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July, 2019

Bill Branson On DEC’s Historic Rail Corridor Plans


The DEC is again taking comments on the proposed latest DSEIS and the Remsen-Lake Placid travel corridor. The position of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad has never been anything but clear and, although we sued DEC and prevailed, it is not in that context that I again write. Many factors influence the health, both economically and environmentally, of the population within the blue line. Additionally, as the Adirondacks are a tourist destination for many, it is NY residents and visitors from elsewhere who find themselves taking in what the region has to offer. It is well understood that the likelihood of >>More


July, 2019

It’s Time to Build and Staff a High Peaks Information Center


I recently visited the rest areas on Northway that have been hyped as information hubs for the Adirondack Park as a tourism destination and as locations that will guide the public about hiking in the Forest Preserve, especially the High Peaks.  These facilities are newly built and function adequately as typical rest areas with bathrooms, vending machines, and places to stretch your legs. Unfortunately, there is scant information about hiking in the High Peaks or the Forest Preserve. As they stand now, these centers, especially the Northway northbound “High Peaks Center” between exits 29 and 30, and the major new >>More


July, 2019

Crown Point Bridge Roadway Plans Being Considered


Lakes to Locks Passage is set to host a public informational meeting for the Champlain Bridge Roadway Improvements Project on Thursday, July 18, 2019, from 4 to 7 pm, at the Crown Point State Historic Site Pavilion. This is an opportunity for the public to attend an open-house style informational meeting. There will be multiple displays of project information and the draft design approval document presenting the proposed project. There will also an opportunity to provide input and written comments. Originally called, Pointe à la Chevelure, Crown Point is located at a narrow point of Lake Champlain. French settlers established >>More


July, 2019

ROOST Unveils New Lake Placid Website


The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) has announced the launch of the new LakePlacid.com, a revamped, mobile-friendly website designed to promote tourism to the region. The site features listings of local lodging and dining options, special events, entertainment options and an emphasis on outdoor activities for all seasons. The site also includes direct hotel bookings, videos, and prominent event listings. Designed with mobile use in mind, the new site’s layout works dynamically depending on device. Search options make the content easily accessible. Business listings now feature free photo listings. Local businesses interested in being featured on the site should >>More


July, 2019

State Tree Cutting on Forest Preserve Ruled Unconstitutional


The Appellate Division, Third Department, ruled Wednesday that state tree cutting to build a network of wide class II community connector snowmobile trails in the Adirondack Forest Preserve violated Article XIV, Section 1 of the State Constitution. The Appellate Division, Third Department, reversed a lower court ruling issued in 2017. Protect the Adirondacks had challenged the constitutionality of cutting more than 25,000 trees to build over 27 miles of new snowmobile trails in the Forest Preserve. The lawsuit was started » Continue Reading. View original post.


June, 2019

The Local Government Club at the Adirondack Park Agency


The State Senate gaveled-out its historic 2019 Legislative Session on June 21st without acting on any of the four people that Governor Cuomo had nominated for the Board of the Adirondack Park Agency (APA). These were among dozens of nominees to various state boards that were left unconfirmed, but the message from the State Senate was clear: changes were needed in many of the individuals and slates of nominees submitted by the Governor. The Governor’s response to the rebuff by the State Senate on APA Board nominations was to go on the attack. Cuomo’s spokesman, Rich Azzopardi, tried to talk >>More


June, 2019

Changes For Saranac Lakes Area Include 35 Miles of MTB Trails


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced the final Saranac Lakes Wild Forest Management Plan. The Saranac Lakes Wild Forest is comprised of 75,000 acres of Forest Preserve lands and 19,600 acres of lakes, rivers, streams, and ponds located in the towns of Santa Clara, Brighton, Tupper Lake, Harrietstown, and Franklin in Franklin County and the towns of St. Armand and North Elba in Essex County. Three of the largest population centers in the Adirondack Park-the villages of Tupper Lake, Saranac Lake, and Lake Placid-are within the general boundaries of the unit. The waterways of the » >>More


June, 2019

Adirondack Park Agency Nominations Delayed


Advocates for the Adirondack Park say they are disappointed at the close of the 2019 legislative session, because the Governor failed to nominate a diverse slate of six or seven nominees for the Adirondack Park Agency board that environmental and other advocates could support, and that the Senate would approve. The APA board has no chairman. Of the eight citizen members of the APA board, nominations are needed to fill seven: three vacant seats, three expired terms and one seat whose term expires Sunday. “This session was an unprecedented opportunity for Governor Cuomo and the Senate to appoint and confirm >>More


June, 2019

Short-Term Population Loss in the Adirondacks and Rural America


One way to dig deeper into the population dynamics at play in the Adirondack Park is to examine short-term population changes. The last article in this series looked long-term at total population rates where from 1970 to 2010 Adirondack communities grew at 10.6%, a rate that exceeded the 6.2% rate of New York State in these years. In our report The Adirondack Park and Rural America: Economic and Population Trends 1970-2010 we examined population trends in a number of ways. One of the most interesting was our analysis of short-term changes in total population of Adirondack communities from 2000 to >>More


June, 2019

EV Chargers Now in Keene; Plans Floated for Marcy Field, Route 73


Two Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations have been installed on the Route 73 corridor: one in the hamlet of Keene, the other in Keene Valley. Both are easy to use and have industry standard Level 2 chargers that support virtually any EV on the road today – users need only to plug in. There is a donation box at each charger to cover electricity costs. The requested donation is about the equivalent of $1.00 per gallon of gasoline. The charging stations were organized by the Town of Keene and the Keene Clean Energy Team (KCET) and made possible by a >>More