May 11, 2013 Why the proposed Forest Preserve Constitutional Amendment with a mining company is a bad idea. Read why this proposed Constitutional Amendment should not get “second passage” in the State Legislature this year. This bill is riddled with distortions and deliberate misrepresentations. The Forest Preserve deserves better. Read more here
May 11, 2013 APA organizes Forest Preserve classification public hearings for the Essex Chain Lakes and Hudson River. APA announces seven alternatives for upcoming Forest Preserve classification public hearings for the Essex Chain Lakes and Hudson River. PROTECT supports alternative 1A. Read more here
May 6, 2013 PROTECT opposes swapping Forest Preserve lands with a mining company; sees ruinous precedent in first Constitutional Amendment for private commercial gain. PROTECT opposes undertaking a Constitutional Amendment to swap Wilderness Forest Preserve lands with a mining company. Read more here
May 2, 2013 Shoreline regulations are critical for protecting water quality. Shoreline protection is all about protecting a lake’s water quality. Maintaining high water quality is important for the environmental and economic health of Adirondack communities. Uninformed commentators who mock shoreline protections shortchange communities. Read more here
April 26, 2013 It’s time for APA Commissioners to conduct public field visits to clearcut forestlands to evaluate forest regeneration. PROTECT calls upon the APA Board of Commissioners to visit heavily cut forestlands as part of its decision on controversial clearcutting General Permit. PROTECT recommends five hammered landscapes to visit. Read more here
April 25, 2013 PROTECT calls on the APA to include new Hudson Headwaters Wilderness Area as an official alternative during Forest Preserve classification public hearings. APA public hearings on new Forest Preserve lands classification for Essex Chain Lakes and Hudson River must review the popular Wilderness option. Read more here
April 23, 2013 Governor Cuomo finalizes state purchase of OK Slips Falls, Blue Ledges and Hudson River Gorge for the Forest Preserve. PROTECT says hats off to Governor Cuomo on this Earth Day as he announces completion of OK Slips Falls tract in the Hudson Gorge. PROTECT sees this tract as part of a new Hudson Headwaters Wilderness Area. Read more here
April 22, 2013 PROTECT files formal papers in lawsuit challenging APA and DEC management of road-like snowmobile trails in the Forest Preserve. PROTECT has filed legal papers to formally begin its lawsuit against the state challenging snowmobile management on a specific class of trails in the Forest Preserve. Read more here
April 6, 2013 Myths & Reality 2: Land use regulations and public lands are driving people from the Adirondack Park. PROTECT busts this myth. A wide variety of factors shape changes in the rural populations of the U.S. and the Adirondack Park that opponents of environmental protection refuse to investigate. A better understanding of these pressures will help policymakers move forward. Read more here
April 1, 2013 A conversation about the Bicknell’s thrush and the Endangered Species Act. The Center for Biological Diversity has notified the federal Fish & Wildlife Service of its intent to sue for protection of the Bicknell’s thrush in the northeast, including the Adirondack Park, under the Endangered Species Act. Read a Q & A with Mollie Matteson, the Center’s lead staffer on this issue. Read more here
March 28, 2013 Sometimes we all need a laugh: The April 1st Chronicle writes about PROTECT using drones in the skies over the Adirondack Park. The April Fools edition of The Chronicle in Glens Falls features a joke story about PROTECT flying unmanned drones over the Adirondacks. We tip our hats to The Chronicle writers. Read more here
March 22, 2013 New York State wraps up a new state budget with an increase in environmental spending. The State of New York completed its 2013-14 state budget and provided an increase in state environmental spending with a boost to the Environmental Protection Fund. Land acquisition and state lands stewardship were increased. Read more here
March 20, 2013 Center for Biological Diversity challenges the US Fish & Wildlife Service over its failure to protect the Bicknell’s thrush in the northeast. The Center plans to sue the US Fish & Wildlife Service for its failure to act on a petition to list the Bicknell’s thrush as an endangered species. Bicknell’s thrush is an important bird in the Adirondacks. Read more here
March 19, 2013 An update on climate change: warmer temperatures and more severe weather predicted. Lots of predictions, new scientific research, and news on the climate change front. For the Adirondacks look for more more severe rain storms as warming temperatures change the region’s water cycles. Read more here
March 18, 2013 What the 2012 US Census Estimates tell us about the Adirondack Park’s population and the state of rural America. The US Census released its 2012 estimates, which show continued growth in larger metro areas and continued stagnation or population loss across rural America. The Adirondack Park tracks with this national trend. Read more here
