04/02/14 NEW! David Sive: Wild Nature’s Legal Champion – Legal champion for nature, for our nature and for the wild, David Sive, eulogized in The New York Times recently, was a man who epitomized the truth that you protect only what you love, you love only what you understand and you understand only what you are taught. read more >
David Sive at his home in the Catskills (© 2000).
Courtesy David Sive’s grandson William Paxton
03/18/14Lake George Zipline Project Will Scar French Mountain – The gap between legislative intent to protect the open space resources of the Adirondack Park and the APA’s analysis of project impacts in accordance with the law widened into a chasm in 2012 when the agency approved the Adirondack Club and Resort by a 10-1 vote. read more >
Portions of roads built in about 2005 without a permit (now designated “forest roads”) that are expected to serve as commercial access roads for the new development. Photo courtesy of Adirondack Almanack.
02/25/14 A Surplus State Budget, An Environmental Deficit – One can always hope. But readers already know this is not the case. Cuomo’s Environmental Conservation Commissioner, Joe Martens, made it explicit when he testified recently to legislative committees “Basically, this is a flat budget staff-wise,” he told legislators who politely questioned why his DEC budget appeared to be cut $43 million. read more >
DEC Commissioner Joe Martens dedicates a new addition to the Forest Preserve above Lake George in 2013. Photo © Dave Gibson
02/10/14 The 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act – Fifty years ago, the nation as a whole needed a diversion after the shocking assassination of President Kennedy, and all eyes were on the Beatles performing on the Ed Sullivan Show. President Johnson was hard at work persuading key congressmen to support the Civil Rights Act. The seedling that was to become the Vietnam War was growing. I knew little about any of this. read more >
President Lyndon Johnson presents the pen to Alice Zahniser, Sept. 3, 1964. Behind Alice is Mardie Murie. Behind Johnson is Secretary of the Interior, Stewart Udall.
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