ADIRONDACK WILD EXCLUSIVE

Adirondack Wild and Earthjustice Gain Important Victory: DEC Abandons Motorized Zone through Low Elevation Boreal Ecosystem



In a phone call to Adirondack Wild and Earthjustice, NYS DEC has announced it was dropping its draft proposal from the fall to open 17 miles of road for the first time to public motor vehicle use near Carry Falls Reservoir and a primitive area renowned for endangered boreal habitats, species like the spruce grouse and many Adirondack birds and plants imperiled by climate change exacerbated by active road development and motorized use. DEC clearly conceded that Adirondack Wild and Earthjustice's joint comment letter had been persuasive. If DEC proceeded with the road proposal the agency would not only clearly violate its own commitments from a 2006 unit management plan to carefully study the impacts of any further opening up of the roads here - studies it had never conducted -  but the DEC would violate numerous laws protective of the Park including the State Land Master Plan and State Environmental Quality Review Act and the Rivers Act. Adirondack Wild and Earthjustice are particularly pleased with not having to resort to legal action and with DEC's voluntary compliance to withdraw its proposal and to work with groups like ours to redraft next summer.

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FIELD NOTES FROM THE PARTNERS

01/30/17 Proposal for Boreas Ponds Falls Short One could almost hear the exhalation of relief by environmentalists when they learned this week that the Governor’s DEC and APA had decided on “Alternative 2 B” for the Boreas Ponds State Land classification. Large, obvious violations of law were to be avoided, so they learned. Fears held over the past year were apparently allayed.
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Boreas Classification decision map, Jan 25, 2018, courtesy APA


01/11/18 Protect Adirondack Boreal Habitat The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced in September that it would construct 1.25 miles of new road on private lands between Carry Falls Reservoir and the West Branch of the St. Regis River. The new road would connect two existing, much longer forest roads. To understand what’s wrong with this idea, here is some background. read more >
Road Network near the Raquette-Jordan Primitive Area.


01/03/18 The Last, Lost Colvin Survey Report 1898 Along the banks of the Hudson at North River, and further south on highway pull-offs from Route 28, are some of the Adirondack Park’s best interpretive stops. Sturdy, visually appealing and informative exhibits coupled with well-designed DOT parking along the Hudson River have attracted visitors and residents for years to turn off the engine, breathe deeply, eat lunch, listen to the river and learn from the exhibits. read more >
Detail of Colvin exhibit at North River.


12/18/17 Governor Cuomo: stop the growing rail junkyard in the heart of the Adirondacks “They own the track so they believe they have the right to store their trains on their track in the Adirondacks. It is unsightly. It's out of character with the Adirondacks. We don't own the tracks. There's a question as to what legal right we have to oppose it. But we oppose it one hundred percent and we are going to do everything we can do to stop the owner from storing the trains on those tracks.” – Governor Andrew Cuomo read more >
Used Oil tanker cars parked indefinitely on the tracks. Photo by Peter Bauer, Protect the Adirondacks


12/18/17 DEC’s Motorized Road Proposal impacts Rare Park Boreal Ecosystem Previously I wrote in the Almanack about “a notice for public comment about what seems a relatively innocuous, relatively short (1.25 mile) road construction…has been circulated by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, or DEC…This is actually not a small deal at all.” Indeed it is not a small deal. read more >
Graphic courtesy of NYS DEC


12/12/17 Remembering Maurice Hinchey, 1992 Adirondack Park Centennial On November 22, we lost one of the finest legislators in my lifetime, U.S. Congressman and former chair of the NYS Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee, Maurice Hinchey of Saugerties. He was, no doubt, flawed like any human being. But he had remarkable qualities and political skills that allowed him to reach many of his public goals benefiting the Adirondacks, the Catskills and beyond. read more >
A sign marking the Adirondack Park Centennial (courtesy cliftonfineadk.com)


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WILD ACTION NOW!
IN THE NEWS
02/05/18 • The Boreas Ponds deal was cut long before Friday’s vote. Does this matter? read more >


IN THE NEWS
02/02/18 • APA approves Boreas Ponds classification read more >


IN THE NEWS
02/02/18 • State must continue to protect the Wilderness legacy read more >


IN THE NEWS
02/01/18 • Boreas plan draws mixed reactions
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IN THE NEWS
01/31/18 • To some wilderness advocates, Boreas Ponds compromise goes too far read more >


IN THE NEWS
01/30/18 • Adirondack Park Agency Releases Its Classification Proposal For Boreas Ponds Tract
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PRESS RELEASE
01/26/18 • Missed Opportuniity to Realize Widlerness Potential at Boreas Ponds read more >
IN THE NEWS
01/17/18 • NY's Governor Wants to Run Roughshod Over the Adirondacks. We Just Stopped Him. read more >


PRESS RELEASE
01/04/18 • Wilderness Advocates Urge APA to Take Action on Rail Car Storage read more >


IN THE NEWS
01/04/18 • Wilderness Advocates Urge APA to Take Action on Rail Car Storage read more >


COMMENTS
12/30/17 • Amendments to the SLMP/State Land Classification & DSEIS read more >


COMMENTS
12/26/17 • Large-Scale Subdivision Application Revisions read more >


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Photos: Top left: Bog on Upper St Regis Lake. © Ken Rimany;
Field Notes From the Partners: Carved 'Beaver House' sign - by Paul Schaefer. Photo © Ken Rimany;
Wild Action Now photo: Dan Plumley at the Keene Valley Library, along with Naj Wikoff, sharing what they learned and offered to the gathering of leaders at the Conference of World Parliamentarians on Tibet. Photo  © Ken Rimany.

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