Adirondack Issues Blog

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The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has released a new draft Unit Management Plan for the Essex Chain Lakes Complex area, which includes lands classified as Primitive and Wild Forest. It’s a vast, sprawling area where many different recreational uses are being combined, some that fit seamlessly with the natural resources and some that damage […]

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Article XIV, Section 1, has been amended 15 times since 1938. It has been amended four times since 2007, making this period the most active and intensive in Forest Preserve history. Two other Article XIV, Section 1 draft amendments are being drafted and organized by the Department of Environmental Conservation and Cuomo Administration. A third […]

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Protect the Adirondacks is excited to invite you to a fun event — the 2015 Forever Wild Benefit — featuring a guided hike to the top of OK Slip Falls and then a raft trip through the lower reaches of the Hudson River Gorge. The event will be guided by the professional guide team at […]

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Protect the Adirondacks has called upon the Department of Environmental Conservation to study the reintroduction of wolves and cougars as part of its new Wildlife Action Plan. The draft Wildlife Action Plan lists 366 wildlife species in New York and states that 167 are species of “High Priority.” New York’s last Wildlife Action Plan was […]

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July 8, 2015 Hon. Lani Ulrich, Chair NYS Adirondack Park Agency PO Box 99 Ray Brook, NY 12977 RE: Public Comment on Proposed Community Connector Trail UMP Amendments Dear Chairwoman Ulrich, We respectfully submit these comments, timely in accordance with the Adirondack Park Agency’s (APA) policy concerning their submission, and request that you be so kind as […]

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Is the Adirondack Park viable habitat for a sustainable population of cougars? Protect the Adirondacks hosts Christopher Spatz, President of the Cougar Rewilding Foundation, at the Paul Smith’s Visitor’s Interpretive Center on Sunday July 5th at 11 AM. Protect the Adirondacks will host Christopher Spatz, President of the Cougar Rewilding Foundation, at the Paul Smith’s […]

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The Polaris Bridge over the Hudson River should be removed and the river restored. The bridge crosses a beautiful flatwater stretch of the Hudson, one of the most picturesque spots in the Adirondack Park. The Polaris Bridge is a bridge to nowhere and keeping it will only lead to widespread natural resource degradation as well […]

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In 2014, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) built a new class II community connector snowmobile trail called the Gilmantwon trail through a southern part of the Jessup River Wild Forest area. These types of trails are unlike any other recreational trails being built on the Forest Preserve. These road-like “trails” require extensive grading and […]

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Protect the Adirondacks is holding its 2015 annual meeting at the Paul Smith’s Visitor’s Interpretive Center on Sunday July 5th from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM. This day will include a report on PROTECT’s conservation and advocacy programs over the past year and looking ahead, hike on the beautiful Visitor Center trails, canoeing on Lower St. Regis Lake, and […]

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