Dave Gibson

David Gibson - Roadside notes along Cascade Lake
© 2011 Ken Rimany

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ADIRONDACK ALMANACK - Writings by Dave Gibson, 2011

Post 41—Water Resources and the Adirondack Resort

Of all the issues out in the media about the Adirondack Club and Resort application and hearing now under review by the APA, there has been a surprising lack of information and discussion about water – sewage from all those homes, potable water supply, run-off, impacts on streams and Tupper Lake itself, and impacts on the Village of Tupper Lake’s public water and sewage delivery and treatment systems. read PDF>

Post 40—River Management by Backhoe

“It is unfortunate that dredging has proceeded without any guidance from river experts who could provide natural stream dimensions based on a rapid assessment of natural bankfull, pool depth and riffle spacing. Measurements that could be done in a few hours and eliminate years of lost habitat,” stated Carol Treadwell, Executive Director of the Ausable River Association (ARA). read PDF>

Post 39—Environmental Permits Waived

It is heartening to know that Governor Cuomo has twice visited Keene Valley, and other
Adirondack communities so hard hit by the hurricane. And to see that Rt. 73’s rebuilding in
St. Hubert’s, and along its corridor to Lake Placid has become a high state priority. Clearly, the
Governor is doing his utmost to release emergency aid for homes, businesses, roads, bridges
and other critical needs. read PDF>

Post 38—Lows Lake Court Ruling

Facts are stubborn things. So are traditions, and patterns of use. These all lay at the heart of the recent Lows Lake court decision in Albany County Supreme Court which upheld a Wilderness classification for Lows Lake and the Bog River Flow. read PDF>

Post 37—Zoning

Most American communities will ultimately develop according to how they are zoned. Absent state or federal regulatory protection of wetlands, for instance, or other legal protection or zoning overlays, land in R‐1 or other residential zoning will ultimately, some day be valued, bought, sold,... read PDF>

Post 36—Moose River Plains

Congratulations to the Adirondack Community Trust (ACT), the Department of Environmental Conservation, the Towns of Inlet and Indian Lake, and the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors, among others, for their work together to maintain facilities in the Moose River Plains. read PDF>

Post 35—Fly Fishing

What follows is a story of some young men from Albany learning to fly fish on the West Branch of the Ausable River who for the first time experience the pull of the river, its rocks and pools, a trout on the line, and in their hands. I start with some background. When Adirondack Wild: Friends... read PDF>

Post 34—ACR Hearing

The region is fortunate that the Adirondack Daily Enterprise is covering each session of the Adirondack Club and Resort (ACR) adjudicatory public hearing. Their reporter, Jessica Collier, is doing a good job writing multiple, interesting stories about each day’s testimony and cross examination. read PDF>

Post 33—Yes, Wild Forest Lands Do Need our Help

Phil Terrie’s essay in the current Adirondack Explorer, “forests don’t need our help,” is rebutting those who claim that no further land acquisition is justified because the state “can’t take care of what it already has.” Phil is absolutely correct to call the list of unmet recreational maintenance... read PDF>

Post 32—ACR Should Prompt Reform of APA Project Review

The Adirondack Club and Resort (ACR) adjudicatory public hearing is finally underway. The ACR project was first introduced as a conceptual APA application in 2004. Seven years later, it is still massive, involving 719 dwelling units spread over 6200 acres near Tupper Lake. read PDF>

Post 31—Amending Easements, or Compromising them?

Conservation easements are real property arrangements designed for the insider. Specialists predominate before and after an easement is consummated in private, including the negotiators to the terms of the easement (the seller, donor, buyer, or grantor and grantee and their lawyers),... read PDF>

Post 30—A Good Idea to have APA Commissioners Elected?

