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. Mark Bergman says

    It seems as if the hunting club was wronged when their motorized access was lost due to the state land foreclosure. Did they have no deeded right of way or easement?
    This is not the first instance of public safety being sacrificed or endangered inside the blue line. I’d suggest that, if an amendment moves forward, it should be of a wider scope than just Cat Mountain. An amendment granting the APA and/or the Governor to be able to issue an administrative solution where public safety is at risk would cover similar future situations. While Hamilton County may not have the money to invest in a $150K consultant, it looks like they have considered all practical options.

  2. Harry says

    Ya gotta love it when a supposedly environmental organization wants helicopter traffic instead of service van traffic. Their opposition can only be rooted in a money-grubbing payoff expectation rather than a true concern for nature. Greedy jerks.

  3. John says

    As I look at the topographical map of the lands involved in this dispute it looks as 90% of the trail lies on land owned by the state lot 121, 5% leased by the state ( fire tower state police communication system lot#166) with the beginning of the trail on the sportsman clubs lot 165 at the end of north rd. My question is why not reroute the trail around the clubs land and reopen the trail while the state renegotiates with the club about the road they had at one time. I can’t believe there is not a right of way something really is stinky here just my opinion. I really think the state would make out in a land swap and open a spur from the NPT a true win win for all parties. Try and make it happen sooner than later I’m not getting any younger

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