About Gwendolyn Craig

Gwen is an award-winning journalist covering environmental policy for the Explorer since January 2020. She also takes photos and videos for the Explorer's magazine and website. She is a current member of the Legislative Correspondents Association of New York. Gwen has worked at various news outlets since 2015. Prior to moving to upstate New York, she worked for a D.C. Metro-area public relations firm, producing digital content for clients including the World Health Organization, the Low Income Investment Fund and Rights and Resources Initiative. She has a master's degree in journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She has bachelor's degrees in English and journalism, with a concentration in ecology and evolutionary biology, from the University of Connecticut. Gwen is also a part-time figure skating coach. Contact her at (518) 524-2902 or gwen@adirondackexplorer.org. Sign up for Gwen’s newsletter here.

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  1. COL (R) Mark Warnecke says

    It is almost humorous that Mr. Bauer and his ilk think “the decision is clear and does not affect hiking trails”. This is was an ill-conceived lawsuit that was not about trees at all, but rather about snowmobiles (and for that matter horses and mountain bikes). If that is the debate, let’s have, but don’t hide behind the trees!

    To think that a ruling against cutting trees doesn’t apply to anything but snowmobile trails revels the true motivation. For the record, I live in the Adirondack Park and I do not own a snowmobile. I do support multi use and am not so narrow minded as to be opposed to others recreational pursuits. The Park is for all to enjoy, not a few elitists.

    It is clearly time for a constitutional amendment. Let the people speak, and hopefully let DEC get back to doing theirs jobs. Providing for multi use of this great resource.

    • Mike says

      I would agree with you. If a tree can’t be cut for a new trail then we probably shouldn’t cut any for hiking trails. In the end, I do believe the intent was to limit snowmobiling and the tree was just the cover story.

  2. Aaron says

    Note that while claiming the ruling is “clear” and doesn’t apply to hiking/skiing/biking trail maintenance, Mr. Bauer doesn’t exactly stick his neck out to say that he would be seeking to establish better clarity with the DEC. Instead of acting as an advocate for groups now directly impacted by what he claims is unwarranted caution over tree-cutting rules, he punts to the state. Says it all, really, particularly when he was repeatedly warned of the carry-over effect his ill-conceived campaign against snowmobile trails could present.

  3. Joe says

    We can thank Peter Bauer and Protect the Adirondacks for this.
    Good point about “no tree cutting for snowmobile trails” but it’s OK to cut trees for hiking trails.
    Time to get the hiking, horse riding, bicycling, cross country skiers and snowmobile groups together to turn this around. Just like we did for the Rails to Trails from Lake Placid to Tupper Lake.
    From a forestry perspective not cutting any tree results in a unhealthy forest. The maples and softwoods are getting taken over by less desirable tree species.
    And the wild fire hazard continues to increase.

  4. COL (R) Mark Warnecke says

    Excellent point on healthy forests, though probably a separate discussion. Multi age forests are important component of healthy forest ecosystems. A large percentage of our species of concern, greatest conservation need, threatened and endangered species are reliant on young early stage successional forest.

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