“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

2015


12/16/15
Proposed Final Ammendment to the Remensen-Lake Placid Railroad Unit Management Plan

Adirondack Wild is pleased to comment on the proposed amendment’s compliance with the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan (SLMP).
We appreciate the significant extent of public outreach, listening and information exchange with Park stakeholders about this proposed amendment and alternative courses of action since 2013. We acknowledge the extensive time, effort and expertise of staff at the APA, DEC and DOT required to analyze the history and current status and condition of the railroad and right-of-way (ROW), as well as the various land use classifications through which the trackage runs, and the management recommendations and alternatives. read more >


11/09/15
Letter to the Governor, Adirondack High Peaks Wilderness Campaign

You have an extraordinary opportunity to create a true national legacy, an Adirondack wilderness area here in New York whose scale and positive impacts will rival some of the most famous conservation landmarks in the world. You have been to the Boreas Ponds. You know how special they and the Adirondacks are. We write to urge you to create an expanded Adirondack High Peaks Wilderness, a more than 280,000-acre national jewel connecting the existing High Peaks and Dix Wilderness Areas with new Wilderness protection for 35,000 acres including the Boreas Ponds and McIntyre tracts, and the headwaters of the Hudson River. Your administration’s decision on this, and your leadership will determine your Adirondack legacy. read more >


10/08/15
Re. Saratoga-North Creek Railroad (SNCRR)

We write to thank you and the Department for urging SNCRR-Iowa Pacific Holdings not to store used DOT-111 oil tankers on the Tahawus Rail Spur in Essex County.

DEC’s expressions of concern about this ill-advised proposal from the outset were very helpful.  More importantly, DEC’s actions to discourage it were clearly effective in persuading SNCRR to drop this idea and to instead pursue active use of the rails for the removal of tailings at Tahawus. read more >


09/09/15
Molpus Woodlands Application to APA

RE:  Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve Comments on the Application of Molpus Woodlands Group for a 470-acre Clear-Cutting Application - APA Project 2015-124

Dear Aaron, On behalf of Adirondack Wild, I recommend that the Agency staff and Members of the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) bring the above project to public hearing. read more >


08/28/15
Letter to the Editor, Post Star, Oil Train Storage

Thank you to the Warren County Board of Supervisors for not rubber-stamping Saratoga-North Creek Railroad’s proposal to store hundreds of used oil cars on the Tahawus/Lake Sanford spur between the towns of Newcomb and Minerva (Post-Star, Aug. 21). read more >


08/19/15
Proposed Storage of DOT-111 Tank Cars iin the High parks, Adirondack Park

We write on behalf of Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve to urge your administration to take immediate action to assert jurisdiction over the ill-conceived proposal by the Saratoga and North Creek Railroad, LLP (“SNCR”) and Iowa Pacific Holdings, LLC (“Iowa Pacific”) to store hundreds of hazardous discarded oil tank cars near Tahawus in the High Peaks region of the Adirondack Park. read more >


08/08/15
Letter to the Editor, Daily Gazette

Your recent editorializing (August 4 edition) on the importance of state water, sewer and planning assistance to hamlets in the Adirondack Park is appropriate, and widely supported. While $200 million spread over three years for water and sewer infrastructure upgrades throughout the six million acre Park is a positive part of this year’s state budget, it barely begins to address the actual clean water/treatment needs of 103 towns and villages and six counties, or the negative effects of neglecting aging infrastructure – including old septic tanks and leach fields - on the water quality of Adirondack streams and lakes and on community development. read more >


07/27/15
Essex Chain of Lakes Complex Draft UMP

On behalf of Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve, we recognize The Adirondack Nature
Conservancy, the Open Space Institute, Governor Andrew Cuomo, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens and
former DEC Commissioner Pete Grannis, for without their efforts and that of their staff to acquire the
Essex Chain Lakes and Upper Hudson River for the public, there would be no Forest Preserve here to
worry and comment about. read more >


