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. JB says

    Thank you. This is a very important story that will no doubt be contested by pro-stocking groups. Given that heritage brook trout strains are the closest thing to an “Adirondack endemic” that we’ve got (that we know of), the DEC’s stocking program needs to be scrutinized more closely. Especially for the remote stocking and reintroduction program for the Adirondacks — though a sensitive and secretive topic — the science is questionable and the risks often seem outweigh the rewards (the program had to be temporarily halted a few years ago due to a zebra mussel infestation at a state hatchery).

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