Adirondack Issues Blog

The Essex Chain Lakes Complex contains newly purchased Forest Preserve around the Essex Chain Lakes, Hudson River, Pine Lake, and the Cedar River. This 12,000-acre area connects the Blue Mountain Wild Forest area with the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest. It’s a vast area of lakes, ponds, wetlands, rolling hills, small mountains and deep forests. The […]

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Proposals for the Governor’s Upstate Revitalization Initiative are due July 1, 2015. Seven regions are eligible to compete for one of three $500 million upstate revitalization funds, three of which include Adirondack towns (North Country, Mohawk Valley, and Capitol Regions). The Board and staff of Protect the Adirondacks are encouraging projects that address enhancing the […]

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The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) has committed to investigating potentially significant changes to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan (SLMP), which sets Forest Preserve management standards and guidelines. As part of the resolution passed by the APA in December 2013, two issues were identified for SLMP reform: 1) the requirement that bridges in Wild […]

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It’s slow work for the forest to take back a road. But once the forest gets started, its work is relentless. The State of New York has owned the Burn Road on the north side of Little Tupper Lake, part of the William C. Whitney Wilderness area, since 1997 when it bought the 14,700-acre north […]

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Some major changes are afoot for our “Forever Wild” Adirondack Forest Preserve. Last fall, the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) held a series of “listening sessions” regarding possible amendments to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan (SLMP). The APA sought ideas and comments at these meetings, which staff members dutifully recorded. The APA also solicited […]

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Article XIV, Section 1, of the New York State Constitution states: “The lands of the state, now owned or hereafter acquired, constituting the forest preserve as now fixed by law, shall be forever kept as wild forest lands. They shall not be leased, sold or exchanged, or be taken by any corporation, public or private, […]

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In their recent Letter to the Editor, Philadelphia developer Michael Foxman and his partner Thomas Lawson, representatives of Adirondack Club & Resort (ACR) in Tupper Lake, impugned the “high motives” of Protect the Adirondacks in bringing a lawsuit against the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) for permitting this massive 6,000-acre development. Since PROTECT “could never have […]

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Protect the Adirondacks cheers the appointment of Steve Englebright (D-Setauket) as the new chairman of the Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation. Assemblyman Englebright has served in the State Assembly since 1983, following service in the Suffolk County Legislature. Assemblyman Englebright has successfully passed far ranging legislation, such as the Assisted Living Reform Act of 2004 […]

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has released his new 2014-15 state budget and it includes a boost in environmental spending for the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF). Governor Cuomo has proposed to increase the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) to $172 million, a raise of $10 million over last year’s budget. The proposed EPF includes $25.5 million […]

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