Public comments are needed for NYS Climate Action Council draft scoping plan

Protect the Adirondacks has reviewed the 861-page Draft Scoping Plan (“Plan”) of the NYS Climate Action Council (NYSCAC), released in December 2021. The Draft Scoping Plan is a “framework for how the State will reduce [...]

2022-04-28T10:10:21-04:00April 9, 2022|

Forests and Carbon: Why we need to preserve New York’s intact forests and plant new forests

Forests are vital for carbon sequestration and long-term storage. According to the US Forest Service, U.S. forests sequester 866 million tons of carbon a year, which is roughly 16% of the US annual emissions. This [...]

2022-04-14T10:01:52-04:00April 8, 2022|

It’s time to work out a Cathead Mountain Constitutional Amendment

Hamilton County has been trying to expand its emergency communications network for years. The county has dead spots for not only cell service but for its emergency communications system too, especially in the southern part [...]

2022-04-10T09:33:04-04:00April 6, 2022|

It’s time to pass a Constitutional Amendment for the Mount Van Hoevenberg Winter Sports Complex

Protect the Adirondacks supports a proposed Article 14 Constitutional Amendment for the Mount Van Hoevenberg Olympic Sports Complex outside Lake Placid. At the Mt. Van Hoevenberg complex, the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) currently manages [...]

2022-04-09T19:39:41-04:00March 28, 2022|

The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Needs To Conduct A Nationwide Search For New State Forester

The current New York State Forester at the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced that he is retiring in April. This position doubles as the Director of the Division of Lands and Forests, and [...]

2022-03-28T12:24:06-04:00March 28, 2022|

Proposed Article 14 Amendment for Debar Lodge undermines Forest Preserve protections and values and is a programmatic and financial boondoggle

A constitutional amendment to privatize Debar Lodge is a bad deal Protect the Adirondacks opposes legislation to amend Article 14, Section 1, of the New York Constitution, to remove six acres of public Forest Preserve, [...]

2022-03-28T16:30:20-04:00March 2, 2022|

PROTECT goes back to court to try and get the NYS DEC and APA to obey the courts

Protect the Adirondacks is very disappointed that we’ve been forced to go back to court in order to try and get the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Adirondack Park Agency (APA) to comply with [...]

2022-04-09T19:16:42-04:00February 9, 2022|

DEC Commissioner’s Budget Hearing testimony was false and misleading regarding state’s lack of compliance with forever wild court decisions

The testimony on February 1, 2022 at the joint Assembly-Senate budget hearing, provided by Basil Seggos, Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), was false and misleading. Steven Englebright, Chairman of Assembly Committee on [...]

2022-02-09T12:44:52-05:00February 9, 2022|

No major changes for Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks, State must do more

The current New York State budget being negotiated by Governor Kathy Hochul and the State Legislature contains significant new spending on a number of things, like $29 million for a new headquarters for the Adirondack [...]

2022-02-09T15:03:23-05:00February 6, 2022|

Comments on draft New York 2022-23 budget: Invest in the Forest Preserve and Uphold the Forever Wild Clause

In the time of Covid pandemic, the public Forest Preserve has been indispensable. New Yorkers from far and wide flocked to the public Forest Preserve for safe, socially-distant, outdoor activities throughout 2020 and 2021. The [...]

2022-02-01T15:38:51-05:00February 1, 2022|
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