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Featured Writer: Bill Ingersoll

The Case For A Wild Boreas Tract

Bill Ingersoll has hiked and backpacked in the wildernesses of Montana, Wyoming, New Mexico, and California, but feels most at home in the grand forests of the Adirondacks. He became a co-author for the Discover series in 2000 and has now become the series' publisher. He is the author of Snowshoe Routes: Adirondacks and Catskills, and his articles and photos have appeared in Adirondack Explorer, Adirondack Sports & Fitness, and Adirondack Life magazines. Ingersoll has served on the conservation committees for several organizations, and in 2014 he established the Adirondack Wilderness Explorers group on Meetup. You will find him exploring the North Country with his dog Lexie in all four seasons, by trail, snowshoe, and canoe.

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FIELD NOTES FROM THE PARTNERS

01/02/17 Planning for Wilderness Management
As I review notes from several public hearings on the State Land Classifications, including Boreas Ponds, the apparent gulf between voices to “keep it or make it wild” and “this isn’t wilderness anyway and we need motorized access” seem unbridgeable. Well, perhaps not.
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The view of Gothics from Boreas Ponds. Photo by Phil Brown

12/07/16 Boreas Ponds Alternative 1 Shouldn’t Be There
Alternatives analysis is at the very heart of the State Environmental Quality Review Act. A state or local government agency cannot claim to have rationally chosen a preferred alternative course of action if other alternative approaches to achieve the same project with fewer environmental impacts have not been evaluated with the same degree of rigor and detail. That’s the law.
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11/21/16 On The Boreas Ponds Northville Hearing
At the Northville Central School public hearing this past week, about 60 citizens lined up to speak their minds regarding the Adirondack Park Agency’s 2016 – 2017 Amendments to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan. These amendments involve the Classification and Reclassification of 54,418 acres of State Lands (Forest Preserve) in the Adirondack Park which include the Boreas Ponds Tract, 32 Additional Classification Proposals, 13 Reclassification Proposals, and 56 Classifications involving map corrections. read more >
Boreas Ponds, courtesy Carl Heilman II

10/04/16 The High Peaks Wilderness: This Resource is Limited
In the recent news and comments about ongoing crowding in the High Peaks there are few references to the document which ostensibly is guiding the state’s management actions there: the 1999 Highs Wilderness Complex Unit Management Plan, or UMP. That management plan is downloadable from the DEC website, www.dec.ny.gov.
The Great Range, High Peaks Wilderness from Round Mtn
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09/13/16 To Cataract Mountain Costs
Paul Schaefer, our founder and mentor, was born on this day, September 13, 108 years ago. So I decided to celebrate his birthday by climbing his favorite mountain. It is untrailed and fabulously lonely save for friends Raven spiraling over its peak, Chicadee and Golden Crowned Kinglet finding food among the thick young balsam growing vigorously at its summit.
View from Cataract or Eleventh Mountain to Crane Mountain
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08/23/16 The Developer Must Account for his own Approval Delay Costs
One who participated or sat through the Adirondack Club and Resort adjudicatory public hearing in 2011 is hard pressed not to read with interest the recent articles about the status of ACR in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise. The articles appeared in the August 11-12, 2016 editions. Michael Foxman, ACR lead developer, is quoted in the article as saying: “We’ve been bled dry for millions of dollars. We had about $10 million worth of lawyers and planners and engineering approval delay costs.
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07/26/16 Testing Gov Cuomo’s Wilderness Convictions
Will the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and Adirondack Park Agency write to urge the U.S. Congress not to gut the federal Wilderness Act of 1964? Would Governor Cuomo allow this or encourage it? Why should these state agencies write to Senators McConnell, Schumer and Gillibrand to strongly oppose a bill that opens up all federal Wilderness areas to bicycling?
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07/13/16 Another Legal End-Run Around The Rivers Act
I noticed this in the June 29 edition of the Environmental Notice Bulletin, a weekly publication of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation: “Newcomb to Minerva Multi-Use Trail; Application ID 5-1599-00019/00001; Permit(s) Applied for: Article 15 Title 27 Wild, Scenic & Recreational Rivers; Project is Located: Newcomb, Essex County;
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The Boreas River just upstream of the Route 28N highway bridge. Photo © Dave Gibson


06/28/16 2016 Legislative Impact on the Adirondacks
The Daily Gazette in Schenectady opined recently that the latest post-budget legislative session in Albany was an essentially useless, squandered opportunity that didn’t accomplish much of importance to New Yorkers. In many areas, it may be true – much more could have been accomplished. Selectively speaking though, there were some accomplishments and compromises which took significant leadership.
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WILD ACTION NOW!
COMMENTS
12/30/16 • Re. Amendments to the SLMP/ State Land Classification & DSEIS read more >


IN THE NEWS
12/11/16 • Editorial: Boreas Ponds is a jewel — let’s keep it that way read more >


IN THE NEWS
12/06/16 • Adirondack Resident Travels To Standing Rock read more >


IN THE NEWS
11/15/16 • Vintage Adirondack Park Documentaries Now Available read more >


PRESS RELEASES
12/06/16 • Dakota Access Pipeline
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IN THE NEWS
11/02/16 • Adirondack Wild leaves BeWildNY read more >


PRESS RELEASES
11/02/16 • Adirondack Wild leaves BeWildNY
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PRESS RELEASES
10/17/16 • Former APA State Land Chair Honored
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IN THE NEWS
10/13/16 • APA Fails To End Criticism Over Boreas Ponds Options read more >


IN THE NEWS
10/11/16 • Green Groups Call On APA To Reject Boreas Proposals read more >


PRESS RELEASES
10/07/16 • APA Draft Fails Key Wilderness Tests
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PRESS RELEASES
10/07/16 • Marilyn Patterson Receives Adirondack Stewardship Award read more >


IN THE NEWS
10/05/16 • Nature Conservancy Favors Wilderness For Boreas Ponds read more >


PRESS RELEASES
09/28/16 • High Peaks Wilderness Challenges
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PRESS RELEASES
09/28/16 • High Peaks Wilderness Challenges
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COMMENTS
09/27/16 • High Peaks Wilderness Area - Re-establish Citzen Advisory Committee read more >


IN THE NEWS
09/27/16 • Adirondack Wild Calls For DEC To Address High Peaks Issues read more >


PRESS RELEASES
09/22/16 • 2016 Annual Meeting
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IN THE NEWS
09/15/16 • Environmental Groups Concerned Over Boreas Ponds Interim Access Plan read more >


IN THE NEWS
09/15/16 • Boreas Ponds Interim Access Plan Criticized read more >


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.

Photos: Top left: The iconic ‘Old Red Barn' in Keene Valley with the High Peaks Wilderness in the background. © Ken Rimany;
Field Notes From the Partners: Carved 'Beaver House' sign - by Paul Schaefer. Photo © Ken Rimany;
Wild Action Now photo: Dan Plumley at the Keene Valley Library, along with Naj Wikoff, sharing what they learned and offered to the gathering of leaders at the Conference of World Parliamentarians on Tibet. Photo  © Ken Rimany.

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