The Adirondack Park at a Crossroad: A Road Map for Action

 

Adirondack Park at a Crossroads

This critique is about current dangers to the Adirondack Park from the very state agencies legally responsible for its protection and stewardship – the Adirondack Park Agency and Department of Environmental Conservation. It carefully documents an erosion of state agency standards and political will to maintain the fragile integrity of the Park’s ecological balance. In fact, today’s Park and its natural resources face grave threats. That is the story and the purpose of Part 1 of the Adirondack Park at a Crossroad: A Road Map for Action.

We identify the threats and ongoing damage to the integrated public and private landscape of the Adirondack Park, and offer recommendations on how to avoid these threats, strengthen existing law and policy, enhance state agency performance and higher standards, and thus pass on one of America’s most precious natural assets unimpaired to future generations.

As a stakeholder in the Park’s future, we invite you to read our report.

Please check back on JULY 15th to download your FREE copy!



FIELD NOTES FROM THE PARTNERS
04/14/15 An Updated Guide To Good Development Design -
This past week I received my copy of the updated guide for building and designing greener, everywhere from rural farms, to small villages, to the suburban fringe, to metro areas.  The second edition of Rural by Design (2015, published by American Planning Association) is out. Its author, Randall Arendt, is a landscape planner, site designer, author, lecturer, and advocate of conservation planning.
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03/30/15 Champion of the Forest Preserve: David Newhouse - It’s been my honor and privilege to know some great Adirondack conservation leaders in the late 20th century. One I feel deserves a lot “more ink” is the late David L. Newhouse, a native of the Midwest and graduate of Purdue University, who arrived in New York State following World War II to become a leading metallurgical engineer with the General Electric Company in Schenectady.
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David L. Newhouse, courtesy Adirondack Mountain Club

03/27/15 Santanoni: Historic Preservation And Nature - As I skied south and uphill, away from Santanoni Great Camp, I was asked – “on the record” – for my reactions. It was family weekend recently at Santanoni, with plenty of skiers in family groups including dogs.  I said something like “this ski has become an annual ritual.” After all everyone knows that Newcomb has the best Adirondack snow come late winter. I looked forward to seeing and listening again to the camp’s master carpenter, Michael Frenette, over a hot drink. read more >
Entering the Santanoni main compound. Photo © Dave Gibson

03/09/15 Jay Mtn Wilderness Mining: Appraising Lot 8’s Value - Now that the issue of mineral exploration on “Lot 8” in the Jay Mountain Wilderness by NYCO Minerals has left the courts, it remains for the mining company to complete its exploratory drilling, ongoing since the turn of the year. Changes in the DEC’s temporary revocable permit for the exploratory test drilling, announced on February 18, are as follows:“The TRP will be amended to reduce the total pad locations from 21 to 10 and eliminate the third phase. read more >
NYCO’s open pit mine as seen from Bald Peak in 2013.

02/25/15 The Adirondack-Abruzzo Park Exchange - There is a fruitful global partnership for parks and protected areas among people all over the globe. I see this reflected, for example, in each issue of the international Journal of Wilderness (Chad P. Dawson, Editor).  For Americans who have given the world the gift of wilderness in law it should be inspiring to read about or witness.
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Photo: Abruzzo National Park in Italy


SAFEGUARDING THE WILDEXTENDING THE WILD | EDUCATING FOR THE WILD

 
WILD ACTION NOW!
IN THE NEWS
05/21/15 • Camp Gabriels deal tied up read more >


IN THE NEWS
05/01/15 • NYCO Suit Dropped read more >


IN THE NEWS
05/01/15 • Should APA treat the economy on par with environment? read more >


COMMENTS
NEW ! 04/15/15 • Lyme Adirondacks Timberland, LLC.
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COMMENTS
03/30/15 • Should the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan treat the Economy on par with the Environment? No. read more >


IN THE NEWS
03/30/15 • NYCO Begins Drilling read more >


IN THE NEWS
03/27/15 • Winter Mountaineering: Mt. Colden’s Wine Bottle Slide read more >


IN THE NEWS
03/10/15 • Adirondacks aquatic pest fight grows read more >


IN THE NEWS
03/08/15 • A Push For Clustering Of Developments read more >


IN THE NEWS
02/25/15 • Environmentalists Drop Appeal To Land Deal read more >


PRESS RELEASE
02/20/15 • Organizations will not Appeal on Matter of NYCO Mineral Explorations read more >


IN THE NEWS
02/20/15 • Environmental groups won't fight NYCO testing read more >


IN THE NEWS
02/19/15 • Permit limits Essex County pit mine expansion read more >


IN THE NEWS
01/20/15 • APA not living up to role to protect park read more >


The mission of Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve is to advance New York’s ‘Forever Wild’ legacy and Forest Preserve policies in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks, and promote public and private land stewardship that is consistent with wild land values through education, advocacy and research.

Photos: Top left: Whiteface Mt in the far distance. © Ken Rimany; Field Notes From the Partners: Carved 'Beaver House' sign - by Paul Schaefer. Photo © Ken Rimany; Wild Action Now photo: Dan Plumley at the Keene Valley Library, along with Naj Wikoff, sharing what they learned and offered to the gathering of leaders at the Conference of World Parliamentarians on Tibet. Photo  © Ken Rimany.

ADIRONDACK PARK REGIONAL
Peter Brinkley, Senior Partner/Chair
pbrinkley@frontiernet.net
Daniel R. Plumley, Partner
dplumley@adirondackwild.org
Home Office: 518.576.9277
David H. Gibson, Partner
dgibson@adirondackwild.org
Mobile: 518.469.4081
Kenneth J. Rimany, Partner
krimany@adirondackwild.org
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