“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 - 2021

08/20/21 • While Cuomo's legacy in the Adirondacks looms large, many hope Hochul refocuses investments After more than a decade in office, Governor Andrew Cuomo will leave office next Tuesday. Kathy Hochul will be sworn in as governor after Cuomo resigned in the face of sexual harassment allegations. Read about how many hope Hochul refocuses investments >

08/19/21 • AWA names three to leadership team Adirondack Wilderness Advocates announced three new changes to its leadership, including a new chair of its board of directors, a new addition to the board, and a new technical advisor. These changes add new knowledge and professional experience to the organization. read about the APA leadership team >

08/11/21 • Hochul could bring a ‘new day’ for Adirondacks The Adirondack Park Agency is looking more depleted these days, a concern for both local government officials and environmental advocates as the park faces major issues like climate change, a shortage of affordable housing and more visitors. read about a new day >

07/29/21 • Fort Drum helicopters to train over Adirondacks in August Birds—the military kind—will soon fly over the Adirondacks for a nearly weeklong training exercise of the U.S. Army’s 10th Combat Aviation Brigade at Fort Drum. read about the helicopter training >

07/11/21 • Adirondack Park chair appointment coming soon? The Adirondack Park Agency is looking more depleted these days, a concern for both local government officials and environmental advocates as the park faces major issues like climate change, a shortage of affordable housing and more visitors. read about the APA appointment>

06/24/21 • DEC snowmobile plan was illegal Marc Gerstman, former New York State Department of Environmental Conservation executive deputy commissioner from 2011-16, is today a respected environmental attorney. He is entitled to his opinion (“Court got it wrong,” June 21 Enterprise) that, somehow coerced by “misguided zealots,” the NYS Court of Appeals ruled incorrectly about the constitutionality of snowmobile community connector trails through the Forest Preserve as constructed by DEC. read about the DEC snowmobile plan>

06/16/21 • Friends of the Forest Preserve Applauds Dedicated Forest Ranger Academy Leaders of the nonprofit advocate Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve are hailing the recent announcement of an independent Training Academy for the NYS DEC Forest Rangers to be held next year. The welcome announcement was made by Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos and Acting Forest Ranger Director John Solan. read about the Forest Ranger Academy>

05/21/21 • ‘No data, no science’ The Adirondack Park Agency and state Department of Environmental Conservation acknowledged last week that they have not been measuring or analyzing visitor impacts in a consistent, scientific way park-wide despite a requirement to do so in legal documents published 50 years ago. read PDF >

05/19/21 • Good editorial about state tree cutting The recent editorial from the Adirondack Daily Enterprise (“State tree cutting reined in,” May 15 issue) concluded that “eventually, a court was bound to decide that the Constitution’s language is as strong as it sounds.”As a friend of the court (amicus curiae) in the snowmobile community connector case, Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve wholeheartedly concurs with the editorial. read about state tree cutting>

04/21/21 • Debar Lodge proponents map out process for saving it The divide between historic preservationists and environmentalists over the fate of a 1940s-era Adirondack camp appears to be narrowing, as a nonprofit pursues a possible constitutional solution. read PDF >

04/19/21 • Marina lawsuit presses state to study ‘overuse’ It’s not every day that a former head of a New York agency sues his old department. But late last year, Thomas Jorling sued the Department of Environmental Conservation, which he led during much of Gov. Mario Cuomo’s administration.
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03/31/21 • Hiker parking reservation system coming ST. HUBERTS — A new parking reservation system is coming to a popular trailhead parking lot in the Keene hamlet of St. Huberts. The new three-year pilot system at a parking lot operated by the Adirondack Mountain Reserve, a private entity associated with the Ausable Club, was announced by the state Department of Environmental Conservation on Monday. Hikers will be able to start making reservations on April 15 at hikeamr.org. read PDF >

03/30/21 • DEC, Private Club Piloting High Peaks Hiker Reservation System The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Ausable Club have announced a pilot reservation system to access the Club’s private lands, the Adirondack Mountain Reserve (AMR). Since 1978 the State has held a conservation easement on Club/Reserve lands which allows limited access to some of the more popular places in the Adirondack Park’s High Peaks Wilderness Area. read PDF >

