About Zachary Matson

Zachary Matson has been an environmental reporter for the Explorer since October 2021. He is focused on the many issues impacting water and the people, plants and wildlife that rely on it in the Adirondack Park. Zach worked at daily newspapers in Missouri, Arizona and New York for nearly a decade, most recently working as the education reporter for six years at the Daily Gazette in Schenectady.

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  1. Steve says

    The chapters use to automatically get 30% of the dues, for our expenses. At the end of the fiscal year, we would donate back most of our surplus funds to the main club. Now they have changed the rules, and will fund us on a “need” basis. We decided to withhold our donation,, because now our funding is not guaranteed and the amount we will receive is unknown. We are not too thrilled with the changes. Treasurer – Glens Falls/Saratoga Chapter.

  2. louis curth says

    Tom McGuire’s comment underscores the dilemma faced by all of us trying to achieve good outcomes in a world where suspicion and mistrust are eroding the ability of democracy to function. JB has also put his finger on the problem in the prior article entitled; “ADK at 100”.

    My own life passages were shaped by many things, not the least being several long ago ADK members who impressed me greatly. These memories lead me to believe that Executive Director Barrett and his new fresh faced board of directors will face very difficult challenges ahead as ADK struggles to build its future without destroying its past. I truly hope they will succeed.

    Every effort directed toward education will be so vitally important as we face the future. By ADK, by DEC – especially rangers – and by innovative grassroots community efforts.

    As Ed Ketchledge observed at Silver Bay in 1994; “we still fail to exercise the mind of the recreationists when they visit their Forest Preserve. Ecological information and interpretation is missing. We have acquired the Preserve, but regretfully we only play with it.”

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