Recent Updates

NYCO-icon SPECIAL REPORT PROTECT submits Complaint over Illegal Advocacy and Lobbying by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation for NYCO Constitutional Amendment. PROTECT submits a Complaint to state ethics agencies over DEC’s lobbying and widespread support for NYCO Minerals for 2013 Constitutional Amendment. Read more here

Campaign-for-Wilderness-Icon CAMPAIGN FOR ADIRONDACK WILDERNESS PROTECT calls for classification of 36,500 acres of new Wilderness lands in the Forest Preserve to expand the High Peaks Wilderness area and create a new West Stony Creek Wilderness area. New state land purchases create a great opportunity for new wilderness lands in the Adirondack Park. Read more here

knotweed-icon October 13, 2016 New APA-DEC class II community connector snowmobile trails infested with invasive species. One unfortunate byproduct of the highly disruptive construction of class II community connector snowmobile trails is the spread of invasive species. We’ve documented two infestations. Read more here

Boreas-Ponds-3 October 11, 2016 The proposed classifications of the Boreas Ponds shows a stark failure of public policy. In a move akin to hanging a Van Gogh painting on a telephone pole, the Cuomo Administration proposes to allow motor vehicles on the shores of the Boreas Ponds, one of the most spectacular and sensitive natural areas in New York. Read more here

snowmobiletrail-icon-2 September 7, 2016 Appellate Division Issues Preliminary Injunction to Continue Ban on Tree Cutting on the “forever wild” Forest Preserve by the Department of Environmental Conservation. The Appellate Division upholds a ban on tree cutting on the Forest Preserve while PROTECT makes its appeal of a denial of a permanent injunction. Read more here

DefendingForestPreserve-icon September 1, 2016 Papers filed in major Forever Wild lawsuit that will shape the future of the Forest Preserve. Protect the Adirondacks and the State of New York filed papers for a Motion for Summary Judgment in PROTECT’s lawsuit alleging violations of Article 14, Section 1, the “forever wild” provision, of the NYS Constitution. Read more here

Stump-icon August 19, 2016 Appellate Court Again Stops Tree Cutting by the Department of Environmental Conservation on the “forever wild” Forest Preserve. PROTECT cheers judge’s action to stop tree cutting on the Forest Preserve while our appeal is heard for a permanent injunction further tree cutting. Read more here

Harris-Lake-Icon-2 August 10, 2016 For 25 days PROTECT’s legal actions have stopped the State of New York from cutting trees on the forever wild Forest Preserve. PROTECT’s successful legal actions have provided a reprieve from destruction for at least 7,500 trees, many hundreds of years old, on the forever wild Forest Preserve. Read more here

Cuomo-icon August 1, 2016 Adirondack Park Agency has made a series of poor decisions on Forest Preserve management. Read about eight ways that the APA has lurched widely off course, faithfully implementing the Andrew Cuomo agenda for more motorsports, yet weakening the “forever wild” Forest Preserve. Read more here

Minerva-Snowmobile-Trail-Icon July 22, 2016 In PROTECT’s lawsuit to defend “forever wild” the Appellate Court upholds Temporary Restraining Order against State’s tree cutting on the Forest Preserve. PROTECT is grateful that the Appellate Division, Third Department acted today to uphold a restraining order to prevent the cutting of thousands of trees on the Forest Preserve. Read more here

Harris-Lake-Icon-2 July 16, 2016 PROTECT Wins Temporary Restraining Order Against State’s Tree Cutting and Grading on the Forest Preserve. Tree cutting has been stopped by a judge on the newest controversial road-like snowmobile trail in the Forest Preserve that PROTECT alleges violates the forever wild provision of State Constitution. Read more here

Scenic-Icon-4 July 15, 2016 Dick Booth Steps Down from the Adirondack Park Agency and Issues a Farewell Address of His Concerns about State Management of the Forest Preserve. Courageous APA Board member Dick Booth issued a bold assessment outlining his concerns about APA illegal actions and poor decisions regarding Forest Preserve management. Read more here

