Adirondack Issues Blog

The Adirondack Forest Preserve, owned by all New Yorkers and protected in the State Constitution as “forever wild” since 1895, is an internationally recognized treasure. It is managed by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), under the supervision of the Adirondack Park Agency (APA). The document governing how both the APA and the DEC manage […]

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Protect the Adirondacks and Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve filed a lawsuit on January 11, 2016 challenging the State’s approval of a new Unit Management Plan (UMP) for the Essex Chain Lakes Complex in the central Adirondack Park. The suit claims that the UMP violates state law by allowing motorized and mechanized recreational […]

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Protect the Adirondacks applauds Governor Cuomo for his plans to expand the NYS Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) to $300 million in his new state budget to be released later this month. This expansion marks the largest funding level ever for the EPF. The EPF funds a variety of environmental programs such as land acquisition, farmland […]

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This is the third of three “reflections” on the recent approval of the new Essex Chain Lakes Complex Unit Management Plan that widely violated longstanding state environmental laws and management policies and regulations for the Forest Preserve. Part One focused on the poor public review process and the Part Two focused on violations of various […]

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This fall, Protect the Adirondacks conducted extensive field work on the new class II community connector snowmobile trail under construction from Newcomb to Minerva. This trail was approved by the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) in the summer of 2015 and will eventually run more than 10 miles through private lands and a small conservation easement […]

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Protect the Adirondacks calls on state leaders to act boldly to expand Wilderness lands in the Adirondack Park. The protection of the former Finch, Pruyn and Company lands by the Nature Conservancy creates a major opportunity to significantly expand the High Peaks Wilderness area. Three tracts from this land purchase border the High Peaks Wilderness […]

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Protect the Adirondacks inventoried the newly constructed class II community connector snowmobile trail around Harris Lake. This trail was approved by the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) and Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) in July 2015 as part of a new Newcomb to Minerva snowmobile trail connection. The trail runs just over 1 mile through parts […]

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Town of Ohio ATV Law had opened dozens of roads for ATV riding Town ATV Law violated New York Vehicle and Traffic Law, SEQR, among other laws, and resulted in damage to town and state roads in the area and widespread trespassing Protect the Adirondacks is pleased that the Town of Ohio has rescinded a […]

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This is the second of three “reflections” on the recent approval of the new Essex Chain Lakes Complex Unit Management Plan that widely violated longstanding state environmental laws and management policies and regulations for the Forest Preserve. Part One focused on the poor public review process and the Part Three violated longstanding NYS environmental laws. […]

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New Unit Management Plan violates state snowmobile trail policies and regulations New plan violates the NYS Wild, Scenic and Recreational Rivers Act The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) today approved a widely illegal new Unit Management Plan (UMP) for the Essex Chain Lakes Complex. This plan was characterized as a “legal fiction” by one dissenting APA […]

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