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December, 2018

Busy December APA Board Meeting Planned


The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) will hold its monthly meeting at its headquarters in Ray Brook, NY on Thursday, December 13th and Friday December 14th, 2018. Both meeting days will begin at 9:30 am. The meeting will address the Lyme Timber Company forest management project; consideration of authorizing a public comment period regarding State Land Master Plan conformance for proposed Ski Trail Guidance; a presentation from Dan Josephson from Cornell University; discussion on State Land Master Plan conformance; and more. On Thursday at 9:30 am, the Full Agency will convene for Executive Director Terry Martino’s monthly report. At 10 am, >>More


November, 2018

Adirondack Wild: End Threat of Jay Mtn Wilderness Mining


Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve says it will ask members of the New York State Legislature to impose a deadline for future mineral sampling and mining at Lot 8 in Lewis, a 200-acre portion of the NYS Forest Preserve’s Jay Mountain Wilderness. The constitutional amendment allowing the mining company NYCO Minerals to collect mineral samples in advance of mining a portion of the Jay Mountain Wilderness, in exchange for land elsewhere, passed the NYS Legislature and was narrowly approved (53%-47%) by voters in 2013. “No deadline for the mineral sampling or the mining was established by the voters, >>More


November, 2018

ATVs On The Forest Preserve: A Constitutional Amendment?


In mid-June, Whiteface Mountain advertised a summer activity — rides aboard big all-terrain vehicles on the ski slopes of the High Peaks landmark. Called the “4×4 Alpine Expedition,” marketing videos showed children and adults enjoying the guided tours. Callers to the resort’s customer service line were told they could book 60-minute or 90-minute excursions through the fall. But by July, the rides were abruptly canceled. That came after environmental watchdogs raised concerns to state officials, and after the Adirondack Explorer inquired about the propriety of the rides. Though now mothballed, the program serves as an example of » Continue Reading. >>More


November, 2018

Oswegatchie Easement Rec Plan Comments Sought


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is seeking public comments on a revised Recreation Management Plan (RMP) for the Oswegatchie Conservation Easement. The Oswegatchie Easement encompasses approximately 16,929 acres in the towns of Croghan and Diana in Lewis County, including more than 14-thousand acres located within the Adirondack Park. The property includes 3.5 miles of the Middle Branch of the Oswegatchie River, shares 9.6 miles of boundary with forest preserve lands, and less than one mile of boundary with state forest land. The 30-day public comment period opens on Wednesday, November 21st. Public comments can be submitted >>More


November, 2018

Gibson: Adirondack Land Use, Climate Change Linked


Congresswoman Elise Stefanik’s district has one of the great carbon banks in North America, its public and private forests. Governor Cuomo’s Department of Environmental Conservation and Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation have, on our behalf, custody of over an even larger carbon bank in the Catskills, Adirondacks, State Forests and Parks and Conservation Easements all across the State. Yet, despite their vocal and demonstrable commitments to combat climate change, I’ve not heard either official tout the great importance of New York’s forest policies and stewardship to store and offset our carbon pollution. Goals » Continue Reading. View original >>More


November, 2018

School Closures in the Adirondacks and Rural America


One refrain I have heard from Adirondack leaders through the years is that declining school enrollments across the Adirondacks, with particular emphasis on the closures of the Piseco School and Lake Clear School, show the overall decline of the Adirondacks as a viable social and economic region. Blaming environmental policies immediately follows these statements. I have always argued back that there are many factors that affect school enrollment levels and that the changes afoot in the Adirondacks are far less severe than the changes that are transforming vast portions of Rural America. I have friends in » Continue Reading. View >>More


November, 2018

Input Sought On Tug Hill East, East Branch Fish Creek Plans


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is asking the public for input on the development of the draft Tug Hill East Unit Management Plan (UMP) and the East Branch Fish Creek Easement Recreation Management Plan (RMP). DEC has encouraged the public to share comments on the plans at a session on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. The 20,322-acre Tug Hill East Unit consists of State Forest lands in the towns of Osceola, Lewis, Turin, West Leyden, and Martinsburg in southeastern Lewis County. The unit includes Cottrell States Forest, East Branch of Fish Creek State Forest, East Osceola State >>More


November, 2018

Comments Sought On Adirondack Park Energy Plans


The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) is accepting public comment on its draft policy for Renewable Energy Production and Energy Supply. The purpose of the policy is to provide guidance for the review and approval of renewable energy projects inside the Adirondack Park with regards to the Adirondack Park Agency Act, the Freshwater Wetlands Act and the Wild, Scenic and Recreational Rivers Act. The draft policy is available for download from the APA’s website. According to a press release sent y the APA, the policy is intended to ensure that the APA: • Embraces the New York State Energy Plan and >>More


November, 2018

Fort Ticonderoga Plans For Future With New Museum


Fort Ticonderoga was awarded $249,400 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as part of a $619,630 project to inventory, catalog and store more than 30,000 items from its collection of objects. This three-year project also includes updating of the online collections database recently launched by Fort Ticonderoga. Additionally, Fort Ticonderoga announced it is beginning the next phase of a $70 million capital campaign to support plans to enhance the visitor experience, which includes the construction of a new museum to house and display the growing collections. The museum is expected to serve as the premier North American military >>More


November, 2018

Hinckley Reservoir Plans Include New Campground


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced a November 29th meeting to encourage comment from the public on proposed and significantly expanded recreational opportunities at the Hinckley Reservoir Day Use Area. The Hinckley Reservoir Day Use Area is on the south shore of the 2,880-acre Hinckley Reservoir at 281 Stormy Hill Rd, Cold Brook, and currently includes a beach, woods, trails, pavilion, spacious lawn, picnic area, and volleyball court. DEC is asking the public to share comments regarding additional recreational opportunities, including campsites, a playground, a bike trail system, and a trailered boat launch to create >>More