03/09/15 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
03/09/15 Jay Mtn Wilderness Mining: Appraising Lot 8’s Value - Now that the issue of mineral exploration on “Lot 8” in the Jay Mountain Wilderness by NYCO Minerals has left the courts, it remains for the mining company to complete its exploratory drilling, ongoing since the turn of the year. Changes in the DEC’s temporary revocable permit for the exploratory test drilling, announced on February 18, are as follows:“The TRP will be amended to reduce the total pad locations from 21 to 10 and eliminate the third phase. read more >
NYCO’s open pit mine as seen from Bald Peak in 2013.
02/25/15 The Adirondack-Abruzzo Park Exchange - There is a fruitful global partnership for parks and protected areas among people all over the globe. I see this reflected, for example, in each issue of the international Journal of Wilderness (Chad P. Dawson, Editor). For Americans who have given the world the gift of wilderness in law it should be inspiring to read about or witness.
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Photo: Abruzzo National Park in Italy
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 >
001/24/15 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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