Legislature-Icon July 15, 2016 The 2016 New York State Legislative Session Focused on Adirondack Park Matters. The state legislature adjourned in June with a healthy focus on Adirondack issues, with the State Assembly showing strong leadership. A new Article XIV Constitutional Amendment received 1st passage, the Township 40 agreement was finalized, among other actions. Read more here

Tafoni-icon June 29, 2016 Holy boulders of the “tafone” by Evelyn Greene. Wild, perforated, honeycombed, rock formations, some the size of a small house, called the “tafone” can be found in several places in the Adirondack Park. One section is near Thirteenth Lake, another on the flanks of Snowy Mountain. This summer PROTECT will lead trips to see these unique rocks. Read more here

Highways-Icon June 14, 2016 PROTECT supports new Article XIV Constitutional Amendment for locating broadband and utilities on road corridors that traverse the Forest Preserve and creating a new municipal land account. A new Constitutional Amendment will help to meet the needs of local communities for management of highways and expansion of broadband in the Adirondack Park. Read more here

RaquetteRiver-icon June 14, 2016 PROTECT supports new Article XIV Constitutional Amendment for Camp Gabriels lands. A new Article XIV Constitutional Amendment has been proposed by the State Senate to authorize sale of the former prison lands of the Camp Gabriels facility. These lands contain 45 buildings and the don’t have a public value. Read more here

Campaign-for-Wilderness-Icon May 24, 2016 Seven simple rules for formal Forest Preserve classification of the Boreas Ponds tract. PROTECT enumerates rules for how to classify the newly acquired Boreas Ponds tract that will ensure an open and transparent public process, natural resource protection, and provide stellar public outdoor recreation; opportunities. Read more here

2013CWB-Icon May 2, 2016 Checks and balances among state agencies are needed to protect the Forest Preserve. The natural resources of the Adirondack Park are best served and protected by an independent and thoughtful Adirondack Park Agency, rather than by a weak agency that takes orders from above. Read more here

An aerial of the Boreas Ponds with the High Peaks in the background. PROTECT supports all the lands in the April 15, 2016 PROTECT cheers public purchase of Boreas Ponds. Governor Cuomo completes historic purchase from The Nature Conservancy of 69,000 acres of former Finch Paper lands. This is the largest Forest Preserve purchase in over 50 years. The Boreas Ponds will provide extraordinary flatwater and deep forest recreational opportunities forever. Read more here

Canopy-Icon April 1, 2016 PROTECT applauds 2016-17 New York State Budget. State approves $300 million EPF in state budget, significant boost to funding for land protection, invasive species control and state land stewardship. This budget marks a major investment in the rural economy and environment of the Adirondack Park. Read more here

SLMP-Reform-Icon March 15, 2016 The sad wild forestization of Primitive Areas in the Adirondack Forest Preserve. The Adirondack Park Agency brazenly and without remorse voted to weaken the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan, which sets management policy for the Forest Preserve, setting the stage for more negative changes in the future. Read more here

Cuomo-icon March 11, 2016 APA Commissioner Richard Booth makes bold and thoughtful statement holding the Cuomo Administration responsible for weakening protections for the Forest Preserve. “Until now, today, no Governor in this state has chosen to force the Park Agency to weaken the Master Plan. Governor Cuomo and his staff have chosen to do so.” Read more here

SLMP-Reform-Icon March 11, 2016 Adirondack Park Agency Weakens Protections for the “forever wild” Forest Preserve. For the first time in the more than 40 year history of the Adirondack Park Agency, the agency voted to weaken, not strengthen the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan. The APA voted to weaken Wilderness protections. Read more here

2014-15-AnnualReport-Cover March 9, 2016 PROTECT releases new 2014-15 annual report recapping conservation and advocacy successes. This report details the major challenges facing the Forest Preserve, the Adirondack Lake Assessment Program, work to stop storage of oil trains in the Adirondacks, and PROTECT’s campaign for wilderness. Read the report here

