04/04/17 EPA Budget Cuts, Deregulation Policies Could Degrade or Imperil the Adirondack Park The current crisis of anti-environmental leadership at the federal level under the Trump Administration has potentially far reaching implications here at home for New York’s Adirondack Park. Taken as a whole, these threats to New York State and the Adirondack Park could degrade or imperil natural resource integrity and environmental sustainability over the long-term. read more >
03/29/17 Embracing Swamps
Long before antimalarial drugs, draining the swamp was a literal human life saver. Sometime after Earth Day 1970, when over 90 percent of the country’s swamps had already been drained, people began to appreciate by their very rarity what swamps looked like, what lived there and how they functioned and benefited society. By 2017, “draining the swamp” has been trivialized into a meaningless electoral slogan. The usage of this phrase infuriates me, but someone inside my head is reminding me to “get over it.” read more >
03/10/17 Adirondack Wild Promotes Park Legislation
Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve has written to NYS Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee chairman Steven Englebright endorsing his Assembly bill 5451 to promote the integrity, resilience and legislated purposes of open space resources in the Adirondack Park.The legislation is consistent with a key recommendation in Adirondack Wild’s 2015 report Adirondack Park at a Crossroad: A Road Map for Action. read more >
03/01/17 Rachel Carson, Richard Nixon, and Judith Enck
Congressional representative Elise Stefanik should invite the new head of the U.S. EPA, Scott Pruitt, to visit her district. She might introduce Mr. Pruitt to the homeowners in Ballston Spa whose homes have been turned upside down thanks to release of some very bad chemicals from a nearby, now closed dry cleaning facility. read more >
EPA’s Judith Enck by Cindy Schultz, Times Union.
02/08/17 Protecting Open Space Should Be Paramount
Something’s not right when the APA stops writing about open space protection in permits for Resource Management and Rural Use lands – precisely where the State Legislature places great emphasis on open space and resource protection.
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01/23/17 Infrastructure Construction at Boreas Ponds?
Governor Cuomo’s proposed new public-private initiative to revitalize Northway Exit 29 in the Adirondack Park, the former Frontiertown theme park, and to create a new visitor center and “gateway” there to benefit not just the town of North Hudson, but Essex County and the entire Adirondack Park is a good proposal.
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Photo: Gulf Brook Road.
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
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