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. Ralph Lane says

    The most important option was never even elavaluated. Revise the master plan. Also no forward thinking of what boating will look like in the near future as the world transformation to electric propulsion is well underway. Was there any science used at any time in this design, if so we should review it. Why was trailers the tipping point? Are there issues with sail boats. The bridge height and boat launch already limit the size of any vessel that could realistically be used on the lake. There are multiple options these agencies could employ if they truly had any concern for public recreation, safety, landowners rights. They found ways to resolve other issues in the Adirondack Park, I have to wonder why not this one?

  2. Dick Gunthert says

    …yet the APA is considering the expansion of a small boat livery (formally Hickok’s) on Lower Fish Creek Pond (yes pond) to allow some 94 boat slips. The pond is accessed under a narrow bridge at one end and a long, meandering, narrow creek to Upper Saranac Lake at the other end. Go figure.

  3. L Wilkerson says

    Lincoln Pond is less than 1000 acres and has a trailer boat ramp. Lincoln Pond is overused by powerboats. Can this ramp become canoe/kayak only?

  4. AdkCitizen says

    There are of course other practical options which would be reasonable to consider. One would be to place a barrier at the launch which could be locked to restrict public trailer launching but could be unlocked to allow shoreline property owners and emergency responders to have limited access when necessary. There are certainly other such plans that could be considered; unfortunately, the APA and their watchdogs rarely consider practicality when it comes to interpreting the Master Plan. They almost always demand strict compliance with the plan and use the slippery slope argument to defend their stringent decisions. Little deference is given to how real people are affected.

  5. Tom McDonald says

    If my Grandfather Steward Moore who lived part time on Eagle Lake were still alive, he would have this, new law amended! The current landowners need to lawyer up and put a halt to this decision asap! The landowners need access to trailer their boats on and off the lake and for emergency personnel access!

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