Adirondack Issues Blog

Appellate Division Justice stays further tree cutting on the Forest Preserve by the NYS DEC for the next ten days pending a hearing on a temporary injunction during an appeal by Protect the Adirondacks of a Supreme Court decision denying an injunction against tree cutting on the Forest Preserve during construction of new snowmobile trails […]

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For the past 25 days the chain saws of the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) and Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) have been silenced and over 7,500 trees on the forever wild Forest Preserve have received a reprieve sparring them from destruction. Protect the Adirondacks is in the midst of a lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality […]

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The Adirondack Park Agency’s (APA) decision in March 2016 to weaken the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan, which sets management policy for the “forever wild” Forest Preserve, capped five years of poor decisions and bad precedents in its management of the 2.6-million acre Forest Preserve. The APA has ushered in a period of great […]

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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 2016 Legislative session wrapped up with a flurry of Adirondack Park activity. The State Senate conducted business over night on Friday June 17th and did not adjourn until 5:00 AM. In the end, a new Article XIV Constitutional Amendment was passed, the Township 40 implementing legislation was passed, three new Adirondack Park Agency Board […]

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Protect the Adirondacks supports a new Constitutional Amendment for Article XIV, the “forever wild” provision of the NYS Constitution, introduced by the State Assembly Conservation Committee Chairman Steve Englebright. This proposed amendment authorizes location of broadband, other utilities and bike paths along state highway corridors traversing the Forest Preserve, authorizes location of broadband and other […]

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Protect the Adirondacks supports a new Constitutional Amendment for Article XIV, Section 1, the “forever wild” provision of the NYS Constitution, introduced by State Senator Elizabeth Little, to authorize the sale of 92 acres of a former prison compound in the Town of Brighton, Franklin County. This prison compound was formerly a tuberculosis sanatorium and […]

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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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