman sets out with flappers, pulaskis and other tools to attack a mock fire in the desert east of Kingman, Arizona. Photo by Suzanne Allman, contract photographer for BLM

 

 

Environmental services photography assignments share a common thread. Whether they’re regulatory-driven initiatives, or projects designed to raise the profile of an agency, or to educate citizens about a particular problem or issue, these projects work to gain local support for community-based solutions.

 

 

 

With the rocky peaks of the Hualapai Mountains as a backdrop, firefighters use a brushcutter to trim fuels on a fuel break surrounding the community of Pine Lake, south of Kingman, Arizona on Monday, May 16 2022. Photo by Suzanne Allman, contract photographer for BLM.

The Virgin River flows between red rock canyon walls in the Bureau of Land Management’s Virgin River Canyon Recreation Area. Photo by Suzanne Allman, contract photographer for BLM

Get in Touch

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Challenging terrain, geography and environments are a personal specialty.  Capture the energy of your team at work, on training and field exercises, with heavy equipment or in challenging environmental conditions. These photos can be used again and again: in annual reports, your socials, on office walls and other marketing deliverables.  -Suzanne

 

  • CERTIFIED: SBA-certified WOSB, New York State- and City-certified WBE, and Port Authority certified DBE
  • REGISTERED: SAM & ORCA. Experienced in Federal Government contracting and subcontracting.
  • WILDLAND FIREFIGHTING CERTIFICATES S-130/190, L-180 
  • FAA PART 107 Since 2017
  • DUNS: 839898728.
  • FEIN: 84-2603642
  • We accept all government agency purchase orders and credit cards.

 

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