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. LeRoy Hogan says

    Some Catskill destinations became littering disaster areas. Control needed to be implemented to curb the problem.

    I remember Route 73 in the Daks was a favorite spot for side swiping hikers with travel trailers.

  2. James says

    I do not support the reserve permits that people have to pay to see nature and go hiking. I asked the DEC where is the $10 going to and they won’t answer they question. I am sure many people and I would like to know where is my $10 is going to, it going into someone pockets?

  3. Adkfunpolice says

    The issue isn’t whether this permit system “works” or whether it’s “not so bad.” The problem is that the easement is public property and has very specific language about when and how it can be regulated. The implementation of the permit system has nothing to do with trash or waste on AMR property, it’s about limiting public access. The issue here is public access to public lands which should be just as sacred to all users of the park as “forever wild.”

  4. Steven Fries says

    Exactly!-this is public land, and-bottom line-the public should have unfettered access to that land-with no “permits” and no monetary charges, especially considering all the taxes we already pay in NY State.

  5. gebby says

    The permit system at the Ausable Club, called a “reservation system” by them, was sold to us as a safety measure when it was combined with taking away all the parking on Route 73. If it was a “safety measure” someone needs to explain why the Essex County shuttle cannot drop hikers there. This has nothing to do with access, but everything to do with limiting the great unwashed from accessing the Ausable Club’s trails, the access of which NYS taxpayers paid for with tax breaks for the club, that they continue to benefit from!

    • Pablo says

      Gebby is 100 percent correct about the AMR. This story even has a photo of the smug fake ranger the club employs to frighten hikers away.

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