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IN THE NEWS - 2013

12/17/13 • by Brian Mann, North Country Public Radio
How Cuomo shaped new Adirondack wilderness
Later this month, Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign off on a vast new wilderness and primitive area in the Adirondacks. The classification deal for the former Finch lands was formally approved on Friday by the Adirondack Park Agency. But many of its details were crafted by the governor himself and by his staff in Albany. read PDF >


12/16/13 • by Brian Mann North Country Public Radio
Cuomo says he'll sign Adirondack wilderness plan
The Adirondack Park Agency voted Friday to create a vast new 24,000-acre wilderness and primitive area along a remote stretch of the upper Hudson River. read PDF >


12/09/13 • by Phil Brown Adirondack Explorer
Proposed Snowmobile Trail Raises Questions
Town leaders lobbied hard for a snowmobile trail through the Essex Chain Tract that would connect the hamlets of Indian Lake and Newcomb, and it appears they may get their wish. read PDF >


12/09/13 • By CHRIS KNIGHT - Senior Staff Writer - Adirondack Daily Enterprise
Final tally on NYCO vote: $662,000
NYCO Minerals spent more money than previously reported to win support for a controversial land swap with the state that voters approved last month in a statewide referendum. read PDF >


12/09/13 • by Brian Mann North County Public Radio
APA unveils Finch conservation plan for Adks
The Adirondack Park Agency plans to vote this week on land classification for thousands of acres of former Finch Pruyn timber land. Details of the proposal were unveiled on Friday. read PDF >


12/06/13 • by Phil Brown, Editor Adirondack Explorer
APA Staff Proposes Motorless Essex Chain
After months of negotiations and deliberation, the Adirondack Park Agency staff has come up with a proposal to designate the Essex Chain Lakes a Primitive Area, a classification that would preclude the use of motorboats. read PDF >


10/26/13 • By CHRIS KNIGHT - Senior Staff Writer - Adirondack Daily Enterprise
NYCO spent $538,000 for vote
NYCO Minerals spent more than half a million dollars to win support for a controversial land swap with the state that voters approved Tuesday in a statewide referendum. read PDF >


11/07/13 • By Brian Nearing - Times Union
Split over land deal
While casinos dominated the political debate, the most tightly contested issue on the ballot this week involved a proposed swap of state land in the Adirondacks to a mining company — and revealed a schism between environmental groups that act as watchdogs over the largest park in the lower 48 states. read PDF >


11/07/13 • by Peter Bauer, Adirondack Almanack
Reflections on the Vote to Sell 200 Acres of Forest Preserve
Article XIV of the NY State Constitution, the ‘Forever Wild’ clause.
Much is already being made about the great victory in passing Proposition 5 – the controversial Constitutional Amendment known as Proposition 5 that was approved by New Yorkers on November 5, 2013 to sell 200 acres of forever wild Forest Preserve in the Jay Mountain Wilderness to NYCO Minerals, Inc., a mining company that plans to incorporate it into its adjacent open pit mine. read PDF >


11/05/13 • by Brian Mann - North Country Public Radio
Adirondack land swaps win approval, dividing green groups
State board of elections figures show two Adirondack land swap ballot proposals passing by handy margins, though the NYCO minerals project in Essex County appeared significantly closer. read PDF >


10/26/13 • by Pete Nelson - Adirondack Almanack
Commentary: Vote No on the NYCO Mining Amendment
I’ve been following the debate over the proposed amendment to the New York State Constitution to allow NYCO Minerals, Inc. to conduct exploratory drilling on 200 acres of Forest Preserve in the Jay Mountain Wilderness. The basic framework for this proposal is that whatever land NYCO disturbs by their drilling and mining must be exchanged for land of equal or greater value and acreage that NYCO donates to the Forest Preserve. read PDF >


10/26/13 • by By David Lombardo - Daily Gazette news blog - Notes from the North Country
Vote "NO" on Proposition 5
A coalition has formed in opposition to the fifth ballot proposition on this year's ballot.
Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve, Protect the Adirondacks and the Sierra Club’s Atlantic Chapter say the proposition, which would allow a land swap, is a mistake and should be voted down on Nov. 5. These groups reject the claim from the state Department of Environmental Conservation that there are no older forests on the 200-acres proposed for expanded mining. read PDF >


10/21/13 • by KELLY FAY - Legislative Gazette
Enviros split on Adirondack land swap deal
NYCO's mine adjacent to the forest preserve. If voters approve proposition five and NYCO discovers wollastonite reserves, the 70 Road mine will be extended into Lot 8. The company would mine for approximately 9 years and reclaim the land before returning it to the state. read PDF >


