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. Kathy says

    At the current rate of overuse ,trash, and rescues from unprepared and sometimes uncaring visitors who will oversee the garbage pick up and careless campfire use in the Essex region…too tempting for the party people who can’t congregate in bars or reserve campsites to be monitored for bad behavior and then the poor bears …guess I’m against making more opportunities for people to misbehave…perhaps a permit system in places that have no patrol.


  2. Todd says

    This is a terrible idea. The place will be ruined forever. We were fortunate to paddle essex twice in its current pristine condition. Every state park from nyc to Saratoga has been overused since covid started . The trash left behind by this new found covid hikers is disgusting. Once the genie is out of the bottle it is hard to put back in. Leave it as it is

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