DIALOGUE FOR THE WILD –
Featured Writers: Edward Zahniser and Pete Nelson
 

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Pete Nelson

When “Balance” Becomes Rhetoric

Pete Nelson has been a lover of the Adirondacks since his family discovered Blue Mountain Lake in 1954 and made it a family summer destination. As the years have passed, his love for unspoiled territory has changed his focus to wilder areas in the Central and Western Adirondacks and the High Peaks.

Pete recently purchased an Adirondack in-holding and writes about his adventures exploring it. Read Article

 


 

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Ed Zahniser

Adirondack Wilderness: Wild By Law, Not Administrative Whim

Ed Zahniser recently retired as the senior writer and editor with the National Park Service Publications Group in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. He writes and lectures frequently about wilderness, wildlands, and conservation history topics. He is the youngest child of Alice (b. 1918) and Howard Zahniser (1906–1964). Ed’s father was the principal author and chief lobbyist for the National Wilderness Preservation System Act of 1964. Ed edited his father’s Adirondack writings in Where Wilderness Preservation Began: Adirondack Writings of Howard Zahniser, and also edited Daisy Mavis Dalaba Allen’s Ranger Bowback: An Adirondack farmer: a memoir of Hillmount Farms (Bakers Mills). Read Article


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FIELD NOTES FROM THE PARTNERS

03/13/16 APA Weakened State Land Master Plan
It was a riveting 90 minutes at the APA this week. In those 90 minutes, the NYS Adirondack Park Agency amended the State Land Master Plan. In doing so, the agency contradicted and violated basic definitions and guidelines that have been protective of wilderness values since 1972.
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02/17/16 Wetlands Politics: Justice Scalia’s "Transitory Puddles"
I feel a connection with the late Justice Antonin Scalia, albeit indirect. He had strengths, but an environmental and land ethic, because they were not enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, seemed irrelevant to the Justice. Just before he died, he joined the majority in putting a stay on the the Environmental Protection Agency’s clean power regulation and thus called into question American climate commitments made in Paris. read more >


02/08/16 APA’s Response To Rail-Trail Comments Falls Short
By this stage the NYS APA, DEC, and DOT may feel justified that they have adequately addressed public comments about the future of the Remsen-Lake Placid Railroad Travel Corridor. Having hosted listening sessions in 2013-14 and several public comment periods in 2015, the last one concluding in December, the DEC’s unit management plan amendment goes on, page after page, responding to questions and comment. read more >


01/24/16 What Should Guide APA Nominations?
Recently someone asked me about how I was following through on Adirondack Wild’s 2015 report Adirondack Park at a Crossroad: A Road Map for Action. When I launched into some of the report’s recommendations for legislative and policy changes, they focused on that portion of the report dealing with appointments to the Adirondack Park Agency.
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01/04/16 An Historic Defeat For Forest Preserve Exploiters
During his years as a senior advisor to many younger Adirondack conservationists, Paul Schaefer told some interesting stories. He witnessed the following incident in the New York State Legislature in 1953, when he was about 45-years-old, at the height of his effectiveness as a conservation organizer.
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An old white pine that would have been flooded by the Higley Mountain Dam (although now dead, the tree still stands today and takes more than four people to put their arms around it). Photo by Paul Schaefer


12/23/15 APA, DEC Proposals Would Alter Wilderness Protection
“We document recent permit decisions and management practices by the NYS Adirondack Park Agency (APA) and Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) which we believe are inconsistent with the constitutional and statutory requirements designed to ensure long term protection of the Park’s integrity and which are irreconcilable with the agencies’ obligations as the public’s trustees of the Adirondack Park…read more >
Banner hanging at the APA’s headquarters in Ray Brook. Photo © Ken Rimany


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WILD ACTION NOW!
IN THE NEWS
03/24/16 • Editorial - APA independence needed
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IN THE NEWS
03/21/16 • APA Commissioner Blasts Cuomo For Weakening Adirondack State Land Master Plan
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IN THE NEWS
03/21/16 • Top APA Commissioner says Cuomo undermining Adirondack Protections read more >


IN THE NEWS
03/16/16 • APA Commissioner Indicts Cuomo Administration For Poor APA Decisions read more >


PRESS RELEASES
03/08/16 • Adirondack State Land Master Plan Amendment Proposal Deficient and Defective; APA Should Reject it read more >


IN THE NEWS
03/07/16 • Property of ‘Adirondack Woodswoman’ is left to state read more >


COMMENTS
01/29/16 • Comments on Proposed Amendments to the State Land Master Plan and Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, or DSEIS read more >


IN THE NEWS
01/19/16 • Boreas Ponds And A Bigger Adirondack High Peaks Wilderness read more >


IN THE NEWS
01/15/16 • Adirondack Debate - Wilderness, recreation advocates speak out at APA hearing read more >


IN THE NEWS
01/13/16 • Green groups file lawsuit against Essex Chain Lakes rec plan read more >


COMMENTS
01/13/16 • Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan - public hearings read more >


IN THE NEWS
01/12/16 • Lawsuit Filed Challenging Changes To Adirondack Land Management 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: Whiteface Mt in the far distance. © 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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