About Tim Rowland

Tim Rowland is a columnist, author and outdoors writer living in Jay.

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  1. Mike says

    Instead of producing planet killing carbon in the Adirondacks, demo the buildings and make the land into native forest.


    Earth’s wild animals and biodiversity would prefer that you please remove most of the towns within the Adirondacks and around the rest of Earth, and reforest the area for nature’s enjoyment and survival. Its called Adirondack Park: that’s a place for nature, not for human inhabitation.

    Unless a town is as beautiful as a charming, Austrian mountain village with tiny, winding foot paths, a tiny old church with shingles from the local forest, and a little hay barn on stilts, then its not worth restoring.

    • Pine for Lake George says

      What you are describing is a US National Park, not the vision for the Adirondack Park, “where people live in equilibrium with nature”.

      Do you use services when you visit the Adirondack Park? Where do you expect those people to live?

      I too like beautifully kept hamlets and bemoan derelict eye-sores. However, your description of an Austrian mountain village is an elitist vision of what is ascetically pleasing, as if funding were abundant via well-paying jobs.

  3. Diane Brown says

    They might want to consider a Community Land Trust as well. “A community land trust (CLT) is a nonprofit corporation that holds land on behalf of a place-based community, while serving as the long-term steward for affordable housing, community gardens, civic buildings, commercial spaces and other community assets on behalf of a community.”

  4. Dan says

    Where is the line between coddling people and requiring them to work? Our service based economy is not sufficient to replace a good manufacturing job! Community can step up and in turn tighten Thier bonds with each other.. great ideas!

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