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. upstater says

    I have a better suggestion. Enough weapons manufacturing and use. Demobililize the 10th Mountain Division, re-wild the base after remediation and convert Watervliet to produce renewable energy equipment.

  2. Boreas says

    The more I read about the project, the shadier it sounds. I feel the proposed increase in jobs and housing in Lewis is overstated, if not imaginary. Fort Drum would be a better option.

  3. Dan and Lanita Canavan says

    We praise the efforts of the Adirondack Council and encourage anyone who feels that this privatized military cannon testing facility has no place in the Adirondack Mountains of NY; to call, email and write letters to the Adirondack Park Agency and all other organizations and agencies charged with protecting the Park for the future generations of residents and outdoor enthusiasts. We are even now less convinced that this is good for Lewis and the Adirondack Park and hope the APA will not allow this proposal to move forward. This proposal is an example of the type of so called business that will erode the peace and tranquility of the Park and permanently alter Lewis for future generations to come. As mentioned there is already an established firing range at Fort Drum, as there is also the Ethan Allan range near Jericho Vermont. There is no need for a new cannon testing facility in Lewis. Again this benefits very few and certainly not the majority of the residents of Lewis now or in the future. Lewis has great potential with it’s proximity to the Adirondack High Peaks, Lake Placid, Whiteface, Lake Champlain etc. When people are priced out of the more exclusive zip codes in the Park, they can probably find a piece of land or a home for a fraction of the price here. It is truly a sleeper community with great promise. If a military testing facility is established it would no doubt temper a prospective homeowner from living near the cannon testing facility. Do the surrounding homes and properties increase in value with this facility expanding? Highly unlikely, more than likely our property values will go down. Again, are there guarantees that the wells in the area will not be contaminated in the future? Of course not. Again tell me what part of this proposal benefits the Town of Lewis and the families that live here? Please protect Lewis and the Adirondack Park from this precedent setting proposal.

  4. Barbara Delaney says

    I’m in total agreement with The Adirondack Council, Boreas and the Canavans on not allowing a proposed cannon range in Lewis.

    It is also important to follow their lead and write or call the Adirondack Park Agency to express our concerns about the harmful impact such a project would have on the land, water, air and natural beauty of the Adirondack Park. A military cannon range would do nothing but create a permanent ugly scar on the Park. Surely the Adirondack Park Agency would not want that outcome.

  5. LeRoy Hogan says

    I wonder if the projectiles will include loud reports. In other words, explosions not required, just crash dummy ordinance.

  6. Jack Carney says

    Helicopters flying overhead, jet planes slamming through the sound barrier, now cannon booming in the woods? Enough. No. Such testing belongs at Fort Drum’s range not in protected wilderness, even on a private carveout.

  7. barbara denton says

    We sent letters to the Lewis town board, requesting additional information and an open forum where residents could share their concerns. No one has responded to us. This idea is very frightening to my family, who have lived here for 4 generations. I applaud anyone who will look into this. What a terrible fate for this outstanding place in which we live. No, hell no!

  8. Kim Denton says

    “A bunch of emotional and random statements”
    Why wouldn’t locals be emotional about this? People choose to live in the Adirondacks not to have to experience this.

    We are definitely not in support of this. I am uncertain how this has made it as far as it has with lack of local supports.

  9. Lewis resident says

    Shame on you Michael Hopmeier for thinking you could just move into our community and because you have money start to experiment with it.
    Shame on you James P for lining your pockets from an experimental purchase risking the very community you were raised in.
    Shame on you James M. For not being supportive to this community your job as a supervisor is to represent the people and you obviously have not done that.

  10. Scott Hagadorn says

    What an unfortunate and misaligned proposal for the Adirondack Park. Peace, tranquility, and respite, fundamental attributes of our great NY park, at risk of degradation from possible weapons testing, just seems utterly inconceivable. We must rally for the people of NYS to prevent this type of proposal from moving forward. Please join me in writing to the APA.

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