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. Anon says

    I’m confused about this. Doesn’t the state currently pay property taxes to the local municipalities on forest preserve lands? If they own this property, why wouldn’t they be responsible for the taxes on it?

    If the constitution says it should be torn down and revert to the park, then DO THAT.

    God knows when stuff closes down anywhere else in upstate NY the state doesn’t come in and buy it, much less pay taxes on it. That’s an already agreed upon support for the Adirondack Park. Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth!

  2. Mark Neale says

    Don’t expect a lot to come from this.
    The Park was established in the 70’s to create a playground for the wealthy. They love the regulations because they can afford to abide by them while pushing the locals out. I grew up in Gabriels, when what is now known as “Camp Gabriels” was a remote campus for Paul Smiths College. (Prior to that it was a Convent) A lot of college students lived there and spent their money locally. When it became a prison camp, there was still a lot of people living there, but they didn’t spend much money! Now it is shut down, the guards that lived locally have moved out and Gabriels is a place where Rt. 86 connects to the Rainbow Lake Rd., but not much else. I think the State has what they want, and any relief they provide is to ensure there are enough services for the owners of the modern day “Great Camps”. This may be a cynical view, but I’ve watched it happen.

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