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
07/07/15 Appreciation for Outgoing DEC Commissioner Joe Martens
Joe Martens’ announced departure this month as State Environmental Conservation Commissioner prompts a post of appreciation and a note of apprehension about his future successor. I have no right, and certainly possess inadequate, incomplete knowledge and understanding to write anything comprehensive about the Commissioner. But throughout four challenging years as head of the DEC, working for a very controlling boss, the Commissioner seemed to remain true to himself. read more >
DEC Commissioner Joe Martens announcing the Cat and Thomas Mountain addition of the Adirondack Forest Preserve. Photo © Dave Gibson


06/15/15 Adk Wild criticizes DEC's 11th Hour Forest Preserve Plans
Another thick set of Forest Preserve recreational plans and maps was sent at the 11th hour by the NYS DEC to the Adirondack Park Agency just prior to the APA’s June meeting, the second time in so many months that APA members felt unprepared. In May, APA Member Richard Booth spoke of having to review 80 pages and 45 maps of alternative snowmobile trails through the Forest Preserve just a few days before his State Land Committee was expected to review them in the public’s eye. read more > Upper Hudson River. Photo © Dave Gibson


06/03/15 Snowmobile Routes Continue to Face Policy and Legal Hurdles
Not quite twenty years ago, Governor George Pataki’s administration made some decisions about snowmobiling on the Adirondack Forest Preserve which are still playing themselves out today. Governor Pataki’s first DEC Commissioner, Michael Zagata, signaled in 1995-96 that he would support a minimum of 15 foot routes (roads) for snowmobiling, cleared width, in order to accommodate 52 inch sleds and two-way travel. read more > Snowmobile bridge under construction.Photo © Dan Plumley


04/14/15 An Updated Guide To Good Development Design -
This past week I received my copy of the updated guide for building and designing greener, everywhere from rural farms, to small villages, to the suburban fringe, to metro areas.  The second edition of Rural by Design (2015, published by American Planning Association) is out. Its author, Randall Arendt, is a landscape planner, site designer, author, lecturer, and advocate of conservation planning.
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03/30/15 Champion of the Forest Preserve: David Newhouse - It’s been my honor and privilege to know some great Adirondack conservation leaders in the late 20th century. One I feel deserves a lot “more ink” is the late David L. Newhouse, a native of the Midwest and graduate of Purdue University, who arrived in New York State following World War II to become a leading metallurgical engineer with the General Electric Company in Schenectady.
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David L. Newhouse, courtesy Adirondack Mountain Club


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WILD ACTION NOW!
PRESS RELEASE
07/13/15 • Adirondack Park Faces a Crossroad, and New Threats; read more >


IN THE NEWS
07/07/15 • Two public hearings scheduled on controversial Essex Chain Lakes management plan
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IN THE NEWS
07/04/15 • Essex Chain Lakes plan fuels debate
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IN THE NEWS
07/02/15 • Most Say They Will Miss Departing DEC Commissioner read more >


COMMENTS
06/26/15 • Final letter to Comptroller and DEC, Lot 8 Appraisal read more >


COMMENTS
06/15/15 • Community Connector 2015 Comments - North Hudson to Newcomb Trail Plan UMP read more >


IN THE NEWS
06/03/15 • Sale of Adirondack prison hits snag - It's in the Forest Preserve read more >


COMMENTS
0522/15 • Regional Land Bank for Projects on State Land read more >


COMMENTS
05/05/15 • NYCO Finishes Test Drilling In Jay Mountain Wilderness read more >


IN THE NEWS
05/01/15 • Should APA treat the economy on par with environment? read more >


COMMENTS
NEW ! 04/15/15 • Lyme Adirondacks Timberland, LLC.
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COMMENTS
03/30/15 • Should the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan treat the Economy on par with the Environment? No. read more >


IN THE NEWS
03/30/15 • NYCO Begins Drilling 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, Senior Partner/Chair
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Daniel R. Plumley, Partner
dplumley@adirondackwild.org
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David H. Gibson, Partner
dgibson@adirondackwild.org
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Kenneth J. Rimany, Partner
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