Adirondack lake proposed for large, fragmenting subdivision and development; Adirondack Wild Urges APA to Declare Application Incomplete.
By Dave Gibson, Managing Partner Adirondack Wild

Map of proposed subdivision on Woodward Lake

Dr. Michael Klemens, author of Pathways to a Connected Adirondack Park: Practical Steps to Better Land Use Decisions (2017 by Adirondack Wild)  writes that, “since human activities so profoundly affect the natural world, why can’t human intelligence and technology which drive destructive trends in land use be better applied or retooled through education and information to create human landscapes that are more in harmony with the natural world?”

Indeed, why not?



04/28/20 Environmental Champion Bernard C. Smith Marking 50 years of Earth Day (1970-2020) should not pass without paying tribute to the late New York State Senator Bernard C. Smith.  The late State Senator and chair of the Senate’s environmental conservation committee combined a strong moral and ethical compass with political talent and negotiating skill to protect and conserve our state’s wild lands, wild rivers and natural resources from 1965-1978.
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Bernard C. Smith

04/21/20 Every Day is Earth Day Every day is Earth Day. That’s what folks knew and said to each other on April 23, 1970 – and ever since. Fifty years on, April 22, 2020, it’s obvious as well as vital to act accordingly since life support systems on our fragile earth have been torn and rendered by human activity and population growth since 4/22/70. This Coronavirus COVID-19 is novel to human beings. Today’s atmospheric carbon concentrations are novel for all life on earth – and only existed some 3.5 million years ago. read more >
View from the Siamese Ponds Wilderness

03/31/20 Louis Marshall and Forever Wild Thirty-three years ago, that champion of the Adirondack wilderness, Paul Schaefer, then aged 78, first introduced me to his Adirondack library. Among the first volumes he brought to my attention – because he valued it and had read it repeatedly since he was a younger man – was the transcript of the 1894 New York State Constitutional Convention in Albany – the one that, after weeks of debate, by vote of 122-0 approved the “forever wild” provision protective of the Adirondack and Catskill Forest Preserve. read more >
Louis Marshall

03/15/20 Mt Marcy, Influenza And Our Impulses To Protect Public Land Whether we seek a wilderness, park, backyard, garden or streetscape, studies show we can expect an emotional, psychological, and physical benefit from regular outdoor activity, interactions with trees or woods, waters and views, however prosaic or sublime. The more we can focus on the natural world around us, the more our powers of awareness grow and the more our minds can grow quiet. read more >
Sketch by Verplanck Colvin, Superintendent of the Adirondack Survey, 1872-1899.

02/18/20 Viewpoint: Require APA To Track Climate Data, Trends How has the Adirondack Park Agency fared under Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2020 executive budget proposals? The question hasn’t received any media attention for obvious reasons. It’s a mini state agency, budget-wise. With a proposed operating budget of $5 million – just .004 percent of the proposed state budget of $137 billion – APA hardly raises fiscal eyebrows. Budgeted for 54 full time staff, APA employs .03 percent of all state employees. read more >
APA Building in Ray Brook, NY.

01/19/20 The Great Recession Changed Our Development Landscape News came from New England’s north woods last fall that a large residential and commercial development on 17,000-acres near Maine’s Moosehead Lake conceived before the Great Recession has not begun and would not move forward. The APA-permitted Adirondack Club and Resort near Tupper Lake has also not commenced, largely for economic reasons. read more >
ACR development landscape with Tupper Lake in background, 2007.



04/29/20 • Travel corridor plan needs work
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04/16/20 • Adirondack Wild: Plan for Remsen to Lake Placid Travel Corridor Fails to Assess Impacts
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04/02/20 • ‘Restore Mother Nature Bond Act’ leaps first hurdle, but more lie ahead as economy wilts
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03/26/20 • Almanack Founder John Warren Says Goodbye read more >

03/09/20 • State group privately debates High Peaks crowd solutions that could affect this summer’s visitors read more >

02/26/20 • Guardians in the woods read more >

04/15/20 • Plan for Travel Corridor from Remsen to Lake Placid Fails to Assess Impacts from Climate Change and on the Forest Preserve. read more >
03/05/20 • Adirondack Wild Urges APA to Declare Application Incomplete read more >
02/10/20 • Adirondack Park Lobby Day read more >
05/12/20 • Followup Letter to APA, Remsen to Lake Placid Travel Corridor UMP Amendment read more >
04/15/20 • Re. Remsen – Lake Placid Travel Corridor UMP Amendment read more >
03/03/20 • Letter to APA, Woodward Lake Subdivision Application read more >
01/27/20 • NY State Budget Statement Concerning the Executive Budget 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: Adirondack scenery © Phil Falconer;
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.

Peter Brinkley, Honorary Chair
Terry Jandreau, Chair
Christopher Amato
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David H. Gibson, Partner
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