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In a normal system of state government, the Governor would await a decision by his independent agency, but in the Adirondack Park today the Adirondacks Park Agency waits and waits for the Governor to make his decision. The best information to trickle out so far is that the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) will take up […]

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Trial focused on amount of tree cutting and impacts to the Forest Preserve from construction of new system of 9-12 foot wide class II community connector snowmobile trails On July 31, 2017 final papers were submitted in the trial in state Supreme Court in Albany over management of the Forest Preserve. The trial ended in […]

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Weller Pond is part of the Saranac Lakes system. It is connected with a navigable channel from Middle Saranac Lake that leads to Weller Pond and Little Weller Pond. It’s a remote corner of what is a heavily used lake system with heavy motorboat use. A motorless Weller Pond would provide a refuge from heavy […]

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Protect the Adirondacks is opposing the question on the ballot on November 7, 2017 on whether or not to hold a Constitutional Convention. This is a question that is asked of New York State voters every 20 years. There has not been a Constitutional Convention held since the late 1960s. There are many reasons why […]

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New “Health and Safety Land Accounts” amendment will be on ballot in November 2017; enabling legislation sets out process for how this complicated amendment will be administered. Protect the Adirondacks applauds passage last night by the State Assembly of “2nd passage” of the proposed “Health and Safety Land Accounts” amendment to Article XIV, Section 1 […]

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Award made for stalwart service on Adirondack Park Agency Board where he defended the Forest Preserve, State Land Master Plan, and natural resources of the Adirondack Park Protect the Adirondacks is pleased to announce that the Howard Zahniser Adirondack Award 2017 will be given to Dick Booth, a former Adirondack Park Agency Board member and […]

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The 2017 New York State Legislative session ended on June 21st as both houses adjourned and left Albany. It remains unclear at this time if the two houses will return to complete unfinished business. The two houses were deadlocked over issues of “Mayoral Control” of New York City schools and extensions for local taxation districts […]

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The 2017 annual membership meeting of Protect the Adirondacks will be held on July 15th at Heaven Hill Farm in Lake Placid. This year’s annual meeting will focus on the presentation of the Howard Zahniser Adirondack Award to Dick Booth, a former APA Board member who steadfastly stood up for protections of open spaces and […]

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The Adirondack Lake Assessment Program (ALAP) celebrates its 20th season this year monitoring the water quality of dozens of lakes and ponds across the Adirondacks. ALAP is a partnership between Protect the Adirondacks and the Adirondack Watershed Institute at Paul Smith’s College. The Adirondack Lake Assessment Program (ALAP) was started in 1998 with three objectives: […]

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One project hyped in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget announcements early in 2017 was a zip line that would run in three stages from near the summit at Whiteface Mountain, near where the gondola brings passengers, to the base of the mountain. This was proposed as a way for Whiteface to rival zip lines at other […]

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