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. Tim says

    This report is a pile of garbage. Restrooms are inadequate for gays? Huh? I am gay and have always made out just fine in the restroom facilities throughout NY’s great outdoors over the past several decades (although it’s usually the woods). This sounds like more San Francisco extremism but that is what NY seems to becoming.

  2. john Henry says

    I have long argued that NYS does a great disservice to our handicapped and elderly when acquiring new lands.

    The Gooley Club, along with others lands that had been previously owned by Finch, Pruyn had roads that were perfectly fine to enhance for handicap access and use. They even had sites that could have been used for camping. How this was never even a consideration, inspite of state law baffles me. What an opportunity lost. All lands the state acquires should first be evaluated for access for all, not an elite few. Protect is not for a few

    Only the ADK park seems to get a free pass on meeting these basic human rights criteria. All the road/paths were in use for over 100 years and we citizens lost them to a selfish demand to make it something it has not been in anyone alive lifetime.

  3. John says

    This report shows great concern but does nothing to encourage diversity in the Park. How many of the 40 newly hired Forest Rangers recently hired are from these under represented groups? People will visit the park if there are people like them working and living here.

  4. Dean says

    This is pure leftist talk, and unacceptable. The state does NOT have to make open spaces more equitable, inclusive and accessible. That is NOT their job. I resent my tax dollars trying to bring people who dont want to come. I live here, and anyone can come, anytime. End of Story.

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