Adirondack Issues Blog

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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The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) has committed to investigating potentially significant changes to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan (SLMP), which sets Forest Preserve management standards and guidelines. As part of the resolution passed by the APA in December 2013, two issues were identified for SLMP reform: 1) the requirement that bridges in Wild […]

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It’s slow work for the forest to take back a road. But once the forest gets started, its work is relentless. The State of New York has owned the Burn Road on the north side of Little Tupper Lake, part of the William C. Whitney Wilderness area, since 1997 when it bought the 14,700-acre north […]

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Some major changes are afoot for our “Forever Wild” Adirondack Forest Preserve. Last fall, the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) held a series of “listening sessions” regarding possible amendments to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan (SLMP). The APA sought ideas and comments at these meetings, which staff members dutifully recorded. The APA also solicited […]

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Article XIV, Section 1, of the New York State Constitution states: “The lands of the state, now owned or hereafter acquired, constituting the forest preserve as now fixed by law, shall be forever kept as wild forest lands. They shall not be leased, sold or exchanged, or be taken by any corporation, public or private, […]

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