Bethany Garretson

DIALOGUE FOR THE WILD –
Featured Writer: Bethany Garretson

“Forever Wild” – Vignettes from 100 Peaks in 100 Days

Bethany Garretson, an Environmental Studies instructor at Paul Smith's College, got her first taste of the Adirondacks from fishing trips with her grandparents. She grew up in Cherry Valley, New York, a small farming community west of Albany. After working four years in wilderness therapy as a field instructor, Bethany studied conservation models in India, Namibia, Nepal, and the United States as part of her Master's in Conservation and Community Development. She's an avid hiker and believes in the empowering and healing nature of the outdoors. Bethany lives in Paul Smith's, New York with her husband. Read Article



FIELD NOTES FROM THE PARTNERS
03/09/15 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

03/09/15 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


02/10/15 Winter Snowshoe to Stewart Lake - Friends Jane and M.J. joined me on a snowshoe this winter to a special place in the Adirondack Forest Preserve, the trail to Stewart Lake in the Shaker Mountain Wild Forest near Canada Lake. 

For many years, Larry and Maryde King led snowshoeing trips to this area for the Adirondack Mountain Club’s Schenectady chapter.  Whenever I visit this place, I think of Larry in the lead breaking trail, Maryde as the “sweep” taking up the rear, and veteran and beginner snowshoers between them.   read more >


02/02/15 State Agency Logos: Endangered or Extinct? - The recognizable logos of our individual New York state agencies, symbolic of each agency mission and purpose, suddenly appear to be endangered, or extinct. They have lasted in many cases for 40 years or longer.

For instance, there was the familiar round NYS Department of Environmental Conservation logo, quite attractive really, with symbols indicative of its mission to protect our waters, our air, our land, and our mountains. read more >

001/24/15 Bakers Mills: Remembering Earl And Daisy Allen - It was during the late 1980’s that Paul Schaefer introduced me to Daisy and Earl Allen in Bakers Mills. Earl has passed away this past month, and his wife Daisy died some 14 years before. But the memories of Daisy’s warmth and kitchen, and Earl’s legend as a teamster, maple sugar maker, artisan, maker of hay rakes, and master of old engines remain strong. Both would do anything they could for people.
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WILD ACTION NOW!
COMMENTS
NEW ! 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
NEW ! 03/30/15 • NYCO Begins Drilling read more >


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


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


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


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


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


IN THE NEWS
NEW ! 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 >


IN THE NEWS
01/19/15 • Plethora Of Proposals For Forest Preserve Lands read more >


IN THE NEWS
01/16/15 • After Big court wins, APA affirms controversial development rules read more >


IN THE NEWS
01/15/15 • APA Approves Controversial Subdivision read more >


IN THE NEWS
01/13/15 • Editorial - Sprawl, Adirondack Style 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:High Peaks Wilderness Area. © 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.

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