Essex-Chain-Road-icon January 14, 2016 Public comments needed on deeply flawed draft amendments to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan that sets management guidelines for the Forest Preserve. Public comments are needed by January 29, 2016. It’s time to stand up to protect the wild lands of the Forest Preserve. Read more here

HudsonRiver-icon January 11, 2016 Major lawsuit launched to challenge Essex Chain Lakes Complex Unit Management Plan. PROTECT and other groups have filed a lawsuit to challenge violations of longstanding NYS environmental laws in the recent approval of the Essex Chain Complex Unit Management Plan, which seeks to significantly expand motorized uses. Read more here

WaterLilly-icon January 5, 2016 PROTECT applauds Governor Cuomo’s historic expansion of Environmental Protection Fund. Big cheers for announcement by Governor Cuomo that he will raise NYS Environmental Protection to $300 million in 2016 state budget. More funding for land protection, water quality and invasive species protection. Read more here

DefendingForestPreserve-icon December 18, 2015 Part 3 of Reflections on the Essex Chain Lakes Unit Management Plan: Essex Chain Plan Violates NYS Environmental Laws. State agencies used a variety of legal “sleights of hand” and “legal fictions” to authorize a number of controversial new public motorized uses and bridges across the Forest Preserve. Read more here

Minerva-Snowmobile-Trail-Icon December 18, 2015 State agencies hammer the Forest Preserve as they build a new road-like snowmobile trail from Newcomb to Minerva. PROTECT gives a poor review to the latest new road-like snowmobile trail being cut through the Forest Preserve as part of the Cuomo Administration’s program to motorize the Forest Preserve. Read more here

Harris-Lake-Icon-2 December 10, 2015 PROTECT calls for APA investigation of numerous Forest Preserve violations during construction of new Harris Lake snowmobile trail. Construction work to build the new road-like community connector snowmobile trail through the Forest Preserve to Harris Lake widely violated state policies and caused environmental damage. Read more here

Town-of-Ohio-Icon December 3, 2015 Town of Ohio rescinds ATV law after PROTECT filed lawsuit. Protect the Adirondacks worked with local residents to challenge an illegal ATV law in the Town of Ohio that opened numerous roads to ATVS. The Town of Ohio is crisscrossed with illegal ATV trails and has experienced widespread trespassing. PROTECT is thankful that the Town has backed down. Read more here

DefendingForestPreserve-icon November 16, 2015 Part 2 of Reflections on the Essex Chain Lakes Unit Management Plan: Essex Chain Plan Violates NYS Snowmobile Policies. State agencies actively subvert their own regulations and policies to approve an unnecessary, redundant and highly damaging new snowmobile trail cut through a wild and remote area of the Forest Preserve. Read more here

DefendingForestPreserve-icon November 10, 2015 Part 1 of Reflections on the Essex Chain Lakes Unit Management Plan: A Poor Public Process. Leaders at the Adirondack Park Agency did their best to stifle debate and prevent full and open discussion about controversial management actions proposed by the Department of Environmental Conservation. Read more here

LakeHarris-ICON November 9, 2015 New snowmobile trail construction around Harris Lake hammers the Forest Preserve. A new class II community snowmobile trail is being built from Newcomb to Minerva. This “trail” is a terrific example of how these snowmobile routes are much more like roads than foot trails and severly damage the Forest Preserve. Read more here

DefendingForestPreserve-icon November 9, 2015 APA approves widely illegal Unit Management Plan for the Essex Chain Lakes Complex. A deeply flawed and illegal UMP was approved by the Adirondack Park Agency that will result is extensive natural resource degradation and damage to the Forest Preserve. Two APA commissioners dissented and called this UMP a “legal fiction” and “illegal.” Read more here

