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In March 2016, Ed Ellis stood before the Warren County Board of Supervisors and said that there would be no oil tanker railcars stored in the Adirondacks. He said it again and again as he pushed county leaders to authorize a new 5-year contract to operate the Saratoga and North Creek Railroad (SNCRR). He gave […]

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The US Census 2017 population estimates are out and 11 of the 12 Adirondack counties lost population. These estimates are based on samples and are not the comprehensive decennial censuses based on extensive surveys and counts. The next one is 2020. Nevertheless, the estimates are useful and in 2017 they show that 11 Adirondack counties […]

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Governor’s signature concludes state’s purchase and classification of over 69,000 acres Forest Preserve state acquired 2012-2016. With a stroke of the pen, Governor Cuomo created over 25,000 acres of new Wilderness. Governor Cuomo today signed the recommendations of the Adirondack Park Agency to approve officially classify over 50,000 acres of newly purchased Forest Preserve lands. […]

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When evaluating the final decisions in early February by the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) and Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) on the 2016 Forest Preserve classification package, which included the Boreas Ponds and over 50,000 acres, it’s important took a look back at Forest Preserve acquisition and classification over the years. The modern era of […]

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A major new program in Governor Andrew’s Cuomo’s 2018-19 state budget is the Empire Forests of the Future Initiative, referred to as “EFFI.” This new program seeks to overhaul and modernize two longstanding “Preferential Forest Tax Law Programs” known by the shorthands “480” and “480a” for their respective parts of the Real Property Tax Law. […]

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State of New York currently pays property taxes based on local assessments. A tax cap could lower state tax payments and cause a tax shift to private lands. Much more information is needed to assess the potential long-term impacts from a Forest Preserve tax cap. State land tax cap could cost Adirondack communities. The Cuomo […]

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Compromise protects Boreas Ponds as Wilderness, while enabling easy public access and a variety of recreational uses on neighboring Wild Forest lands Wilderness Classification for the Boreas Ponds is major milestone in the history of the Adirondack Park, only 140,000 acres of Wilderness Approved since 1970; 25,000 acres approved alone on February 2, 2018 The […]

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News about the state’s decision on the classification of the 21,000-acre Boreas Ponds tract, part of a larger 54,000-acre classification package released by the Adirondack Park Agency (APA), has been met with a spectrum of cheers and some jeers. The decision is clearly a compromise, and as with any good compromise there was give and […]

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Compromise protects Boreas Ponds as Wilderness, while enabling easy public access and a variety of recreational uses on neighboring Wild Forest lands Wilderness Classification for the Boreas Ponds is major milestone in the history of the Adirondack Park The Adirondack Park Agency today released its long awaited and much discussed proposal for the classification of […]

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The plan by Iowa Pacific Holdings and its owner/CEO Ed Ellis to use the Adirondack Park as a junkyard to store thousands of out-of-service oil tanker railcars has hit significant stumbling blocks in the recent days. Last week, the Cuomo Administration announced plans to petition the federal Surface Transportation Board (STB) to reject use of […]

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