Adirondack Issues Blog

At our annual meeting in 1991, one of the forerunners of Protect the Adirondacks, the Residents’ Committee to Protect the Adirondacks (RCPA), led Yngvar Isachsen, the prominent NYS Museum geologist, to a “tafone”–one of the rock formations I used to call “holey boulders” because that is what they are (see pictures below). It was high […]

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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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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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