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Adirondack Explorer

January, 2008

Acid Rain in the Adirondacks: An Environmental History
Author: Jerry Jenkins, Karen Roy, Charles Driscoll & Christopher Buerkett

Review by: PHILIP TERRIE

This past fall, Adirondack lakes and ponds got some much-needed good news. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, eight states and a host of environmental organizations reached a settlement in a suit filed in 1999 against American Electric Power (AEP), an Ohio-based power company with coal-burning plants in five states. To cut back the sulfur and nitrogen it has been spewing into the atmosphere for decades—in violation of the 1970 Clean Air Act—AEP agreed to implement pollution-control measures costing $4.6 billion. It was the largest settlement in the history of American environmental litigation. AEPalso agreed to pay a $15 million fine >>More


November, 2006

Bob Marshall in the Adirondacks Writings of a Pioneering Peak-Bagger, Pond-Hopper and Wilderness Preservationist
Author: Phil Brown

Review by: NEAL BURDICK

Like Mozart in music and Keats in poetry, Bob Marshall packed an astonishing quantity of experience and accomplishment into a short life and has been elevated to near mythic status by generations of followers. We have the Bob Marshall Wilderness in Montana and a proposal for a 409,000- acre Bob Marshall Great Wilderness (“the Bob” to true believers) in the western Adirondacks. In the MacIntyre Range, we have Mount Marshall, whose name honors both Bob and his younger brother, George, the original Adirondack 46ers. And we have numerous articles about him as well as a full-length biography. But what did >>More


March, 2005

Wandering Home
Author: Bill McKibben

Review by: AMY GODINE

Wandering Home is Bill McKibben’s 10th book, and a most companionable and schmoozy read it is. The story tracks a 16-day summer hike from the summit of Vermont’s Mount Abraham, with its westward-reaching view of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains beyond, to his home of 20 years in Johnsburg in the southeastern Adirondacks. In defiance of the travel writer’s usual custom of hewing to one state, parkland or nameable region, McKibben makes the great lake a hinge that binds the long lands on either side of it into a “cultureshed” bounded not by the cartography of politics but by >>More