“We simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more
than drive to its edge and look in. For it can be a means of reassuring ourselves
of our sanity as creatures, a part of the geography of hope.”
—Wallace Stegner's Wilderness Letter, December 3, 1960

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COMMENTS

2012


12/20/12
Opposition to the Draft General Permit – Call for Stakeholder Study Process
Adirondack Wild writes to express its opposition to the proposed Draft General Permit G-3 for Silvicultural Treatments meeting APA’s Jurisdictional Clearcutting Thresholds. We urge staff and the full Agency to postpone the planned January 2013 action on this matter in favor of more prudent alternatives.
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12/14/12
Environmental Protection Fund Enhancement
Dear Governor Cuomo: We write to you to ask that you please sign important legislation which has reached your desk this past week: A. 10519/S. 7525, a bill to grow the Environmental Protection Fund by phasing in revenue from the state’s enhanced Bottle Bill. read more >


12/03/12
Green groups want big new wilderness in Adirondacks
Our primary point was that the DEC and the Adirondack Park Agency should assess all of the Finch Pruyn TNC lands comprehensively and scientifically from an ecosystem management based view for optimum natural resource and wild land character, key ecological and recreational linkages to adjacent lands and suitability for use first and then, only then deal with specific tract by tract classifications -- wilderness or wild forest, for the most part. read more >


12/03/12
Are 56,326 Words Too Much?
Rick Karlin’s article about the lengthy State Constitution (11/29) cites those who feel that amendments to Article 14 protecting our “Forever Wild” Forest Preserve are “prosaic,” and burdensome on voters and affected communities. Why not authorize state administrators or the legislature to approve small changes to Forever Wild? read more >


08/14/12
Highland Farms Subdivision – APA Project No.  2010269
Adirondack Wild wishes to comment on the proposed 13-lot subdivision by the Highlands Farm, LLC and only learned of the application's advance to a recommendation by staff for approval fo rthe board this month yesterday - when public notice was first approved via the agency website. Otherwise we would have commented earlier. read more >


07/04/12
Taylor Pond Wild Forest Complex Unit Management Plan
Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve is pleased to review and provide comment on the Public Draft of the Taylor Pond Wild Forest Complex Unit Management Plan (TPWFC). We wish to congratulate the many NYS-DEC and Park Agency state lands staff and others who have worked tremendously hard to bring this Public Draft UMP to this stage for public review and consideration with respect to these unique state land resources, conservation easements and wildlife management areas encompassing much of the Adirondack Park’s unique Champlain Valley and upland forest interior regions. read more >


05/15/12
Memorandum in Opposition S. 6718
In relation to the executive law and applications for projects before the Adirondack Park Agency

While much of this bill appears as re-phrasing of Section 809 of the Adirondack Park Agency Act, several key provisions invite questions, concerns and opposition. Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve believes these key provisions are poorly drafted and constructed, fail to enhance the APA Act and in certain instances impede original legislative intent to protect the Park. read more >


03/07/12
Adirondack Wild's Public Comments: Hoffman Notch Wilderness Unit Management Plan

Adirondack Wild wishes to express our congratulations to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS-DEC) regional staff, rangers, forest resource planners and involved Adirondack Park Agency State Land’s staff in the completion of the proposed Final Hoffman Notch Wilderness Unit Management Plan. read more >


03/01/12
If you are concerned about the Adirondack Park Agency’s permit for the
Adirondack Club and Resort . . .

Then please join us in appealing to Governor Andrew Cuomo to require the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) to do its job and protect the park’s backcountry forests, waters and wildlife.  The Governor must not allow the Adirondack Club and Resort (ACR) to become a precedent for future regional development. read more >


02/22/12
Comments on Draft Water Withdrawal Regulations (Parts 6 NYCRR 601 and 6 NYCRR 623)

Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve offers these comments concerning the proposed water withdrawal regulations (Parts 6 NYCRR 601 and 6 NYCRR 623). We are heartened that the proposed regulations, if strengthened, finalized and fully enacted, will help to close a long-standing gap in New York’s water protections.

The Adirondack and Catskill Parks and New York State Forest Preserve represent historic and protected watershed lands critical to the development and environmental security of the Empire State. We therefore join with Environmental Advocates and others to seek to strengthen the draft regulations. Given the critical importance of water issues facing New York and the parks in the future, we also call for DEC to permit additional time for public comment once strengthening and needed changes have been incorporated. read PDF >


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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.

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