Amending the APA Map and the burden of proof
George Davis is a visionary and practiced land use planner and ecologist. In the early years of the Adirondack Park Agency, George helped to conceive, draft, and implement the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan and the park’s Private Land Use and Development Plan. George Davis comes to my mind now because of several proposed amendments to the APA’s Adirondack Park private land use map, the so-called “fruit salad” map displaying the private and public land classes. The proposed amendments to the map now up for a decision are for 34 acres to go from Moderate Intensity Use to Hamlet in » Continue Reading.
Poetry: When Will Life Be Gentle Again
When will life be gentle again? When will the ethers embrace us once more, Kiss our upturned faces, Forgive us our simple pleasantries, our playfulness, Our innocence, our childishness, our embraces, Our spontaneity, our casual fearlessness, Our joy. All we took for granted. When will life be gentle again? Have we used up all our chances? Did we believe we had a finite number? God, how much more do we stand to lose If we do not change now, turn our faces To a different, harder path, But a path no less. When will life be gentle again? Please save our children, do not let their green shoots, Wither and die, in this cold. Please do not reap our elders too soon, and alone, They » Continue Reading.
Essex Country Art Council Announces CAP Grant Recipients
Essex County Art Council congratulates the 39 Arts and Cultural organizations that have been awarded 2020 Cultural Assistance Program (CAP) grants through NYS Council on the Arts. “All of us at Essex County Arts Council are happy to be able to support artists and arts organizations during this time of so much uncertainty. We are committed to doing all we can to ensure the vitality of the arts and culture in our Essex County communities. We know how important this sector will be to our collective well-being once we are again able to gather and enjoy the output of the many talented artists » Continue Reading.
Healthy Heart Network heralds changes to cigarette sales
the North Country Healthy Heart Network is heralding the end of sales of flavored e-cigarettes and tobacco in New York State pharmacies. The decision was made in a new law passed as part of the state’s 2021 budget, making New York the second state in the nation to end the sale of these products in pharmacies. “These historic measures will help many New Yorkers live free from nicotine addiction and improve public health, we know that flavored e-cigarettes attract kids and teens, leading to nicotine addiction and related health problems. Additionally, selling tobacco products in pharmacies has long » Continue Reading.
Musings on return to ‘normal’: Cheeseburgers, haircuts and fresh air
This week it began. We have initiated the economic “phase-in” period of our return to normalcy, a studied collection of charts, graphs and data which, if all goes well, will allow us by mid-June to sit down in public and eat a cheeseburger. “Easy, easy … caaareful … OK, now do you want fries with that?” By that time we will have worn masks so long that, forgetting they are there, we will smush a tuna sub right into the business end of our N95. Then, on June 1, the North Country is expected to get back to the serious business » Continue Reading.
The American Marten in the Adirondacks
Rolling into the summer months, the High Peak wilderness experiences a sharp expansion of its wildlife community. Insects adapted for survival in an often cool, high-elevation environment emerge from their long winter dormancy and are engaged in eating and breeding. Various species of birds have traveled to our upper elevation slopes to mate and nest, and numerous mammals that reside in this harsh climatic zone are now busy rearing infants which can temporarily double their populations. One predator that is occasionally seen by people who pass through this region and whose young are currently developing to the stage at which » Continue Reading.
Spring Cleaning: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
It is that time of year again where spring cleaning is on the forefront of everyone’s minds. But before you begin, the DEC wants to remind us how important it is that you properly recycle everything instead of just throwing it away. It is certainly easier to just toss everything, but don’t forget that most everything requires limited natural resources to produce, and in the efforts of conservation, the DEC wants to share some tips to reduce the amount of waste generated this spring-cleaning season. Use the recycling resources available to you: Recycling can be complicated sometimes, but » Continue Reading.
How to be the life of the (socially distant) party
Spending time at home lately? Maybe it’s an opportunity to pick up a musical instrument. Good parties need great music, ‘twas always thus. If you can play, you’re the life of the party. Okay, maybe this was truer before the invention of DJs, but it’s still true. Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt grew up in the 1880s–1890s hearing superb orchestras play at lavish parties hosted by his parents and others in their social set. Years later, the parties Alfred threw at Sagamore, his Adirondack camp, would not have orchestras, but guests would play the piano. And it appears that the host himself had skills. The photo is » Continue Reading.
Plover population reaches record high in 2019
Piping plovers are creating nests on Atlantic Coast beaches on the heels of a successful 2019 season. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the population climbed from 1,879 pairs in 2018 to record high of 2,008 pairs breeding last summer from eastern Canada south to North Carolina. This marks a conservation milestone 35 years in the making from the cooperation of several organizations and many public beachgoers. The record high numbers are due in part to a widespread implementation of “management practices” such as installing symbolic fencing around nests, leashing dogs, posting caution signs, reducing predation, and trusting » Continue Reading.
The Adirondacks Around The Web This Week
A Looming Financial Meltdown For America’s Schools Bassmaster events continue to run, in new ways Will people come to the Thousand Islands this summer? Clinton County Fair canceled Adirondack black fly update ADK Council issues hiking guidelines Adirondack boat inspection stations opening this weekend to stop invasive species Memorial Day marks start of different kind of summer for Adirondacks Audio Postcard from Cranberry Lake » Continue Reading.