Hello again, Adirondack Park friends!
This is my last plug for our green energy talk at 9 a.m. tomorrow on Zoom. It is free, but we are asking folks to register. I’ll be moderating a panel of experts, who will talk about the state’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act and how the Adirondack Park can contribute to those climate goals.
Our panel participants include:
- Noah Shaw, partner and co-chair, Renewable Energy Practice, Hodgson Russ LLP;
- Conrad Karsten, project developer for Sunvestment Energy Group (Saranac Lake Community Solar);
- Emmett Smith, founder of Northern Power & Light.
We had a quick test-run this morning, and I know they will have so much great information to share. We’ll also open the second-half of the presentation up to questions, so tune in and participate in the webinar!
If you can’t make the talk tomorrow, we will be posting it up on YouTube.
In other news, the coronavirus pandemic continues to influence policy, recreation and budgets around here, and I expect it will for some time. More than 100 environmental organizations signed a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration and state Senate and state Assembly leaders asking them not to cut funding for environmental spending.
Local Adirondack groups sent out a press release today reinforcing that message. They pointed to the flock of people seeking refuge in the Adirondacks during this pandemic, and the stress that has caused to forest rangers, trails and other resources. The release came just hours after State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli issued the state’s fiscal mid-year report showing state tax receipts are down by $2.8 billion.
Meanwhile, the High Peaks Strategic Planning Advisory Group continues to meet and prepare a final report for Basil Seggos, commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The group is charged with providing recommendations for how to manage high-use areas.
One would think this hot-button issue would have the DEC updating the group’s meeting summaries online in a timely manner, but instead we have no summaries since April. To be clear, this group of volunteers has continued to donate time in order to help solve a state problem. We know members have met at least eight times since April. It is DEC’s responsibility to post these summaries and keep the public in the loop. Hopefully we’ll see something posted here soon.
On a completely different note, last Monday my boyfriend bought us tickets to Revolution Rail, the rail bike company out of North Creek. We took the North River Run over the Hudson. What a view!
It was a very relaxing ride, a little bit of a hill in parts but so much fun. It was a great socially distanced activity with beautiful views of fall foliage still hanging on. It was nice to bike instead of hike for a change of pace!
Happy trails, and hope to see you on Zoom tomorrow!