March 5, 2013 PROTECT urges Governor Cuomo and DEC to ban ATV use on the Forest Preserve PROTECT makes the case to the Governor and DEC Commissioner that ATV use on the Forest Preserve is an experiment that failed in the late 1990s. We should not go back to the days of mud and ruts. Read more here
February 28, 2013 Myths & Reality 1: Census data show that Adirondack residents are older than just about everywhere else and it’s the Park’s fault. PROTECT busts this myth. Not surprisingly the originators of this myth did not do their homework and look at the whole story. Park population actually tracks closely with many other parts of the U.S. Read more here
February 26, 2013 PROTECT says hats off to court victory for Phil Brown and the Adirondack Explorer in major public navigation rights lawsuit. Phil Brown, the editor of the Adirondack Explorer, won a big lawsuit today beating a trespassing charge brought by the Brandreth Park Association. Brown’s victory is an important milestone for public navigation rights. Read more here
February 21, 2013 PROTECT begins major lawsuit challenging the state’s construction of “class II community connector” snowmobile trail network based on road-like trails and grooming with large tracked groomers. PROTECT’s lawsuit alleges violations of the NYS Constitution, state law and regulations by APA and DEC. Read more here
February 18, 2013 Tens of thousands rally in Washington DC and around the U.S. calling for action to meet the challenges of global climate change. People from all across the U.S. and Canada rallied in the shadow of the Washington Monument to call for action on climate change from the U.S. government. PROTECT was there. Read more here
February 13, 2013 PROTECT cheers APA for tabling controversial General Permit to loosen clearcutting rules. PROTECT says hooray as APA decides not to take any action on its ill advised General Permit to ease the rules for clearcutting. We encourage the APA to step back and properly study and evaluate this issue. Read more here
February 13, 2013 PROTECT and a dozen other groups urge Governor Cuomo and APA to delay or deny General Permit to relax rules for clearcutting. A dozen groups have come together to urge the Governor and the APA to delay or deny a new General Permit to ease rules for clearcutting the Adirondack Park. Read more here
February 8, 2013 PROTECT believes APA’s actions to loosen rules for clearcutting will result in large-scale clearcuts of already heavily cut industrial forestlands. APA set to send a valentine to conservation easement landowners and FSC/SFI certified industrial landowners who want easier rules to undertake large clearcuts at its meeting on February 14th. Read more here
February 8, 2013 PROTECT releases satellite photographs showing heavy cutting of forests on state conservation easement lands in the Adirondack Park that raise many questions about the wisdom of proposed new APA rules to expand clearcutting. Satellite pictures show scenes of heavy cutting on easement lands across the Adirondacks. See pictures here
February 7, 2013 PROTECT applauds new Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) to reduce carbon emissions by 45% by 2020. PROTECT salutes the leadership of Governor Cuomo in pushing for a bold new RGGI agreement to significantly reduce carbon emissions. RGGI matches new California carbon reduction law. Now we just need the federal government to act! Read more here
February 3, 2013 PROTECT calls for swift action by the Governor and DEC to protect Lake George from aquatic invasive species. PROTECT supports calls from local governments, businesses and environmental groups around Lake George for swift state action for new boat control program. The Governor and DEC vigorously drag their feet. Read more here
January 29, 2013 PROTECT finds possible Wetlands Act and stormwater pollution violations along new DEC and APA “showcase” community connector class II snowmobile trail through the Moose River Plains. Major new trail sees snowmobiles driving through wetlands and streams. DEC and APA are mum. Read more about it
January 24, 2013 PROTECT outlines its vision for official classification of 69,000 acres of new Forest Preserve lands. The Department of Environmental Conservation has released its conceptual plan for classification of the entire 69,000 acres being transferred by The Nature Conservancy. PROTECT has outlined its classification proposals. Read all about it here
January 23, 2013 High praise for the Elk Lake-Clear Pond Preserve in moving boldly and generously to donate a 12,000-acre conservation easement and 1,600 acres of new Forest Preserve lands. PROTECT salutes the Elk Lake-Clear Pond Preserve and The Nature Conservancy for a great stewardship accomplishment in the Adirondack Park. Bravo! Read more here
