Current Actions

Court upholds restraining order barring the cutting of thousands of trees and grading on major new snowmobile trail between Newcomb and Minerva in Adirondack Park The Appellate Division, Third Department, of state Supreme Court issued an order today to uphold an injunction against tree cutting by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) on a new […]

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Court stops cutting of thousands of trees on new trail between Newcomb and Minerva Court also stops all grading of the trail with heavy machinery Full Appellate Division, Third Department, to review the order next week A justice of the Appellate Division, Third Department, of state Supreme Court issued an order on July 15, 2016 […]

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Dick Booth stepped down from his position as a member of the APA Board in June. He had served since 2007, when he was appointed by then Governor Eliot Spitzer. Booth had long been a lone voice of reason on the APA Board where decisions are not made by the APA Board but by the […]

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The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) voted on March 11, 2016 to weaken the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan (APSLMP) by making changes in the 9,990-acre Essex Chain Lakes and Pine Lakes Primitive Area to allow bicycle riding and use of motor vehicles by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) for management and maintenance. Prior […]

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Protect the Adirondacks calls on state leaders to act boldly to expand Wilderness lands in the Adirondack Park. The protection of the former Finch, Pruyn and Company lands by the Nature Conservancy creates a major opportunity to significantly expand the High Peaks Wilderness area. Three tracts from this land purchase border the High Peaks Wilderness […]

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Is the Adirondack Park viable habitat for a sustainable population of cougars? Protect the Adirondacks hosts Christopher Spatz, President of the Cougar Rewilding Foundation, at the Paul Smith’s Visitor’s Interpretive Center on Sunday July 5th at 11 AM. Protect the Adirondacks will host Christopher Spatz, President of the Cougar Rewilding Foundation, at the Paul Smith’s […]

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The Polaris Bridge over the Hudson River should be removed and the river restored. The bridge crosses a beautiful flatwater stretch of the Hudson, one of the most picturesque spots in the Adirondack Park. The Polaris Bridge is a bridge to nowhere and keeping it will only lead to widespread natural resource degradation as well […]

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Protect the Adirondacks has identified a potential new 12,000-acre Wilderness area in the southern Adirondack Park. The new West Stony Creek Wilderness consists of 3,300 acres of lands recently purchased by the State of New York from The Nature Conservancy and over 8,925 acres of existing Forest Preserve lands in the towns of Benson (Hamilton […]

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Background In 2013, Protect the Adirondacks filed a lawsuit that challenges the construction and management of snowmobile trails on the Forest Preserve by the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) and Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). PROTECT alleges that state actions by the APA and DEC violate state law and the State Constitution. PROTECT has long opposed […]

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Have You Seen a Cougar? Cougar Watch is a project to record public sightings of cougars (Puma concolor) in and around the Adirondack Park. There are regular reports of cougar sightings throughout the Adirondacks, but there has not been a publicly available repository to record these sightings. Cougar Watch will organize and map these reports. […]

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