About Gwendolyn Craig

Gwen covers environmental policy in the Adirondacks. Contact her at (518) 524-2902 or [email protected] You can also follow her on Twitter, @gwendolynnn1.

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  1. Jack Delehanty says

    Pray that he reconsiders…his voice needs to be heard, just like Dick Booth’s. The push to move visitors away from the High Peaks to other Wilderness and Wild Forest Lands is necessary yet has lasting consequences. The Debar and Essex Chain gambits demonstrate this. More under-researched decisions like this one will shape The Park forever. For serious Wilderness protection, the Agency should adhere to their own higher SLUMP standards now. Instead they are their way to Joni Mitchell’s Tree Museum.

  2. Vanessa says

    I have to admit, I am sad that an environmental advocate is saying that the DEC & APA is not doing a good job protecting the ADK…but I struggle hard with even understanding well what the APA does. And this is after years of reading. This is important news, but I wish there were more resources so that folks not steeped in decades of minutiae understand how they can advocate.

    Because for example, I’m not the type of environmentalist that believes people should never access wilderness. In purely environmental terms, nature is safest without *any* human contact, and that’s the wrong approach for government to take. So for example, is the campfire ban bad because it’s just ineffective policy, or rather is it being rejected because a certain school of thought interprets “wilderness” as “no human interaction ever, regardless of impact?” Because as respectfully as this can sound, that does seem to be certain parties’ positions. Not at all sure if that is this person’s take, however.

  3. tvcrider says

    Gee, DEC spokeswoman Erica Ringewald’s comments in regard to Chad Dawson stepping down from his APA board position sounded so heartfelt and non-dismissive.

    Mr. Dawson’s presence will be missed. One can only hope that he will be replaced by a like-minded individual.

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