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FIELD NOTES: EDUCATING FOR THE WILD

My Experience at the APA’s Public Hearings
By Toni-Marie Powell, Adirondack Wild Summer Intern

 


Hearing in Minerva, NY. Photo © Dave Gibson


Hearing in Newcomb, NY. © Dan Plumley

 

Editors Note: Toni-Marie Powell, a resident of Queens, NY is entering her senior year at State University of New York in Potsdam, a double major in Environmental Studies and Biology. She is Adirondack Wild’s first summer intern, and has helped us to cover and speak at most of the public hearings on the classification of the newly acquired Forest Preserve in Newcomb, Minerva and Indian Lake.

On Monday, June 17th I attended the hearing in regards to the classification of the newly acquired Finch, Pruyn lands in Minerva, NY. I testified for the first time urging for the area to be classified as Wilderness due to my personal experiences with wilderness. As a resident of New York City, it is well known that there is nothing even remotely similar to wilderness available in the area. There are millions of people within New York State, like myself, who truly do appreciate the valuable things that wilderness provides. Later on that day, I went to Newcomb, NY for a hearing on the same matter. However, this hearing had greater attendance. I testified in the same manner as I did in Minerva, except this time I was calmer, I was well applauded and many people approached me thanking me and welcoming me to the Adirondacks. At first, I was very timid being the only person in the room from so far downstate and as a person of color, but with the support of Dan Plumley and my own courageousness, I spoke from the heart and was commended for it.

On Wednesday, June 19th Dan Plumley and I attended a hearing in New York City on the same issue, except this time I invited my friends to support me and I had my fellow New Yorkers surrounding me. It was a smaller crowd, but I was delighted to realize that a majority of the people testifying had the same viewpoints as me. We saw wilderness as a gem that the Adirondacks provides, and we argued for its preservation because there are very few places in the world that even have true wilderness. This speech that I gave was more in depth and was not only based on my experiences, but included my quest for more involvement with New York City residents and the hope that more minorities will be involved in decision-making regarding the Adirondacks. Once again, I was well applauded and felt very accomplished. After each hearing, I had a sigh of relief knowing that what I truly had to say was finally said and from my perspective. The ultimate satisfaction I get is knowing that people will listen.


Updated 06/23/13

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