January 21, 2013 President Obama and Governor Cuomo both talk seriously about climate change in their major speeches. Good news on the climate change front! Both President Obama and Governor Cuomo elevate climate change from a forgotten talking point to a policy action priority in the first weeks of 2013. Read more here
January 19, 2013 A brave new look at the viability of the Adirondack Park to support a population of several hundred cougars. A new study of the viability of the Adirondack Park to support a cougar population has raised many questions and merits public debate. The answers to these questions will tell us a lot about the Adirondack Park. Read all about it here
January 16, 2013 PROTECT and Paul Smith’s College completed 15th year of partnership for water quality monitoring across the Adirondack Park in 2012. The largest water quality monitoring program in the Adirondacks is set to expand in 2013. From Upper Chateaugay Lake to the Great Sacandaga, lakes across the Adirondacks were studied through this longstanding partnership. Read more here
January 9, 2013 PROTECT says hats off to Open Space Institute for protecting the Marion River Carry. OSI closes on a historic deal to protect the Marion River Carry, which provides open public access to the canoe carry in perpetuity and blocks a bad subdivision on Utowana Lake approved by the APA. Read more here
January 8, 2013 PROTECT finds that DEC & APA community connector class II snowmobile “trail” building program violates major Forest Preserve regulations and policies (wonkish). PROTECT continues monitoring mismanagement of the Forest Preserve with large tracked groomers by the APA and DEC. Read more here
January 7, 2013 Adirondack and regional environmental groups call upon Governor Cuomo and DEC Commissioner Martens to support new mandatory boat inspection program for Lake George. Five environmental groups support Lake George community in need for boat inspection program to stop spread of aquatic invasive species infestations. Read more here
January 3, 2013 PROTECT cheers APA decision to postpone indefinitely controversial new General Permit to ease clearcutting rules. APA will not act this month on new rules to expand clearcutting in the Adirondacks. This is good news because this new program is deeply flawed. APA will also continue to take comments. Read more here
January 3, 2013 Three new articles posted to Mountain Mix. John Davis writes about the importance of wildlife corridors. Evelyn Greene questions the legality of snowmobiles in the Forest Preserve. Peter O’Shea writes about his experience participating in a bio-blitz in the Adirondacks. Read all Mountain Mix articles here
December 30, 2012 Protect the Adirondacks had a big year in 2012. Read PROTECT’s Top 10 List for 2012 accomplishments and major impacts in defense of a wild and green Adirondack Park. While 2012 saw successes, we’re confident that 2013 will be even stronger as Protect the Adirondacks continues to grow. Read more here
December 22, 2012 2012 will go down as the warmest year ever in the U.S. The data is in and 2012 is the warmest year ever in the U.S. 10 of the warmest years recorded in U.S. have occurred in the last 15 years. In the Adirondacks we saw 80 degrees last March, failure of some big lakes to freeze last winter, and a generally warm fall with snow in only the highest areas. Read more here
December 11, 2012 PROTECT opposes new APA policy to make it easier to clearcut the Adirondacks. APA is taking public comments on a draft General Permit for clearcutting forests. This new policy will make it easier for Adirondack forestlands to be clearcut and likely lead to an increase in clearcutting on industrial forestlands across the Adirondacks. Read more here
December 7, 2012 New issue of PROTECT’s The Park Report (November 2012). Read about the Governor’s plan to buy 69,000 from TNC for the Forest Preserve, PROTECT’s new Upper Hudson River Wilderness Area proposal, updates on climate change, community development initiatives and the Forest Preserve Watch. Read The Park Report here
December 3, 2012 PROTECT and Sierra Club re-file discovery motion in lawsuit against APA over ACR decision. PROTECT moves ahead with its push for discovery around illegal ex parte communications. PROTECT also files new lawsuit against the APA to challenge a denial of materials sought under the Freedom of Information Act. Read more here
November 30, 2012 PROTECT cheers the end of a recent anti-Wilderness lawsuit. News is out that a lawsuit by a long-time anti-Wilderness crusader in the Adirondack Park has terminated. Hooray! Read more here
November 15, 2012 PROTECT releases proposal for new 39,000-Acre Upper Hudson River Wilderness Area. The recent announcement that the state will purchase 69,000 acres from The Nature Conservancy creates a great opportunity for a new 39,000-acre Wilderness Area that protects 22 miles of the Hudson River. Read more here
Updated November 14, 2012 PROTECT finds construction of new “Community Connector” snowmobile trail in the Moose River Plains is far more like a new road than a trail.
