ADIRONDACK WILD EXCLUSIVE

Limit Motor Vehicles and Traffic on the way to Boreas Ponds.
Keep it Wild!

By David Gibson


First Pond, facing Mts. Marcy, Skylight and Haystack

Earlier this year the NYS Adirondack Park Agency and Governor Andrew Cuomo ignored the wishes of Adirondack Wild and thousands of New Yorkers to consider an all-Wilderness alternative for Boreas Ponds. Instead, APA classified the 7-mile Gulf Brook Road leading all the way to LaBier Flow and Boreas Ponds as Wild Forest.  That Wild Forest corridor could allow the public to drive motor vehicles through the Wilderness practically to the shoreline of Boreas Ponds, now part of the High Peaks Wilderness Area. 

But our NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) doesn’t have to allow that. There are choices to be made in a future management plan.

For two years, people of all abilities have parked their cars and trucks and managed to reach Boreas Ponds from the existing parking lot 3.5 miles away. The public has come to expect a natural experience on their way to Boreas Ponds. They expect to experience bird song and wind in the trees, not road dust, throbbing motors, slamming car doors.  Two-way car and truck traffic and constant road maintenance would bring trash, noise, invasive species, obstacles to wildlife, and risk to people walking or wheeling their boats on the narrow road.

Here are Adirondack Wild’s press release and comment letter to DEC.

The comment period may have ended on April 20, but don’t let that stop you from adding your thoughts about the future of Boreas Ponds by writing to DEC: R5.UMP@dec.ny.gov.
Thank you.

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FIELD NOTES FROM THE PARTNERS

03/06/18 A Fence Full of Car Parts in Baker’s Mills The late Adirondack wilderness advocate and conservation leader Paul Schaefer (1908-1996) had loads of stories to tell about his life and the people he came to know in the Adirondacks.Now that Adirondack rivers are starting to flow again and trout season is about to open, it may be an appropriate time to relay one Paul told me at his fireside.
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Paul Schaefer ca. 1960s.


03/06/18 DEC Should End Uncertainty of Old Mountain Road This past week, the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court ruled that the Old Mountain Road that runs through the public’s Sentinel Wilderness between Keene and North Elba remains a town road and is not abandoned by either town. The court thus overturned a decision by former Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens in 2016 and affirms an enforcement proceeding decision by former DEC Commissioner Pete Grannis in 2009. read more >
Map of Old Mountain Road courtesy DEC.


02/26/18 Judge Upholds Wetlands Denial
Adirondack Wild’s Landscape Conservation Advisor Dr. Michael Klemens was recently cited in the Greenwich Free Press for his work to help protect local forests and vernal pools in heavily developed Greenwich, CT from inappropriate development. A judge upheld the importance of these environments in denying an appeal by the developer. 
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Dr. Michael Klemens. Photo © Dave Gibson


02/13/18 Forever Wild and Forever Taxable Recent Adirondack Almanack posts by Anthony Hall and Peter Bauer broke the news that Governor Andrew Cuomo has stuck a provision in his 2018-19 State budget to cap the annual State Land taxes we all share with towns and school districts in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks.  Furthermore, the Governor proposes to convert the long tradition of full payment of taxes on the Forest Preserve into (capped) payments in lieu of taxes (PILOT). read more >
Wilcox Lake in the Adirondacks. Photo © Dave Gibson


01/30/18 Proposal for Boreas Ponds Falls Short One could almost hear the exhalation of relief by environmentalists when they learned this week that the Governor’s DEC and APA had decided on “Alternative 2 B” for the Boreas Ponds State Land classification. Large, obvious violations of law were to be avoided, so they learned. Fears held over the past year were apparently allayed.
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Boreas Classification decision map, Jan 25, 2018, courtesy APA


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WILD ACTION NOW!
PRESS RELEASE
04/19/18 • Boreas Ponds Management read more >
COMMENTS
04/19/18 • Boreas Ponds Management read more >
PRESS RELEASE
04/09/18 • Large Subdivision Application is a Positive Step Towards Conservation Design read more >
IN THE NEWS
04/06/18 • ‘Unusual but Effective Coalition’ Killed Forest Preserve Tax Changes read more >


IN THE NEWS
03/20/18 • Cuomo approves Boreas Ponds compromise read more >


PRESS RELEASE
02/25/18 • ‘Forever Taxable’ Coalition Opposes State Land Tax Cap for Adirondacks and Catskills read more >
IN THE NEWS
02/05/18 • The Boreas Ponds deal was cut long before Friday’s vote. Does this matter? read more >


IN THE NEWS
02/02/18 • APA approves Boreas Ponds classification read more >


IN THE NEWS
02/02/18 • State must continue to protect the Wilderness legacy read more >


IN THE NEWS
02/01/18 • Boreas plan draws mixed reactions
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IN THE NEWS
01/31/18 • To some wilderness advocates, Boreas Ponds compromise goes too far read more >


IN THE NEWS
01/30/18 • Adirondack Park Agency Releases Its Classification Proposal For Boreas Ponds Tract
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PRESS RELEASE
01/26/18 • Missed Opportuniity to Realize Widlerness Potential at Boreas Ponds read more >
IN THE NEWS
01/17/18 • NY's Governor Wants to Run Roughshod Over the Adirondacks. We Just Stopped Him. 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: Bog on Upper St Regis Lake. © 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, Honorary Chair
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Daniel R. Plumley, Partner
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David H. Gibson, Partner
dgibson@adirondackwild.org
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Kenneth J. Rimany, Partner
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