02/25/14 NEW! 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.
01/20/14 Bernard C. Smith: NYS Senate Conservation Champion – Bernard C. Smith served in the NYS Senate from 1965-1978, an era when trust in our government’s good will and capability to improve our lives was ebbing fast. But Senator Smith, a Republican, believed strongly in that capability and responsibility.
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Bernard C. Smith
01/09/14 The State’s Environmental Protection Fund – It’s state budget time, and the members of regional advisory committees on open space conservation from the Adirondacks to Niagara and Long Island will be watching that fraction of one percent of the state budget called the Environmental Protection Fund. Will the EPF continue to recover from the recessionary influenza it caught in 2009?
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Adirondack Forest Preserve & Conservation Easements Acreage, from 1885 - 2010
12/09/13 Classification Deal Will Require Rule Changes – For three days, the Adirondack Park Agency deliberated on a set of classifications for Forest Preserve in Newcomb, Minerva and Indian Lake that were never in doubt. The decisions were the Governor’s. APA took its direction from him, as it did with the Adirondack Club and Resort two years ago.
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Governor Cuomo signs Finch Land Classification
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