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Mine work lags  

Five years after voters approved a Forest Preserve land swap to keep Adirondack mine workers on the job, supporters feel betrayed.

ADK underground  

Curious cavers follow the path of a notable North Country loner who explored and mapped the Park’s subterranean chambers.

Accounting for conservation  

New York has spent nearly $100 million on easements to conserve and open up private timberlands. What did the state get for its money?

Big trees and great falls  

A guidebook update inspires visit to giant
white pines and a trio of cascades on the Park’s south side.

Oozing history  

A long-closed iron mine leaves behind a surprising load of oil contamination and a big cleanup cost in Star Lake.

The Trump effect  

The president and his environmental policies play a role in the midterm campaigns for a district that the Republican incumbent won handily two years ago.

Peak parking  

The state plans to ticket motorists parking outside of designated areas as crowds spread out along Route 73 and the High Peaks.

When bears bite  

Hikers should be alert and prepared—and consider carrying pepper spray—for the rare black bear that treats vulnerable humans as prey.

Storming Castle Rock  

Blue Mountain Lake area supplies hiking and swimming adventures suitable for all ages.

A test of paddler rights 

An Explorer editor’s float past private property raised the question of what constitutes a navigable stream. Now a trial may answer it.

The modern Park at 50  

Governor Nelson Rockefeller’s commission helped settle questions about development and planning authority, creating today’s cohesive park.

Rookie mistake  

When foul weather on Mount Marcy exposed their inadequate planning, four young friends learned a lesson for life.



Brief Bio   




It’s Debatable   


On the Wild Side   


Views of the Park   

Naturalist’s Lens   

Book Reviews   

Book Explorer   

Outdoor Skills