Bethany Garretson

DIALOGUE FOR THE WILD –
Featured Writer: Bethany Garretson

“Forever Wild” – Vignettes from 100 Peaks in 100 Days

Bethany Garretson, an Environmental Studies instructor at Paul Smith's College, got her first taste of the Adirondacks from fishing trips with her grandparents. She grew up in Cherry Valley, New York, a small farming community west of Albany. After working four years in wilderness therapy as a field instructor, Bethany studied conservation models in India, Namibia, Nepal, and the United States as part of her Master's in Conservation and Community Development. She's an avid hiker and believes in the empowering and healing nature of the outdoors. Bethany lives in Paul Smith's, New York with her husband. Read Article



FIELD NOTES FROM THE PARTNERS

02/10/15 Winter Snowshoe to Stewart Lake - Friends Jane and M.J. joined me on a snowshoe this winter to a special place in the Adirondack Forest Preserve, the trail to Stewart Lake in the Shaker Mountain Wild Forest near Canada Lake. 

For many years, Larry and Maryde King led snowshoeing trips to this area for the Adirondack Mountain Club’s Schenectady chapter.  Whenever I visit this place, I think of Larry in the lead breaking trail, Maryde as the “sweep” taking up the rear, and veteran and beginner snowshoers between them.   read more >


02/02/15 State Agency Logos: Endangered or Extinct? - The recognizable logos of our individual New York state agencies, symbolic of each agency mission and purpose, suddenly appear to be endangered, or extinct. They have lasted in many cases for 40 years or longer.

For instance, there was the familiar round NYS Department of Environmental Conservation logo, quite attractive really, with symbols indicative of its mission to protect our waters, our air, our land, and our mountains. read more >

02/02/15 Bakers Mills: Remembering Earl And Daisy Allen - It was during the late 1980’s that Paul Schaefer introduced me to Daisy and Earl Allen in Bakers Mills. Earl has passed away this past month, and his wife Daisy died some 14 years before. But the memories of Daisy’s warmth and kitchen, and Earl’s legend as a teamster, maple sugar maker, artisan, maker of hay rakes, and master of old engines remain strong. Both would do anything they could for people.
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01/20/15 Commentary: More Badly Designed Development - September 2013 was the high point in the Adirondack Park Agency’s history of engagement on conservation development for new subdivisions.

By January, 2015, as evidenced by their actions in support of New York Land and Lakes corporation’s project for 24 residential lots that parcel out two water bodies (along with streams and wetlands, all on Resource Management lands), APA had lost interest. read more >


01/03/15 Gov. Mario Cuomo: His Final Adirondack Speech- There will be many eulogies this week for Mario M. Cuomo. For me, the former Governor, like a certain white pine in our woods whose annual whorl of branches totes up the years I have lived here, is a measure of my time on this earth.

Thirty years ago last summer, Mario M. Cuomo gave that great address in San Francisco to the Democratic National Convention. I had just moved to upstate New York that year to be with Susan. As Governor, Mario Cuomo helped define the first eight years I worked for the Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks. read more >


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WILD ACTION NOW!
PRESS RELEASE
NEW ! 02/20/15 • Organizations will not Appeal on Matter of NYCO Mineral Explorations read more >


IN THE NEWS
NEW ! 02/20/15 • Environmental groups won't fight NYCO testing read more >


IN THE NEWS
NEW ! 02/19/15 • Permit limits Essex County pit mine expansion read more >


IN THE NEWS
01/20/15 • APA not living up to role to protect park read more >


IN THE NEWS
01/19/15 • Plethora Of Proposals For Forest Preserve Lands read more >


IN THE NEWS
01/16/15 • After Big court wins, APA affirms controversial development rules read more >


IN THE NEWS
01/15/15 • APA Approves Controversial Subdivision read more >


IN THE NEWS
01/13/15 • Editorial - Sprawl, Adirondack Style read more >


IN THE NEWS
01/12/15 • NYCO Begins Drilling In Jay Mt
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IN THE NEWS
01/09/15 • Enviros oppose subdivision plans, say it should be in ADK Park Forest read more >


COMMENTS
01/08/15 • Group Letter to APA, New York Land and Lakes LLC, Woodworth Lake read more >


IN THE NEWS
01/06/15 • Does the Adirondack Park need a rules upgrade? 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:High Peaks Wilderness Area. © 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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