Adirondack Issues Blog

The purchase of the Boreas Ponds tract is a major milestone in the history of the Adirondack Forest Preserve, a stellar accomplishment by the Adirondack Chapter of the Nature Conservancy and a feather in the cap of the Cuomo Administration. This marks the completion of the state’s purchase of 69,000 acres of new Forest Preserve […]

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We’re moving into an era of one-agency rule in the Adirondack Park and that should be very troubling to everyone. For nearly 45 years, management of the public Forest Preserve has been based on checks and balances between the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) and the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The APA set management policy […]

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  Protect the Adirondacks cheers the state’s acquisition of the Boreas Ponds in the Town of North Hudson, Essex County, in the southern High Peaks. This 20,000-acre tract was part of the historic purchase of over 161,000 acres by the Adirondack Chapter of the Nature Conservancy in 2007 of the former Finch, Pruyn & Company […]

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State approves $300 million EPF in state budget, significant boost to funding for land protection, invasive species control and state land stewardship Protect the Adirondacks applauds the New York State budget being passed in Albany. This budget contains enhanced environmental funding in a $300 million Environmental Protection Fund (EPF). Programs important to the Adirondack Park […]

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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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At the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) meeting on Friday March 11, 2016, the APA acted to amend the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan (APSLMP) to make a series of changes, the most controversial being changes to the Essex Chain Lakes and Pine Lake Primitive areas to allow public bicycle use and use of motor […]

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APA vote today marks the first time in the last 40 years to weaken, not strengthen, protections for the Forest Preserve APA removed Essex Chain Lakes tract from Wilderness management by opening bicycle routes and motorized maintenance and management For the first time in more than 40 years, the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) has acted […]

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  2016 Annual Meeting at Garnet Hill Lodge on July 9th. Register today. PROTECT is excited to announce that our 2016 Annual Meeting will be held at the Garnet Hill Lodge on Saturday July 9th starting at 9:30 AM. The business meeting will start at 10:00 AM, including introduction of new Board members, financial report, […]

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The Adirondack Forest Preserve, owned by all New Yorkers and protected in the State Constitution as “forever wild” since 1895, is an internationally recognized treasure. It is managed by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), under the supervision of the Adirondack Park Agency (APA). The document governing how both the APA and the DEC manage […]

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Protect the Adirondacks and Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve filed a lawsuit on January 11, 2016 challenging the State’s approval of a new Unit Management Plan (UMP) for the Essex Chain Lakes Complex in the central Adirondack Park. The suit claims that the UMP violates state law by allowing motorized and mechanized recreational […]

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