DIALOGUE FOR THE WILD –
Featured Writer: Jocelyn Jerry
 

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Lyn Jerry receiving the 2014 Paul Schaefer Wilderness Award.
Photo © Ken Rimany

Lyn Jerry was an Adirondack hero. She died earlier this summer in her ninth decade. She lived a very full and fulfilling life.  At first we knew Lyn as the wife of Harold A. Jerry, Jr., executive director of Governor Nelson Rockefeller’s Temporary Study Commission on the Future of the Adirondacks, member of Governor Mario Cuomo’s Commission on the Adirondacks in the 21st Century; and longest serving member of the NYS Public Service Commission. Public service indeed! After Harold’s death in 2001, we came to know Lyn the person, and came to admire so much in her that Harold and her children knew so well: an equal partner in Harold’s history as pioneering statewide and Adirondack planner and protector; loving mother and grandmother of remarkable individuals; classroom teacher of more than 30 years at Bethlehem High School, remembered by so many; perseverance in becoming fully responsible for Dug Mountain Ponds; the 4,000+ acres she and Harold managed in Speculator; an inquiring mind and keen interest and involvement wherever beauty, culture, history, science, environment and social justice intermingled – including dozens of organizations with whom she shared herself, made enduring friendships, and sent newspaper clippings and financial support. Early in her forest supervision, she met the standards to enroll as a professionally certified (FSC) forest in the Adirondack Park. Lyn displayed great knowledge, interest, compassion and loyalty to the land managers, foresters, leaseholders, hunters and fishers who shared parts of Dug Mountain Ponds; and only Lyn’s broad interests could encompass and embrace all of it, and so much that is the Adirondack Park. She earned our Paul Schaefer Wilderness Award in 2014. Her daughters Jocelyn, Danielle and son Chip and families decided to eulogize their mother by reciting her address to the 1995 graduating class of Bethlehem High School. Lyn’s parting words to those young people remain life lessons for us all and we reproduce them here with the permission of the family. Read More


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FIELD NOTES FROM THE PARTNERS

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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06/08/16 The State Forest Preserve’s Camp Gabriels
Legislation in the form of a constitutional amendment has been introduced in Albany this session which would “convey certain Forest Preserve that was never intended to be included in the Forest Preserve.”  That land is the 92-acre former Camp Gabriels prison in the Town of Brighton, formerly part of Paul Smith’s College, and before that a tubercular sanitarium.
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‘Forever Wild’, Article XIV, NYS Constitution


06/06/16 Birding In The Rain On Hadley Mountain
Sunday’s Bird Walk at Hadley Mountain (a part of our Adirondack Forest Preserve near the Warren-Saratoga County line) was a wash-out. Linda Champagne, intrepid newsletter editor for the Hadley Firetower Committee, was the exception. As we walked up the trail a ways, the drumbeat of rain on our heads slowed, and the migratory birds breeding and raising young here could not help themselves. read more >
The Hadley Mountain fire tower in sunnier weather. Photo © Dave Gibson


05/15/16 DEC’s Essex Chain Double Standards
DEC Acting Commissioner Basil Seggos signed the Essex Chain of Lakes Primitive Area Unit Management Plan (UMP) in late March, and issued a Findings Statement required by law. The final UMP and the Findings do not appear to alter the basic management decisions ratified by the Adirondack Park Agency last November as being in compliance with the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan. read more >
Photo © Dave Gibson


05/04/16 Planting Trees Along The Hudson With YENN, Adirondack Wild, and Forest Rangers
“I never thought I’d be getting my hands dirty and planting trees in such a big forest,” said Jody last Saturday. She had joined others from the Youth Ed-Venture and Nature Network, Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve, and NYS Department of Environmental Conservation for a day of hard work along the Hudson River.
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NYS DEC Rangers being helped by YENN youth volunteers. Photo © Dave Gibson


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WILD ACTION NOW!
IN THE NEWS
08/01/16 • Environmentalists Modify Boreas Ponds Proposal read more >


IN THE NEWS
07/31/16 • The Adirondacks: Whose Park Is It Anyway? read more >


IN THE NEWS
07/30/16 • A Journey To Boreas Ponds read more >


PRESS RELEASES
07/13/16 • Boreas River Snowmobile Crossing
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COMMENTS
0712/16 • Snowmobiles in Boreas River Scenic River Corridor read more >


IN THE NEWS
06/23/16 • New commissioners named at Adirondack Park Agency read more >


IN THE NEWS
06/22/16 • Change to state constitution would allow municipalities to build utilities in Adirondacks without new amendment read more >


PRESS RELEASES
06/21/16 • Adirondack Wild congratulates the Governor’s APA appointments; thanks State Land chair Richard Booth read more >


IN THE NEWS
06/13/16 • Raquette Lake deal caught up in Albany deal read more >


IN THE NEWS
06/13/16 • Future of Camp Gabirels depends on amendment to NY constitution read more >


IN THE NEWS
06/13/16 • Bill To Reform How APA Handles Major Subdivisions Introduced read more >


COMMENTS
06/13/16 • Memorandum of Support, A. 10669 to strengthen land use development provisions in order to curtail rural sprawl in the Adirondack Park read more >


PRESS RELEASES
06/09/16 • Adirondack Groups Support Legislation to Reform read more >


PRESS RELEASES
05/19/16 • Adirondack Park Agency Board is Weakest in 45 years 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: Early morning visitor along the shores of Jenny Lake. © 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.

ADIRONDACK PARK REGIONAL
Peter Brinkley, Honorary Chair
pbrinkley@frontiernet.net
Daniel R. Plumley, Partner
dplumley@adirondackwild.org
Home Office: 518.576.9277
David H. Gibson, Partner
dgibson@adirondackwild.org
Mobile: 518.469.4081
Kenneth J. Rimany, Partner
krimany@adirondackwild.org

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