10/09/13 • by Brian Mann - North Country Radio
Mining company pushes for Adirondack land swap
Next month, voters across New York will decide the fate of two historic land swaps in the Adirondack Park. One would settle a long-standing property dispute in Raquette Lake. read PDF >


09/30/13 • by By Rick Karlin - Times Union
Between rock, wild place
Voters will consider a request by a mining company to move Forest Preserve's boundary

Miners have been drilling, blasting and digging up wollastonite at NYCO Mineral Inc.'s mine here for more than 50 years. But the enormous open pits that yield the white, marble-textured mineral are now butting up against the boundary line between privately owned NYCO lands and the Adirondack Forest Preserve, which is protected from development. read PDF >


09/23/13 • by Bill Ingersoll, Contributing Writer The Adirondack Almanack
The NYCO Amendment and Forest Preserve Value
This November, voters in New York State will be asked to either approve or reject six separate constitutional amendments. Two of them are related to the Adirondack Forest Preserve: Proposal 4, which would provide a legal process to resolve long-standing title disputes on the shores of Raquette Lake; and Proposal 5, which would allow NYCO Minerals, Inc. to acquire a portion of the Forest Preserve in exchange for land elsewhere. read PDF >


09/23/13 • Adirondack Daily Enterprise
Magazine puts on APA review conference
PAUL SMITHS - The Paul Smith's College VIC will host a conference on Thursday to review the progress and unfinished business of the Adirondack Park Agency and regional planning in the Adirondack Park. read PDF >


08/22/13 • by Brian Mann - Adirondack Explorer
In APA flap, bird loses
Green groups in the Adirondacks are split over a proposed land swap that, some warn, would weaken the “Forever Wild” clause in the New York State Constitution. read PDF >


07/17/13 • North Country Public Radio
A Proposed ADK Land Swap Divides Environmentalists
Green groups in the Adirondacks are split over a proposed land swap that, some warn, would weaken the “Forever Wild” clause in the New York State Constitution. read PDF >


07/15/13 • by Phil Brown, Editor - Adirondack Explorer
New State Lands Classification: Final Comments Due
Paul Schaefer was as important and impressive as the Adirondack Park that he loved, championed and did so much to preserve. Two environmental groups want the state to name a beautiful wild area it just acquired after him, an honor that would be more than justified. read PDF >


06/30/13 • Commentary, By David H. Gibson and William C. Janeway - Times Union
Input for park's new land
Paul Schaefer was as important and impressive as the Adirondack Park that he loved, championed and did so much to preserve. Two environmental groups want the state to name a beautiful wild area it just acquired after him, an honor that would be more than justified. read PDF >


06/25/13 • by NCPR News, in Saranac Lake, NY
What the legislature got done in the Adirondacks; why it's controversial
The state legislature left a lot of unfinished business when it wrapped up its session in Albany. But lawmakers also got a lot of things done, including a series of big measures affecting the Adirondack Park. read PDF >


06/22/13 • Editorial, Adirondack Daily Enterprise
Yes on Township 40, maybe on mining
In November, if you're an eligible voter, you'll be asked to choose yes or no to some amendments to the state Constitution. Both are about Article 14, which governs the state-owned, "forever wild" Adirondack Forest Preserve. read PDF >


06/19/13 • Lake Placid News
Heard Fewer Frogs Lately?
“I am surprised we have not seen more frogs,” said Dr. Michael Klemens as we stood looking into a quiet backwater along side a wetland adjacent to the West Branch Ausable River. read PDF >


06/13/13 • North Country Public Radio
Adirondack land swap divides green groups
Paul Schaefer was as important and impressive as the Adirondack Park that he loved, championed and did so much to preserve. Two environmental groups want the state to name a beautiful wild area it just acquired after him, an honor that would be more than justified. read PDF >


06/13/13 • Adirondack Daily Enterprise
Wilderness vs Wild Forest
Paul Schaefer was as important and impressive as the Adirondack Park that he loved, championed and did so much to preserve. Two environmental groups want the state to name a beautiful wild area it just acquired after him, an honor that would be more than justified. read PDF >


05/15/13 • Editorial - The Daily Gazette
Honor Paul Schaefer by naming new state lands in Adirondacks after him
Paul Schaefer was as important and impressive as the Adirondack Park that he loved, championed and did so much to preserve. Two environmental groups want the state to name a beautiful wild area it just acquired after him, an honor that would be more than justified. read PDF >


