Adirondack Issues Blog

Development Director Position Announcement. Apply Today! Protect the Adirondacks is seeking to hire a Development Director to help lead our fundraising efforts. PROTECT is a grassroots environmental organization that is focused on the protection of the great forests, waters, public Forest Preserve, and rural communities of the 6-million acre Adirondack Park in northern New York. […]

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A major new program in Governor Andrew’s Cuomo’s 2018-19 state budget is the Empire Forests of the Future Initiative, referred to as “EFFI.” This new program seeks to overhaul and modernize two longstanding “Preferential Forest Tax Law Programs” known by the shorthands “480” and “480a” for their respective parts of the Real Property Tax Law. […]

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State of New York currently pays property taxes based on local assessments. A tax cap could lower state tax payments and cause a tax shift to private lands. Much more information is needed to assess the potential long-term impacts from a Forest Preserve tax cap. State land tax cap could cost Adirondack communities. The Cuomo […]

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Compromise protects Boreas Ponds as Wilderness, while enabling easy public access and a variety of recreational uses on neighboring Wild Forest lands Wilderness Classification for the Boreas Ponds is major milestone in the history of the Adirondack Park, only 140,000 acres of Wilderness Approved since 1970; 25,000 acres approved alone on February 2, 2018 The […]

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News about the state’s decision on the classification of the 21,000-acre Boreas Ponds tract, part of a larger 54,000-acre classification package released by the Adirondack Park Agency (APA), has been met with a spectrum of cheers and some jeers. The decision is clearly a compromise, and as with any good compromise there was give and […]

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Compromise protects Boreas Ponds as Wilderness, while enabling easy public access and a variety of recreational uses on neighboring Wild Forest lands Wilderness Classification for the Boreas Ponds is major milestone in the history of the Adirondack Park The Adirondack Park Agency today released its long awaited and much discussed proposal for the classification of […]

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The plan by Iowa Pacific Holdings and its owner/CEO Ed Ellis to use the Adirondack Park as a junkyard to store thousands of out-of-service oil tanker railcars has hit significant stumbling blocks in the recent days. Last week, the Cuomo Administration announced plans to petition the federal Surface Transportation Board (STB) to reject use of […]

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State submits petition to federal Surface Transportation Board to end use of Sanford Lake Rail Line by Iowa Pacific Holdings, citing companies failures to live up to 2012 agreenents that reopened the rail line. Protect the Adirondacks applauds Governor Andrew Cuomo and Basil Segos, Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), for their submission […]

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On December 1st, Judge Gerald Connolly, of State Supreme Court in Albany County, issued his decision in the lawsuit brought by Protect the Adirondacks against the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and Adirondack Park Agency alleging that construction of a network of new class II community connector snowmobile trails violated Article 14, Section 1, of […]

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4th shipment of over 20 new oil tankers was transported into the Adirondack Park on November 15th; over 80 oil tankers are now stored on siding track on the Boreas River and south of Tahawus Mine on the Opalescent River Protect the Adirondacks has produced a new video opposing plans by Iowa Pacific Holdings to […]

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