DIALOGUE FOR THE WILD –
Featured Writers: Edward Zahniser and Pete Nelson
 

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Pete Nelson

When “Balance” Becomes Rhetoric

Pete Nelson has been a lover of the Adirondacks since his family discovered Blue Mountain Lake in 1954 and made it a family summer destination. As the years have passed, his love for unspoiled territory has changed his focus to wilder areas in the Central and Western Adirondacks and the High Peaks.

Pete recently purchased an Adirondack in-holding and writes about his adventures exploring it. Read Article

 


 

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Ed Zahniser

Adirondack Wilderness: Wild By Law, Not Administrative Whim

Ed Zahniser recently retired as the senior writer and editor with the National Park Service Publications Group in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. He writes and lectures frequently about wilderness, wildlands, and conservation history topics. He is the youngest child of Alice (b. 1918) and Howard Zahniser (1906–1964). Ed’s father was the principal author and chief lobbyist for the National Wilderness Preservation System Act of 1964. Ed edited his father’s Adirondack writings in Where Wilderness Preservation Began: Adirondack Writings of Howard Zahniser, and also edited Daisy Mavis Dalaba Allen’s Ranger Bowback: An Adirondack farmer: a memoir of Hillmount Farms (Bakers Mills). Read Article


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FIELD NOTES FROM THE PARTNERS

04/17/16 On The Boreas Ponds Acquisition
My first reaction to the announcement of the state’s acquisition of magnificent Boreas Ponds for the Forest Preserve is to celebrate, and to recall how long the Adirondack Nature Conservancy has owned this 21,000 acre tract – the last of the big Finch Pruyn tracts which the state committed to purchase.
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Boreas Ponds looking towards the High Peaks Wilderness. Photo © Dave Gibson


03/28/16 The Effort To Mechanize Wilderness Is Local And National
The fight to embrace wilderness and to keep designated wilderness areas free from mechanized uses is a national fight. APA weakened the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan this month by carving out two exceptions in its Primitive Area guidelines for bicycling and motorized maintenance in the Essex Chain and Pine Lake Primitive Areas. read more >
A bike in Essex Chain of Lakes Primitive area. Photo © Dave Gibson


03/13/16 APA Weakened State Land Master Plan
It was a riveting 90 minutes at the APA this week. In those 90 minutes, the NYS Adirondack Park Agency amended the State Land Master Plan. In doing so, the agency contradicted and violated basic definitions and guidelines that have been protective of wilderness values since 1972.
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02/17/16 Wetlands Politics: Justice Scalia’s "Transitory Puddles"
I feel a connection with the late Justice Antonin Scalia, albeit indirect. He had strengths, but an environmental and land ethic, because they were not enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, seemed irrelevant to the Justice. Just before he died, he joined the majority in putting a stay on the the Environmental Protection Agency’s clean power regulation and thus called into question American climate commitments made in Paris. read more >


02/08/16 APA’s Response To Rail-Trail Comments Falls Short
By this stage the NYS APA, DEC, and DOT may feel justified that they have adequately addressed public comments about the future of the Remsen-Lake Placid Railroad Travel Corridor. Having hosted listening sessions in 2013-14 and several public comment periods in 2015, the last one concluding in December, the DEC’s unit management plan amendment goes on, page after page, responding to questions and comment. read more >


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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WILD ACTION NOW!
PRESS RELEASES
04/28/16 • Day of Service, YENN and Adirondack Wild
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IN THE NEWS
04/26/16 • State to open Essex Chain lands up for recreation read more >


IN THE NEWS
04/23/16 • State buys Boreas tract for $14.5 million
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IN THE NEWS
04/25/16 • The Essex Chain Lakes Lawsuit Explained read more >


PRESS RELEASES
04/14/16 • Wilderness Advocates Praise Governor's Purchase of Boreas Ponds Tract read more >


COMMENTS
04/01/16 • Boreas Ponds - Adirondack Wild’s Case for an expanded High Peaks Wildernss read more >


COMMENTS
03/22/16 • Protect Wilderness from Bikes read more >


IN THE NEWS
03/24/16 • Editorial - APA independence needed
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IN THE NEWS
03/21/16 • APA Commissioner Blasts Cuomo For Weakening Adirondack State Land Master Plan
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IN THE NEWS
03/21/16 • Top APA Commissioner says Cuomo undermining Adirondack Protections read more >


IN THE NEWS
03/16/16 • APA Commissioner Indicts Cuomo Administration For Poor APA Decisions read more >


PRESS RELEASES
03/08/16 • Adirondack State Land Master Plan Amendment Proposal Deficient and Defective; APA Should Reject it read more >


IN THE NEWS
03/07/16 • Property of ‘Adirondack Woodswoman’ is left to state 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.

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David H. Gibson, Partner
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