12 things we’ll be looking at in 2024
The Explorer’s 2023 journalism provides a springboard for the work of 2024. Here are questions and topics to expect to be addressed in stories published in the next 12 months.
1. The eclipse
The April 8, 2024, total solar eclipse will be on display and much of the Adirondacks will be in the path of totality. Event planners predict a rush of viewers to the region. Check out our ongoing coverage here.
2. AMR/hiking permits
The Adirondack Mountain Reserve permitting system for some of the park’s most popular trails and peaks is under study and updates will be produced.
3. Forest ranger staffing
The state Department of Environmental Conservation’s management of its ranger force is a matter of public interest.
4. Road salt recommendations implementation
Pilot programs and funding for the ideas on how to cut back on salting are under scrutiny.
5. Land acquisitions and UMPs
Plans to complete overdue unit management plans and to update the state’s open space plan will provide copy for several stories.
6. SCALE survey
What lakes will be examined in the next go-around in the Survey of Climate Change in Adirondack Lake Ecosystems?
7. State climate assessments
Is the state making gains on its goals to mitigate climate change and how is that manifested in the Adirondacks?
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8. Raquette Lake battery project
Will National Grid’s plan to assure electricity in the Long Lake area happen, or will it be defeated by residents fearful of lithium batteries to store electricity, and what are the ramifications either way?
9. Infrastructure projects
Will the Adirondack Park get an infusion of financial help to afford replacing and upgrading dams, treatment plants, water systems and other needs from the grant programs, state’s bond act, economic development funds and federal monies?
Are employers having any luck filling jobs and retaining employees?
How is the Adirondacks adapting to a shifting population and welcoming people of diverse backgrounds?
12. Wildlife movements
How and why are the park’s animal and plant populations changing?