“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s
peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.
The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms
their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”

— John Muir

IN THE NEWS - 2020

08/02/20 • Groups urge state to buy Whitney land in Adirondacks The 36,000-acre Whitney Park property in Long Lake is land the state and environmental conservation organizations have hoped to someday acquire for the public for several decades, and now it’s coming onto the market. Several conservation organizations have called for the state to acquire the property since John Hendrickson, the widower of the late Marylou Whitney, announced last week that the family property would be put on the market for $180 million. read PDF >

07/31/20 • Conservationists call for state to buy Whitney Park Whitney Park, a historic 36,000-acre Long Lake estate, has been listed for sale for $180 million. Conservationists want the state to step in and buy it. Shortly after the owner of a historic 36,000-acre Long Lake estate announced this week he plans to sell for $180 million, conservationists said they want the state to step in and buy the property. read PDF >

06/30/20 • High Peaks Recommendations Should Connect to Management Plan The following is commentary from Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve Recognizing the initial efforts of the High Peaks Strategic Planning Advisory Group, which issued an interim report last week, Adirondack Wild’s David Gibson had this to say: “An advisory body of diverse stakeholders, all volunteers, has been meeting distantly during the pandemic but nonetheless has reached consensus on recommendations to address some key existing pressure points in the High Peaks Wilderness region. During these tough times, that is an impressive accomplishment.” read PDF >

06/27/20 • A Hamilton County mountaintop in dispute At the southern end of Hamilton County, a radio dead zone has plagued emergency responders for years. Law enforcement cannot check license plates. Ambulance corps members cannot call a hospital. After years of looking for ways to bolster communications in the area, a tower on Cathead Mountain in Benson appears to be the answer. The problem? It is surrounded by land where state law prohibits motorized vehicle use, a real challenge for building a tower, let alone maintaining or repairing one. read PDF >

06/24/20 • Advisory Committee Issues Preliminary Recommendations For High Peaks Overuse The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has released an interim report with recommendations to deal with overuse of the High Peaks region of the Adirondacks. read PDF >

06/13/20 • Senate OKs full board for APA The state Adirondack Park Agency now has a full board for the first time in a while, after the state Senate approved seven nominations — four new and three returning — from Gov. Andrew Cuomo Wednesday. read PDF >

06/09/20 • Cuomo nominates seven to Adirondack board LAKE GEORGE — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has nominated seven people to the Adirondack Park Agency Board, which would make the board complete for the first time in more than a year. read PDF >

05/22/20 • Adirondack zoning map amendment raises questions For property owners in the Adirondack Park, there’s a map that shows the law of the land. For some with development ideas, the law isn’t in their favor. There is a process through the Adirondack Park Agency to change it, however, and the Town of Lake Luzerne is hoping to do that for more than 100 acres in the area of Hidden Valley Road off of Route 9N. read PDF >

04/29/20 • Travel corridor plan needs work The state Department of Environmental Conservation’s long-awaited amendment to the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor management plan has reached the Adirondack Park Agency in Ray Brook for a determination of compliance with the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan. This is the second time the plan has reached the APA. What happened the first time? read PDF >

04/16/20 • Adirondack Wild: Plan for Remsen to Lake Placid Travel Corridor Fails to Assess Impacts A DEC plan for the 119-mile Travel Corridor that runs through the heart of the Adirondack Park does not adequately assess actual and projected impacts on the Park’s public wilderness and natural resources according to the group Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve. read PDF >

04/02/20 • ‘Restore Mother Nature Bond Act’ leaps first hurdle, but more lie ahead as economy wilts While a number of environmental groups rejoiced in the New York State Senate’s agreement with Gov. Andrew Cuomo to pass a five-year, $3 billion environmental bond act on Wednesday, the state’s budget director was more reserved about it on Thursday. read PDF >

03/26/20 • Almanack Founder John Warren Says Goodbye My contract to edit Adirondack Almanack, which I founded in 2005, and have edited for the past 15 years, is not being renewed by Adirondack Explorer. This took me by surprise and comes at a tough time, but the decision was made by Adirondack Explorer’s new publisher, Tracy Ormsbee of Albany. read PDF >

03/09/20 • State group privately debates High Peaks crowd solutions that could affect this summer’s visitors Twenty–two people hand-picked by the state have been meeting behind closed doors to propose short- and long-term solutions to manage crowds in the Adirondack High Peaks. read PDF >

02/26/20 • Guardians in the woods Rangers protect resources and people, but feel strain of more work read PDF >

02/10/20 • Large rally at state capitol seeks better protections for Adirondack parks. ALBANY, N.Y. (WRGB) – Adirondack conservationists met at the State Capitol today to seek legislation that would protect the Adirondack Park’s forests, waters and wildlife. read PDF >

02/10/20 • Adirondack groups lobby for more park protections ALBANY — A contingent of Adirondack Park supporters swept the Capitol on Monday, calling for more forest rangers, more funding to protect the area from overuse, bolstering of the Adirondack Park Agency and strengthening laws to protect Adirondack waters. read PDF >

01/20/20 • Groups Reaffirm Opposition To Forest Ranger Merger In a December 2019 letter to NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos, six non-governmental organizations from the Adirondacks and Catskills announced their firm opposition to any future merger of the DEC Forest Rangers with the DEC Environmental Conservation Officers. read PDF >

01/17/20 • NGOs oppose any future ECO, Ranger merger ALBANY — Several non-governmental organizations who advocate on behalf of the Adirondacks and the Catskills recently voiced their opposition to any future merger of State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers and Environmental Conservation Officers. read PDF >

01/11/20 • Supreme Court says snowmobile bridge ok NORTH HUDSON | New York Supreme Court Judge Robert J. Muller dismissed a lawsuit that charged a snowmobile bridge over the Cedar River violated environmental protection laws. read PDF >

01/04/20 • Forest rangers: Thanks, but no thanks, on pay raise ALBANY -- The union representing the state’s frontline forest rangers last month rejected a potential pay raise, calling on officials to instead invest the money in increased staffing and new equipment. read PDF >

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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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