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‘If Allowed to Continue at Present Rates’

‘If Allowed To Continue At Present Rates’ September, 1989: George Woodwell, global ecologist and then director of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, from an address at the Ausable Club, St. Hubert’s, Keene: By cutting vast tracts of the world’s forests without replacement, humans are seriously adding to the atmospheric pool of CO2 and diminishing the…

Chad Dawson

Outdoor Recreation Collaboration with Paul Smith’s College Visitor Interpretive Center

Outdoor Recreation Collaboration With Paul Smith’s College Visitor Interpretive Center Dr. Chad Dawson is spearheading a low key collaborative effort at the Paul Smith’s College Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC), using the Visitor Use Management (VUM) framework to show its practical utility. Across the Park, there is a demand to expand various kinds of outdoor recreation…

Reflection of clouds on a marsh pond

Lesson from Wetland Hydrology 101

Lesson From Wetland Hydrology 101 Many, many years ago I entered graduate school at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in New Haven, CT. My graduate interests lay primarily in water resources, so I searched that first semester for a lead professor/advisor in that vast field – and, due to recent retirements, found…

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From Perkins Clearing to Cathead Mountain

From Perkins Clearing To Cathead Mountain I was hiking in Hamilton County recently when one of my companions spoke of the days of the Perkins Clearing land exchange (1979), a publicly supported amendment to Article 14 of the NYS Constitution which led to a significant land exchange between the State of New York and International…

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Fragmenting Whitney Park?

News on May 29 comes from the Times Union’s journalist Wendy Liberatore that the late Marylou Whitney’s husband John Hendrickson plans to apply for an 11-lot subdivision of Whitney Industries land in Long Lake. Unable to sell the 36,000-acres in one fell swoop, Hendrickson tells the TU journalist that he will change the name to Whitney…

Dave Gibson and Carl George

Adirondack Nature Conservancy – An Unheralded Founder

Adirondack Nature Conservancy – An Unheralded Founder Adirondack fiftieth anniversaries abound. While visiting the Adirondack Nature Conservancy website this week I am reminded of this chapter’s founding fifty years ago. Like the legislative formation of the NYS Adirondack Park Agency, an Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy was one of the 181 recommendations of the Temporary…

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…

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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…