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FIELD NOTES: SAFEGUARDING THE WILD

Judge Upholds Wetlands Denial

By David Gibson


Dr. Michael Klemens. Photo © Dave Gibson

Adirondack Wild’s Landscape Conservation Advisor Dr. Michael Klemens was recently cited in the Greenwich Free Press for his work to help protect local forests and vernal pools in heavily developed Greenwich, CT from inappropriate development. A judge upheld the importance of these environments in denying an appeal by the developer.  See link here: Judge Upholds Wetlands Denial

Dr. Klemens has worked for decades to apply ecological information and the tools of conservation science to improve land use planning in CT, the Hudson Valley of New York State and now in New York State’s Adirondack Park.

Vernal pools are small seasonally-filled wetlands or ponded watercourses set in forested landscapes that serve as critical breeding habitats for a variety of frogs and salamanders. These may be small, vulnerable animals and habitats but thanks to Dr. Klemens intelligent land use planners and decision makers better appreciate that their protection is crucial to maintaining healthy forests locally, in large landscapes like the Adirondacks, and throughout the northeast region.

Dr. Klemens is the author of Adirondack Wild’s 2017 guidebook: Pathways to a Connected Adirondack Park – Practical Steps to Better Land Use Decisions. Click here to download a FREE copy.



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