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. Boreas says

    “The DEC said there will be public meetings in both the Adirondacks and Catskills “to highlight the project goals and timeline and solicit feedback on management objectives.” DEC has a second round of public meetings planned for 2024 where Otak’s draft management recommendations will be presented.”

    2024 seems awfully early for draft management recommendations. Is this research by Otak going to be done around a table, or in the field? Examining, documenting, and assessing the trail system in the HPW is going to take a considerable number of manhours unless they are using a significant work crew.

  2. Bill Keller says

    The result in Maine was a permit/reservation system and a $6 fee to watch the sunrise, can’t wait for all the whining to begin when the recommendations come out. I always have a good chuckle when someone (like me) brings up hiking fees to be used for trail maintenance, hire more rangers, stewards, and so on.

  3. George says

    And I hope they examine the ever increasing number of organizations and State oversight agencies that have created a network of uncoordinated initiatives and wasteful spending.

  4. Paul says

    Sending a half a million plus dollars to Oregon sounds like the way NYS would usually try to solve one of their problems. Start to limit and enforce parking – problem solved. Every time you drive by all the illegally parked cars on the tupper road for ampersand and middle saranac and no one doing anything about it there’s your problem.

  5. Zephyr says

    How can they create draft management regulations without studying the on-the-ground situation? I know of no credible scientific study of visitor numbers or impacts, or even perceived problems. Legitimate studies would take years to do. In other words, we’re going to get proposed new regulations based on someone’s beliefs and goals that will have no objective criteria.

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