“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 - 2017

07/30/17 • Adirondack Wild Issues Conservation DevelopmeEngineer ignited GE connection to Adirondacks

Editor’s note: In week seven of our series on General Electric’s 125th anniversary, we take a look back at the life of John Apperson, a longtime GE engineer best known for his relentless efforts to protect Lake George and its beauty for generations to come. read PDF >

07/10/17 • No glamping in Forest Preserve

In reply to DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos’ Guest Commentary, “DEC wants to help more NYers experience the outdoors,” the conceptual goals the commissioner expresses of “combining exceptional outdoor recreation with authentic local culture” and providing “an economic boost to local communities”are broadly shared. The “Hamlets to Huts” initiative the commissioner is heavily promoting is just the latest example of such goals. read PDF >

07/09/17 • Editorial: Adirondack land bank referendum good for New York

New York state residents will have a chance to make government more efficient, protect the environment and improve infrastructure and communications in the Adirondacks and Catskills — all by filling in a little circle with a pen on November's election ballot. read PDF >

07/06/17 • Would a State Constitutional Convention Threaten NY’s “forever wild” Land?

Environmental groups in the Adirondacks have joined the coalition lobbying against the idea of a constitutional convention. Their main worry is that the "forever wild" clause of the state constitution - Article XIV - could be amended without proper deliberation or scientific study. 

David Gibson heads a group called Adirondack Wild. Gibson spoke about the prospects of a convention with Brian Mann. read PDF >

07/04/17 • Voters to decide on state land bank amendment

The New York State Legislature Thursday passed a proposed constitutional amendment that would create a 250-acre land bank for the Adirondack and Catskill parks, decreasing the time it takes to get smaller projects on state Forest Preserve land approved. (Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly said the land bank would be 750 acres.) read PDF >

06/30/17 • Voters to weigh in on land bank measure

PLATTSBURGH, A constitutional amendment will be on the ballot in November that would create a land bank to improve public safety and telecommunications in the Adirondack Park and Catskills. read PDF >

06/30/17 • “Land Bank” plan for Adirondacks and Catskills goes to voters

Imagine if your town needed to amend New York's state constitution every time they wanted to straighten a rural road or install a broadband internet line. But a deal hashed out this week by the legislature is expected to give communities more flexibility, allowing them to use small chunks of Park land without years of delay and red tape. read PDF >

06/03/17 • Adirondack Wild Issues Conservation Development Guide

Adirondack Wild has announced the publication of an illustrated guide for how conservation science can be applied to land use planning inside and outside of the Adirondack Park. Titled Pathways to a Connected Adirondack Park – Practical Steps to Better Land Use Decisions, the 30-page booklet recommends ten tested, non-regulatory strategies to serve as a “pathway” to ecological, science-based site planning. read PDF >

05/30/17 • NY May Offer Luxury Camping Services in the"forever wild" Adirondacks

Imagine if you could hike across much of the Adirondack Park while sleeping in a soft, warm bed every night with someone to cook your meals. The Cuomo administration is quietly developing a plan that would bring "hut-to-hut" style luxury camping to the North Country. read PDF >

05/30/17 • New Guide Outlines Strategies For Ecological Based Local Planning In The Adirondacks

The environmental group Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve has issued a new guide to provide communities within the Blue Line with strategies for ecologically-based local planning. Pathways to a Connected Adirondack Park - Practical Steps to Better Land Use Decisions is a follow up to Adirondack Wild’s 2015 report Adirondack Park at a Crossroad – A Roadmap for Action.  The most recent publication includes methods that local governments can use for what it calls ecologically informed site planning.  read PDF >

05/21/17 • Greens Raise Red Flags Over ‘hut-to-hut' at Boreas Ponds

Adirondack environmental groups are drawing a battle line in the sand over the forthcoming land-use plans for Boreas Ponds: no “hut-to-hut” on the public lands.

Leaders from the Adirondack Mountain Club, Adirondack Council and other groups said they’ve heard that state officials are considering designating a portion of the over 20,000-acre, High Peaks-adjacent Boreas tract as “intensive use” to accommodate “glamping”-style amenities as part of a proposed hut-to-hut hiking system that would connect multiday hikes to private inns and other overnight accommodations more upscale than traditional tent camping. read PDF >

04/27/17 • Adirondack Group Continues Conversation Around 2015 Report

An audience in Saratoga Springs on Thursday heard from a conservation group about a plan that places pressure on public officials to protect the Adirondack Park. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports.

Adirondack Wild managing partner David Gibson spoke at the Saratoga Springs library Thursday about his group’s report titled Adirondack Park at a Crossroad: A Road Map for Action. read PDF >

04/06/17 • Lessons from Standing Rock

KEENE - A Vietnam War veteran, a local herbalist and business owner, and a longtime Adirondack environmentalist all returned recently from wintry, wind-blown plains at Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. read PDF >

04/05/17 • The Importance of Preserving the Wilderness

I’ve again been stimulated to read up on an individual important in the environmental movement who was heavily influenced by time in the Adirondacks.

For my last review, I looked at a book of Bob Marshall’s writings. This time I’ve turned my attention to Howard Zahniser. read PDF >

04/01/17 • If Assembly Approves, Land Bank Amendment Goes to Voters

ALBANY — It’s now up to the state Assembly to put a constitutional amendment to voters statewide to enable local governments access to a “health and safety” land bank for important bridge, highway and drinking water projects on state Forest Preserve lands in the Adirondack and Catskill parks. read PDF >

03/30/17 • Environmental Leaders Urge Stefanik to Support Clean Power Plan

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro (Photo provided by Rep. Elise Stefanik)
David Gibson, a regional environmental leader, suggested U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik contact Judith Enck, the former Environmental Protection Agency regional director, as the congresswoman weighs her stance on President Donald Trump’s executive order regarding emissions from coal-fired power plants. read PDF >

02/01/17 • Media To Host Boreas Ponds Forum in Schroon Lake Thursday

Three media outlets will host a forum on the future of the Boreas Ponds Tract at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Schroon Lake Central School auditorium.

The Adirondack Explorer newsmagazine, Sun Community News, and Adirondack Daily Enterprise invited a number of stakeholders to take part in the forum, including environmental activists and local-government representatives. read PDF >

01/25/17 • The Map of Adirondack Remoteness and Boreas Ponds

Several years ago the Adirondack Park Agency mapped all the “Remote Areas” in the Park—those lying at least three miles from a road and at least two miles from any lake where motorboats are allowed. Less than 3 percent of the Park meets those criteria.

A caption states that the map “indicates the truly remote areas of the Adirondack Park are relatively small and therefore a precious resource.” They are the dark areas shown on the accompanying map.
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