Court Maintains Temporary Restraining Order on DEC Snowmobile Bridge Construction
By Dave Gibson, Managing Partner Adirondack Wild

New York Supreme Court hearing room, Lake George, Warren County. Photo by Ken Rimany

Adirondack Wild is determined to block the State of New York from violating our environmental laws protective of Wild, Scenic and Recreational Rivers.

In late July, Warren County Supreme Court’s Judge Robert Muller declined the State’s request that the Court lift a temporary restraining order it granted to Adirondack Wild et. al. which prevents NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) from starting construction of a 140 ft. steel snowmobile bridge over the Cedar River north of Indian Lake. The restraining order remains in place for now.



07/29/19 Forever Wild, ORDA and Adirondack Legal History There are more than three million acres of Forest Preserve in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks today. Yet, the most consequential New York State Court decision restricting the ways we can develop and use the “forever wild” Preserve was all about a few acres of land below Mt. Van Hoevenberg, close to Lake Placid. read more >

Ongoing construction activity pursuant to the UMP by ORDA at Mt. Van Hoevenberg.

07/08/19 On APA Appointments; Role of Statewide Interests Some local government leaders in the Adirondack Park complain that Governor Cuomo’s 2019 picks for seats on the Adirondack Park Agency remain unconfirmed by the State Senate. They feel that these individuals have been unfairly blocked by environmentalists putting pressure on State Senators. read more >

Photo of APA Building in Ray Brook.

06/10/19 Did Her Independence Sink APA Acting Chair Feldman? Having been nominated and confirmed to the NYS Adirondack Park Agency five years earlier, Karen Feldman was named by Governor Cuomo as APA’s acting chair following the resignation of Sherman Craig in summer 2018. In Ms. Feldman the Governor had an experienced board member chairing APA and one interested in continuing on as permanent chair of the eleven-member board. read more >
Photo of APA Building in Ray Brook.

04/28/19 In 1969, Citizens Saved the Upper Hudson from Destruction Fifty springs ago, the Upper Hudson River was conserved as a wild, free flowing river. The Schenectady Gazette’s writer Pete Jacobs reported the news in the April 17, 1969 edition of that newspaper: “Without opposition, the Assembly gave swift approval to legislation prohibiting the construction of the Gooley Dam on the Upper Hudson River, branded by conservationists as a threat to the wild river country.” read more >
Upper Hudson River.

04/09/19 Making Conservation Design The Norm, Not The Exception My hometown of Ballston in Saratoga County is poised to make the principles and detailed process of conservation design the standard for major subdivisions. The town’s revised subdivision law comes on the heels of some disastrously bad subdivision approvals here, projects which sprawl new housing, roads and traffic all over this once wildlife-rich, rural, wet, heavily forested and formerly farmed part of town. read more >
Woodworth Lake subdivision in Fulton County, approved by APA in 2015.


08/14/19 • State Appeals Court Ruling On Adirondack Trails read more >
08/09/19 • Addressing High Peaks overuse
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07/03/19 • Major Adirondack Conservation Reform Bill Falls Short read more >
07/02/19 • Editorial: APA needs independence
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07/01/19 • Conservation groups reject proposed APA board slate read more >
06/28/19 • Albany’s rejection of Adirondack conservation bill disappoints environmentalists read more >
06/18/19 • Court Blocks Massive Motorized Bridge Over Scenic River read more >
05/22/19 • Adirondack Wild Calls on Governor to Nominate Conservation Leaders to APA Board
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05/17/19 • Adirondack Wild: Celebrate Endangered Species Day by Recovering our State’s Endangered Spruce Grouse read more >
08/12/19 • DEC Completes Sustainable Trail Improvements in Wilcox Lake Wild Forest read more >
08/12/19 • “Sustainable Trail Improvements” for Bicycling, Wilcox Lake Wild Forest read more >
07/10/19 • Enact a permit system in High Peaks 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.

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