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IN THE NEWS - 2015

12/23/15 • Compromise Rail To Trail Plan Remains Controversial

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation just completed its public comment period on proposed changes to the Remsen Lake Placid rail corridor. It’s a controversial plan to determine whether part or all of the rail corridor should be removed and redeveloped for recreational use. read PDF >


12/22/15 • Green Groups Differ On Rail-Trail Proposal

Two environmental groups disagree on whether a state proposal to remove 34 miles of train tracks between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid complies with the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan.
read PDF >


11/10/15 • Groups Seek Expansion Of High Peaks Wilderness

Eight environmental groups are urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to dramatically expand the High Peaks Wilderness once the state purchases Boreas Ponds from the Adirondack Nature Conservancy.
read PDF >


10/08/15 • Iowa Pacific: No Plans Now To Store Oil Cars

Iowa Pacific is nearing an agreement to move waste rock from an old mine in Tahawus and has no immediate plans to store empty oil railcars on its tracks, according to Ed Ellis, the railroad’s president. read PDF >


09/30/15 • Adirondack Park Institute Recognizes Rockefeller Institute/Adirondack Wild

The Rockefeller Institute of Government, the public policy research arm of the State University of New York, and Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve, a wild lands advocacy and educational not-for-profit, have received the 2015 Frank Hutchins Adirondack Environmental Education Leadership Award from the Adirondack Park Institute. read PDF >


09/18/15 • Dismantling Of Iconic Adirondack Dam Begins

A dam that provided an iconic view of the Adirondack High Peaks is being dismantled.  While some environmentalists say removal of the Marcy Dam will be good for the ecosystem, others are disappointed to see it go. read PDF >


09/10/15 • High Peaks Oil Trains: A Primer On The Issues

The Iowa-Pacific rail company took state officials and environmental activists by surprise in July when it unveiled a plan to store hundreds of drained oil-tanker cars on its tracks near Tahawus on the edge of the High Peaks Wilderness.. read PDF >


08/27/15 • Groups protest plan for oil car dump

TAHAWUS — Environmental groups want Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to intervene and stop railroads from using Adirondack rails to store old oil cars. Iowa Pacific Holdings wants to store 300 derelict oil-tanker cars on tracks between Saratoga Springs and Newcomb. read PDF >


08/25/15 • Debate Rages Over Plan To Park DOT-111 Cars In Adirondacks

The Saratoga North Creek Railway is raising the ire of environmental and conservationists over a plan to store empty railcars on its central Adirondack tracks. The rail line is working on a plan to store as many as 500 DOT-111 railcars at the Sanford Lake branch tracks in Tahawus in the central Adirondacks.  
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08/19/15 • Legality of planned Adirondack oil train storage plan questioned

An Adirondack conservation group claimed that a plan by a railway company to store hundreds of emptied-out crude oil rail tankers near the High Peaks is illegal in a letter Wednesday to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Adirondack Wild disputed a claim by Chicago-based Iowa Pacific Holdings that the company does not need state approval to store tankers in Essex County along tracks of the Saratoga and North Creek Railway, which it owns. Acting chairman for the group, Chris Amato, urged the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Adirondack Park Agency to step in quickly. read PDF >


08/05/15 • New 40-Mile Snowmobile Thoroughfare Approved

A new 40-mile snowmobile thoroughfare will be built by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), mostly on “forever wild” Forest Preserve lands between the towns of Minerva, Newcomb and North Hudson. Construction of the 9 to 11 feet wide route, which was approved by the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) in July, is expected to begin immediately. read PDF >


08/04/15 • How state environmental officials sold a plan to mine an Adirondack Wilderness

A green group in the Adirondacks is raising new questions about a controversial plan to build an open-pit mine on 200 acres of forest preserve land in the Jay Mountain Wilderness. read PDF >


07/15/15 • Adirondacks need attention, not wolves and cougars

The Adirondack Park needs a lot of work to survive another 125 years.
Jobs. Technology. Protection from acid rain and invasive species. More efficient and focused efforts to ensure balance between preservation of the forest lands and development.. read PDF >


