Adirondack Issues Blog

This summer, Protect the Adirondacks is organizing a team to hike trails and camp deep in the Forest Preserve throughout the Adirondacks and spend their days monitoring trail conditions, documenting motor vehicle trespasses and impacts, and monitoring overuse. We’re seeking three individuals to work this summer to canvas the Forest Preserve to report on and […]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

One of the most striking maps coming out of the 2016 Presidential election is the red-blue county map. Despite Clinton winning the popular vote by 3 million, the county map shows a sea of red across the U.S. as Trump won 2,632 counties and the country is flecked with blue dots in the interior and […]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

  Across the Adirondack Park today, there are hundreds of active hunting camps that share the values of the Gooley Club. Many own their own lands, others lease lands like the Gooley Club did. Many are on conservation easement lands, where they can remain in perpetuity. Many of these active clubs have older buildings that […]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

On Saturday July 21st, Protect the Adirondacks is holding its annual membership meeting at The Grange in Whallonsburg in the beautiful Champlain Valley. This is a great opportunity to get an update on the major issues facing the Adirondack Park, see PROTECT’s priorities for the year ahead, and meet the staff and Board of Directors.The […]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

Buildings on the Forest Preserve are limited by state laws, regulations and policies to administrative and historic preservation purposes. The biggest looming threat to the Forest Preserve is the proposal to expand allowable buildings to include public lodging structures through some kind of formal hut-to-hut system. The final report issued by Adirondack Community-based Trails and […]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

The management of historic buildings on the Forest Preserve has been a vexing issue for decades. State management has evolved over the years from a position of building removal to now accommodating historic buildings on the Forest Preserve through the creation of a “Historic” area classification. The state has since built a policy of retaining […]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

The pressure by local governments and historic preservation groups on the state to keep the inner Gooley Club buildings shows some of the challenges the state has had in organizing a coherent management program for buildings on the Forest Preserve. This is not a new issue. It’s been a struggle for decades. Different administrations have […]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

In March 2016, Ed Ellis stood before the Warren County Board of Supervisors and said that there would be no oil tanker railcars stored in the Adirondacks. He said it again and again as he pushed county leaders to authorize a new 5-year contract to operate the Saratoga and North Creek Railroad (SNCRR). He gave […]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

The US Census 2017 population estimates are out and 11 of the 12 Adirondack counties lost population. These estimates are based on samples and are not the comprehensive decennial censuses based on extensive surveys and counts. The next one is 2020. Nevertheless, the estimates are useful and in 2017 they show that 11 Adirondack counties […]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

Governor’s signature concludes state’s purchase and classification of over 69,000 acres Forest Preserve state acquired 2012-2016. With a stroke of the pen, Governor Cuomo created over 25,000 acres of new Wilderness. Governor Cuomo today signed the recommendations of the Adirondack Park Agency to approve officially classify over 50,000 acres of newly purchased Forest Preserve lands. […]

{ Comments on this entry are closed }