“We simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more
than drive to its edge and look in. For it can be a means of reassuring ourselves
of our sanity as creatures, a part of the geography of hope.”
—Wallace Stegner's Wilderness Letter, December 3, 1960



Re. Public Comment on APA’s Resolution and SEIS, 2013 Classification Package

We congratulate the Agency on its important classification actions taken on December 13, and on the considerable staff, State Land Committee and overall Agency efforts to abide by the State Land Master Plan and its paramount consideration of natural resource protection in making its determinations. Pursuant to formal notice of these actions in the Environmental Notice Bulletin, we offer our collective critique within the 10-day comment period.
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Re: Docket No. FWS-HQ-ES-2013-0073; Removing the Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) From the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Maintaining Protections for the Mexican Wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) by Listing It as Endangered

Dear United States Fish and Wildlife Service: Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve writes to express our disapproval of the proposed delisting in the Gray Wolf (Canis Lupus) from the list of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. read more >

Re: Proposed Final FInch Land Proposals and FSEIS

Adierondack WIld: Friends of the Forest Preserve writes to express both support and ongoing concerns over the proposed Final SEIS and Classification Preferred Alternative announced last week.
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To the Editorial Board Of the New York Times

By supporting Proposition 5, your editorial, “New York’s Constitutional Amendments” (Nov. 1, 2013), failed the paper’s legacy as guardian of New York State’s Forest Preserve. If passed, Proposition 5 will needlessly sacrifice a State designated Wilderness area that has been protected for 120 years and doom a rich, old growth northern hardwood ecosystem to ruin. That this would be done solely to benefit private mining interests is shameful.
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Prop 5 environmentally unsound, so vote no

On Nov. 5, voters will be asked whether or not they support Proposition 5, which authorizes a land swap between the state and NYCO Minerals in Essex County. If approved, it would allow NYCO Minerals to mine in a wilderness area adjacent to their current open pit mine in Lewis.
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Adirondack Wild Comments to APA on State Land Land Classificaitions

Re: Adirondack Wild Comments on State Land Classification of the former The Nature Conservancy (TNC) - Finch Lands including OK Slip Falls, Indian River Tract, Essex Chain of Lakes and OSI Tract and Reclassifications in Support of an Expanded APA Alternative "1A"
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Memorandum of Opposition to NYCO Mining S. 4688

This resolution proposes to amend Article 14, Section 1 of the NYS Constitution to permit mining exploration through a land deal between NYCO, the mining company, and New York State.
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Region 5 Open Space Planning Report for 2013

RE:  Whiteface Mountain Unit Management Plan Amendment
Dear Chairwoman Ulrich, Agency Members, Terry and Rick:

Adirondack Wild writes to express deep concern over the above amendment proposal, reported widely in the media, whereby the Adirondack Park Agency has dropped a vitally important permit condition that would safeguard Bicknell’s Thrush during its critical mating and nesting season. 

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Region 5 Open Space Planning Report for 2013

Dear Dave Winchell and Tom Martin:
Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve offers the following comments as suggestions and recommendations to update the Region 5 section of New York State’s Open Space Protection Plan.  read more >

Groups Letter Opposition to Proposed General Permit for Silvicultural Clear-Cutting Treatments for Sustainable Forestry in the Adirondack Park

Dear Governor Cuomo, Commissioner Martens, and Chairwoman Ulrich:
The conservation and environmental organizations listed above are opposed to the draft General Permit for Silvicultural Clear-Cutting Treatments, 2012 G-1. The proposed General Permit is scheduled to be voted on for approval by the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) at its monthly meeting on February 14, 2013. We find the purpose and content of General Permit as well as the APA’s process to develop and approve it to be deeply flawed. read more >

Opposition to the Draft General Permit – Call for Stakeholder Study Process

Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve submits these comments on the revised proposed regulations and Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (dSGEIS) and appreciates the opportunity to do so made possible by the Department of Environmental Conservation.  Our comments will address all or specific sections of the following:
1.  Supplemental Generic Impact Statement
2.  Revised Proposed Express Terms 6 NYCRR Parts 52 and 190
3.  Revised Proposed Express Terms 6 NYCRR Parts 550 through 556 and 560
4.  Revised Proposed Express Terms 6 NYCRR Parts 750.1 and 750.3
5.  Assessment of Public Comments Summary 6 NYCRR Parts 52, 190, 550-556, 560,      750  
6.  Assessment of Public Comments 6 NYCRR Parts 52, 190, 550-556, 560, and 750

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Support for a New Mandatory Boat Inspection and Decontamination Program for Lake George Administered by the NYS Lake George Park Commission to Prevent New Infestations of Aquatic Invasive Species

The organizations listed above support the creation of a new mandatory boat inspection and decontamination program by the NYS Lake George Park Commission (LGPC) to prevent the transport and introduction of aquatic invasive species into Lake George. Lake George is one of the most prominent lakes in the Adirondack Park. It is known internationally for its high water quality, clarity, and scenic beauty.Infestation of aquatic invasive species (AIS) is one of the major threats facing the ecological health and economy of Lake George and the Adirondack Park. AIS can rapidly change the ecology of a lake, wetland, stream or river as well as significantly impair and diminish recreational enjoyment. read more >

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The mission of Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve is to advance New York’s ‘Forever Wild’ legacy and Forest Preserve policies in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks, and promote public and private land stewardship that is consistent with wild land values through education, advocacy and research.

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Terry Jandreau, Chair
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