Adirondack Issues Blog

Public Comments Needed by October 16, 2014 to Support Historic Climate Change Program The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is holding a public hearing on proposed greenhouse gas emission reduction regulations for power plants. Known as the Clean Power Rule, this new program constitutes the first national rules that confront climate change. The proposed rules […]

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The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has released a draft plan for amendments to the Unit Management Plans (UMPs) for the Forest Preserve units of Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest, the Camp Santanoni Historic Area, and the Lake Harris Public Campground (an Intensive Use Area). These amendments will also impact the Hudson River Hyslop Conservation Easement […]

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Legal papers are available for the major lawsuit started on July 14th challenging the implementation of the NYCO Constitutional Amendment by the Adirondack Park Agency and Department of Environmental Conservation. Both agencies have adopted positions that the Constitutional Amendment passed in November 2013 exempts the “mineral exploration” phase on 200 acres in the Jay Mountain […]

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Exploratory Drilling in Wilderness Would Violate Non-Constitutional Laws; Groups File Legal Challenge to Mineral Testing in Forest Preserve Protect the Adirondacks and three other environmental organizations dedicated to maintaining the integrity of the NYS Forest Preserve filed a lawsuit today challenging the State’s approval of mineral exploration on 200-acres of pristine, publicly-owned Adirondack Forest Preserve […]

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The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has released a draft Essex Chain Complex Unit Management Plan. This draft UMP seeks to manage public recreational use of the newly purchased and classified 12,000-acre Essex Chain Lakes and Pine Lake Primitive Areas of the Forest Preserve in association with the adjacent Wild Forest, Wilderness and conservation easement […]

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Recent pieces posted by PROTECT Board member Phil Terrie and Executive Director Peter (here and here) in the Adirondack Almanack stressed the importance of placing the Adirondack Park experience and condition in a national context, especially with the rest of rural America. National context is important when trying to ascertain trends in Adirondack Park demographics, […]

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The New York Appellate Division, Third Department ruled to uphold approvals by the NYS Adirondack Park Agency for the 6,000-acre Adirondack Club & Resort Project Protect the Adirondacks is disappointed in the decision by the New York Appellate Division, Third Department issued today to uphold the approvals by the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) for the […]

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The Adirondack Park Regional Assessment Project (APRAP) recently came out with a 5-year Update. The APRAP Update provides new data on land protection in the Adirondacks, the Park’s demographics, school district enrollments, and the delivery of emergency services in local communities. The main theme of the APRAP Update is that the Adirondack Park is out […]

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Protect the Adirondacks is pleased to announce that Judith Enck, the EPA Region 2 Administrator, will make a public presentation “Climate Change: The Challenge of Our Time” which features detailed information on recent federal actions for greenhouse gas and C02 emissions reductions. She will focus on what these actions mean for New York and the […]

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Protect cheers Landmark Aquatic Invasive Species bill that was passed and new term for APA Commissioner Dick Booth, and helped to block Utility Task Vehicles expansion bill On June 20, 2014, the NYS 2014 Legislative Session ended. PROTECT worked hard to help pass a historic aquatic invasive species bill. Landmark Aquatic Invasive Species Control Legislation […]

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