Eric Johanson (seated) with John Johanson (son/left), and Terry Jandreau and Dave Gibson (Adironadck Wild’s Board Chair and Managing Partner, respectively).

In Memory and Honor of Eric Johanson

Adirondack Wild has sent our sincere condolences to the Johanson family on learning of the death of Eric Johanson this month in California. A pioneer in the design and manufacture of microchips and a dedicated outdoorsman and conservationist, Eric had been suffering from cancer for several years. He passed away at home surrounded by his…

Hearing proceedings

Amending the APA Map and the burden of proof

George Davis is a visionary and practiced land use planner and ecologist. In the early years of the Adirondack Park Agency, George helped to conceive, draft, and implement the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan and the park’s Private Land Use and Development Plan. George Davis comes to my mind now because of several proposed…

Senator Bernard C. Smith stands at far right above Governor Nelson Rockefeller as the governor signs the Adirondack Park Land Use and Development Plan in 1973. Others in photo are APA chair Richard W. Lawrence (left) and Assembly speaker Perry Duryea.

Environmental Champion Bernard C. Smith

Marking 50 years of Earth Day (1970-2020) should not pass without paying tribute to the late New York State Senator Bernard C. Smith.  The late State Senator and chair of the Senate’s environmental conservation committee combined a strong moral and ethical compass with political talent and negotiating skill to protect and conserve our state’s wild…

Mountain top view

Every Day is Earth Day

  Every day is Earth Day. That’s what folks knew and said to each other on April 23, 1970 – and ever since. Fifty years on, April 22, 2020, it’s obvious as well as vital to act accordingly since life support systems on our fragile earth have been torn and rendered by human activity and…

Historic courtroom photo

Louis Marshall and Forever Wild

Thirty-three years ago, that champion of the Adirondack wilderness, Paul Schaefer, then aged 78, first introduced me to his Adirondack library. Among the first volumes he brought to my attention – because he valued it and had read it repeatedly since he was a younger man – was the transcript of the 1894 New York…

Woodward Lake

Adirondack lake proposed for large, fragmenting subdivision and development; Adirondack Wild Urges APA to Declare Application Incomplete.

  Dr. Michael Klemens, author of Pathways to a Connected Adirondack Park: Practical Steps to Better Land Use Decisions (2017 by Adirondack Wild)  writes that, “since human activities so profoundly affect the natural world, why can’t human intelligence and technology which drive destructive trends in land use be better applied or retooled through education and information to…

ACR development landscape with Tupper Lake in background, 2007.

The Great Recession Changed Our Development Landscape

News came from New England’s north woods last fall that a large residential and commercial development on 17,000-acres near Maine’s Moosehead Lake conceived before the Great Recession has not begun and would not move forward. The APA-permitted Adirondack Club and Resort near Tupper Lake has also not commenced, largely for economic reasons. The developer, Preserve Associates, is…