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IN THE NEWS - 2016

12/11/16 • Editorial: Boreas Ponds is a jewel — let’s keep it that way

Rarely do we get a second chance to return something to the near-pristine state of its origin.
We should not let such rare opportunities pass us by.

In the Adirondack Mountains, there’s such an opportunity, as the Adirondack Park Agency considers a land classification for the Boreas Ponds tract. read PDF >


12/06/16 • Adirondack Resident Travels To Standing Rock

On Sunday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied the easement permit for the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under a Missouri River reservoir in southern North Dakota near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The pipeline controversy has brought thousands of protesters to an encampment at Standing Rock. One Adirondack resident was at the encampment when the permit denial was announced. read PDF >


11/15/16 • Vintage Adirondack Park Documentaries

Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve has converted two influential documentary films from the 1970s, Of Rivers and Men and The Adirondack – The Land Nobody Knows, to digital format.

The conversion was supported by private donors including those who gave to a mini-campaign of Adirondack Gives, a crowd funding source sponsored by the Adirondack Foundation.
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11/02/16 • Adirondack Wild Leaves BeWildNY Coalition Over Boreas Ponds Plan

Adirondack Wild has left the BeWildNY coalition, saying it disagrees with the coalition’s proposal to allow the public to drive to within a mile or so of Boreas Ponds.

Adirondack Wild announced its decision as the Adirondack Park Agency prepares for public hearings on the classification of the 20,758-acre Boreas Ponds Tract, which the state bought from the Adirondack chapter of the Nature Conservancy in April.. read PDF >


10/13/16 • APA Fails To End Criticism Over Boreas Ponds Options

In response to public criticism, the Adirondack Park Agency staff came up with a fourth option for classifying the Boreas Ponds Tract, but it hasn’t ended the controversy.

The APA board is expected to vote Friday to hold public hearings on the four options, despite complaints that the staff failed to present a full range of alternatives for the tract and failed to properly analyze the alternatives it did present. read PDF >


10/11/16 • Green Groups Call On APA To Reject Boreas Proposals

Adirondack Forest Preserve advocacy groups are calling on the Adirondack Park Agency’s board to reject at this week’s meeting all three staff proposals for classifying the 20,758-acre Boreas Ponds Tract.

The major objection is that under all three proposals, a 6.8-mile logging road that leads to Boreas Ponds would be designated Wild Forest, which could allow people to drive all the way to the ponds.
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10/05/16 • Nature Conservancy Favors Wilderness For Boreas Ponds

The Adirondack chapter of the Nature Conservancy has taken the unusual step of entering into the debate over the classification of the 20,758-acre Boreas Ponds Tract, which it sold to the state this year.

In a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo, the conservancy recommends that 11,500 acres be classified Wilderness, the most restrictive designation, and 9,030 acres be classified Wild Forest, which allows some motorized use. The adjacent 1,587-acre Casey Brook Tract also would be classified Wilderness. read PDF >


09/27/16 • Adirondack Wild Calls For DEC To Address High Peaks Issues

An Adirondack Park advocacy group wants the state Department of Environmental Conservation to re-establish a High Peaks Citizen’s Advisory Committee to address increasing usage and resulting impacts to the High Peaks Wilderness. Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve sent a letter to DEC Region 5 Director Bob Stegemann today, asking for the department to address the surging number of hikers in the High Peaks with a comprehensive approach that includes possible updates to the High Peaks unit management plan. read PDF >


09/15/16 • Environmental Groups Concerned Over Boreas Ponds Interim Access Plan

Earlier this year New York State finalized the purchase of the 20,758-acre Boreas Ponds Tract in the Adirondacks, completing a 69,000-acre acquisition of former Finch Pruyn lands from the Nature Conservancy.  The Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an interim access plan.  But environmental groups are concerned that the plan could compromise eventual classification of the land. read PDF >


09/15/16 • Boreas Ponds Interim Access Plan Criticized

Some Forest Preserve advocates are concerned that the state’s decision to allow people to ride mountain bikes to Boreas Ponds under an interim-access plan could become the permanent policy for the newly acquired Boreas Ponds Tract. read PDF >


