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

    Personally, I would like to see more trails/destinations set up for the disabled ONLY – likely accessible via locked gates like are currently used in some areas by reservation. I can only assume some people would want solitude – not just access to crowded, popular sites. This IS being done, but I believe we need many more sites. I also would like to see solitude access afforded to vets with PTSD or mobility issues. Waterfront or mountain-view sites tend to be very calming and healing.

  2. Mary says

    I don’t see too many of disabled spots being used. Many disabled don’t want to camp, maybe because of bathrooms. It is nice they are available. Maybe someone can get some feedback from people that use them … or (harder) ones that don’t

    Disabilities might not be walking problems. I have hurt one arm and now i notice new things.. i appreciate the push door openers now. But i recognize that disability means wheelchair or walker, not much else.
    That is ok but i wish they would just say limited motion disability or something like that

    • MrMMG says

      I think the efforts that are being made for accessibility are laudable. One of the major barriers that remains is the lack of electricity at DEC campgrounds even at sites that are otherwise accessible. There are many people who, for example use CPAP machines and other devices who need electricity on a nightly basis, but who could otherwise enjoy a week at a campground.

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