“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s
peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.
The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms
their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”

— John Muir

IN THE NEWS - 2010


12/30/10 • Adirondack Daily Enterprise
Speaker tells of Adirondack-like park in England
by Nathan Brown, Enterprise Staff Writer

KEENE VALLEY - Paul Millmore is an English conservationist, wild land advocate and frequent visitor to the Adirondacks. He advocated for the recent creation of the South Downs National Park in England, which, like the Adirondack Park, is a patchwork of private and public lands. read PDF >


11/19/10 • North Country Public Radio
APA creates vast new wilderness, along with snowmobile and bike trails

State officials are close to approving a new management plan for the Moose River Plains region of the Adirondack Park. The compromise deal would create more than 12 thousand acres of new wilderness in Hamilton County. It would also establish new trail corridors for snowmobiles and mountain bikes. As Brian Mann reports, the plan has been more than a decade in the making. read PDF >


10/16/10 • The Daily Gazette
Adirondack Park Agency backs two old fire towers
Summits would be classified as historic

By Stephen Williams, Gazette Reporter

ADIRONDACKS — The Adirondack Park Agency has recommended that the fire towers on Hurricane and St. Regis mountains be declared historic, allowing them to remain where they are — and be restored — in areas that would otherwise be classified as wilderness. The agency board, meeting Thursday in Ray Brook, voted to recommend that the half-acre sites at the summit of each mountain where the towers are located be reclassified in the state land use master plan as “historic” rather than “wilderness” or “primitive.” read PDF >

10/15/10 • Adirondack Daily Enterprise
Fire towers get historic designation
By Mike Lynch, Enterprise Outdoors Writer

RAY BROOK - In rare move, the state Adirondack Park Agency’s Board of Commissioners voted Thursday to classify land beneath fire towers on St. Regis and Hurricane mountains as historic, which would let the structures remain and be restored. read PDF >


09/18/10 • Adirondack Daily Enterprise
Fire towers are in flux
By Mike Lynch, Enterprise Outdoors Writer

RAY BROOK - Despite overwhelming public support to save the St. Regis and Hurricane mountain fire towers, the fate of the two structures is still unsettled. During a discussion of the Adirondack Park Agency’s State Lands Committee Friday, APA staff recommended a solution that would ultimately lead to the removal of the two structures. But several board members continued to speak in favor of allowing them to be restored. read PDF >

09/18/10 • Times Union Blog
APA fire-tower proposal criticized
Phil Brown reports on the Adirondack Dispatches blog

The Adirondack Park Agency’s staff has recommended keeping the controversial fire towers on St. Regis and Hurricane mountains but prohibiting volunteer groups to rehabilitate them to allow public access. The recommendation is unlikely to please wilderness advocates or fire-tower preservationists.
read PDF >


08/13/10 • Lake Placid News
On the Scene: Attorney General’s North Country visit, a date with destiny?
By Naj Wikoff

On Friday, July 23, while most people’s focus was on the upcoming Ironman, an event that is one of the most important economic events of the year, two other events took place whose significance may be more far reaching — the visit of Democratic candidate for governor Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and the launch of Adirondack Wild, the new agency established to preserve and expand the wilderness aspect of the Adirondack region. read PDF >

08/11/10 • Adirondack Daily Enterprise
Fewer supporters of fire towers at meeting Tuesday
By Mike Lynch, Enterprise Outdoors Writer

KEENE VALLEY - If the state Adirondack Park Agency decides to retain the St. Regis and Hurricane fire towers, it could cause a bit of a problem for 81-year-old Melvin "Stub" Longware. "I made a promise I don't think I can keep," said Longware at Tuesday night's public hearing on the fire towers. "If we save it, (I said) I'm going to get up there. Unless I get a couple pulleys to carry me, I'm in trouble." read PDF >

JULY 2010

07/31/10 • Adirondack Daily Enterprise
New environmental group formed
By Mike Lynch, Enterprise Outdoors Writer

KEENE – Sitting in the main room of the Guide’s House at Adirondack Rock and River complex, before a crowd of 20 people, environmentalist Dan Plumley responded to a question about when he realized the importance of protecting wilderness. Plumley said that shortly after college, he was standing on Haystack Mountain in the High Peaks trying to deal with the recent loss of his brother when he had an epiphany. read PDF >

07/24/10 • Press-Republican
New environmental group formed
By Kim Smith Dedam, Staff Writer

KEENE — Environmental activists recently separated from Protect the Adirondacks have formed a new Forest Preserve education group. It will renew the focus of a forest friends group started in 1945. Dan Plumley and David Gibson announced the new endeavor Friday, launching Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve at a press conference held in Keene. read PDF >

07/22/10 • Lake George Mirror
New Adirondack Conservation Group Formed

KEENE, NY – A new advocacy and educational organization with an historic wilderness legacy and niche is launching today. Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve will focus on a long range vision of the benefits of wild lands all across New York State, including the constitutionally protected Adirondack and Catskill Forest Preserve. Adirondack Wild will advocate when wild lands are threatened, be a strong partner to protect them, and train stewards to care for them. Its constituency will be all those who love and value wilderness and wild lands from New York State, and beyond. read PDF >

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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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David H. Gibson, Managing Partner
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