07/15/15 • Green group blasts Cuomo administration for Adirondack Park decisions

Jul 15, 2015 — The last five years have seen surprising new partnerships in New York's Adirondack Park between local government leaders, state agencies, and environmental groups. read PDF >


07/15/15 • Adirondack Group Issues Report Critical Of Park Management

An Adirondack advocacy group has issued a new repo rt critical of the Adirondack Park Agency and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s management of the park. As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, the DEC is disputing the findings. read PDF >


07/13/15 • Report: State not adequately protecting Adirondacks

ALBANY— State officials are not adequately protecting the Adirondacks from development and motorized vehicles, a new report from an advocacy group claims. read PDF >


07/13/15 • Report: State policies threaten Adirondack Park

The future of the 6-million-acre Adirondack Park is seriously threatened by state government's overemphasis on economic development, at the expense of environmental conservation, according to a report set to be released this week. read PDF >


07/07/15 • Appreciation for Outgoing DEC Commissioner Joe Martens

Joe Martens’ announced departure this month as State Environmental Conservation Commissioner prompts a post of appreciation and a note of apprehension about his future successor. read PDF >


07/07/15 • Two public hearings scheduled on controversial Essex Chain Lakes management plan

Jul 07, 2015 — New York's Department of Environmental Conservation will hold the first of two public meetings tonight on its plan for a large swath of new state land in the central Adirondacks. The proposed Essex Chain Lakes Management Complex includes a new community-connector snowmobile trail, paddling access, and bicycle and horse trails. State officials said the plan will bolster tourism in nearby towns, but some environmental groups and at least one Adirondack Park Agency official have raised a list of concerns with the DEC proposal. read PDF >


07/04/15 • Essex Chain Lakes plan fuels debate

ADIRONDACKS — Of all the 65,000 acres of former Finch Pruyn lands the state is buying in the central Adirondacks, the Essex Chain Lakes was among the most coveted by nature-lovers. read PDF >


07/02/15 • Most Say They Will Miss Departing DEC Commissioner

One day after the statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing was made official, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens announced he will leave his position. 
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06/03/15 • Sale of Adirondack prison hits snag - It's in the Forest Preserve

State officials pointed to the sale of the shuttered Camp Gabriels a year and a half ago as a success in the effort to re-purpose such facilities in an era of prison downsizing.

But the sale has hit a snag from New York's own laws regarding the Adirondack Forest Preserve, where the former minimum-security prison is located. read PDF >


05/05/15 • NYCO Finishes Test Drilling In Jay Mountain Wilderness

NYCO Minerals has finished test drilling in the Jay Mountain Wilderness and now plans to assess the quality of the wollastonite found on the site.

Brian Glackin, the mine manager, said the company ended up drilling at only eight sites, though it had originally been permitted to drill at twenty-one.
“At the first three holes there was nothing. That was a big gulp,” Glackin told me Tuesday when I visited Lot 8, the 200-acre parcel that NYCO hopes to acquire from the state. read PDF >


05/21/15 • Camp Gabriels deal tied up

GABRIELS - It may take approval of a state constitutional amendment for New York to sell the former Camp Gabriels prison.

More than a year-and-a-half after the state auctioned the former minimum-security prison to Adam Fine of Rockland County, the deal still hasn't closed. read PDF >


03/30/15 • NYCO Suit Dropped

Environmentalists abandon court appeal; mining company scales back drilling in hte forest. read PDF >


05/01/15 • Should APA treat the economy on par with environment?

YES: Fred Monroe; NO: Dave Gibson read PDF >


03/30/15 • NYCO Begins Drilling

Following a favorable court ruling in December, NYCO Minerals has been drilling for wollasonite in the Jay Mountain Wilderness much of the winter. read PDF >


03/27/15 • Winter Mountaineering: Mt. Colden’s Wine Bottle Slide

It’s springtime! Well, according to the calendar. The snow may be slowly disappearing from the lower elevations, but there were full-on winter conditions during a climb up Mt. Colden’s Wine Bottle Slide on Saturday. read PDF >


03/10/15 • Adirindack Explorer
Adirondacks aquatic pest fight grows

Boaters who launch into Adirondack lakes, rivers and streams this summer will see new efforts meant to bar the spread of aquatic invasive species under an agreement among the state, local governments, lake associations and conservation groups that was announced Tuesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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03/08/15 • Adirindack Explorer
A Push For Clustering Of Developments

Environmentalists say the approval of a housing development at a former Boy Scout camp underscores the need for tighter regulation of privately owned backcountry lands in the Adirondacks.