DefendingForestPreserve-icon October 16, 2015 Essex Chain Complex Final UMP widely violates State laws and fails to conform with the State Land Master Plan. Public comments are needed by October 16th on the controversial and illegal new UMP for the Essex Chain Lakes and surrounding Forest Preserve areas. Please submit your public comment today! Read more here

Sanford-Lake-Railline-icon October 6, 2015  PROTECT cheers news that Iowa Pacific’s plan for storage of dirty oil tanker rail cars in the Adirondacks is “unlikely”. Iowa Pacific CEO tells the Post Star in Glens Falls that he has not found much interest in his plan to store dirty oil tanker rail cars in the Adirondacks. This was a bad idea that was widely rejected across the spectrum of Adirondack interests. Read more here

Kushaqua-clearcut-icon September 18, 2015  The forest clearcuts of the Kushaqua Conservation Easement lands. Forest clearcutting is on a major upswing across the Adirondack Park on industrial forestlands and state-held conservation easement tracts. The Adirondacks is in the midst of a new era of clearcutting that raises many questions about long-term forest health and forest regeneration. Read more here

ATV-Easements-Icon copy September 14, 2015  Public comments needed by September 18th on new 18,000-acre Kushaqua Conservation Easement Recreational Management Plan. This Recreational Management Plan creates the largest ATV trail network in the Adirondacks as well as opens a variety of other recreational opportunities. This plan is short on biological and natural resource data. Read more here

Sanford-Lake-Railline-icon September 8, 2015 PROTECT calls upon Governor Cuomo to reject plans to store used oil tanker rail cars in the Adirondacks. It’s time for the Cuomo Administration to step in and reject the controversial plan to store hundreds of used oil tanker rail cars on a rail line that runs through vast areas of Forest Preserve. This is just a bad idea. Read more here

Canopy-Icon August 21, 2015  Sign up as an E-Activist and help defend the Adirondack Park and the forever wild Forest Preserve. Sign up today as an E-Activist and help to defend the great forests, beautiful waters, wildlife and “forever wild” Forest Preserve in the Adirondack Park. We need you to get involved and help make a difference. Read more here

Sanford-Lake-Railline-icon August 4, 2015  Many questions about new proposal to store used oil tanker cars on the Sanford Lake Rail Line south of Tahawus Mine. Many questions arise from controversial new proposal to use parts of the Sanford Lake Rail Line, owned by the Saratoga & North Creek Railway, for long-term storage of used oil tanker cars, 300 – 500 or more. Read more here

SummerScenes-Icon July 30, 2015  Beautiful summer scenes of the mountains, forests, and waters across the Adirondack Park. PROTECT has posted a bunch of beautiful wild scenes of lush forests, wild and quiet lakes, ponds and streams, and mountaintops from across the Adirondack Park for your viewing pleasure. Now is the time to explore the wilds of the Adirondacks. See more here

DefendingForestPreserve-iconJuly 20, 2015 Public comments on new Essex Chain Lakes Complex UMP needed by July 27th. The DEC is taking public comments on a series of controversial proposals for the Essex Chain Lakes area to vastly expand motor vehicle use in the Forest Preserve and violate a series of existing laws and policies. Read more here

Article-XIV-Icon July 19, 2015 Article XIV, Section 1 of NYS Constitution has been amended 15 times since 1938 Constitutional Convention. Here’s a list of Article XIV, Section 1 Constitutional Amendments approved since 1938. Four have been passed since 2007 and more are in the works, making this period is the most active in the history of the Forest Preserve for such amendments. Read more here

OK-Slip-Falls-Event-Icon July 15, 2015 Register today for new Forever Wild Benefit featuring a guided hike to OK Slips Falls and raft trip on the Hudson River. This will be a terrific and fun event that visits beautiful parts of New York’s newest Wilderness Area. We’ll be guided by the pros at Square Eddy Expeditions in North Creek. Read more here

