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?



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.

01/07/19 Speaking Out for our Vulnerable, Short-Staffed DEC Forest Rangers The year 2020 finds NYS DEC Forest Rangers, the men and women in the front lines of contact on the Catskill and Adirondack Forest Preserve, increasingly vulnerable. The sheer volume of demands on a field Ranger’s time and skills increase annually while their numbers remain stuck where they were fifty years ago. Adirondack Wild is acting to address this problem. read more >
NYS Environmental Conservation emblem.

12/26/19 DEC Evaded Review of Bridge Over Scenic River New York State’s expedient evasion of its own State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR), has no better recent example than the Cedar River Snowmobile Bridge. The new bridge is being built north of Indian Lake, six miles inside the Adirondack Forest Preserve across a river designated by the State as Scenic.A Supreme Court just rubber-stamped DEC’s actions in a ruling against Adirondack Wild and Protect the Adirondacks. read more >
Bridge location on the Cedar River. Photo © Dave Gibson



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 >

02/10/20 • Adirondack groups lobby for more park protections read more >

02/10/20 • Large rally at state capitol seeks better protections for Adirondack parks read more >
01/20/20 • Groups Reaffirm Opposition To Forest Ranger Merger read more >
01/17/20 • NGOs oppose any future ECO, Ranger merger read more >
03/05/20 • Adirondack Wild Urges APA to Declare Application Incomplete read more >
02/10/20 • Adirondack Park Lobby Day read more >

01/28/20 • Adirondack Wild Asks for More DEC Forest Rangers in State Budget 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 >
12/27/19 • Remsen – Lake Placid Travel Corridor Draft Amendment & Draft Supplemental EIS 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
Vice Chair & Counsel
David H. Gibson, Partner
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