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. Lorie says

    Just curious as to how the people against the RV park would feel if Mr Winney decided to sell that land to someone who intended and putting a development in there.
    Or maybe a solar farm.
    Sorry there are worse problems in our world

  2. Sean says

    I can certainly understand both sides, but I think the bigger question is “Do you want to improve the ADK small business economy or not?”
    Maybe a smaller RV park (1/2 the size proposed) with a greater consideration of light, noise, and water pollution could make both sides happier.
    I’m all for keeping things green in the ADK, but if you want absolute control over someone else’s property and how they use it, then you better have the funds to buy it from them at above market value.

  3. Matt says

    The issues are really around safety, pollution, traffic and general quality of life for the voting, taxpaying residents who take pride in the community and the homes they live in.

    The creation of a 300 unit campground creates a major load (traffic, water consumption, bio waste, emergency resources…etc), transient in nature, on our small dead-end street/community with folks who are not invested (emotionally or financially) in the area the same way those who live here are.

    I am not sure what the references to brawls are all about? Let’s be real though – when you are talking about completely changing the complexion of somebody’s home and community it is an emotional topic…let’s make sure everybody is doing their due diligence, and if this is done, it is done assafy and as impact free as possible. Please don’t let this be forced through as the legacy of somebody’s last days the planning board!

    I am just not sure how this positively impacts our community?

  4. LeRoy Hogan says

    It is AOK for the neighbors to develop, disturb the wildlife but not OK for Winney. Makes me also wonder how good are their septic systems.

    Besides that, the spoiled rich want to keep the camping peasants at bay. NIMBY mentality. Being selfish is what they are about.

    Makes no sense to be against logging being changed to camping.

    • AS says

      The spoiled rich? Have you ever actually been on Woods Hollow Road? Lol! The spoiled rich in this situation is the Winney family.

      And what are “the neighbors” developing? I’m sure the actual neighbors would love to know.

  5. Mike lambett says

    Why isn’t the supposed Indian squatter and Ms kaplin

    not arrested for tresspassing. ? Judging by the reporting author it is abundanty clear. If this was my property I would file an in incident

    report and sign an information\ complaint with a local police agency and have them arrested. This constant harassment should not to be tolerted.

  6. LeRoy Hogan says

    Light pollution concern is quite silly when RV campers need to walk around at night with flashlights since it is too dark to see where you are going.

  7. Laurie says

    This sickens me. 100’s of people from out of town using our resources, not to mention the desecration of how many acres of land? It’s all about greed. It’s all about money . And what about all the displaced animals? It’s sickening seeing butchered trees already by animal land for another project. My heart goes out to all of you who this will impact directly. And eventually our lake will be filled with filth from cigar boats etc…its so disheartening

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