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. Boreas says

    Adirondack Park advocates need to be elected to state offices. Unfortunately, many state officials just look at the Park as a cash cow that produces cash with little intervention and guidance. The Park needs to be promoted to taxpayers so they will become “guardians” instead of merely users. Currently, most taxpayers are happy to let the simply “exist” without any real direction for its future. This apathy needs to change if the Park is to remain strong and funded for future generations to enjoy and to preserve the resource.

  2. David Gibson says

    While four amendments to Article XIV Section 1, aka “forever wild” clause of our NYS Constitution, failed to pass that is not, in and of itself, dismal news. Amendments or exceptions to forever wild ought to be few in number – and pass only when no other alternatives can be found and important public purpose cannot be achieved in other way. Cathead Mountain and Debar Lodge are in that category, we think, so Adirondack Wild supports them. As for the conservation design bill amending the APA Act, contrary to what Assemblyman Jones is quoted as saying, if the APA was doing what it should be in review of large subdivisions, it would not be needed. But APA is not performing at that high standard, so the bill is needed. And the bill was not written on Long Island. It was completely amended (in 2019) with the help of Adirondack local government leaders, Adirondack environmentalists like myself, the Empire State Forest Product Association and other Park stakeholders. It’s a fair, reasonable, science-driven piece of legislation and deserves to pass. I am glad the Assembly did approve it this year. Maybe next year, it will pass.

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