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

    Is it just me, or does TWO frankenpines look better than ONE? While I am not sure why companies can’t share towers, perhaps frankenforests are in our future.

  2. Boreas says

    WRT the solar project, I would have liked to see some provision for environmental impact study, since I didn’t really see anything comprehensive prior to approval from Yellow 10, LLC P2021-0084 document.

    This array is virtually adjacent to Putts Creek WMA. For instance, I personally have seen flocks of geese attempting to land on a road on a dark/foggy/rainy night fairly close to a reservoir. Nearby lighting may contribute to the appearance of a waterway on any glossy surface. Since waterfowl are likely to be returning to these areas as they are built into their migration routes, will we be seeing waterfowl confusion, stress, or impacts with this array in conditions of poor visibility this close to an existing wetland??

    I am not saying there are imminent problems with the location, but has it been sufficiently studied? Are there provisions to study the environmental impacts into the future PAID FOR BY THE POWER COMPANIES using the power source? Taxpayers shouldn’t be on the hook for environmental impact studies that should be done this close to a WMA – or anywhere for that matter.

  3. Nathan says

    i dont mind a fake pine tree to provide cell phone service for many miles, much cheaper and easir to maintain a tower every 10 miles or so, versus a phone line along every single road and often damaged in big storms when most needed.

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