Adirondack Issues Blog

New bill will see new statewide regulations to ban the transport of invasive species at public, private and commercial boat launches across New York Protect the Adirondacks applauds today’s bill signing by Governor Andrew Cuomo of legislation to ban the transport of aquatic invasive species (AIS) at public, private and commercial boat launches around New […]

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The West River Road in the central part of the Silver Lake Wilderness area winds along the north side of the West Branch of the Sacandaga River. In many places the road is close to the river. It’s a local road for most of its length and is managed and maintained by the Towns of […]

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Legislation passed in June that bans the transport of aquatic invasive species (AIS) across New York has been sent to Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign into law. Similar laws are on the books in a number of other states. This legislation will significantly improve New York’s focus and ability to control AIS. Governor Cuomo has […]

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There have been steady reports through the summer of 2014 of cars and trucks getting stuck in the mud on the Crane Pond Road in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness area. A recent visit to the road found it to be a mess. Management appears contradictory and inconsistent. With the road now in a state of […]

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Trail work has started on the re-route of the Northville Placid Trail (NPT) in its earliest stages outside of Northville. This new trail will snake through the area that Protect the Adirondacks has proposed for the new West Stony Creek Wilderness area. This area is currently part of the Shaker Mountain Wild Forest area. The […]

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The Common Ground Alliance (CGA) recently met in Long Lake. One of the break-out sessions focused on reform of the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan (SLMP), which is the policy document for management of the Forest Preserve. The Common Ground Alliance effort is one of a handful of organizing efforts around the Adirondacks where […]

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Cougar Watch Update

August 14, 2014

The Cougar Watch project started as effort to gather information about sightings of cougars (Puma concolor) in the Adirondack Park. Many people have claimed to see cougars over the years, but obtaining physical evidence is difficult given that most sightings are of road crossings. Since Cougar Watch started we have collected sightings and can report […]

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Protect the Adirondacks applauds the decision announced today by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to pull back its draft Essex Chain Complex Unit Management Plan (ECCUMP). This plan was deeply flawed and included a number of proposals that openly violated state laws and existing regulations. The lands in question center on the Essex Chain […]

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Statement from Protect the Adirondacks and the Sierra Club on an Appeal of the Appellate Division, 3rd Department, Decision on the Adirondack Park Agency’s Approval of the Adirondack Club & Resort Project Protect the Adirondacks, Sierra Club, and a neighboring landowner have submitted a motion seeking leave to appeal the July 3, 2014 Appellate Division, […]

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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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