“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 - 2018

09/23/18 • ADK Council: Overuse, poor maintenance threaten trails - ELIZABTHTOWN — About 130 miles of foot trails in the Adirondack Park's High Peaks Wilderness Area show heavy damaged due to overuse, poor design or lack of maintenance, the Adirondack Council says. "These trails need much more than maintenance — not for user convenience — but to correct and prevent further damage to the park's forests, pure waters, wildlife and wild character," Adirondack Council Executive Director William C. Janeway said in a press release. read PDF >

08/24/18 • DEC finalizes new rules for the High Peaks - ADIRONDACKS -- The state Department of Environmental Conservation has finalized new plans to manage public use of the High Peaks Wilderness and adjoining lands -- plans some green groups think go too far to promote public use. read PDF >

06/30/18 • Group proposes permit system for High Peaks - A group of Adirondack conservation advocates says the High Peaks regions and the Boreas Ponds tract, pictured above, should be protected by requiring a permit system for hikers. With growing concern about the impact of large numbers of people hiking in the High Peaks Wilderness, one environmental group has called for a permit system to control public access. read PDF >

05/24/18 • Motorized access to Boreas Ponds debated at DEC hearing - If proposals for new state lands win approval, people could be driving most of the way to Boreas Ponds later this year. The state Department of Environmental Conservation wants to build a six-car parking area a tenth of a mile from the ponds and a ten-car parking area about a mile away. read PDF >

05/23/18 • Views vary on Adirondack recreation plans ALBANY -- Adirondack Park local government leaders on Wednesday praised state plans to encourage more recreational use on state lands in and around the Adirondack High Peaks area. read PDF >

05/11/18 • APA sends High Peaks, Vanderwhacker Plans to Public Comment - RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency board voted Thursday to send two significant unit management plans to public comment, but a 45-day comment period and just two public meetings have drawn fire. read PDF >

05/11/18 • APA fast-tracks proposals for High Peaks - The Adirondack Park Agency board voted Thursday to fast-track a number of proposals for the High Peaks Wilderness and Vanderhacker Wild Forest, including tens of thousands of acres of newly acquired state lands. read PDF >

05/08/18 • Court rejects challenges to snowmobile routes - A midlevel state court has rejected challenges by environmentalists to the Adirondack Park Agency’s 2016 decision to allow a new snowmobile trail in the Essex Chain Lakes region. read PDF >

05/03/18 • State prevails in Adirondack snowmobile trail challenge - Albany - The state has prevailed in a legal challenge over a snowmobile expansion plan in the Adirondacks in a ruling by the state's second-highest court. read PDF >

05/03/18 • Adirondack Snowmobile Trail Gets Green Light From Court - ALBANY, N.Y. (CN) – Divided 3-2, a New York appeals court cleared the way Thursday for the state to build a public snowmobile trail through a forest preserve in the Adirondack Park. read PDF >

04/30/18 • Earth Day event gratitude - On behalf of Tri-Lakes 350.org, I am extending our deep appreciation to the many people and organizations which helped bring the Earth Day event to the public on Sunday, April 22 in the Harrietstown Town Hall. Sunday was the 48th annual celebration of Earth Day, and much has changed since the first Earth Day in 1970. read PDF >

04/23/18 • Treehuggers and cold warriors unite at Earth Day celebration - SARANAC LAKE —Â In spite of a beautiful, sunny day calling Saranac Lakers to go outdoors, at least 200 people walked in to the indoor Earth Day event at the Harrietstown town hall. read PDF >

04/17/18 • Organizations come together for Earth Day celebration - SARANAC LAKE — An Earth Day celebration will take place this weekend, with informational speakers and music at the Harrietstown Town Hall on Sunday and events at Paul Smith’s College on Saturday. read PDF >

04/06/18 • ‘Unusual but Effective Coalition’ Killed Forest Preserve Tax Changes - A controversial proposal to replace state tax payments on Forest Preserve lands with negotiated “payments in lieu of taxes” was jettisoned in the final rounds of state budget talks. read PDF >

03/20/18 • Cuomo approves Boreas Ponds compromise - Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Tuesday approved designating much of the Boreas Ponds tract as wilderness where no motor vehicles will be allowed, though vehicles will be able to use an existing road to drive within a mile of the ponds. read PDF >

02/05/18 • The Boreas Ponds deal was cut long before Friday’s vote. Does this matter?
The Adirondack Park Agency commission voted 8-to-1 on Friday to approve a classification plan for the Boreas Ponds tract in Essex County. The plan will add roughly 11,000 acres to the High Peaks Wilderness and it prevents development on a vast swath of the Park. But a small group of environmental activists say it does not go far enough. read PDF >

02/02/18 • APA approves Boreas Ponds classification
After years of public debate, the Adirondack Park Agency voted 8-1 on Friday morning to approve a classification for the Boreas Ponds Tract that splits it into two main categories, Wilderness and Wild Forest. Most environmental groups applauded the decision, characterizing it as a compromise that will protect the ponds, streams, wetlands, and mountain slopes on the 20,543-acre tract while giving the public reasonable access. read PDF >

02/02/18 • State must continue to protect the Wilderness legacy
For most New Yorkers, the Adirondack Park is akin to Yellowstone or Yosemite National Parks in spirit, experience, and wilderness character. Places like this are refreshingly unique in this uber-busy, over-crowded, tumultuous world that always seems to be facing precipitous change. read PDF >

02/01/18 • Boreas plan draws mixed reactions
Reaction to the state Adirondack Park Agency’s proposed plan for the 20,000-acre Boreas Ponds Tract was swift and largely united in praise, with a vocal factor expressing disdain.

Last week the APA released its proposed classification, which would add more than 11,000 acres to the High Peaks Wilderness while leaving more than 9,000 acres as mechanized-recreation-friendly wild forest. The classification of Boreas has been a hot topic since the state purchased the property from The Nature Conservancy in 2016. read PDF >

01/31/18 • To some wilderness advocates, Boreas Ponds compromise goes too far
Some Adirondack wilderness advocates argue a proposed compromise to give the Boreas Ponds tract both "wilderness" and "wild forest" designations marginalizes the tract’s environmental value and sacrifices a chance to preserve pristine wildlands. read PDF >

01/30/18 • Adirondack Park Agency Releases Its Classification Proposal For Boreas Ponds Tract
Adirondack Park Agency will meet later this week to vote on the classification of the Boreas Ponds land tract purchased by the state from the Nature Conservancy in April 2016 for $14.5 million. In advance of the final decision, the agency released its classification proposal.  Most environmental and community interests say it's a reasonable compromise. read PDF >

01/17/18 • New York’s Governor Wants to Run Roughshod Over the Adirondacks. We Just Stopped Him.
As we continue our fight against Trump’s recent decision to slash the size of two national monuments in Utah, Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears, Earthjustice attorneys are battling a number of other attempts across the country to undermine our public lands. read PDF >

01/04/18 • Adirondack Park Agency urged to act against oil tanker storage
Worried that the state's appeal to the federal government to block the storage of obsolete oil tanker cars on an Adirondack rail line may take too long, opponents are urging the Adirondack Park Agency to take immediate action against the line's owner. read PDF >


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