About Zachary Matson

Zachary Matson has been an environmental reporter for the Explorer since October 2021. He is focused on the many issues impacting water and the people, plants and wildlife that rely on it in the Adirondack Park. Zach worked at daily newspapers in Missouri, Arizona and New York for nearly a decade, most recently working as the education reporter for six years at the Daily Gazette in Schenectady.

Reader Interactions


  1. Alan West says

    Today I followed a highway truck on a secondary,BARE, road in Lake Luzerne laying down a heavy concentration of rock salt. Where does that end up??? When will people wake up?Just look what it is doing to road side trees and vegetation. How much is getting into ground water, streams, and lakes .fish, animals, birds, and humans??? When willwe wake up?

  2. David Gibson, Managing Partner, Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve says

    Influential article, Zach. Thank you for spotlighting Hague’s highway dept. This will get around.

  3. Steve Samuell says

    Great article. Change is not easy, this article really highlights the progress that can be made when government works together and people are open to try new methods. I applaud Adirondack Explorer’s ongoing effort to shed light on this important issue.

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