06/23/16 • New commissioners named at Adirondack Park Agency

RAY BROOK — The new members nominated to the NYS Adirondack Park Agency by Governor Andrew Cuomo and confirmed this past week by the NYS Senate are: Chad Dawson of Onondaga County; John Ernst of Elk Lake Lodge in Essex County and from New York City; and Barbara Rice of Saranac Lake.
Adirondack Wild thanks the Governor for nominating individuals who have a history of commitment to the protection and wise stewardship of the Park’s interconnected public and private lands.
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06/22/16 • Change to state constitution would allow municipalities to build utilities in Adirondacks without new amendment

A proposed change to the New York State Constitution would help Adirondack and Catskill communities eliminate the need for individual amendments to build utilites on state forest land, saving time and money. read PDF >


06/13/16 • Raquette Lake deal caught up in Albany deal-maling?

In these final days of the legislative session, Senator Betty Little wants to change New York's constitution so a former prison on state land near Saranac Lake will be easier to sell. Little is pushing for an amendment that would exempt Camp Gabriels from the Adirondack Park's "forever wild" rules.
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06/13/16 • Future of Camp Gabriels depends on amendment to NY constitution

In these final days of the legislative session, Senator Betty Little wants to change New York's constitution so a former prison on state land near Saranac Lake will be easier to sell. Little is pushing for an amendment that would exempt Camp Gabriels from the Adirondack Park's "forever wild" rules.
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06/13/16 • Bill To Reform How APA Handles Major Subdivisions Introduced

New home construction in large subdivisions in the Adirondack Park would be friendlier to wildlife, forests and water quality under legislation introduced by Assembly Conservation Committee Chairman Steve Englebright. read PDF >


05/18/16 • Dick Booth: Boreas Ponds Should Be Wilderness

Dick Booth probably won’t be on the Adirondack Park Agency’s board when it decides how to classify the recently acquired Boreas Ponds Tract, but he is convinced that most of the 20,758 acres should be designated Wilderness, the strictest of the APA’s land-use categories. read PDF >


05/03/16 • #BeWildNY Alliance Cites Science In Call For Wilderness At Boreas Ponds

The #BeWildNY alliance argues that the 20,500-acre Boreas Ponds Tract should be shielded from automobiles, invasive species, and motorized or mechanized recreation and called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Adirondack Park Agency to classify most of the new tract Wilderness, and add it to the High Peaks Wilderness. read PDF >


04/26/16 • State to open Essex Chain lands up for recreation

THE ISSUE: State to open Essex Chain lands up for recreation
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04/25/16 • Editorial - The Essex Chain Lakes Lawsuit Explained

Two of the Adirondack Park’s major environmental groups are suing the state over the management plan for the Essex Chain Lakes region—a large tract of forest, ponds, and streams that the state acquired from the Nature Conservancy as part of the blockbuster Finch, Pruyn deal. read PDF >


04/23/16 • State buys Boreas tract for $14.5 million

NORTH HUDSON — The state's recent acquisition of the Boreas Ponds property marks its final purchase of former Finch, Pruyn & Co. lands, first outlined by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2012.

The 20,758-acre site was purchased from the Nature Conservancy for $14,499,497. read PDF >


03/24/16 • Editorial - APA independence needed

THE ISSUE: Land use issues in the Adirondacks continue to divide residents and park overseers.
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03/21/16 • APA Commissioner Blasts Cuomo For Weakening Adirondack State Land Master Plan

An Adirondack Park Agency commissioner is criticizing the Cuomo administration, saying the New York governor has exerted undue influence over decisions made at the agency, placing forest protections at risk. read PDF >


03/21/16 • Top APA Commissioner says Cuomo undermining Adirondack Protections

Mar 21, 2016 — One of the Adirondack Park Agency’s most respected commissioners has blasted the Cuomo administration. Richard Booth, a professor at Cornell who has sat on the APA commission for nearly a decade, said the Governor and his staff are steadily weakening laws that protect the Park’s wilderness and primitive areas. read PDF >


03/16/16 • APA Commissioner Indicts Cuomo Administration For Poor APA Decisions

At the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) meeting on Friday March 11, 2016, the APA acted to amend the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan (APSLMP) to make a series of changes, the most controversial being changes to the Essex Chain Lakes and Pine Lake Primitive areas to allow public bicycle use and use of motor vehicles for management and maintenance by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). read PDF >


03/07/16 • Property of ‘Adirondack Woodswoman’ is left to state

Anne LaBastille, who spent a good deal in her life alone in a cabin in the Adirondacks and wrote about it in an acclaimed “Woodswoman” books passed away in 2011.