Brian Mann has raised a proposal to allow Park residents to cast ballots and elect the five Park resident APA Commissioners, which would require a change in the law which requires the Governor to nominate, and the Senate to confirm all eight of private citizen members of the agency. read PDF>

Post 29—Of Wilderness and Wood

Today, the experiences, views and outlooks of wild land advocates and foresters are often pigeon-holed as necessarily antithetical to each other. I don’t hold that view, and neither does Adirondack Wild’s Dan Plumley. For evidence, read Dan’s December Wood essay at.... read PDF>

Post 28—ACR2

It is noteworthy to read local supporters of the ACR expressing their full faith in the NYS Adirondack Park Agency’s ultimate review of the proposed Adirondack Club and Resort. The Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce and ARISE (a Tupper Lake nonprofit) were quoted this week as... read PDF>

Post 27—Forest Rangers

As the ice clogged rivers, streams and trails of the Adirondacks thaw, there are many things to look forward to. Wildflowers and spring migratory birds are tops on my list. The sound of running water is another. Seeing a Forest Ranger in the woods may not top my list, but it’s pretty rare sight... read PDF>

Post 26—Logging the Forest Preserve

I’ll risk it and take the bait in responding to Senator Little, Assemblywoman Sayward and others concerning a proposed constitutional amendment to permit logging and forest product utilization on newly acquired Forest Preserve. Their simplistic ecological arguments for the... read PDF>

Post 25—Wilderness and out Community of Life

Ed Zahniser is the son of Howard and Alice Zahniser (Howard was chief author and lobbyist for the National Wilderness Preservation Act of 1964), and Ed’s essay Wilderness and our Full Community of Life is now on the Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve website,.. read PDF>

Post 24—From the South Downs Way to the Adirondack Wilds

The South Downs emerged from under the weight of 1000 years of English history to gain National Park status in Great Britain in 2009. Never heard of it, you may say. Well, William the Conqueror came here one day in 1066, and changed our English and American history forever. read PDF>

Post 23—Common road salt is toxic to the Adirondacks

Outside my house, and in the forest back beyond the land is carpeted with crystalline beauty, affording quietude, serenity, thermal shelter for critters, and some nice ski runs. Out on the county road, just two hours after the recent storm the pavement is bare – right on schedule with transportation... read PDF>

Post 22—The First Conservation Easement

The signing of an important conservation easement last week protecting a large percentage of the former Finch, Pruyn lands reminds me of a visit I paid to Paul Schaefer in March, 1990. At that time, Governor Mario Cuomo had proposed an Environmental Bond Act, which required... read PDF>

Post 21—Visitor Centers

It’s certainly getting frosty out there, and that’s particularly true for the state’s environmental educators and interpreters. I first wrote about the closing of the two Adirondack Park Visitor Interpretive Centers and the loss of their naturalist staff last June, and the good news that the State College... read PDF>

Post 20—Adirondack Conservation Easements– Trends and Expectations

Definition: “A conservation easement typically consists of permanently enforceable rights held by a land trust or government agency by which the landowner promises to use property only in ways permitted by the easement. The landowner retains ownershipand may convey it like any other...read PDF>

Previous Archives:

Post 19—Fiscal and Service Concerns Plague ACR Application read PDF>

Post 18—Gary Randorf – still teaching read PDF>

Post 17—Paul Schaefer sends a greenhorn into hunting camp read PDF>

Post 16—State is not free to quickly sell or lease Camp Gabriels read PDF>

Post 15—Towns have Authority to Build it Better
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Post 14—Firetowers and Wilderness read PDF>

Post 13—The National Adirondack Debate of 193
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Post 12—Commendations to APA read PDF>

Post 11—On Seeing My First Marten read PDF>

Post 10—Conservation Hero and Sleuth read PDF>

Post 9—Origins of Friends of the Forest Preserve
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Post 8—Return to the Moose River Plains read PDF>

Post 7—Nellie Staves read PDF>

Post 6—Clubs, Resorts and Confidence read PDF>

Post 5—Forever Taxable? read PDF>

Post 4—Firetowers read PDF>

Post 3—Lessons in Adirondack Activism read PDF>

Post 2—Interpreting the Adirondacks: Vital Service, No One’s Responsibility read PDF>

Post 1—Remembering Paul Schaefer read PDF>


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