The Roots of The Conflict Over Snowmobile Connectors
By Dave Gibson, Managing Partner Adirondack Wild

Snowmobile Connector bridge, Seventh Lake trail, Moose River Plains Wild Forest.

In order to cut a lot more trees on the Forest Preserve for new snowmobile corridors, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Department of Environmental Conservation and the Attorney General’s Office have announced that they will appeal July’s court ruling against the State and in favor of Protect the Adirondacks.

That ruling by a 4-1 court majority declared that the extent of tree cutting for snowmobile trail construction, when considered cumulatively, violated our state’s constitutional limit on destruction of timber on the Forest Preserve “to a material degree” (Article XIV, Section 1, NYS Constitution, and court interpretations).



09/12/19 A Living, Growing Memorial to Brother Yusuf I recently went back to an area where the NYS DEC Forest Rangers and Foresters had recruited us to help plant young potted and bare root trees from the DEC’s Saratoga Tree Nursery on an eroding section of Adirondack Forest Preserve. The planting took place seven growing seasons ago. How were they doing today? read more >

DEC Forest Ranger Chuck Kabrehl instructs students on how to properly plant potted trees. Photo © Dave Gibson

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.


09/05/19 • Sides square off in court over proposed snowmobile trail read more >
08/23/19 • Adirondack Wild questions bike trail work in Wilcox Lake Wild Forest read more >
08/14/19 • State Appeals Court Ruling On Adirondack Trails read more >
08/09/19 • Addressing High Peaks overuse
read more >
07/03/19 • Major Adirondack Conservation Reform Bill Falls Short read more >
07/02/19 • Editorial: APA needs independence
read more >

10/09/19 • Court Blocks Construction of Snowmobile Bridge over Adirondack Scenic River read more >
10/08/19 • Oct 12th Annual Meeting read more >
09/19/19 • Adirondack Wild’s Meeting Set for October 12, 2019 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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