All four of the Adirondack Park’s major environmental groups opposed a plan to subdivide 1,119 acres in Fulton County into twenty-four building lots, most of them bordering two water bodies, Woodworth Lake and Hines Pond. read PDF >


02/20/15 • Press Republican
Environmental groups won't fight NYCO testing

LEWIS — Instead of appealing a court decision giving the OK for NYCO Minerals to test drill here, four environmentalist groups will turn their attention to monitoring the work.

"Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve; Protect the Adirondacks!; the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter; and the Atlantic States Legal Foundation have decided not to appeal the decision of Essex County Supreme Court in the matter of test drilling for the mineral wollastonite on 'Lot 8' in the Jay Mountain Wilderness Area in Lewis," those groups said in a joint press release on Friday. read PDF >


02/19/15 • The TImes Union
Permit limits Essex County pit mine expansion

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has scaled back a controversial expansion of an Essex County pit mine that was part of the forever-wild state Forest Preserve in the Adirondacks.
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01/20/15 • The Daily Gazette - Letter to the Editor
APA not living up to role to protect park

I appreciate Kyle Adams’ Jan. 16 coverage of the latest Adirondack Park Agency-approved subdivision known as New York Land and Lakes LLC in Bleecker. Your newspaper lends the Adirondacks special coverage because of the historical importance of the Adirondack Park to The Gazette’s readers.
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01/19/15 • Adirondack Explorer
Plethora Of Proposals For Forest Preserve Lands

This fall, the Adirondack Park Agency invited the public to offer ideas for revising the State Land Master Plan – which hasn’t been substantially amended since 1987 – and the agency got an earful.Among those submitting suggestions were the Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board, environmental organizations, mountain bikers, and backcountry skiers. read PDF >


01/16/15 • North Country Public Radio
After Big court wins, APA affirms controversial development rules

Jan 16, 2015 — New York's Adirondack Park Agency yesterday approved a new 1,100-acre subdivision in Fulton County, in the southern part of the Park. A former Boy Scout camp around Woodworth Lake will be redeveloped with 24 new home sites and an upgraded road and driveways. read PDF >


01/15/15 • Adirondack Explorer
APA Approves Controversial Subdivision

The Adirondack Park Agency board voted unanimously Thursday to approve a controversial development at a former Boy Scouts camp in the southern Adirondacks. read PDF >


01/13/15 • TImes Union
Editorial: Sprawl, Adirondack style

THE ISSUE:
The Adirondack Park Agency is considering the impact of a housing development proposed for Fulton County.

THE STAKES:
The APA shouldn't allow a maximum number of lots just because it can.
Yogi Berra's quote, "It's deja vu all over again," comes to mind looking over the development proposed for the Woodworth Lake Boy Scout Camp in northern Fulton County in the Adirondack Park. The housing project would chop up 1,100 acres into lots for 26 luxury homes in much the same way as another project in Tupper Lake. read PDF >


01/12/15 • Adirondack Explorer
NYCO Begins Drilling In Jay Mt. Wilderness Area

NYCO Minerals has begun cutting trees and drilling for wollastonite in the Jay Mountain Wilderness, actions that could render moot legal efforts to thwart the company’s plans. read PDF >


01/09/15 • Capital Confidential
Enviros oppose subdivision plans, say it should be in ADK Park Forest Preserve

A group of environmental organizations has come out against a proposed 1,119-acre subdivision near the southern end of the Adirondack Park border. They believe the land, which includes undeveloped lakes, woods and wildlife habitat, should be added to the ADK Park’s forest preserve which would protect it from future development. read PDF >


01/06/15 • Post Star
Does the Adirondack Park need a rules upgrade?

Jan 06, 2015 — New York State's Adirondack Park Agency recently held public meetings to gather input on the State Land Master Plan; the document the APA and other state agencies use as a legal road map for decisions about how to manage the Park's forest preserve. read PDF >


 

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