DIALOGUE FOR THE WILD
The Adirondack Park at a Crossroad: A Road Map for Action
This critique is about current dangers to the Adirondack Park from the very state agencies legally responsible for its protection and stewardship – the Adirondack Park Agency and Department of Environmental Conservation. It carefully documents an erosion of state agency standards and political will to maintain the fragile integrity of the Park’s ecological balance. In fact, today’s Park and its natural resources face grave threats. That is the story and the purpose of Part 1 of the Adirondack Park at a Crossroad: A Road Map for Action.
We identify the threats and ongoing damage to the integrated public and private landscape of the Adirondack Park, and offer recommendations on how to avoid these threats, strengthen existing law and policy, enhance state agency performance and higher standards, and thus pass on one of America’s most precious natural assets unimpaired to future generations.
As a stakeholder in the Park’s future, we invite you to read our report.
Mountain Lake Journal Roundtable
Adirondack Wild's David Gibson and Dan Plumley participate in a round table discussion regarding their concerns of the state pushing economic development at the expense of the Adirondack Wilderness.
11/23/15 To Motorize The Forest Preserve, APA Sustains a Legal Fiction I wish to recognize Adirondack Park Agency board member Art Lussi for his insistence over the past several months that the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) provide a legal rationale for allowing expanded motorized uses in the Forest Preserve’s protected river corridors. When DEC failed again last week to provide that legal explanation, Lussi joined Richard Booth in voting no on DEC’s plans for the Essex Chain area because they fail to comply with the State Land Master Plan. read more > Adirondack Park Agency meeting. Photo by Dave Gibson
11/11/15 Park Priorities, Budgets Out Of Whack During my first Adirondack conservation meeting, in January of 1987, one of the top issues discussed was the pressure the Forest Preserve was under due to the limited State budgets and loss of DEC staff personnel.
read more > A snowmobile bridge being built in the Moose River Plains in 2011. Photo by Dave Gibson
10/19/15 Promises Ignored: Adirondack Resort Seeks State Funding This week, New York State will host the ten Regional Economic Development Councils (REDC) to examine their annual round of project submissions. This is the fifth year of the statewide funding competition created under Governor Andrew Cuomo.
read more > Adirondack Park: the Adirondack Club and Resort.
10/01/15 Marshall McLean, Ardent Conservationist Pay a visit to the Adirondack Research Library (ARL, operated by Union College’s Kelly Adirondack Center) sometime. The Library is located at the former home of wilderness champion Paul Schaefer, where he and Carolyn Schaefer raised their family beginning in 1934. Reading in that library offers me a healthy reminder of the tight rope walked by former defenders of “forever wild.” read more > Marshall McLean
09/03/15 The State's Double Standard The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), which has a seat on the APA, presented its Final Draft Unit Management Plan (UMP) for the Essex Chain of Lakes Primitive Area. Mr. Booth, who chairs the APA’s State Land Committee, has repeatedly advised the DEC that drafts of the controversial UMP are not ready for APA public comment because they violate key sections of the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan, which has the force and effect of law. read more >
09/03/15 Snowmobile Routes Continue to Face Policy and Legal Hurdles In its latest Recreational Management Plan for 19,000 acres near Rainbow Lake, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation appears disinterested in biological information, much less in taking actions protective of sensitive biological resources.
The Kushaqua Conservation Easement is 19,000 acres of managed private timberland, formerly International Paper Lands, now Lyme Timber lands, located in the Towns of Brighton and Franklin. read more > Kushaqua Tract Conservation Easement, Towns of Brighton and Franklin, Franklin County
IN THE NEWS
09/30/15 • Adirondack Park Institue Recognizes Rockefeller Institute / Adirondack Wild read more > IN THE NEWS
09/18/15 • Dismantling Of Iconic Adirondack Dam Begins read more > IN THE NEWS
09/10/15 • High Peaks Oil Trains: A Primer On The Issues read more > COMMENTS
09/09/15 • Molpus Woodlands Application to APA read more >
08/28/15 • Letter to the Editor, Post Star, Oil Train Storage read more > IN THE NEWS
08/27/15 • Groups protest plan for oil car dump read more > IN THE NEWS
08/25/15 • Debate Rages Over Plan To Park DOT read more >
08/19/15 • Take Action 0n Proposed Oil Train Junkyard in the Adirondack High Peaksread more >
IN THE NEWS 08/19/15 • Legality of planned Adirondack oil train storage plan questionedread more > COMMENTS 08/19/15 • Proposed Storage of DOT-111 Tank Cars iin the High parks, Adirondack Park 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.