04/17/14 NEW !I attended a recent forum in Albany, Facing the Storm: Preparing for Increased Extreme Weather in Upstate New York, and wanted to pass along some of what I heard, or thought I heard. The event was sponsored by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government. read more >
The Hudson River at high water from the Bridge of Hope in Hadley on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Photo by Billy Trudsoe
04/02/14 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
03/18/14 Lake 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
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