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. 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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