03/29/21 • DEC, Adirondack group to test parking reservations In a first for the Adirondacks, the state Department of Environmental Conservation and Adirondack Mountain Reserve will launch a parking reservation system to test limiting hiker use in part of the Adirondack High Peaks, where concerns about hiker overuse are reaching new heights. read PDF >

03/13/21 • APA approves major lakeshore subdivision The state Adirondack Park Agency board voted 9-0 with one abstension Friday to approve a permit for a major, 1,170-acre housing subdivision involving Woodward Lake in the towns of Mayfield and Northampton. read PDF >

03/12/21 • Adirondack Park board approves Fulton County lake development The Adirondack Park Agency has approved a controversial subdivision near Great Sacandaga Lake, after agency staffers and attorneys made the case that they can balance property rights and the environment without the mandates in a conservation bill that state lawmakers are debating for such developments. read PDF >

03/09/21 • Environmental groups worried by Adirondack subdivision near Northville FULTON COUNTY — Environmental groups are expressing their concerns about the environmental impacts of a 34-lot subdivision to be built around Woodward Lake in northern Fulton County as the Adirondack Park Agency prepares to consider a subdivision permit for the project. read PDF >

03/09/21 • Controversial subdivision, visitor use planning on APA’s agenda The Adirondack Park Agency’s upcoming Thursday and Friday meetings include two high-interest agenda items including the potential approval of a controversial subdivision project and a presentation on visitor use management and wildlands monitoring. read PDF >

03/05/21 • DEC stalling on release of High Peaks visitor recommendations The state Department of Environmental Conservation has delayed for months releasing an advisory group’s recommendations for managing visitors in the Adirondack Park’s High Peaks, leaving the public with piecemeal information about what this upcoming hiking season could look like and causing confusion among group members. read PDF >

02/24/21 • Former APA board member Chad Dawson joins Adirondack Wild board Chad Dawson, the Adirondack Park Agency board member who resigned late last year out of frustration with the agency and state Department of Environmental Conservation, has taken a new position with an environmental advocacy group. read PDF >

02/16/21 • The DEC Versus the Adirondack Forest Preserve This spring, New York’s Court of Appeals will decide if the ‘Forever Wild’ clause governs the Department of Environmental Conservation – or the reverse. read PDF >

02/03/21 • Adirondack Wilderness Advocates to Oppose State's Destruction of Forest Preserve ALBANY, N.Y. – The Adirondack Council today released a copy of the “friend of the court” brief that it, together with Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve, was seeking permission to file with the NYS Court of Appeals last week to protect the wild character and prevent the substantial removal of trees in the “forever wild” Adirondack Park Forest Preserve. read PDF >

02/02/21 • Adirondack advocates clash over lawsuit’s possible effects on trail work The fate of Adirondack Forest Preserve trees and trails is on the line in an ongoing lawsuit that has divided environmental organizations. Protect the Adirondacks, a nonprofit, sued the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Adirondack Park Agency over the construction of snowmobile trails on the state forest preserve. read PDF >

01/29/21 • Adirondack Wild’s Comments on the Governor’s Environmental Budget Adirondack Wild applauds Governor Cuomo’s executive budget for not cutting environmental protection, stewardship and related staffing despite steep projected reductions in budget revenues. We applaud the Governor’s and the State Legislature’s ongoing emphasis on climate protection and mitigation. read PDF >

01/21/21 • Four Adirondack conservation organizations this week called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to boost both public health and the Upstate economy with new investments in the Adirondack Forest Preserve and clean water. They also urged him to fix lingering problems at the Adirondack Park Agency. read PDF >

01/10/21 • Operation Adirondack Thunder Plans for increased Army training drills in the Adirondacks have some residents concerned read PDF >

01/08/21 • Saranac Lake Marina project back in court Saranac Lake Marina’s expansion project is temporarily on hold again, after an Essex County judge signed a restraining order on Jan. 6 preventing any work. The project could be on hold indefinitely, depending on the outcome of a new lawsuit. 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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