07/27/15
Draft Unit Management Plan for the Remsen to Lake Placid Railroad Corridor

Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve have reviewed the above draft unit management plan for the Remsen to Lake Placid Travel Corridor and submit the following comments for your consideration:  Adirondack Wild appreciates the work and challenges the NYS-DEC has faced over the past few years in light of the rigorous, sometime caustic public debate over the future of the corridor. read more >


07/21/15
Letter to the editor, Post-Star

Thanks to your editorial writers for raising attention to our report, Adirondack Park at a Crossroad (July 15 edition). Where you label the report and our organization as intransigent, others may view it as vigilant and protective. Regardless, it is citizen action and pressure which, through our legislative process, created the Park in 1892 and fashioned the Adirondack Park Agency laws from 1971-73. read more >


07/20/15
Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation

On behalf of Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve, I write to heartily endorse your proposal for an Adirondack Loon Center to be submitted to the North Country Regional Economic Development Council.

There is no more iconic wildlife symbol for our Adirondack Park than the loon.  The bird is an ambassador for wild, lovely, unpolluted lakes. The human study of this remarkable and ancient bird began in the 19th century, but the protective love for this creature as a symbol of what sets the Adirondacks apart from other regions is a late 20th and now a 21st century phenomenon. read more >

06/26/15
Final letter to Comptroller and DEC, Lot 8 Appraisal

Dear Comptroller DiNapoli and Commissioner Martens:
The passage in 2013 of the Article XIV constitutional amendment authorizing mineral exploration on the 200 acres of Lot 8 in the Jay Mountain Wilderness Area occurred in the absence of implementing legislation. This spring, NYCO Minerals completed the mineral exploration phase on Lot 8. We write to you with concerns about the next steps in the process. read more >


06/15/15
Community Connector 2015 Comments - North Hudson to Newcomb Trail Plan UMP

Dear Ms. Regan and Park Agency Colleagues:

Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve submits these comments in regards to the above listed Community Connector UMP and FSEIS.  The critical foundation of our review and commentary lies in the essential responsibility facing the Adirondack Park Agency, the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation and the State of New York to safeguard the Forest Preserve, its natural resource and wilderness character of the Adirondack Park for all New York residents and future generations – not merely for one user group’s interest that would, ultimately, involve only a minor fraction of the citizenry statewide. read more >


05/22/15
Regional Land Bank for Projects on State Land

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04/15/15
Lyme Adirondacks Timberland, LLC

RE: Lyme Adirondacks Timberland, LLC I, APA Project No. 2015-28 Colton-Piercefield Tract, Town of Piercefield, St. Lawrence County

Dear Richard:
Adirondack Wild would like to comment on the above project involving seven (7) treatment areas encompassing 549 acres of jurisdictional clearcutting on State Conservation Easement lands in Colton-Piercefield.  read more >


03/30/15
Should the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan treat the Economy on par with the Environment? No.

by David Gibson
Staff partner with Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve

MARCH 30, 2015
The purposes of the Adirondack Park’s State Land Master Plan are embedded in the law creating the Adirondack Park Agency. Section 816 of the APA Act concerning a “master plan for management of state lands” was added in order to protect the state-owned Forest Preserve through a land classification system with guidelines for its management and use.  These public lands, all 2.6 million acres, are covered by Article 14 of the NYS Constitution which since 1894 states that they are to be “forever kept as wild forest lands.”  read more >


01/08/15
APA Project No. 2014-0048, New York Land and Lakes, LLC

Dear Chairwoman Ulrich:

Our organizations ask the APA to send Project No. 2014-0048 to adjudicatory public hearing. The project should not be approved as submitted because it violates the principles of the APA Act, as well as conservation design principles and standards. It must be redesigned, with significant land conservation measures put in place. The project meets every criterion for an adjudicatory hearing. read more >


 

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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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