Adirondack Issues Blog

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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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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