Adirondack Issues Blog

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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In 2014, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) built a new class II community connector snowmobile trail called the Gilmantwon trail through a southern part of the Jessup River Wild Forest area. These types of trails are unlike any other recreational trails being built on the Forest Preserve. These road-like “trails” require extensive grading and […]

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Protect the Adirondacks is holding its 2015 annual meeting at the Paul Smith’s Visitor’s Interpretive Center on Sunday July 5th from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM. This day will include a report on PROTECT’s conservation and advocacy programs over the past year and looking ahead, hike on the beautiful Visitor Center trails, canoeing on Lower St. Regis Lake, and […]

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The Adirondack Park is undergoing the greatest expansion of motorized recreational uses in the history of the “forever wild” Forest Preserve. With each new Unit Management Plan (UMP) or amendment, motorized uses are expanded primarily through creation of a major new snowmobile trail network. These large road-like “trails”, called class II community connector snowmobile plans, […]

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The Adirondack Park Agency is holding a public hearing on a proposed draft plan for new “community connector” snowmobile trails. The proposed new trail network will link the communities of Newcomb with North Hudson and Minerva. “Community connector” snowmobile trails are wide, road-like trails that link together communities and amenities, such as gas stations and […]

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Register Today for the 2015 Annual Meeting of Protect the Adirondacks at the Paul Smith’s Visitors Interpretive Center on Sunday, July 5th Protect the Adirondacks is holding its 2015 annual meeting at the Paul Smith’s Visitors Interpretive Center in Paul Smith’s on Sunday July 5th from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM. This day will include […]

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Protect the Adirondacks is building a list of potential green infrastructure projects in communities around the Adirondack Park. Green infrastructure is the nexus between economic development and environmental protection Green infrastructure is the interconnection between economic development and environmental protection. Across the Adirondack Park there is a great need to invest in green infrastructure projects […]

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The Essex Chain Lakes Complex contains newly purchased Forest Preserve around the Essex Chain Lakes, Hudson River, Pine Lake, and the Cedar River. This 12,000-acre area connects the Blue Mountain Wild Forest area with the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest. It’s a vast area of lakes, ponds, wetlands, rolling hills, small mountains and deep forests. The […]

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Proposals for the Governor’s Upstate Revitalization Initiative are due July 1, 2015. Seven regions are eligible to compete for one of three $500 million upstate revitalization funds, three of which include Adirondack towns (North Country, Mohawk Valley, and Capitol Regions). The Board and staff of Protect the Adirondacks are encouraging projects that address enhancing the […]

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