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. toofargone says

    Well my, I’m impressed already with the matching scarves, pants and jackets/vests. If this is the environmentalists’ version of Beatle suits, then I’d say that Michael Barrett is off to a smashing start! If history teaches anything, Mr. Legal Beagle Barrett would know that the evil empire has already plundered about $1 Billion from the EPF for general fund budget purposes since the inception of the fund, so it’s hardly a precedent, and the sky is not falling. It’s old school NYS executive budget chicanery, like trying to find out who’s working for the Governor in the Executive Chamber at the Capitol when many staff members are placed on agency payrolls. Go figure! And for those who they’ve advanced to fill vacancies and serve on the APA, we’d all be better served if they remembered Sherman’s pledge not to accept if nominated, nor serve if elected. The APA needs more common sense and balance to represent all of the people and their legitimate interests in the diverse use and classification of State lands, not just that advanced by the Green Mafia. The proposed $300 Million will fund whatever expenses and projects HRH Andy and the Legislature deem appropriate, with the caveat that no man’s life, liberty or property are safe as long as the Legislature is in session. My hope is that at least part of the funding is directed to create and expand necessary facilities, improving trails and maintenance, to enable and increase year round public access and use, and perhaps a few new patches and badges to placate this group. What’s not to like about patches, badges and awards anyway?

      • toofargone says

        From a know it all like you Boreas, I was sure you’d have some “knowledge” to share with your endless comment on almost every post. Here’s a hint: it’s non-authoritarian access for the mobs. How’s your patch collection?

        • Boreas says

          Still looking for a point… I am trying to understand your point of view, but am having trouble figuring out what it is. Perhaps some clear examples without all the hyperbole, contempt, and sarcasm would help. Otherwise, you are just ranting. That is all right as well, just don’t expect anyone to listen.

  2. Scott says

    Ahh yes, people who “represent the Adirondacks” just not the people who have to live there. They could care less since they all make good money while towns continue to shrink because there not allowed to have any viable businesses that actually make a competitive salary like the rest of the state. They claim to protect the land and encourage the state to buy more of it and allow people to use it where they were never allowed before. Now you find garbage where there never used to be, trampled down paths where there never was. But hey that’s protecting it, I guess? They like spending tax payers money to benefit themselves. Hire more rangers they demand! Wouldn’t need them if you would stop asking this governor to buy and open up more land to people! What’s it going to cost the state when they have to fund fire departments and EMS squads because there’s nobody left young enough to manage them, or there is nobody at all left to run them? In the town’s where tourists keep coming more and more how far will they have to come from to help someone out on a snowmobile trail that the state thinks is the key to our viability and long term health of our towns, or put out a fire! Many towns will be mostly empty within 50 years. There’s nothing here to keep people who want to make a decent living. My town already no longer has a grocery store. We have 2 motels. 35 years ago there were 20-30 kids in a school class. There are 4-20 now in many towns. Soon the environmentalists will have the Adirondacks all to themselves and all there tree hugging friends, but with no services. They will then ask the state to take care of them on the taxpayers dime!

  3. nathan says

    agree scott, but i think APA should make sure every job they create is given to residents first. all The small towns are being destroyed by poor employment. controlled logging should also be reinstated across adirondacks, it creates way more animal food, diversity and population. reduces likely hoods of massive forest fires as we see out west yearly, supplies needed jobs for many locals.
    But all state, county and town jobs should be going to qualified locals, regardless of race, to actively create programs and spend money to try and recruit minorities to move to the adirondacks to take jobs is just wrong. that money is being spent to recruit people to move to adirondacks and then handing them jobs that local are being denied because they are not the right “color”.
    Just wrong, increasing population, spending money to do this, instead spend that money to create more local jobs, allow locals to be hired regardless of color, requiring a job to be filled by a minority and denying a qualified local is just racist.

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