Now comes news that her 32-acre property will be given to the state, added to New York’s inventory of protected lands in the Adirondacks. read PDF >


01/19/16 • Boreas Ponds And A Bigger Adirondack High Peaks Wilderness

In 1936, the conservationist Bob Marshall made a list of forty-eight forested areas in the United States that exceeded three hundred thousand acres and that remained roadless — that is, relatively pristine. Evidently, he considered three hundred thousand acres to be the minimal size of a true wilderness.
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01/15/16 • ADIRONDACK DEBATE: Wilderness, recreation advocates speak out at APA hearing

In 1936, the conservationist Bob Marshall made a list of forty-eight forested areas in the United States that exceeded three hundred thousand acres and that remained roadless — that is, relatively pristine. Evidently, he considered three hundred thousand acres to be the minimal size of a true wilderness.
read PDF >


01/13/16 • Green groups file lawsuit against Essex Chain Lakes rec plan

RAY BROOK — As a public recreation plan for state Essex Chain Lakes lands moving toward final approval, a group of environmental advocates say it’s not legal.

Adirondack Wild, Protect the Adirondacks and Earth Justice filed a lawsuit Monday. read PDF >


01/12/16 • Green groups sue over Essex Chain plan

Two environmental groups have joined forces to sue the Adirondack Park Agency and Department of Environmental Conservation over the state agencies' plan to manage the recently acquired Essex Chain Lakes. read PDF >


01/12/16 • Lawsuit Filed Challenging Changes To Adirondack Land Management

Lawsuit Filed Challenging Changes To Adirondack Land Management By PAT BRADLE , WAMC The Roundtable January 12, 2016 Two Adirondack environmental advocacy groups are suing New York state, seeking to block implementation of revisions to the land management plan for the Essex Chain Lakes in the central Ad irondacks currently under consideration by the Department of Environmental Co nservation and the Adirondack Park Agency. read PDF >


01/11/16 • Adirondack Groups Sue NYS Over Essex Chain Plan

Two Adirondack groups have announced that they will file a lawsuit Monday challenging the State’s approval of a new management plan for the Essex Chain Lakes in the heart of the Adirondack Park.
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01/11/16 • Adirondack green groups suing NY to block Essex Chain Lakes plan

Environmental groups are due in court later today to sue the State of New York in an effort to block implementation of a new management plan for the Essex Chain lakes near Newcomb. read PDF >


01/11/16 • INTO THE WILD: 'Primitive' Adirondacks land may open to bikers

ALBANY, N.Y. - Mountain bike riders could gain more access to the Adirondack backcountry under proposed changes to the law that governs activity on state-owned land in the 6 million-acre Adirondack Park.

While the amendments to the 1972 State Land Master Plan were prompted by development of the state’s recreation plan for the 18,000-acre Essex Chain Lakes tract in the central Adirondacks, environmental groups say the proposed changes could weaken protection for a much larger area of the region protected by the state constitution as “forever wild.” read PDF >


01/07/16 • NYSDEC proposes changes to conservation easement rules

Even though the state Department of Environmental Conservation holds about 900,000 acres in conservation easements across the state, there is currently no legal procedure for modifying or extinguishing these agreements. The DEC is now accepting public comments on a proposed rule that will regulate how it goes about making changes to conservation easements. read PDF >


01/07/16 • Variety Of Groups Praise Governor’s Plan To Fund EPF

In advance of his combined State of the State and budget address next week, Governor Andrew Cuomo is releasing details of his 2016 executive agenda.  On Tuesday, he announced that he would fully fund the state’s Environmental Protection Fund at $300 million. It’s a move that’s being praised by a diversity of groups across the state. read PDF >


 

 

 

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