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. Boreas says

    Current staffing levels in the Park requires considerable overtime and stress to existing Rangers, which is likely to lead to earlier retirements and attrition. Is that a good thing Com. Seggos? The picture in the Park should be viewed differently than the staffing requirements elsewhere. The Park simply needs more Rangers/square mile than in the flatlands – simply due to the number of calls and difficulty of addressing those calls in tough, rugged terrain.

    I personally would like to see Rangers postponing retirement so that they can continue to impart their experience and knowledge to new Rangers as well as the public. Burdening them with overtime and stress is not the way to do it.

  2. Scott van Laer says

    The current system is broken. The pace of rescues, the expectation and demand that you are always available is unfair. For a long time you love it and feed off the intensity but over time in wears you out. When retirement eligibility hits your realize you can have greater normalcy in your life. Rangers retire at the first eligibility now more then ever before. It’s the greatest job in the world but the state abuses the small work force with the emergency work load. Add more rangers to adequately distribute the emergency work load and better protect the park and it’s users.

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