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. Nathan says

    should be just grandfathered as existing launch, it’s not right for a long existing launch to simply be closed and all residents to be endangered and hindered in such a way. If it was allowed, and people bought as lunch accessable, then it should be maintained.

  2. Freethedacks says

    Another example of an unlawful government creation running amok. Who care what the APA demands. Local Eagle Lake residents should remove what ever barrier that the APA tyrants erect. “Just doin muh job” has consequences when you violate the rights of your neighbors

  3. Michael George says

    The APA is correct to limit motorized boating on the smaller Adirondack Lakes. Lake George and Lake Champlain are close by and are more than big enough to accommodate motor boats. The typical “Entitled” type of person tend to complain while the people who care about the wild character of the Adirondacks applaud the APA. I have been totally disabled for the past 20 years with a muscle paralysis disease so if anyone would object to not allowing motor propelled boats on this lake it would be me. Though I love trolling with a motorized boat in these smaller lakes while fishing, I back the APA on this policy 100%. Some people just do not understand what a special place the Adirondacks is and how fortunate we are to even be allowed to live here. The deceptive practice of claiming they are “closing the access” without specifying the closure is just for motor boats is inflammatory and disingenuous.

  4. Raymond Budnick says

    The simplest and fairest solution is to also give a key to the lakeside homeowners so they can launch and retrieve their boats. Especially important in the spring and fall.
    The use and traffic by the residents would be nil. And, it would still facilitate the now intended plan, and overall purpose of leaving the launch open for the rest of us to hand launch only.
    Why is commons sense and resolution sooo difficult these days!

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