05/11/13 • By CHRIS KNIGHT - Senior Staff Writer Adirondack Daily Enterprise
Schaefer's legacy may be recognized
If you threw a dart at a map of the Adirondack Park, a dead-center hit would be somewhere near the confluence of the Indian and Hudson rivers in Hamilton County, just before the foaming Hudson Gorge rapids start. read PDF >


05/09/13 • by Stephen Williams - The Daily Gazette
Group Seeks ‘Paul Schaefer Wild Rivers Wilderness’
Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve is proposing newly acquired Forest Preserve in Newcomb and Minerva to be classified Wilderness in honor of one of the Park’s most influential conservation leaders of the 20th century. read PDF >


05/08/13 • By CHRIS KNIGHT - Senior Staff Writer Adirondack Daily Enterprise
Seven options for former Finch lands
The state Adirondack Park Agency has drafted a list of seven possible classifications for the first phase of former Finch, Pruyn and Co. timberlands to be added to the Forest Preserve. read PDF >


05/07/13 • By Phil Brown, Editor Adirondack Explorer
APA Lays Out Options For Finch, Pruyn Lands
he staff of the Adirondack Park Agency has proposed seven options for the classification of 22,538 acres of former Finch, Pruyn & Company lands recently acquired by the state, all calling for the creation of a Hudson Gorge Wilderness. read PDF >


03/29/13 • The Weekly Adirondack:
LETTER: Honored to receive Gateway to Wilderness award
To the Editor: Last fall I was a recipient of the “Gateway to Wilderness” award, given by Adirondack Wild. I was honored and humbled to receive this award, along with Sheila and Ron Cuccaro.

This award was also especially meaningful because one of the founding partners of Adirondack Wild, David Gibson, has been very helpful to me in dealing with sensitive Adirondack issues for many years. read PDF >


03/12/13 • Adirondack Explorer:
A plan for 69,000 acres: DEC's proposals for managing the former Finch, Pruyn lands kindle a debate over motorized use
More than five years after the Nature Conservancy bought all 161,000 acres of Finch, Pruyn & Company’s timberlands, the state has acquired eighteen thousand acres for the Forest Preserve and intends to open up some of the land to the public this spring. read PDF >


02/23/13 • Times Union Editorial:
A clear path on clear-cutting
The Adirondack Park Agency may well have a good idea for getting private property owners, particularly big timber companies, to better manage their land. The problem is with the way the APA is going about it. read PDF >


02/14/13 • Adirondack Daily Enterprise
APA again postpones clear-cutting proposal
For the second time in as many months, the state Adirondack Park Agency has postponed action on a controversial proposal that would streamline the review process for certain kinds of clear-cutting on private lands in the Park. read PDF >


02/12/13 • The Times Union
Clear-cut choice for forest
ALBANY — New rules on potential clear-cutting of Adirondack forests are on the verge of being adopted by the Adirondack Park Agency, with environmental groups warning changes could fuel much more logging. read PDF >


02/12/13 • The Daily Gazette
Park agency to decide on clear-cutting rules
ADIRONDACKS — The Adirondack Park Agency commissioners could make a decision this week on new rules for clear-cut logging in the Adirondack Park. The APA staff is recommending approval for a new policy allowing larger cuts to qualify for approval under a “general permit.” read PDF >


01/16/13 • Adirondack Daily Enterprise
Taylor Pond management plan approved
RAY BROOK - The state Adirondack Park Agency has approved a management plan for a vast complex of state-owned land that stretches from the shores of Lake Champlain to the town of St. Armand. The Taylor Pond Complex Unit Management Plan calls for the construction of new hiking and snowmobile trails, trailhead parking areas, lean-tos and camping areas. It also recommends studying the creation of a mountain biking trail network in the Taylor Pond area. read PDF >


01/10/13 • The Daily Gazette
Keep new invasive species from Lake George
For its natural beauty and sparkling water, Lake George has been called the Queen of American Lakes. But like royalty with their inherited diseases, the lake has been afflicted in recent years — with invasive species such as zebra mussels, Eurasian milfoil and, the latest, spiny waterfleas. read PDF >


01/04/13 • The Daily Gazette
APA delays clear-cut rules vote
ADIRONDACKS — Controversial plans for the Adirondack Park Agency to loosen review rules for “clear-cut” logging have been pulled from the agenda for the agency’s Jan. 10 meeting, when they could have been approved. read PDF >


 

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