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Adirondack Explorer

January, 2010

That old broken record

The question of how much environmental protection is enough has always been a contentious one in the Adirondacks. So has the related question: Do strong environmental protections damage our economy? Most elected officials who represent us locally and in the state legislature think the Adirondacks already has too much protection, and they claim that our economy has been crippled as a result. These complaints no doubt hark back to the nineteenth century when the first game laws were enacted, and when the Forest Preserve was established to protect the state’s most important watershed. The complaints escalated into outrage in 1971, >>More