DIALOGUE FOR THE WILD
The Adirondack Park at a Crossroad: A Road Map for Action

 

Adirondack Park at a Crossroads

This critique is about current dangers to the Adirondack Park from the very state agencies legally responsible for its protection and stewardship – the Adirondack Park Agency and Department of Environmental Conservation. It carefully documents an erosion of state agency standards and political will to maintain the fragile integrity of the Park’s ecological balance. In fact, today’s Park and its natural resources face grave threats. That is the story and the purpose of Part 1 of the Adirondack Park at a Crossroad: A Road Map for Action.

We identify the threats and ongoing damage to the integrated public and private landscape of the Adirondack Park, and offer recommendations on how to avoid these threats, strengthen existing law and policy, enhance state agency performance and higher standards, and thus pass on one of America’s most precious natural assets unimpaired to future generations.

As a stakeholder in the Park’s future, we invite you to read our report.

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FIELD NOTES FROM THE PARTNERS
Adirondack Wild:
Mountain Lake Journal Roundtable

Adirondack Wild's David Gibson and Dan Plumley participate in a round table discussion regarding their concerns of the state pushing economic development at the expense of the Adirondack Wilderness.



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


12/10/15 Climate: Our Important Adirondack Carbon Bank
Our small solar photovoltaic system has, over its seven years of use, prevented about 12 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.  The 25 acres of northern hardwood forest in our fee ownership however, has stored over 87 tons of CO2 over the same seven years. In Paris this week, with the stakes for our planet so very high, I would like to see as much media focus on offsetting and storing carbon emissions through forest preservation and stewardship as we see about reducing fossil fuel emissions. read more >


11/23/15 To Motorize The Forest Preserve, APA Sustains a Legal Fiction
I wish to recognize Adirondack Park Agency board member Art Lussi for his insistence over the past several months that the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) provide a legal rationale for allowing expanded motorized uses in the Forest Preserve’s protected river corridors. When DEC failed again last week to provide that legal explanation, Lussi joined Richard Booth in voting no on DEC’s plans for the Essex Chain area because they fail to comply with the State Land Master Plan. read more >
Adirondack Park Agency meeting. Photo by Dave Gibson

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WILD ACTION NOW!
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 >


IN THE NEWS
01/12/16 • Adirondack Groups Sue NYS Over Essex Chain Plan read more >


COMMENTS
01/11/16 • Essex Chain Law Suit read more >


IN THE NEWS
01/11/16 • Adirondack green groups suing NY to block Essex Chain Lakes plan read more >


IN THE NEWS
01/11/16 • Adirondack green groups suing NY to block Essex Chain Lakes plan read more >


IN THE NEWS
01/11/16 • INTO THE WILD - 'Primitive' Adirondacks land may open to bikers read more >


PRESS RELEASE
01/11/16 • Adirondack Groups Sue State Over Essex Chain Management Plan read more >


IN THE NEWS
01/07/16 • NYSDEC proposes changes to conservation easement rules read more >


IN THE NEWS
01/07/16 • Variety Of Groups Praise Governor’s Plan To Fund EPF read more >


COMMENTS
01/06/16 • Plumley Testimony - Amendments to the Adirondack park SLMP read more >


IN THE NEWS
12/23/15 • Compromise Rail To Trail Plan Remains Controversial read more >


IN THE NEWS
12/22/15 • Green Groups Differ On Rail-Trail Proposal 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.

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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