04/14/15 An Updated Guide To Good Development Design -
This past week I received my copy of the updated guide for building and designing greener, everywhere from rural farms, to small villages, to the suburban fringe, to metro areas. The second edition of Rural by Design (2015, published by American Planning Association) is out. Its author, Randall Arendt, is a landscape planner, site designer, author, lecturer, and advocate of conservation planning.
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03/30/15 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
03/27/15 Santanoni: Historic Preservation And Nature - As I skied south and uphill, away from Santanoni Great Camp, I was asked – “on the record” – for my reactions. It was family weekend recently at Santanoni, with plenty of skiers in family groups including dogs. I said something like “this ski has become an annual ritual.” After all everyone knows that Newcomb has the best Adirondack snow come late winter. I looked forward to seeing and listening again to the camp’s master carpenter, Michael Frenette, over a hot drink. read more >
Entering the Santanoni main compound. Photo © Dave Gibson
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
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