Gray-Wolf-Icon July 15, 2015 PROTECT calls on NYS DEC to study the feasibility of reintroducing wolves and cougars as part of the draft Wildlife Action Plan. PROTECT calls upon state leaders to include a study of the reintroduction of wolves and cougars to New York and the Adirondacks as part of the draft 2015 State Wildlife Action Plan. Read more here

RiversAct-Icon July 8, 2015 PROTECT calls on the Adirondack Park Agency to uphold the Wild, Scenic and Recreational Rivers Act and reject new bridge and snowmobile trail over the Boreas River. PROTECT finds that a proposed new bridge over the Boreas River, a protected Scenic River under the Rivers Act, violates state law and calls on the APA to reject this new bridge. Read more here

Cougar-icon July 2, 2015 Special presentation at Paul Smith’s College VIC on Sunday July 5th at 11:00 AM “Restoring the Big East with Big Beasts: Ecosystem Recovery and Economic Sustainability in Adirondack Park.” PROTECT hosts the Cougar Rewilding Foundation to make the case for reintroduction of these big cats to the Adirondacks. Read more here

FinchLands-Icon July 1, 2015 Protect the Adirondacks calls for the state to remove the Polaris Bridge and restore the wild Hudson River. Retention of the controversial Polaris Bridge over the Hudson River will lead to long-term natural resource degradation by linking it to new road-like snowmobile trails cut through a wild trailless part of the Forest Preserve. A better choice is to let the wild Hudson River run free. Read more here

GilmanTownTrail-icon June 25, 2015 Gilmantown class II community connector snowmobile trail shows how a forest is changed to a green lawn. Pictures of the new class II community connector snowmobile trail built through the Gilmantown section of the Jessup River Wild Forest area shows how an intact, dense forest is turned into a grassy trail. Read more here

2013-14-Annual-Report-cover-icon-web June 24, 2015 PROTECT releases new annual report for 2013-14. New annual report details conservation and advocacy highlights, including work to defend the Forest Preserve and water quality, research projects, legal actions, and field work that uncovered widespread violations of state law. The report also profiles new Board members and provides financial reports. See new report here

MotorizedUseExpansion June 16, 2015 APA and DEC willfully omit important information from evaluation of plans to build major snowmobile system through the central Adirondacks. The largest expansion of recreational motor vehicle use on the Forest Preserve is underway. Each new UMP or amendment sees ever more road-like trails proposed and approved. Read more here

DefendingForestPreserve-icon May 28, 2015 Public comments on new community connector snowmobile trail system in the central Adirondacks needed by June 15th. The APA is taking public comments on major new snowmobile trails, part of the largest expansion of motor vehicle use in the history of the Forest Preserve. Please send in your comments today. Read more here

VIC-Building-Icon May 25, 2015 Register today for the 2015 Annual Meeting at the Paul Smith’s Visitors Interpretive Center on July 5th. Join PROTECT’s Board of Directors, staff and members for the 2015 annual meeting at the Paul Smith’s VIC. The day includes a conservation and advocacy report and a special presentation on the return of cougars to the Adirondacks. Read more here

GreenInfrastructure-icon May 1, 2015 Adirondack Park Green Infrastructure Survey. Protect the Adirondacks is building a list of potential green infrastructure projects in communities around the Adirondack Park. Green infrastructure is the nexus between economic development and environmental protection. Across the Adirondack Park there is a great need to invest in green infrastructure projects. Read more here

FinchLands-Icon April 22, 2015 DEC seeks public comments on Essex Chain Lakes Complex area as it starts to develop an official Unit Management Plan. The Department of Environmental Conservation has started the process to create an official Unit Management Plan and is taking public comments during a “scoping” process for ideas on how these lands should be managed. The stakes are high. Read more here

GreenInfrastructure-icon April 7, 2015 Help identify projects to propose to the Governor to enhance the environmental infrastructure across the Adirondacks. We’re building an inventory of infrastructure projects that will protect the Park’s environment and add to the resiliency of Adirondack communities. Unprecedented levels of state fundin