Snowmobilers riding on a trail

The Court’s Snowmobile Connector Decision in Perspective

The Court’s Snowmobile Connector Decision In Perspective The NYS Court of Appeals has just decided by a 4-2 majority, that New York State agencies under Governor Andrew Cuomo have violated Article 14, Section 1 of our State Constitution by impermissibly constructing snowmobile community connector trails through the ‘forever wild’ Forest Preserve, removing rocks, grading the…

Appeals Decision in Snowmobile Community Connector Case

For Immediate ReleaseMay 4, 2021Contact: David Gibson, 518-469-4081 Adirondack Wild Applauds Court of Appeals Decision in Snowmobile Community Connector Case The non-profit advocate Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve is praising today’sdecision by the NYS Court of Appeals that the state’s construction of highly engineered community connector trails to accommodate more powerful snowmobiles and…

Re. S. 1145 (Senator Kaminsky et. al.) A. 4074

Adirondack CouncilAdirondack Mountain ClubAdirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest PreserveEnvironmental Advocates of New YorkProtect the Adirondacks!Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter Members of NYS Senate and NYS AssemblyLegislative Office BuildingAlbany, NY Re. S. 1145 (Senator Kaminsky et. al.) A. 4074 (Assemblymember Englebright et.al.) An Act to amend the executive law in relation to preserving ecological integrity, wildlife…

APA Recommendation to Maintain Rural Use

For Immediate ReleaseApril 12, 2021Contact: David Gibson, 518-469-4081 Adirondack Wild Lauds APA Recommendation to Maintain Rural Use Ray Brook – The nonprofit advocate Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve is praising the Adirondack Park Agency’s staff for recommending denial of a proposed land use map amendment in Lake Luzerne, Warren County APA Staff Memo.…

Mountain scene

At 50, how are APA and DEC Performing?

In the just-approved 2021-22 state budget is a $3 billion-dollar environmental bond act, subject to voter approval in November 2022. If approved, it may make a small dent in the $60+ billion needed statewide to upgrade our state’s old water and sewage treatment systems. If approved, it may help to do even more than we are doing…

Adirondack Wild Applauds Wilderness Pilot Reservation System

For Immediate ReleaseMarch 29, 2021Contact: David Gibson, 518-469-4081 Adirondack Wild Applauds Wilderness Pilot Reservation System at the Adirondack Mountain Reserve St. Hubert’s, NY – The non-profit Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve applauds today’s NYS DEC announcement DEC Press Release by Commissioner Basil Seggos of a pilot reservation system for accessing selected trails from…

Canoe in marsh area

Demystifying Wildlands Monitoring

The long promised public unveiling of the Wildlands Monitoring Guidance by the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) and Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), once again, did not occur. It was planned for the March APA Board meeting and was pulled from the agenda during that two-day meeting. What is so secret about it? Nothing, actually. So, why…

APA meeting

Loss of Institutional Memory at the APA

Institutional memory is important. It reminds folks who join an institution of any kind what the mission of that organization is, what has come before them, what was considered important then and why, what continues to be the mission today. It strengthens the links in a longer historical chain that can easily be weakened if…

Adirondack Park Agency Approves Fragmenting, Conventional Lake Subdivision

For Immediate ReleaseMarch 12, 2021Contact: David Gibson, 518-469-4081 Adirondack Park Agency Approves Fragmenting, Conventional Lake Subdivision Need for New Adirondack Legislation Grows More Urgent. Northhampton, NY – Today’s vote to approve the 34-lot residential subdivision encircling undeveloped Woodward Lake, zoned as Rural Use, makes it urgent to pass new legislation mandating the use of conservation…

APA Set to Approve More Adirondack Park Sprawl

For Immediate ReleaseMarch 08, 2021Contact: David Gibson, 518-469-4081 APA Set to Approve More Adirondack Park Sprawl. New Subdivision Will Harm Lake, Forest, Wildlife Habitats.Urgent Need for new Legislation. Northampton, NY — This coming Friday the NYS Adirondack Park Agency (APA) is poised to approve, with conditions, 32 new second home lots, driveways and septic tanks…