About Zachary Matson

Zachary Matson has been an environmental reporter for the Explorer since October 2021. He is focused on the many issues impacting water and the people, plants and wildlife that rely on it in the Adirondack Park. Zach worked at daily newspapers in Missouri, Arizona and New York for nearly a decade, most recently working as the education reporter for six years at the Daily Gazette in Schenectady.

Reader Interactions


  1. Chip Dodson says

    Well it’s about time! As a former plow truck operator for the Town of Lake George I have had the pleasure to work with Phil Sexton, good choice. Starting 7yrs ago under then hi-way supervisor Dan Davis we reduced salt use by close to 40% in one season, it can be done. But also we must educate the driving public winter roads can be hazardous so be prepared, such as studded snow tires.

  2. Anton F. Kreuzer says

    Happy with the make-up of the selected individuals. Their task shall take time. In meantime, Route 30 that skirts our Lake Clear deserves “reduced Salt Designation”!

  3. Phill Sexton says

    A shout out to @Chip Dodson. You are a true example of what I’ve been saying for the past 10 years… “The answers and solutions are achieved by those driving the trucks”… When they are empowered and allowed to.” Chip is one of those heros of the winter (now since retired), that has proven what works if you simply let them.

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