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. scott says

    So the state will continue to smother small towns in the Adirondacks with environmental initiatives. How much more of our land will they buy in the coming years? This Governor thinks tourism is the answer to needed jobs. Which will pay what? Crap is what it’ll pay. Home prices are ridiculous, we have no affordable apartments, or none at all in most cases. So many people have left. We have no grocery stores in many areas, a drive is 40-50 miles for good prices on food and goods. Or a drive just to get to them.Its 18 miles to a pharmacy from IL!
    We have very few hotels left so people could stay if they wanted. But this is what this Govenor wants, keep people here for a day of outdoor activity then drive home. All the property he’s purchases the DEC opens trails on but then he doesn’t fund the upkeep. Where people used to never go, now there are thousands of people who come here, trampling down land, leaving garbage, needing to be rescued because they know no safety, no clue how to read maps. The Rangers are overworked. But hey let’s keep buying more land where people never walked on, call it wild forest and let people on it. Makes sense right.! Then say this is what is going to be our main income to live on. We have little say in our little towns. Environmental groups don’t negotiate. They get what they want.
    I just wonder in 20 years who’s going to be here as first responders to put out fires, respond to traffic accidents, heart attacks, strokes etc. Not long ago, we were volunteer ambulance, now no more volunteer. Not enough people. The fire departments median age of fire fighters is in its 40s in Indian Lake.
    Our schools have closed or combined. Another thing the governor wants. Close up the town’s then they don’t need school aid money.
    The administration can’t figure out why people are leaving the state in alarming numbers, when the problem all along has been right in front of them every day they get up.
    We can retire early in our mid 50s…and you bet your ass we are leaving to. My home for 50 years as of now.
    Thank you Govenor for pushing us out of our home we used to love so much, but now cannot stand because of the destruction of our communities.
    I have no problems with taking care of the environment, I endorse it. But taking money from a group of people to do what they want despite the people that are suffering is just hypocricy and disgusting. Like the President, this man needs to go before the Adirondacks are extinct…of people!

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