PROTECT conducted a field visit to the construction of a new 5-mile section of a major new snowmobile trail by the APA and DEC. The construction is a de facto new road through the Moose River Plains. Read about it here
October 30, 2012 Purchase of 69,000 Acres for the Forest Preserve is a Boost to Local Economy.
PROTECT rebuts false charges from the Local Government Review Board about economic impacts from state purchase of 69,000 acres to add to the Forest Preserve. LGRB says new Forest Preserve lands will kill jobs. PROTECT refutes this claim. Read more here
October 29, 2012 Will Hurricane Sandy be as devastating to the Adirondack Park as Tropical Storm Irene?
As Hurricane Sandy moves up the Atlantic coast and bears down on New Jersey and New York we take a look back at Tropical Storm Irene in 2011. We also listen to Bill Mckibben as he talks about the impacts of climate change on extreme weather in our area. Read more here
October 19, 2012 Photographic tour of great new lands for the Forest Preserve.
See a photographic tour of the new Forest Preserve lands that Governor Cuomo is buying from The Nature Conservancy. See the Boreas Ponds, Ok Slips Falls, the Blue Ledges in the Hudson Gorge, the flatwaters of the Upper Hudson River and the Essex Chain Lakes among other great lands. See pictures here
October 5, 2012 It’s time to consider the merits of PROTECT and the Sierra Club’s lawsuit against the APA over its approval of ACR project.
PROTECT lays out point by point the merits of its lawsuit that challenges the APA’s approval of the 6,000-acre Adirondack Club & Resort subdivision in Tupper Lake. Read more here
September 8, 2012 An environmentalist’s perspective on the “Adirondack Futures” work of Dave Mason and Jim Herman.
PROTECT Board member Ken Strike provides a green perspective on the community and economic development strategy work “Adirondack Futures” that has been widely praised across the Adirondacks. Read more here
September 27, 2012 PROTECT rebuts still more bogus allegations from Tupper Lake realtor Jim LaValley.
PROTECT is being blamed for all sorts of things in Tupper Lake by Jim LaValley and other local leaders because of our lawsuit that challenges the APA’s approval of a 6,000 acre subdivision around the Big Tupper Ski Area. PROTECT rebuts the latest false charges from supporters of the ACR development. Read more here
September 18, 2012 PROTECT files new Motion for Discovery in its lawsuit against the APA over the ACR approval.
PROTECT filed a new Motion for Discovery in an effort to gather more information about its claims of widespread ex parte communications between the APA, applicant and government officials. Read more here
September 10, 2012 PROTECT alleges that APA’s “Order for Approval” of various ACR permits expired at the end of July 2012.
PROTECT submitted a letter to the APA making the argument that its Order for Approval of the various ACR permits expired after 6 months, at the end of July 2012, because the applicant failed to comply with the Order’s many requirements. Read more here
July 20, 2012 PROTECT rebuts false charges from supporters of the ACR project in Tupper Lake.
PROTECT rebuts false charges from Jim LaValley about our lawsuit against the APA over its approval of the ACR project. Read more here