Adirondack Issues Blog

Click here to register for the annual meeting. On Saturday July 21st, Protect the Adirondacks is holding its annual membership meeting at The Grange in Whallonsburg in the beautiful Champlain Valley. This is a great opportunity to get an update on the major issues facing the Adirondack Park, see PROTECT’s priorities for the year ahead, […]

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Buildings on the Forest Preserve are limited by state laws, regulations and policies to administrative and historic preservation purposes. The biggest looming threat to the Forest Preserve is the proposal to expand allowable buildings to include public lodging structures through some kind of formal hut-to-hut system. The final report issued by Adirondack Community-based Trails and […]

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The management of historic buildings on the Forest Preserve has been a vexing issue for decades. State management has evolved over the years from a position of building removal to now accommodating historic buildings on the Forest Preserve through the creation of a “Historic” area classification. The state has since built a policy of retaining […]

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The pressure by local governments and historic preservation groups on the state to keep the inner Gooley Club buildings shows some of the challenges the state has had in organizing a coherent management program for buildings on the Forest Preserve. This is not a new issue. It’s been a struggle for decades. Different administrations have […]

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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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