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. Bill Miner says

    Keep commercial cell towers and solar farms out of the Adirondacks. There are other areas where these projects can be pursued.

  2. Scott Hagadorn says

    It would be interesting to see a study on the net energy benefits of solar farms in the park. Can those benefits be weighed against the existing renewable energy generation that may or may not be currently utilized, like hydro-power, for example. There is a significant number of hydro facilities within the park. An alternative to large solar farms, where aesthetics are a primary concern as a result of the reflective nature of solar panels and significant land occupancy, is homeowner rooftop solar. However, the economics are much different. Solar farm developers are attracted to the large private farmland holdings within the park and NYS near-term initiatives for renewable energy. Further scientific study relative to solar farm ecological impacts – glare impacts, migration, deer/moose foraging, herbicide use within the fence line – is also recommended. Can the APA partner with Cornell graduate studies on this much needed effort? There are significant questions to be answered relative to long-term sustainability of this burgeoning new renewable energy resource and its impacts on the park.

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